Plenty for children to do at Garden Party Games


March 16, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Children are the basic ingredient at Spring Garden Elementary for the annual Garden Party Games, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 26.

Crafts and food to please children of all ages will fill the school cafeteria. Visitors can bounce a rubber chicken into a pot, win a fancy cake or bid for a pizza dinner with a favorite teacher.

The garden party will be in the school cafeteria at 900 Boxwood Drive, Hampstead. The event is fun and it benefits the school's students as one of two annual PTA fund-raisers. In the fall, spring flowering bulbs are sold; in the spring, the carnival is held.

Profits from the garden party will be earmarked for classroom supplies, said Carolyn Smedick, co-organizer and second grade teacher.

Children are the basic ingredient for the carnival. Admission is free, with no age limit. Carnival-style games are 25 cents each or five for $1.

There will be a large craft table, plenty of homemade cookies and treats for sale, hot lunch items and a flower shop. There also will be a large cakewalk, in which an estimated 15 cakes will be given away, musical chairs style.

"For the little ones, we have a duck pond, bean bags, and lollipop tree," said Mrs. Smedick.

"We encourage new families with preschoolers to come and see what we do" before their children enter kindergarten, she said. "Believe it or not, we have two women with pre-schoolers who are volunteering [to work at the carnival]. That's really neat.

"We have over 100 parent and teacher volunteers. Those people who don't volunteer always send something for the bake tables. We couldn't do without those people."

The "teacher auction" is a perennial favorite. Starting at 12:30 p.m., students with parents will bid for items or outings that the teachers provide. Collections of books, or offers to take a student to lunch or a movie, are always popular. This year, Vice Principal Jacalyn Powell has offered the chance for a student to do the afternoon announcements with her for a full week.

The garden party offers some free fun, too. An athletic duffel bag, stopwatches, volleyballs and other items will be given away during the day. The flower shop again will feature tissue paper flowers and pinwheel pencils to make free. At 10:30 a.m., teacher Martha Dickinson and media specialist Beth Hall will read stories to children in the media center.

There will be a book fair, featuring new Scholastic Books for sale. For Spring Garden students, paw print logo tee-shirts and baseball caps -- a new feature -- will be on sale that day.

Information: Carolyn Smedick, 239-6304 or Carole Riddle, 239-2090.


Is it too early to dream about golf? There's a good chance the local courses will get green again in time for Cub Scout Pack 790's Second Annual Golf Classic to benefit the pack.

"Last year's tournament was a sellout with 128 golfers," said Paul Kraushofer, the pack's fund-raising chairman. That success has led to a second tournament.

Whatever the weather, the Golf Classic will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. May 6.

"This year's tournament is filling up fast," said Mr. Kraushofer.

Like last year, it will be at Oakmont Green Golf Club, 2290 Golf View Lane, Hampstead. That's behind the North Carroll Branch Library off Route 30.

Any golfer can sign up as a single player or be assigned to a group. The event costs $45 per golfer. The fee includes greens fees, carts and luncheon, and a donation to Cub Pack 790. The pack meets at Spring Garden Elementary school.

Information: Paul Kraushofer, 239-4142.


"A Little Night Music" is a concert for those who love band music. It's also an opportunity to see how musicianship progresses from elementary through high school levels. The concert will be at 7 p.m. March 24 at at North Carroll High School.

Starting the concert will be fifth-grade bands from Hampstead, Manchester and Spring Garden Elementary schools who, after a month of rehearsal, will combine their playing power for the public. Concerts by North Carroll Middle School and North Carroll High School will follow.

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