Spring Fling to showcase goodies made from grandmothers' recipes

NEIGHBORS

March 17, 1994|By MICHELLE HOFFMAN

If you love home-baked goodies, don't miss the Grandma's Auction on Saturday at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School's annual Spring Fling.

Pies, cookies, pastries and treats made by using the secret recipes of students' grandmothers will be sold to the highest bidders beginning at noon.

Parents, take a close look at how your children's teachers dress their heads. Teachers, staff and school members will participate in a crazy hat contest, which will be judged by Union Bridge Mayor Perry Jones and New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr.

Many of the hats were designed as class projects. Some were designed around hobbies. All are school-related.

African storyteller Patricia Mack-Preston will share her art, and Gerry and Lois Dubles will put on a puppet show.

All of the games that will be played throughout the day were created by the students and teachers.

For students, there will be a muffin toss, football toss, toilet toss -- you toss toilet paper rolls and try to make them go into the toilet bowl -- crack the safe, putt-putt golf and soaking the teacher with wet Nerf balls.

For parents, a highlight may be the auction of items donated by area merchants.

The items include a weekend for two to L'Enfant Plaza in Washington, an Oriental rug, an oak rocker, a dental cleaning visit, two EnterTRAINment line passes, four Orioles box seat tickets and parking passes, and gift certificates.

Hot dogs, nachos, barbecue and pizza will be sold throughout the day at reasonable prices.

"I think there's something for everyone," said Spring Fling Chairwoman Vicki Mastalerz. "It's an inexpensive family day."

Ms. Mastalerz said the event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym, cafeteria and classrooms, because "in the past we've had days where it's rained. Every once in a while you flirt with snow."

All Spring Fling proceeds will be earmarked to help buy eight new computers and related equipment for the students.

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Taneytown students at Northwest Middle School are throwing their own spring celebration Saturday as well.

Their Spring Fest will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school's gym.

Local magician Louie Palaia will perform; students from the Westminster Karate Academy will give a martial arts demonstration; and games will be available.

About 25 vendors, representing local businesses and craft enthusiasts, will sell their wares. Some spaces are still available. The deadline for reservations is 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The PTO is sponsoring a Tupperware fund-raiser as part of the day. For every order placed, the organization will receive a percentage of the sales. Merchandise purchased will be

delivered two weeks later.

Items donated for the auction include an autographed baseball from Don Buford of the Orioles, a 25-pound beef pack, a hand-carved cane donated by local carver Dean Brown, two four-hour ski lift tickets to Ski Liberty and a variety of gift certificates.

Pizza by the slice, hot dogs, barbecue, nachos, sodas and ice cream sundaes will be sold at reasonable prices while supplies last.

Top off your light lunch with a treat from the bake table, which will be full of tempting pastries and homemade goodies.

Band members will wash your car outside the building for $3. The proceeds will be used for band projects.

The PTO will use the overall proceeds from the day to pay for a new Info Track computer that already has been purchased. With this computer, students can research topics in magazines and copy them off the CD-ROM drive without ever checking out the magazine. Cindy Berrier, the PTO's president, said the system has allowed more students to do research projects quicker, because they don't have to wait for periodicals to be returned.

Mrs. Berrier said this is the third year for the Spring Fest, which is a major fund-raiser for the school. She said proceeds also are used to sponsor cultural programs, pay for copyrights, put on the chorus' spring play, finance the eighth-grade graduation and other projects.

"Each year we get a little better," she said. "Each year we learn something, and each year we try something new."

Information and vendor information: 751-1272.

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If you're lucky enough to catch a leprechaun today, bring him to the Union Bridge Fire Hall tomorrow night to dance to the music of Branded.

The St. Patrick's Country Dance will begin at 8:30 p.m. and continue until 12:30 a.m.

The $10 price of admission includes beer and setups. You must be at least 21 to attend.

Proceeds will benefit the Union Bridge Fire Co. softball team and the Union Bridge Recreation Council.

Information and reservations: Earl Fritz, 775-2515.

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The Taneytown Lions would like to see you Saturday at an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the Firemen's Activities building at the Taneytown carnival grounds on Memorial Drive from 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The cost is $4 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6. Information: 751-1120.

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The Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company will hold a shrimp feed Saturday night at the Taneytown Activities Building.

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., you can feast on steamed shrimp, fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, chips, pretzels and cheese.

The cost is $15 per person. All proceeds benefit the fire department.

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