Vendors sought for Hampstead crafts show on April 9


March 23, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

There's still time to become part of the Hampstead Fire Auxiliary's Spring Arts and Crafts Show. The show is limited to 50 spaces.

The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 9 in the fire hall at 1341 N. Main St.

Only handcrafted items will be for sale.

A variety of crafts vendors already are reserving spaces, said organizer Treasa Markle.

Among those already registered are makers of yard ornaments of concrete and wood, hand-painted porcelain, wood furniture, hand-painted shirts and sweat shirts, vests, jackets and hats. Needle craft supplies and items made with counted cross stitch and plastic canvas needlepoint also will be available, along with candlewicked and quilted pillows.

Don't miss the "fancy dressed bunnies," said Mrs. Markle. "They are stuffed rabbits [with] dresses on them."

During the show, the fire auxiliary prepares hamburgers and hot dogs, pizza, soup and homemade baked goods.

Applications are being taken until Saturday and after that if spaces are still available.

Information: Treasa Markle, 374-5088; Hannah Stevens, 239-7748; or Wanda Sparks, 239-2406.


Collecting baseball cards must be a lot of fun because about 100 people turned out for the recent Kids' Baseball Card Show at Spring Garden Elementary School.

Only card collectors under age 15 could show, and 17 tables were filled with thousands of cards. Chris Painter and Matt Peregoy organized this second card show as part of a 4-H project. Admission was a canned item for Carroll County Food Sunday. The boys collected two full boxes.

The room buzzed as young boys, several girls and even older collectors gathered at tables to compare cards.

Graphic art has gone wild with baseball cards. Some are metallic with holographic images. Some cards team a sepia-toned reproduction of an early great with a color picture of a '90s favorite. Cards can show a batter's powerful swing or a pitcher aiming a squirt gun.

What cards are valued the most? Every collector has an answer. They can be of a favorite player, or those listed as having monetary value. Next to a pile of cards worth 10 cents and up, one boy showed a card valued at $25. You have to be in the know to figure which is which.

During the show, the boys announced door prizes they'd collected from area businesses, including the Old Ball Game of Reisterstown; the Tenth Inning, Jerry & Sal's Pizza and Four Seasons Sports Complex, all of Hampstead; and the Batter's Box of Manchester.


The spring oyster and turkey supper was a hit at the Hampstead Fire Hall on Saturday.

"We sold over 1,100 meals," said Treasa Markle, chairwoman of the bake table. From her post behind the cakes and cookies, she saw the nonstop crowd flow in from 2 p.m. until the meals sold out at 5:30 p.m.

Just how oysters are needed to feed 1,100 people?

"That I don't know," Mrs. Markle said. "But it's a lot of work. We had a lot of oyster patters that morning.

"It was really nice Saturday, and I think that's what brought everyone out. We had a good day."


Think May. Think leafy trees, sunny days, breezes with a scent of summer. May is a prime month for enjoying the outdoors. Plan to enjoy May 14, when, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., the Country Craft Fair will be held on the grounds of St. George's Episcopal Church at 2434 Cape Horn Road, between Hampstead and Manchester.

Vendors are being accepted now for the outdoor craft market that has a country theme. There is no flea market.

"We're expecting 75 vendors," said organizer Jeanie Thomas. "We'll have everything from handcrafted garden ornaments to bunnies, bears, jewelry, wood products, potpourri, baskets, dolls, wreaths, hand-painted T-shirts, candles . . .

"It's our third year," she said. "We're drawing [vendors] from everywhere, from Baltimore, Owings Mills, Frederick County and Pennsylvania."

The Country Craft Fair is a major fund-raiser for the church. At least 40 church members are working to provide attractions, from hay rides and activities for children to an afternoon auction of more than 100 items donated from area businesses.

Church members will staff a country kitchen to serve pit beef, crab soup, barbecue and other foods.

Information: Jeanie Thomas, 239-4335.

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