Exhibit of toy collectibles on display at museum

NEIGHBORS

April 25, 1994|By CINDY PARR

From time to time, I stop to think about interesting items that I have had in my possession over the years. Many have been misplaced, some given away and some have just been tossed out.

Now that I'm older and wiser, I think about a few of those things and their value in today's world.

The metal lunch boxes with pictures of Superman, the Green Hornet and Sky King come to mind.

In the 1960s, there were the Barbie and Ken dolls with their perfectly placed plastic hair. Even though Ken's hair has remained plastic, Barbie has real locks now and both are as popular in the 1990s as they were 30 years ago.

It's nice to know that there are those folks who had the good sense to hang on to those toy collectibles of days gone by. It's fortunate for us that there is a place we can go to see some of these treasured items on display.

This month and next, an exhibit known as "Children's Delights" is on display in the Farmhouse Case at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

Carroll residents Lacy Willis, Nancy Price and Marion Beveridge have joined forces to assemble a variety of their childhood delights to entertain those who visit the Farm Museum.

Victoria Fowler, assistant curator and conservator at the museum, said the timing of this exhibit is perfect for visitors.

"These are our busiest months, because we have many schoolchildren who come to visit the Farm Museum," Ms. Fowler said. "This exhibit has been very popular with the children. We have probably had a couple hundred children see the exhibit this month."

Samplings from each of the women's collections are featured. Ms. Fowler said most of the items date to the turn of the century and continue through the 1930s to '40s.

"The collections include colorful tin lithograph toys, key windup toys, paper lithograph toys and kitchen items" such as cookie cutters, Ms. Fowler said. "One collection features a Punch and Judy tea set from the turn of the century, and another features Willowware, antique children's dishes manufactured in England."

The Farmhouse Case exhibits made their debut at the Farm Museum about two years ago. Officials there say the exhibits keep the museum from becoming stagnant for people who visit the Carroll County tourist attraction more than once.

The museum is open to groups Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required.

The Farmhouse Case exhibits are on display from April through October.

Anyone interested in displaying their collectibles should contact Ms. Fowler at 876-2667 or 848-7775.

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Walk-in immunizations will be available for people from 2 months to 90 years old at Cranberry Mall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The program is sponsored by the mall in cooperation with the Carroll County Health Department and the Westminster Kiwanis Club.

All types of childhood immunizations and booster shots

will be given. Any child receiving a shot must bring immunization records.

The immunizations clinic will be in the vacant building next to Tully's Restaurant in the mall.

Donations will be accepted.

Information: 876-4900.

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Friday, the folks at the Gospel Spreading Church of God will cook a fried chicken dinner from noon to 6 p.m.

Lots of deep-kettle fried chicken will be served with potato salad, your choice of kale or green beans, roll, cake and iced tea.

Dinners will cost $6. Carryout dinners will be $6.50.

All proceeds from the dinner benefit the church and its programs.

Information: 848-6371.

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First United Presbyterian Church in Westminster is holding a flea market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

More than 30 vendors will display children's clothes, leather goods, toys, games, glassware, books and plants.

Lots of food and bake table items will be available.

Parking and admission are free.

To register for a space or for information: 848-7969.

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