Follow the traffic to historical machines steam show in Arcadia

NEIGHBORS

September 07, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Every September, thousands park the family car and happily trot away from dependable '90s automotive technology, eyes searching for another sight: puffs of steam, the chug and sputter of cumbersome engines, and heavy whirling wheels painted in carnival color.

These people have come to celebrate one part of the history of machines at the Steam Show of the Maryland Steam Historical Society at the Arcadia Exposition Grounds. This year, from Sept. 15 through 18, the 39th show will take place.

The show packs the acreage with antique engines powered by steam or gas. Most of them are put to the test: threshing, saw-milling, shingle sawing, or the ever-popular pulling of wagons loaded with children and their parents.

With luck, your free wagon ride will be included in the daily parade of steam engines and tractors. The wagon lurches behind an antique tractor on a circuit through a hundred similar iron beasts lined up like works of art.

Between the screams of steam whistles, you can bargain for eclectic treasures at the acre or two of yard sale. Last year, a 5-foot stuffed marlin turned my head but not my wallet. A previous year, hundreds of pristine cannery labels were offered. There are always tables laden with engine parts, cast iron toys and pans, tools, old photo equipment and stunning collections of antique glass and stoneware.

At 7 p.m., live music begins. On Thursday, Free Wheeling will play. On Friday, it's Travelin Lite; on Saturday, Pot Luck. Other attractions include the Carroll County Cloggers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and a church service with gospel music by Kim Markle at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Antique tractors show their muscle Friday at 6 p.m. in the antique tractor pull. Small fry get their chance in "the pit" during the Kids Pedal Pull at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Antique cars and trucks will be on display Saturday, including in an antique car parade at 2 p.m.

The Steam Show and parking are free. Arcadia is 3 miles south of Hampstead. From Route 30, take Arcadia Avenue and take the next left to the exposition grounds. Or just follow the traffic inching its way in.

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Sunday school began at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampstead 115 years ago. It's still going strong.

The congregation is celebrating the anniversary Sunday with lots of activities.

"We're having the regular worship service at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with Reverend Robert Hyson, D. D., pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, who grew up in this church," said Nancy Klein, church secretary.

"There will be a special presentation at each service, a play written by Addie Leister and Martha Hyson, who are members of the congregation," she said. "The play, called 'Follow Me, Rejoice!' depicts the Sunday school during the 1800s and 1930s.

"These ladies have been members of the congregation so long, I think they did it from memory, and some research, too," she said.

After the play, Joy Troupe, a clown ministry, will present "The Surprise Gift," intended for all ages. Tours of the church will follow. Memorabilia gathered by the congregation will be on display.

Posters about the 115th Sunday school anniversary celebration are tacked up throughout Hampstead. They show the enthusiastic illustration of praying hands by Andrew Smaligo, age 7, who won the church poster contest for the event. His design also will illustrate this week's church bulletin.

Information: 374-2819.

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From bed to breakfast to backpack, the morning parade for parents of school children is almost two weeks familiar. Wouldn't you like to see what they're doing at school?

"Back to School Night" happens this evening at 7 for parents with children in Hampstead Elementary.

First, the PTA will introduce officers and agenda. Then, parents can meet the teachers in their children's classrooms.

Information: 374-2850.

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