Mount Airy Centennial Parade to be once-in-a-lifetime event

NEIGHBORS

September 23, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Traffic will come to a halt on Mount Airy's Main Street, North and South, tomorrow evening to make way for a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime event commemorating the town's 100th anniversary.

The Mount Airy Centennial Parade will wind its way down Main Street, from Mount Airy Elementary to Foodrite Groceteria, beginning at 7 p.m. The event is being orchestrated by a professional parade organizer, Ralph DeVore.

"So far, about 80 units have registered for the parade," said committee member Travis Norwood.

Robert Davis, mayor of the flood-ravaged town of Alexandria, Mo., which was "adopted" last year by Mount Airy, will be the parade's grand marshal. Matthew Coyle, 11, the Mount Airy resident who recently earned recognition as a National Geography Bee finalist, will be the children's marshal.

Many local civic groups and clubs have crafted entries for the Centennial celebration, and six professional floats will add a "big city" flair. These 35-foot show-stoppers will include a "Maryland You Are Beautiful" entry and five other commercial floats sponsored by local businesses or organizations.

To ensure fairness, professional judges from Pennsylvania have been hired to select the winners in the float and parade competitions. "Floats will be judged at 4 p.m. at Mount Airy Elementary," said Mr. Norwood.

A pre-parade show will be presented to ticket holders beginning at 6 p.m. The ticket price of $5 secures a reserved seat along Main Street in the heart of Mount Airy's downtown business district for the show and parade. Tickets are available for the rain-or-shine parade and may be purchased tomorrow at a booth near the Mount Airy train station.

The Crean String Band, Linganore High School's marching band, and the Fife and Drum Corps from the Old Guard at Fort Myer, Va., will be featured in the pre-parade show. Jim Getty, appearing as Abraham Lincoln, will also entertain pre-parade spectators.

Portions of Mount Airy's Main Street from Route 27 to Ridgeville Boulevard will be closed to traffic at various times tomorrow and will remain closed until the last entry completes its journey in the parade.

The first road closing along Main Street takes place at 4 p.m. from Watersville Road to Mount Airy Elementary School. At 5 p.m., Main Street from Mount Airy Elementary to Hood Street (at xTC the Old Firehouse) will be closed. At 6 p.m., North Main Street from Route 27 to Watersville Road will be closed. At 6:30 p.m., South Main Street from Hood Street to Ridgeville Boulevard will be closed.

Main Street will be re-opened to traffic at the end of the parade, which is expected to last two hours.

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A retirement dinner honoring Ruth Shaw, South Carroll High's school secretary from 1966 to 1994, will be held Oct. 27 at the Winfield Fire Hall.

Friends of Mrs. Shaw who would like to attend this event are encouraged to call (410) 795-8500 during school hours or (410) 795-1962 after hours to request an invitation. South Carroll's faculty and staff are sponsoring the dinner, open to any of Mrs. Shaw's friends. Reservations are due by Oct. 17.

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Mount Airy will be the site of "one of Maryland's largest yard sales" tomorrow when the local Jaycees have their fall flea market extravaganza at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds, at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

Admission is free for the rain-or-shine event, from 5:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. An array of offerings from about 200 vendors will tempt shoppers. Proceeds from the Jaycee Food Booth and space rental fees will help the local club fund its annual fall service projects.

Last-minute vendors who would like to rent a space are invited to call (301) 831-0070 (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or (301) 829-0651 (from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Spaces, if available, are being rented for $25.

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Bob's Big Boy in Mount Airy is offering a gift to encourage local residents to donate blood Monday at the town's annual fall drive.

The restaurant, at 1505 Ridgeside Drive, will give a certificate for a free entree -- breakfast, lunch, or dinner -- to the first 150 people who donate blood Monday. The bloodmobile will be at the Mount Airy Firemen's Activities Building at Route 27 and Twin Arch Road from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Prospective donors may make appointments by calling (301) 829-2822 or (301) 829-2211. Walk-in donors are welcome.

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Winfield's Community Volunteer Fire Department will have a Country Dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 30, at the Fire Hall, 1320 West Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Boot Leg will provide the music. The cost of the B.Y.O.B. dance is $10 per person and includes beer and setups. For information or tickets, call (410) 795-8672.

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Body and Spirit Aerobics is in session with morning fitness classes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.

The pay-as-you-go classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and will feature 30 minutes of aerobics followed by 30 minutes of toning exercises, choreographed to contemporary Christian music. The per person cost is $1 per class.

New members are welcome at any time. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes, and should bring a mat or towel for the floor exercises.

Baby-sitting is available for 75 cents per child. For information, call Mari Uzzo at (301) 831-5785.

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