Moscow is interesting, but home is better

NEIGHBORS

September 26, 1994|By CINDY PARR

'Mid pleasure and palaces, though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

This is a catchy adage, and maybe one that we sometimes take for granted.

It wasn't until recently that I was reminded of this sentiment, written by John Howard Payne for his opera, "Clari, The Maid of Milan."

The occasion was my husband's recent return from a trip to Moscow.

I knew he would be glad to see us, but I never knew how happy would be to see good, old American soil.

There he was standing at the entrance to the baggage claim area at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

"There's no place like home," he said as he jumped into the car and hugged and kissed each of our daughters.

While giving me my hug, he reiterated his joy.

"I have never been so happy to get home," he said. "Moscow was an interesting city, and I saw many unique sights, but this particular trip made me realize just how lucky we are to live in this country."

I listened with interest as he continued to tell us all about his adventure.

"Where did you go? What did you see?," asked our two oldest children.

My ears condensed all Tom's answers to a few sentences.

The trip included five days filled with work and an opportunity on the weekend to take in some of the sights.

He excitedly described his visits to the Kremlin, Red Square, Gorky Park, the Cathedral of St. Basil and the Russian White House.

There was sadness in his voice as he told of the environment and the living conditions in Moscow.

But his tone changed as he recounted the people, their plight and how it affected him.

"It will be interesting to see what is happening in this country 10 years from now," he said. "The Russian people are very intelligent, and they have a great deal of pride.

"They were always smiling and pleasant even amidst all the construction that seemed to be going on everywhere. It was an exciting trip, but I'm so glad to be home."

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What better way to enjoy a cool and sunny Saturday than at a yard sale?

You're in luck -- the annual charity yard sale sponsored by the Women of ELCA will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Benjamin's Lutheran Church on Krider's Church Road in Westminster.

Come rain or shine, the sale will convene with all sorts of interesting items offered.

Baked goods will also be available for purchase.

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It's just one event after another at the Carroll County Farm Museum: the fifth annual Blacksmith Days come to town from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The public is invited to enjoy events spotlighting blacksmiths from many areas of the country.

From noon to 3 p.m., forging demonstrations will take place; from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at forging.

At the end of each day, an auction of hand-forged items and blacksmith-related materials will be featured.

Peter Happny, an artist-blacksmith from Portsmouth, N.H., will give demonstrations each day beginning at 9 a.m.

Admission to the morning sessions will cost $5 each day.

The Farm Museum's general admission will apply for the afternoon. The cost for adults is $3. Admission for ages 12 to 18 and 60 and over is $2. Under 12 is free.

Tours of the Farm Museum will be available from noon to 5 p.m.

Information: 876-2667.

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This weekend, the Union Mills Homestead will present its 11th annual Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club Fall Festival, Flea Market and Craft Show.

The event will take place from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Each day will begin with a breakfast of buckwheat pancakes, made with flour from the Shriver Grist Mill, eggs, sausage and regular pancakes. Breakfast will be served until 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

The family will be entertained with a variety of activities including kiddie rides, gas engine and antique car exhibits, and blacksmithing demonstrations.

The Carroll County Cloggers will provide entertainment from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, and square dancers will perform Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The Alesia Band will play from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For a fee, guided tours of the Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill will be available from noon to 4 p.m. both days.

F: Admission and parking are free. Information: 346-7078.

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