Union Bridge to hold picnic at cement plant

NEIGHBORS

September 07, 1995|By JUDY REILLY

The kids are back in school, and they're almost in the swing of doing their homework before they turn on the television in the evenings. They're getting used to the weight of backpacks, brown bag lunches and the school bus schedule.

On Labor Day night, our family took the time to say an official goodbye to summer by taking one last dip in the local swimming pool. We were the only people there at 7 p.m., and it was a luxury to have it to ourselves. The water was chilly, and the sun set quickly -- no more steaming evening heat. We were sad to say goodbye to the weeks of summer. Yet fall holds the promise of some enjoyable regional activities, starting this weekend.

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"Come hungry, because there will be plenty of wonderful food," exclaimed Elaine Holmes of Union Bridge. She was referring to the town's biggest extravaganza -- the Gala 90s Picnic, to be held the fourth consecutive year Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Lehigh Portland Cement Co.

As chairwoman of the town hall funding committee, Mrs. Holmes has been planning and organizing the event since spring.

"I get to organize the breakfasts during the winter and the picnic in the fall," she said. "It comes with the territory."

Mrs. Holmes and her busy committee have rallied the townspeople and as many Union Bridge-area organizations as possible to provide an entire afternoon of activities and relaxation, country-style. There will be plenty of games for the children and tours of the Lehigh Cement plant, including the used-tires-to-energy project. A dunking booth is an old-fashioned carnival feature. The Hodge-Podge Petting Zoo from Westminster also will be available for youngsters to enjoy.

A new activity this year is an auction. "Charlie Funkhouser has volunteered to auction off items donated from local businesses," Mrs. Holmes said. The auction should begin about 2:30 p.m.

But the day's activities easily could center on the food, more homemade stuff than you can imagine. Nearly every organization in town has its own food booth -- from the Boy Scouts' snow cones to the Lions Club's Polish sausage to the Lutheran Church's watermelon and the Methodist Church's fried chicken. There even will be a cakewalk, featuring cakes baked by Union Bridge women. "It's all home-cooked, fresh, delicious food," Mrs. Holmes said.

Country singers Don Barnes and Debbie Williams will provide music throughout the day. There also will be a flea market and crafts show, mule-drawn buggy rides and a display of firefighting apparatus.

"Bring your lawn chairs and spend an old-fashioned day in the country," Mrs. Holmes said. Information: 775-7017.

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If you're looking for good things for your children to do this fall, consider enrolling them in the youth club sponsored by the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren. Now in its fifth year, the club is open to first- through fifth-graders.

The club meets Tuesday evenings at 6:30 and runs for eight weeks. It regroups in the winter to continue the program of Bible stories, crafts, recreation and snacks. The cost is $10 a child or $15 for two children in the same family.

"It's a fun time for the kids," said Anna Lease, a pastor at the church who directed the youth club last year. She encourages families to call the church and register before the first meeting so supplies will be available. Information: 775-2717.

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Don't forget Uniontown Days on Saturday. Residents will have a neighborhood yard sale, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church will hold its annual flea market and crafts fair. Events start at 7 a.m.

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Local actors and actresses can audition for the first northwest Carroll players' group, which will perform a one-act play at Francis Scott Key High School in December to help with the purchase of new playground equipment at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School.

Auditions will be from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sept. 25 to 28 at Key. Information: Arnie Hayes, 848-3186.

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For the coming fall weekends, consider putting your family's bikes on the car, driving to a stop on the Northern Central Railroad Trail and biking the afternoon away in one of the prettiest spots in Maryland.

The hills and curves of Carroll's roads may beckon more experienced cyclists, but for novices, you can't beat the flat trail, which is designed for recreational biking, hiking, jogging and horseback riding through Gunpowder Falls State Park.

If you can find your way to White Hall or Cockeysville on the back roads, it's about a 45-minute drive to either one of these stops on the trail from northwest Carroll. Adequate parking, restrooms, and telephones are available; a general store awaits you in Monkton, and entrepreneurs have set up snow-cone stands, too.

The trail starts in Cockeysville and goes to the Pennsylvania line, but you can get on at any stop and travel as much or as little of it as you want. You'll pass waterfalls, cross over rivers, and travel the quiet countryside of Baltimore County.

Information: (410) 592-2897.

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