In Sykesville, it's a year for first anniversaries


January 30, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

CHINESE NEW YEAR came a bit early this year for one Sykesville business owner.

To Frances Gander, owner of Three Treasures Health Services, the Chinese holiday seemed the perfect day to celebrate her business's first anniversary.

"I thought that the Chinese New Year was somewhere around Jan. 31, so I planned my celebration near that date. Unfortunately, I was off by a few weeks," Ms. Gander said, laughing. "The actual date is closer to Feb. 17, but I went ahead with my early celebration."

Ms. Gander entertained several of her friends, students, acupuncture patients and business associates Saturday at her shop on Main Street in Sykesville.

The Chinese New Year and Chinese philosophy of life are of interest to Ms. Gander, a licensed acupuncturist and teacher of two Chinese exercise techniques known as taiji and Qi Gong.

Ms. Gander refers to acupuncture, taiji and Qi Gong as "internal arts" that offer release from stress and provide great exercise for the entire body as well as the mind.

Students who come to Three Treasures find that classes in both exercise forms are available.

"New students usually catch on very quickly with Qi Gong. It's similar to taiji, only a bit easier to learn," said Ms. Gander. "Qi

Gong is very big on the West Coast right now."

Ms. Gander also teaches an exercise class at the Mount Airy Senior Center. She is also making plans with officials at nearby Springfield Hospital Center to lead an after-work class for employees at the center.

Two other Sykesville businesses are also celebrating their first anniversaries.

John and Marge Maczis, owners of the antique shop A Touch of Olde, are offering special prices on their furniture, glass and collectibles as they mark their first year at the Sykesville location.

Mr. and Mrs. Maczis briefly shared shop space with a store on the other side of Baltimore, but they "jumped at the chance to move the business to Sykesville when the shop on Main Street became available," said Mrs. Maczis.

"We live in the area, and this is certainly more convenient for us. It was a good move; we've done well here."

Although it recently changed hands, the Sykesville Emporium is also marking its first anniversary.

Mary Turner, the new proprietor, and the other antique dealers in the emporium have designated Saturday as their grand opening. Drawings will be held throughout the day for free gifts and services.

In addition antiques, the emporium is home to dealers offering decorating services, including in-home consultations and custom draperies.

Meadowsweet Florist is now owned by Nancy Farrell and offers fresh, dried and silk flowers for all occasions.

In another first, SuperSports Arena in Eldersburg thanked families in the area for their patronage with its first "Family Appreciation Night".

Approximately 140 people of all ages enjoyed hours of soccer in the arena and climbing on the CRUX climbing wall. Mark and Pat Hughes, hosts of the event, provided refreshments for nearly 42 families.

"That's what makes something like this so great," said Mr. Hughes. "All these people care about the same thing -- their families. They've all come here together to spend time and enjoy each other."

A day of pageantry

Sponsors of the Sunburst Beauty Pageant were on hand Saturday at Carrolltown Center to admire the children in our area. The youngsters pranced, posed and pouted their way into the judges' hearts.

The winner in the under 1 division for girls was Kristina Marie Schneder, with Ashley Kutzner selected most photogenic. Cory Vanderlien was the winner in the boys under 1 division.

Tory Smith was honored as best attired in the girls age 1 division. Twins James and Brian Niebuhn shared the honor in the boys age 1 division.

Emily Cauliflower was most photogenic, and Jamie Williams had the prettiest eyes in the girls ages 2 and 3 division. Jerry Cotton was champ in the same division for boys.

In the girls ages 4 to 6, Brittany Allen won for prettiest eyes and was selected most photogenic.

Scouts make up snow dates

The 23 members of Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 658 are trying to make up for revenue lost because of canceled sock hops during the blizzard. The girls are working hard to earn their spring trip to Savannah, Ga.

The troop will sponsor three hops next month. Hops are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9 and Feb. 16, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Freedom Community Center. Students in grades four to eight may attend; the cost is $3, and refreshments will be available.

Information: Terry Brown 795-1421.

Break out the bats and gloves

Just a reminder: Saturday is the final registration date for the Freedom Optimist softball and Sykesville baseball programs.

Softball registration is scheduled for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center, and baseball registration in the mall's Center Court area. Both programs charge an extra fee for late registration.

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