Haight Funeral Home sets tradition with stone

Neighbors

June 25, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THEY SAY THAT EACH generation builds upon the foundations laid by those who came before. The Haight family of Sykesville has been doing just that since 1888, both literally and figuratively for five generations.

In 1888, James Randolph Weer opened a funeral home on Spout Hill Road in Sykesville and moved the business to the town's Main Street after his son, C. Harry Weer, joined him at the turn of the century. When James retired in 1932, Luther Haight began working at the funeral home and the Weer-Haight partnership was formed in 1951.

Luther Haight was instrumental in the decision to build the current facility, the Haight Funeral Home, on Route 32 in 1958. Luther's son Harry W. Haight joined the family business in 1960 and added to the building with the north end visitation rooms and garage in 1968.

Brian Luther Haight, Harry's son, joined the business in 1984 and is continuing the tradition with the largest addition to date.

Begun in October, the 6,000-square-foot addition is expected to be opened in three weeks.

A new visitation room, monument display room, office space, restrooms, three-car garage and an outdoor courtyard have been added. But the most impressive addition is a chapel with seating for 150 and expanded seating for about 300.

When considering what type of seating to place in the chapel, Brian had to look no further than the Sykesville church his grandparents had attended for many years. St. Paul's United Methodist Church completed extensive renovations in 1995 and could not use the pews which dated to the late 1800s.

Haight purchased those pews and stored them at nearby Springfield Hospital Center until last week when they were installed in the chapel.

"It means a lot to people to know that those pews are still in the community and are being used," said Brian. "Most of the pews were memorials to loved ones and are important to people."

The memorial plates attached to the pews were removed and placed on a plaque hanging in the narthex at St. Paul's. Communion rails and ornate wooden screens, which once concealed the organ piping at the church, will be used to decorate the Haight chapel. The pulpit was designed to match the pews and rails.

"All the work on this building was done by local people," said Haight. "It was very important -- we wanted to keep the work in the community. The people in our community support us and we like to give back," he said.

Bible school carnival

If your children are looking for something to do that's a little out of the ordinary, visit the annual Vacation Bible School Carnival tomorrow at St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church.

The outdoor event will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and features lots of simple games for preschool and elementary children. Tickets are just 10-cents each and can be used for the games or to purchase snacks.

The children will win prizes for each game played, so be sure to bring along a bag to collect their treasurers. In the event of rain, the carnival will be held Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the carnival will be used to help support a Christian kindergarten in Germany run by missionary Sue Brodish.

Students in the junior Sunday School class at St. Stephen's organize and run the carnival under the direction of Sunday School Superintendent Frances Frey. Their efforts have resulted several hundred dollars for the kindergarten in recent years.

Information: 795-1249.

Sign up for fall festival

Seems a bit early to be thinking about fall events, but folks in downtown Sykesville are already hard at work on their 23rd annual Fall Fest.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Potential vendors are encouraged to apply soon to ensure their spaces.

Information: 781-6629.

Piney Run programs

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park consistently offers fun and educational programs for the entire family. Here are a few that are coming up.

Children 10 to 14 can take part in the Ecology Club Camp-over on Thursday night. The program includes dinner, learning to construct a ruck-sack from a pair of jeans, hiking and a night of camping.

The event begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday and ends at 9 a.m. Friday. Cost is $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

All ages are invited to learn about the snakes in our area. Tips about snakes' habits, life cycles and identifying poisonous types will be offered. Come to the Nature Center from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 6. No fee is charged.

Children ages 3 to 5 can learn about butterflies on July 10 from 2: 30 p.m. to 3: 30 p.m. A craft project is part of the program. Cost is $2 for members/$3 nonmembers.

A dried herbal kitchen arch could be the decoration you've been looking for. Learn to make one on July 10 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the center. Adults may participate and the cost is $2/members; $3/nonmembers.

Information: 795-6043.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/25/96

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