Because of tomorrow's Independence Day holiday, Sally Buckler's West County column is appearing in today's edition of The Sun.
FAIR BOOKS for the Fifty-First Annual Howard County Fair filled mail boxes this week. Aug. 10 is opening day for the weeklong event. Some exhibitors have been getting ready for the fair for months. 4-H members are reviewing responsibility and showmanship rules, attending workshops, working on club booths, keeping up with their projects and planning banners and parade costumes.
Adults are offering to volunteer and planning their own exhibits. Folks will exhibit everything from hay to cattle, flowers to photos and breads to babies.
Do you want to enter an exhibit at the fair? The 136-page Fair Book will help you understand procedures, judging rules and schedules. Enter your best work. You might take home a passel of ribbons. Call 442-1022.
"We are really psyched for this trip, though right now it's like standing in the middle of Grand Central," confessed Barry Enzman.
He leads the Glenelg High School Jazz Ensemble in daily rehearsals and final preparation for a Monday evening departure for Europe.
The group will be one of the opening acts for the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, next week. Glenelg's troupe is one of only three high school jazz bands worldwide invited to perform. The band will play next at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland before returning home July 20.
Listen to the band play at a free bon voyage concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia.
Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist churches hold their annual picnic at Poplar Springs United Methodist Church on East Watersville Road in Mount Airy Saturday from 6 p.m. until the fun is over.
The community is invited for good food, games for the kids and the Browningsville band, rain or shine. Join members for an evening of relaxation and entertainment.
At 10 a.m. Sunday, these two active churches will have a joint worship service to celebrate the return of their Camp Hope volunteers who have spent this week helping less fortunate families in Western Maryland.
Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist churches share a pastor, the Rev. M. Sheila McCurdy. They also share a history and a widely appreciated Thrift Shop. In a little white house beside the Poplar Springs United Methodist Church, the shop is a place to find good-quality used clothing and small household items at bargain prices.
Proceeds from the shop help both churches and local charities. Thrift shop helpers are always ready to help people in need.
Volunteers at the Thrift Shop would appreciate donations of clothing, household goods and brown grocery bags. You may drop off donations in the covered box behind the shop any time. The shop is open Thursdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday mornings, beginning at 10 a.m.
Call 410-489-7185 for information.
Westward Ho 50 Plus is the new program name for the Western Howard County Activity Center for people age 50 or over. Director Betty Frey invites all Western Howard countians aged 50 or over to participate in the programs at the center on Route 97.
If you would like to receive the Pioneers Of a New Age newsletter, call Frey at 410-313-5440.
The Rev. Dennis Diehl arrives Friday to become the temporary administrator of St. Francis of Assisi Mission in Fulton while Monsignor Jack Kinsella is away. If you would like more information about this Roman Catholic Church, call 410-792-0470.
Pub Date: 7/03/96