Avoid summer with a cruise around Alaska


September 26, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NORTH TO ALASKA. Taneytown Lions Club will sponsor a 12-day Holland America Westour to Alaska in July. To get a taste of this trip, book a free passage to the Lions' Alaska Night on Saturday at Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120 in Taneytown.

Anyone who has thought about taking a trip to our northernmost state will get to watch a travel video of the itinerary, have a chance to win door prizes, and learn about the adventure. Planned for July 9-20 (a hot, humid time in Maryland), the trip promises a cool encounter with glaciers, wildlife and gold rush territory. The tour ends with a seven-day cruise. Information: 751-1120 or 751-1360.

Artists on exhibit

Congratulations to Ruth Aukerman of Union Bridge and Marcia Leiter of New Windsor. The artists are showing their paintings in the Great Hall of Carroll Community College through Oct. 3 as part of the Carroll County Arts Guild's show.

Check out the library

The house has been cold these past evenings, and after the homework is done and the dishes are put away we've been settling in with good books -- baseball statistics for our son, Holocaust stories for our daughter, science fiction for my husband and a hodgepodge selection for me. We find these treasures at the library.

Others go to the Taneytown library for cheap or free videos, or programs planned for children and families. The library is NTC launching its October program series with "Stories and Scarecrows" at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Other programs next month include introducing little ones or school-age children to everything from birds and scarecrows to puppets and monsters. Programs are free, but registration is required. Information: 751-1980.

SERRV fall events

A rite of fall here is the annual anniversary celebration and warehouse sales at the Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations (SERRV).

The nonprofit shop in New Windsor is in its 46th year.

On Oct. 19, the shop will celebrate the occasion with sales, refreshments, entertainment and drawings for crafts from around the world.

The warehouse sale will be from 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Oct. 5.

The shop has announced the arrival of new crafts, including Russian-blown glass, Indian folding chess sets and baskets from Bangladesh.

The shop also offers a large selection of nativity sets, from pocket-size to mantle size.

Starting Oct. 6, fall hours for the shop are 9 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 635-8711.

Oldies dance

Were you born to dance? The town of Union Bridge will hold an oldies dance with Kathy Martin and the Hot Rods at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Union Bridge Fire Hall on Locust Street.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15; they cost $17 at the door. If you call before Oct. 23, you and five friends can reserve a table. Proceeds benefit the Town Hall mortgage. Information: 775-2120 or 775-2711.

Family learns history

My son, a sixth-grader at New Windsor Middle School, has been working on a social studies project that has the whole family involved. Joe is documenting a basic family tree, beginning with him and his sister, and dating back to his great-grandparents.

Recent dinner conversations at our house have been revolving around this family's Scottish/ Irish/Yugoslavian/Lithuanian background. Calls to grandparents in Ohio have confirmed birth and wedding dates of relatives in the early part of this century.

We've located our ancestors' countries of origin on maps of Europe, and found old black-and-white photographs of people the children have never met. My grandparents' citizenship pictures, brochures of Ellis Island and pictures of a primitive farm in Serbia have triggered a lot of questions.

As we were arranging the pictures on poster board, Joe looked at one of my grandfather, a Lithuanian immigrant. "If it wasn't for him," he said, "I wouldn't be here, would I?"

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/26/96

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