FOR THE FIRST time, dinner theater has come to downtown Mount Airy. Mount Airy Players will perform two one-act dramas at Firehouse Pub & Grill Saturday evening and Nov. 16.
A nonprofit community theater, the players will present "The Happy Journey" by Thornton Wilder and "Xingu," Thomas Seller's adaptation of a short story by Edith Wharton.
Directing the performances is MaryAnn Hays, assisted by Carol Serna. The cast numbers 13 members, many of whom are from the South Carroll area.
The parts of Ma and Pa in "The Happy Journey" are played by Mount Airy residents Kathy Biancaniello and Duncan Wright.
Children's roles are played by Missi Koch of Mount Airy and Phillip Nicholas of New Market.
Lead roles in "Xingu" are played by Karen Duff of Westminster and Clydia Koch of Mount Airy.
Dinner theater patrons will start the evening with a three-course dinner, which includes two microbrewed samplers. Ticket prices for adults are $23.95 in advance and $25.95 at the door. Tickets for children age 12 and under are $9.95.
Show tickets are available for $9.95. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling (410) 795-5557 or 829-9826.
Holiday crafts shows
A sure sign of the coming holiday season is the arrival of Christmas craft shows and holiday bazaars. Shopping for gifts at holiday shows is a great way to support local nonprofit organizations.
Nancy Holt tapped the talents of the women of Calvary United Methodist Church to organize the church's first Christmas Craft Show, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow. The church is at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy.
Holt, show chairwoman and United Methodist Women's Executive Steering Committee secretary, says proceeds will benefit Frederick District of United Methodist Women.
More than 20 professional crafts people will team with 10 women's circles from the church to sell handmade crafts, including Christmas decorations, baskets, pottery, hand-painted wooden items, personalized children's books and calendars, and decorated sweat shirts.
For more than a year, each circle has been planning a contribution to the craft show. The nutrition circle will prepare a luncheon. An assortment of live plants will be for sale by the gardening circle.
Women in the sewing circle have a collection of wall hangings and Christmas stockings for sale.
Professional craftswoman Sally Basgier will offer painted wooden items and jewelry for sale, and original baskets, pottery and wooden crafts by Alison McTizic will be on display.
Children can try their hands at cookie decorating, have their face painted, or join a Victorian tea. Santa will be on hand for photos.
Admission is free, but donations of canned goods will be xTC collected for Mount AiryNet.
Christmas bingo party
An afternoon of bingo and shopping is being planned by Winfield Community Fire Department. Christmas "Party" Bingo will be held Sunday beginning at 2 p.m., at Winfield Fire Hall, 1320 W. Old Liberty Road in Sykesville.
The afternoon provides a chance to start holiday shopping (or for others, to finish). Gift ideas and product demonstrations for all ages will be available.
Information: (410) 549-2369.
Continue holiday shopping Nov. 22 at Calvary Lutheran Church's annual Christmas Bazaar. The church is at 16151 Old Frederick Road, Woodbine.
From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., bazaar tables will be stocked with baked goods, crafts, Christmas ornaments, cheese balls, white elephant items, gift baskets and wooden items.
Children can visit the Kids Center, where they can shop privately for gifts for parents and siblings.
Lunch and dinner will be served throughout the day. Information: (410) 489-5280.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 11/08/96