Garden of lights starts to bloom on Main Street in Hampstead


November 13, 1996|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AN ILLUMINATED Christmas wonderland has begun to take shape in downtown Hampstead. On Monday, the Hampstead Business Association began to install a garden of lights on the lawn of the former elementary school on Main Street.

This Christmas Village includes a series of large frames, or trellises, covered with lights. Each trellis depicts a symbol familiar to children, ranging from a snowman to a trio of leaping reindeer pulling a sled.

Association volunteers will soon illuminate the path, erect a 20-foot Christmas tree and build a house for Santa.

The completed village will be illuminated at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 when Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin and Santa Claus arrive on a firetruck to light the town Christmas tree.

Bringing the sparkle of holiday lights to town began last summer with a small committee headed by Seth Shipley, owner of the Jeweler's Bench, a Main Street business.

"We wanted to bring back the old Christmas spirit to town," Shipley said. "The whole idea is to get the town and businesses to work together to bring people into downtown Hampstead."

About 20 association businesses have supported the lighted village, which cost about $15,000.

In addition, the Hampstead Lions Club donated $1,000, and a golf tournament organized by Councilman Steve Holland raised $2,000.

Santa Claus and elves will take residence in the Santa house from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 22. A photographer will be available for children's pictures.

Additionally, children can meet Santa from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Christmas.

Artwork on display

A new exhibit of autumn and winter landscape paintings by Hampstead artists Barbara Schnell and Carol Redman is on display at the Boulevard Bean and Bagel in the Westminster Shopping Plaza on Route 140.

Schnell's watercolor "Days of Autumn" and her oil "Carrollton Stream" depict the changing moods of the current season. Redman's "Colorado" features snowy days to come.

The exhibit, which includes other works by members of the Carroll County Artists Guild, will continue through December.

Breakfast canceled

The Women's Club of Hampstead has canceled its breakfast scheduled for Nov. 23 at the Hampstead Fire Hall.

Tickets will be refunded.

Information: 239-6749.

Unusual birthday party

Come to the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Company for a most unusual birthday party.

"We pull the engines out, do 'stop, drop and roll' with the kids, and take a fire engine ride," said Jim Buckley, a spokesman for the fire department.

Teaching children about fire prevention at his Lineboro station means the firefighters lend children real gear sewn to children's sizes. Parents provide the cake and party treats and make a donation to the fire company. Information: 374-2197.

School anniversary

The first students at the new Hampstead Elementary School on Shiloh Road entered the building on Jan. 7, 1986.

Ten years later, a school-wide assembly during American Education Week will be one of several ways the school will celebrate the anniversary.

The assembly begins at 2 p.m. Nov. 22, and parents and community members have been invited. Cub Scout Pack 791, sponsored by the school, will lead the flag ceremony, and everyone will sing "The Hampstead School Song."

Speakers will include Dorothy Mangle, director of elementary schools; Larry Bair, former principal of Hampstead and now principal of Spring Garden Elementary; and Mark Vigliotti, former vice principal and now supervisor of elementary schools.

Information: 751-3420.

Pub Date: 11/13/96

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