Manchester school's carnival succeeds in drawing volunteers


February 12, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FEELING HOUSEBOUND? Wishing for an inexpensive day out with the kids? Winterfest at Manchester Elementary School might be the answer.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the school cafeteria and gymnasium will become a carnival grounds complete with games, door prizes and all of your children's favorite foodstuffs. Parking will be available at the school or Fire Department carnival grounds.

This is Manchester Elementary School's first winter carnival. The PTA chose a winter event in hopes of attracting parent volunteers who have been too busy with spring sports to help during a May festival. It's worked out. For Winterfest, about 60 parents and teachers have volunteered.

"We've had a tremendous response. Some teachers will be running games, so we're encouraging kids to come play with their teacher," said Margie Swecker, PTA president.

Among the games are toss-the-ball, bowling and, for couch potatoes, the "toilet paper throw," in which participants toss toilet paper into a toilet.

"We made up our games this year. Each game costs a quarter, and you're a winner every time. Everyone gets a consolation prize," Swecker said.

Youngsters will find fun in a treasure chest packed with tokens and coins, a pop-the-balloon game, and others. Clowns will craft balloon animals and paint faces all day.

The menu will feature discounted Subway subs and regular kid fare, everything from hot dogs and pizza to nachos and popcorn. Baked goods also will be sold.

Hourly entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with Global Hap Ki Do Karate; Rhythm In Shoes at noon; and Street Beat Majorette and Drum Corps (formerly The Carrollettes) at 1 p.m.

Among the door prizes are passes to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, dinner theater tickets and restaurant gift certificates. Organizers have collected about 45 door prizes, many of them from local businesses.

"Our raffle coordinator went to local businesses and got swamped with prizes. She says word of mouth now has people coming to her," Swecker said. "So many Hampstead and Manchester businesses have responded, it's incredible. The Lions club donated passes to the pool.

Cox Ford donated free interior/exterior detailing, and Manchester Auto Parts has provided a case of oil.

Does your business have something to donate? Call raffle coordinator Melissa Milwicz at 374-1453.

Baseball registration

The North Carroll Recreation Council will hold baseball registration for ages 13 to 17 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the lobby of North Carroll Middle School, Hanover Pike, Greenmount.

Lacrosse and softball registration also will be taken.

Information: 239-2266.

Annual breakfast benefit

The Rotary Club of Hampstead will sponsor its 17th annual benefit breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast costs $3.50 in advance or $4 at the door. Children under 7 are admitted free.

Proceeds go to the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company.

To obtain tickets in advance, call 239-6966.

Pub Date: 2/12/97

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