Scout benefit auction to feature sports collectibles and surprises


February 26, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FROM THE FIRST strike of Neal Owings' gavel at 10 a.m. Saturday, expect the out of the ordinary at Snyder's Auction House on Mott Avenue in Hampstead.

The auction will benefit Boy Scout Troop 380. Scouts have been requesting donations from area businesses for about a year, and you never know what might turn up.

"A lot of times, we get surprise visits. Some local folks, without a relation to the troop, come in the door with, say, a bushel of potatoes, just to help," said Tom Osborne, a former scoutmaster who is the troop's Scout emeritus. He has helped with eight auctions.

"One year, someone donated a motorcycle -- we didn't know about it until the day of the auction. There's usually always a surprise. We don't turn any donation down," he said.

The supply of sports collectibles, tools, household goods and gift certificates usually keeps the crowd of about 100 or more humming until 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit Scouting activities, including camping and community service projects.

"If you've been to any of Neal's Friday night auctions, that's serious stuff. Fund-raising auctions, they're relaxed, a lot of fun," Osborne said. "Neal always pulls a few surprises -- we have people who return [to bid] year after year."

Owings does more than spice up the auction. He "donates the hall, his time and the kitchen set-up, with paper products and tanks of soda," Osborne said.

The troop is sponsored by Wesley United Methodist Church in Hampstead.

Information: 239-7380 or 374-5417.

Scouting for Food

Chances are you'll see Cub Scouts in your neighborhood Saturday morning. They'll be performing a good deed on a grand scale -- collecting for the annual Scouting For Food campaign.

Cub Pack 790 has collected nearly a ton of food each year, and this year will be collecting at Small Crossings, Hampstead Valley, Robert's Field and Wolf Hill.

Every county neighborhood will be canvassed by Scouts.

Last weekend, plastic bags explaining the program were distributed to homes, but any bag will do. Just leave nonperishables on your doorstep or watch for a friendly Scout.

The Scouts and parents plan a morning pickup and delivery to Carroll County Food Sunday.

Local artists exhibit

The Manchester Historical Center will hold its annual monthlong exhibit of local artists in the Town Meeting Room at the Municipal Building, 3224 York St.

The work of seven artists will be exhibited. Their work includes watercolor, acrylic and oil.

The exhibit opens Saturday, with hours of noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. After this weekend, the exhibit will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, through March 28.

Information: Phyllis Gettier, 374-4404.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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