Hampstead Church Is Setting For Cellular Phone Commercial


April 23, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FILMMAKERS SET UP shop at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Hampstead last week after searching Central Maryland for the right setting to stage a 30-second wedding for a commercial.

About 40 people -- including the production team, art agency, actors, caterer and film crew -- arrived at the church on Shiloh Avenue about 5: 30 a.m. Thursday to set up lights and cameras, plant temporary flower beds, prepare food in the social hall, and hoist an imitation oak branch and enormous filtering screens in the church parking lot.

The commercial, written by Marty Baker and directed by Richard Rumble, "was about how hard it is to make a commitment," in this case a 30-day trial for cellular phone service, Baker said.

"You can bring the phone back but a wedding is another thing," he said.

Gail Terzano of Timeless Creations discovered members of the production team in her Hampstead florist shop. They ordered a bride's bouquet of fresh flowers and ribbon bows for the exterior railings.

Terzano went to the set the next day to snap a few photos of the flowers that employee Patty Sater had designed.

The commercial begins airing April 28 on television stations in Tennessee, Virginia, and eastern Pennsylvania, including York and Hanover.

By the way, the Rev. John O. Alston, pastor at Shiloh UMC, wasn't called to action for the wedding scene.

Raptor show

Moulder the barn owl will return to the wild in June. The owl, born of injured parents, will be set free after being taught to capture mice.

Moulder is luckier than several other raptors -- birds of prey -- who were rescued and will remain in captivity. The other birds won't be able to survive on their own.

Steve Heacock of the Environmental Center showed the birds to Cub Scouts in Pack 790 in Hampstead.

The birds included a screech owl, barn owl, barred owl and great horned owl. The birds Heacock keeps generally have been injured too severely to survive in the wild.

The Scouts and their siblings clustered near the large-eyed birds, tethered to Heacock's leather glove. They listened intently for the sound of a flapping owl's wing -- it's silent.

And they laughed as the owl swiveled its head to watch as Heacock circled it.

Heacock reminded the Scouts to call Piney Run or Bear Branch nature centers or local wild bird rescuers when they find injured birds or animals.

Celebrating 12 decades

Bixlers United Methodist Church will celebrate 120 years of worship and fellowship beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. Several former pastors and former members are expected to return.

"You can see the church a long way off from Bachmans Valley Road, in the middle of a cornfield," said Melvin Gill, a member of the congregation who lives in Pennsylvania.

The church was built in 1877 with logs from trees cleared for the cornfield. The church was rebuilt with bricks in 1904.

Over the years, the congregation has remained fewer than 100 members, who mostly come from Melrose, Manchester and from farms and communities along the Pennsylvania border.

The Rev. Ira Barr is pastor; he also serves Millers United Methodist Church. The church choirs merge for an annual Palm Sunday Cantata.

"Why come to small church? We're like one big family. If you come in, don't rush out as soon as the preacher says `Amen.' Everybody greets each other, shakes hands and shares the warmth that's there," said Clyde Kreitzer, whose maternal grandmother was one of the church's first trustees.

Information: 717-633-7575.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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