ON HAMPSTEAD DAY, Saturday, Hampstead will be visited by hundreds of people, all on foot.
They will come, intrigued by the prospects of shopping among more than 150 sidewalk vendors, selling antiques, furniture, bric-a-brac, flowers and tasty snacks.
A mile-long stretch of Main Street, from Route 88 to Route 482, will be flanked by purveyors of Americana old and new. Main Street will remain open to vehicles, but driving will be at a snail's pace because of the crowds.
The Rotary Club, the event sponsor, will sell freshly made lemonade. Visitors will find every sort of food, including funnel cakes, soup, nachos and barbecued chicken.
Throughout the day, entertainers will perform on the shaded lawn of the old Hampstead Elementary School. Every area organization staffs a booth.
The event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is marking its 24th year, is Hampstead's traditional salute to summer.
Information: Steve Eline, 410-239-8163.
By the way, the Women's Club of Hampstead will sell $1 raffle tickets throughout the day, beginning at 8 a.m. The prizes are $150 and $100 and will be given away at the end of the day. Look for their booth opposite Jiffy Mart.
The Hampstead Business Association will publish its 1997-1998 Hampstead Business Directory in August.
The group plans to distribute 7,000 copies to every address within the 21074 zip code. The 44-page directory is published every two years.
New businesses in Hampstead are encouraged to contact the business association for a listing in the directory.
Businesses need not be members of the association.
Association members receive listings in bold type.
Membership is $40 a year.
Information: Carol Fertitta, 410-374-4813.
Homeowners meet tonight
The annual meeting for the full membership of The Fields Homeowners' Association will be at 7 p.m. today at Spring Garden Elementary School, Boxwood Drive, Hampstead.
An election will be held to select two members to the five-member board of directors and to determine other officers.
Information: Mary Jo Pollock, 410-374-1225.
The sport of skateboarding will be presented at 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the North Carroll branch library.
jTC The staff of M-Pire Snowboards and Skateboards of Westminster will discuss equipment, maintenance and safety for board enthusiasts.
The event is open to children in grades five and up, and their parents are welcome to attend.
"We want to better the relationship between teens and the library, to make the library a good place for them," Kris Peters, a library information specialist, said about the program.
"We hope the kids think this [program] is cool."
She added, "We're also starting a homework center, with scissors, rulers, and things they seem to forget, plus a shelf of almanacs and an encyclopedia to make a more teen-ager friendly area."
Skateboarding is not permitted at the library.
Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 5/21/97