Area microbreweries, Lions setting up the suds to benefit visually, hearing-impaired children


September 02, 1997|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Ellicott City Lions Club is joining Baltimore's Cross Street Irregulars in sponsoring a Micro Fest, offering all comers a taste of 16 different beers from eight microbreweries.

Home-brewing has been a popular hobby in recent years, a hands-on pastime with a clear reward.

Some home brewers enjoyetheir hobby enough to start small businesses, and microbreweries have sprouted around the state. Some microbreweries have a charitable streak -- they're donating two kegs for the Lions event.

Proceeds from the Micro Fest will benefit Camp Merrick for visually impaired children, and the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf.

Local brewers include Ellicott Mills Brewing Company and Bare Bones, both from Ellicott City; Clipper City Brewing Company of Linthicum; Sissons SB Brewing Company of Baltimore; Oxford Brewing Company of Linthicum; Wild Goose Brewery of Salisbury; Brimstone Brewing Company of Baltimore; and Frederick Brewing Company of Frederick.

Volunteers running the event include members of the Ellicott City Lions and the Cross Street Irregulars -- a home brewing club based in Baltimore.

Off-duty Howard County police officers will provide security.

The Micro Fest will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lions Hall on Route 104 in Ellicott City. Live music, games and bingo, Oktoberfest food and fine cigars will be included.

Only those over age 21 will be admitted.

A donation of $20 is requested. For details, call Joe Burns at 410-992-6239.


Apologies. I goofed. Last week's piece on Harrison Shipley's new book, "Remembrances of Passing Days," brought folks to the Ellicott City firehouse in hopes of taking a book home with them.

Unfortunately, there are no books at the firehouse yet.

But Carolyn Klein is taking orders for the book, which -- until today -- costs $24.95.

Books will be delivered on Sept. 20. On that day, everyone who has put in an order will be able to pick up books from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Firehouse Museum, when Shipley will be there to sign them.

"If you can't make it to Ellicott City on Sept. 20, come to the firehouse later and pick it up. We'll get it to you," said fire station administrator Klein.

The book signing -- as well as a display of a 1929 American LaFrance Pumper -- are the Firehouse Museum's contributions to Heritage Week. The museum is on the corner of Church Road and Main Street in Ellicott City.

History, with dinner

The Howard County Chapter of the American Association of University Women starts its 1997-1998 year with a covered dish supper at 6: 30 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Historic Hebron House in Ellicott City, according to President Peg O'Rourke.

In addition to touring the early 18th-century home, members and guests will learn about the history of the house and the family of its builder, Judge Thomas Dorsey, from association member Joetta Cramm.

Members, prospective members and guests are invited.

Hebron House is off Mount Hebron Drive in Ellicott City. For details, call 410-465-4725.

Worthington is ready

Worthington Elementary School's PTA Executive Board for 1997-1998 is ready to take on the challenges of another winning year.

President is Mary Turanchik; first vice president is Debbie Hobson; treasurer is Colleen Dodd; recording secretary is Deborah Tipton; and corresponding secretary is Barb Forrester.

Worthington has two new business partners, Cabarra's Restaurant and Columbia Bank, both in the Long Gate Shopping Center.

Weekend for art lovers

Howard County Arts Council's eighth annual Fall Gallery Tour will be held Friday and Saturday.

Activities such as gallery talks, open studios, live music and silent auctions will take place.

In Ellicott City, four galleries will be exhibiting for the tour.

At the Department of Education Gallery, artist Roma Slyter, an art instructor at Hammond Middle School, will exhibit her two-dimensional work in a show titled "Where There Is Light, There Is Color."

The reception will be from 4: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 10910 Route 108, in Ellicott City.

Mill River Gallery II, in the Historic Oella Mill, offers a Member Exhibit, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Mill is at 840 Oella Avenue.

The National Quilting Association Gallery, in the Howard County Center for the Arts, will open an exhibit titled, "Pieced and Applique Quilts," by Colleen Francis of Petaluma, Calif.

Also, the Center for the Arts will have two gallery openings.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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