Apple Festival draws crowds despite the overcast weather


October 21, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE SKIES THREATENED, but the weather didn't dampen the spirit of the annual Apple Festival on Saturday at Piney Run Park.

A crowd flowed into the park all day long despite the overcast sky. Craft vendors and food concessions did brisk business.

"I'm pleased with the turnout," said Deanna Hofmann, the festival organizer and a naturalist at the park's Nature Center. "After what the weather was like [Friday] night, we were pretty lucky today."

The Apple Festival has been tormented with bad weather the past few years.

"We had beautiful weather the first couple of years, but the past two or three have been really difficult," Hofmann said.

A hand-operated cider press drew plenty of eager helpers as did cooking demonstrations of the techniques of days gone by. My sons were interested in the meat and poultry hanging over a wood fire. They vowed to try this technique on their next camping trip with Dad.

Many families enjoyed horse-drawn hayrides. More than a few area homes displayed scarecrows made at the festival.

Birding and photography

The Nature Center at Piney Run will play host to wildlife

photographer Art Kennell at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow.

Kennell, a member of the Hanover Bird Club, is an avid bird watcher and an experienced nature photographer.

A slide show presentation by Kennell will be followed by dessert and coffee.

Cost is $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Bus trips

The varsity cheerleading squad at Liberty High School won a bid to the National Championship Competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C., in April, and now must raise the money to get there.

The girls have sold candy, held bake sales, offered baby-sitting services and washed cars.

Now, they are trying something a little different. The cheerleaders are sponsoring two bus trips:

On Nov. 1, the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City will be the destination. Charter buses will leave Liberty High School at 8: 30 a.m. and return about 9: 30 p.m. The cost is $24 per person (each passenger receives $13 in quarters).

On Nov. 15, a trip to the Pottery Factory in Williamsburg, Va., is planned. This is a great

place to begin your holiday shopping. Buses will depart from the high school at 7: 30 a.m. and return at 9: 30 p.m. The cost is $30 per person.

For reservations or information, call 410-795-0985 or 410-795-4740.

Halloween celebration

Halloween is coming early to Carrolltowne Center.

The mall's celebration will begin with a comedy show at 1 p.m. Saturday.Children are welcome to show off their costumes during the "Costume Parade Across the Stage" at 1: 15 p.m.

Trick-or-treating will begin at 2 p.m.

Information: 410-781-7070.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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