Holy Cow! It's a bovine boutique


October 29, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF ONLY COWS cud laugh. They might find the work of Hampstead resident Linda Topper udderly amusing.

Two wooden yard cows stand about 3 feet tall on the front porch at 1353 N. Main St. Inside, cows can be found doing very un-cowlike things: cows on motorcycles, cows as angels and a full-length cow cover for a vacuum cleaner. Then there are the amusing signs: "Attack cow on duty." "Manure happens."

"This started as a statement, rather than a theme," says Topper, who began to paint splatter-shaped black splotches on white items to please her friends.

She's seen plenty of cows during her life. During Topper's childhood, her grandmother insisted upon petting every cow seen along highways and roadsides.

One cow thing led to another: cow spots on candles, cow Christmas ornaments, cow-pattern light switch plates and flowerpots. She's been seeing -- and painting -- black spots and funny cow statements for nearly four years.

Her daughter, Mandy Reese, and her daughter's friend, Jessica Carroll, both seniors at North Carroll High School, help Topper round up new ideas.

"If we can paint it, we do," says Topper, noting that the black-and-white Holstein patterns seems to amuse the most.

She creates pillow cases, curtains and tablecloths from cow fabric. Maybe you've seen some of these crazy cow items at local fund-raisers. Topper contributes regularly to local charities. She is among the business donors of a program that gives a painted china plate (no cows on this one) to welcome new babies in the Hampstead and Manchester area.

Topper decided Main Street was ready for udder chaos last summer when she opened a shop on Main Street that features her cow creations. The shop is called (what else?) Holy Cow!!

Inside, the black-and-white pattern of cowhide is rampant. Cow Christmas light covers are coming soon.

Information: 410-239-8068.

Church Christmas

The annual Christmas at the Church will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Main St., Hampstead.

The event features local crafts vendors and work by talented church members. Since July, members have met to create gingerbread people, silk wreaths, ornaments, gift bags and more.

The popular silent auction features articles donated by area merchants. Bids will be taken in writing until 2 p.m.

Lunch will be served from 11: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. in the social hall. The menu choice is either hot roast beef platter with potatoes, green beans, dessert, drink, rolls and butter or the famous chicken salad platter. Cost is $5. Reservations are suggested.

Children will enjoy games, face painting, and a photo opportunity with Santa.

Information: 410-239-8088.

Turkey and oyster supper

In November, turkey becomes a top menu choice and, in Maryland, it's often paired with oysters from the Chesapeake Bay.

That traditional supper turkey with oysters will be served by members of Salem United Methodist Church beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St.

The United Methodist Women will serve the family style dinner until the food runs out.

The cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children 7 to 12. Children 6 and under eat free.

Information: 410-374-2421.

Art and craft show

The Hanover Area Arts Guild Inc. began as a group of local artists who wanted to exhibit their work once a year.

Nearly 30 years later, it's grown to include 150 artists, many from Carroll County. The guild staffs a full-time gallery, offers classes and workshops, and has created a scholarship for high school students.

Its Fall Art and Craft Show and Sale has remained the guild's most important annual event. This year, the gallery will exhibit works in all fine arts and crafts media, including wearable art and articles for home decorating, Nov. 6-29.

A reception will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the gallery. The Gallery is at 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa., just north of the town square. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. Municipal parking is available, and the gallery is accessible to the disabled.

Information: 717-632-2521.

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

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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