Hampstead Town Hall includes exhibit space for local artists


January 07, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN XTC

HAMPSTEAD'S TOWN Hall, beautifully redecorated in tones of slate blue and misty maroon, now includes exhibition space for area artists.

The Town Art Gallery is open from 8: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and during public meetings. Exhibitions are to change every 45 days.

In the current exhibition are 17 photographs by Stephen McDaniel of Manchester and six photographs by Bruce Waldron of Libertytown.

McDaniel is a professional photographer who chose images from extremely close up to very far away. His aerial views of Western Maryland College and of Oriole Park at Camden Yards satisfy our craving for the bird's-eye view.

The eye of one bird is central to his portrait of an osprey. Flowers and bees fascinate him, too, and he gives us honeybees frozen in the fast lane of sipping honey from dandelions or holly blossoms.

Waldron seems to enjoy patterns, such as the reflection of wires caught upon a window that continues the shadows of clapboard siding in his photograph "Sharpsburg, 1997."

Whispers of the antique are seen in "Olney Grove, 1988," a collapsed farm wagon. An arresting abstract was caught in "Deland, 1986," a picture of county fair posters tacked to weather-worn shingled walls.

People interested in exhibiting should call Neil Ridgely at the Town Hall.

Information: 410-239-7408.

Blood drive

"We were successful in our challenge," said Teri Leatherwood, representative of the American Red Cross for North Carroll. The holiday challenge to collect 100 units of blood was met by two blood drives Dec. 29, at the Hampstead Fire Hall and at St. Bartholomew Church in Manchester. In Hampstead, 59 units of usable blood were donated. At St. Bartholomew, 42 units were collected.

"St. Bartholomew did very well on their drive," which was organized mostly by church members, said Leatherwood.

As one who saw the blood drive in action, I was surprised at the number of variables that could hamper donation. Achieving the goal of 100 units isn't as easy as scheduling 100 donors. For instance, several potential donors were turned away for such things as low iron levels or having colds at the time of registration.

PD "It is our goal to make blood drives as convenient as possible,"

said Leatherwood, "because it is hard to schedule people, because everyone is busy. But people must realize that without this, we wouldn't have blood for people in hospitals."

The next North Carroll blood drive will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Manchester Activity Building. Registration is requested.

Information: Teri Leatherwood, 410-374-9791.

Home businesses

The new year begins with new plans, and for some it's to start a business based in the home. Discuss your questions with Carol Fertitta, president of the Home-Business Network, based in Millers.

She'll be speaking to the Carroll County Tourism Association at 8: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the Yellow Turtle Inn, 111 Springdale Ave., New Windsor.

For information, call Heather Johnson, 410-857-2983.

Author on local television

Raimonda Mikatavage, a Hampstead author, will appear on Prestige Cable Channel 3 five times this month. She recently was a guest of Marty Bass during "Coffee Talk" on Channel 13.

Her second book, "Satisfaction in the Land of Opportunity," is aimed at recent immigrants who need the nitty-gritty about living in the United States. As a notebook edition, the book was in use by agencies in the mid-Atlantic area. It is now in bookstores.

Mikatavage will appear at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 and 23, and at 7: 15 a.m. Monday and Jan. 19.

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

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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