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Art Notes

September 06, 1998

Area sculptor's exhibit depicts 'social viruses'

"Virus," an installation of steel creations by area sculptor Jim Roberts, appears at the Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at Western Maryland College for a two-week show beginning Tuesday.

Featuring a compilation of work Roberts began last year, the show of more than 100 pieces will run through Sept. 18, with an opening reception scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

The sculptures depict what he terms contemporary social viruses, such as television, computers, fast food and telephones -- items he perceives have relentlessly attacked society.

Even the Bible makes the list because of its all-consuming use by many in today's world.

"The main difference between my viruses and the biological kind is that mine only live because of man's influence and they only directly affect humans," he said.

Roberts is a member of the Towson University Sculpture Coalition and will be part of its two-week show at WMC after his own show closes. The coalition show runs Sept. 21 to Oct. 2 with an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 25.

The Rice Gallery, in Peterson Hall, is open from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays. Information: 410- 857-2599.

Farm Museum to display antique tractors, engines

Steam engines, antique tractors and farm equipment, and demonstrations of farm work will be featured at the 36th annual Steam and Gas Engine Round-up Friday through Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The event is sponsored by the Mason-Dixon Historical Society. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk.

Besides well-known and popular models of farm equipment, lesser-known tractors and engines will be featured. Tractors of all makes and models, restored and unrestored, are welcome.

A parade of tractors and farm equipment will be held at 4 p.m. each day of the show. A parade of antique cars will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday of the show.

Demonstrations of saw milling, shingle sawing and branding, baling, threshing and grinding will be held each day.

A flea market also will be held and food vendors will offer hot dogs and fried chicken platters. Raffle tickets for tractor prizes // will be sold for $1 each or six for $5.

A consignment sale will be held at 4 p.m. Friday. Items will be accepted until sale time.

The Farm Museum buildings will be open for tours at 500 S. Center St., Westminster.

Information: lesser-known models of tractors, 410-848-6395 ; tractor displays and consignment sale, 410-848-0443; gas engines, 410-374-3644; antique cars and trucks, 410-857-1239; steam engines, 717-359-5445; flea market space, 410-666-0529.

Collectibles, services at auxiliary auction

The Friends of Carroll Lutheran Village auxiliary will have its annual auction to benefit the assisted-living building at 9 a.m. Saturday at the facility outside of Westminster.

Auctioneer Janice Hull will keep the action moving as collectibles, products and services are sold. Items have been donated by individuals and area businesses.

Items for bid include a one-owner 1966 Chevrolet Nova with 67,500 miles; a handmade "Tulips in the Round" quilt; estate jewelry; collector bears and dolls; a handmade, furnished copy of a British Museum dollhouse; two sides of beef; and golf club certificates.

Additionally, a quilt made by the Carroll Lutheran Village quilters will be auctioned.

A homemade lunch and baked goods will be available.

Carroll Lutheran Village is at 205 St. Mark Way off Route 31. Information: 410-848-0090.

Music, petting farm at Honey Harvest Festival

Honey and honey cooking will be featured at the 12th annual Honey Harvest Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at Hashawha Environmental Center north of Westminster.

A honey pancake brunch starts the day from 10: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $2.50 per person.

This year's focus will be on honey and honeybee fun for children.

Activities include music by Mary Byrd Brown, hayrides, "Buzzy Bear," a petting farm, nature games and hikes, blacksmith demonstrations, face painting, bee crafts, a "Be A Bee Play" starring visiting children, arts and crafts sales and hourly door prizes.

The Honey and Honey Cookery Show can be seen (call for entry form and show rules), as well as honey extraction, an open hive demonstration, a beekeeping rodeo, an auction and candle-making.

Foods made with honey will be sold, including homemade honey ice cream, pancakes with honey and lunch foods.

Festival admission is $2 per vehicle. Activities are free.

The center is at 300 John Owings Road, off Route 97 north. Information: 410- 848-9040.

Pub Date: 9/06/98

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