Smallwood Festival will offer giant-sized festivities Saturday


September 08, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NOTHING IS SMALL about the Smallwood Festival scheduled for Saturday.

More than 300 vendors will sell everything from crafts and antiques to plants and flea market items. An all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast will start the festivities at 6 a.m. in Reese Fire Hall.

Members of Deer Park Lions Club, sponsors of the festival, also will serve their Egg McLion sandwiches.

Vendors will be at Reese Carnival Grounds on Route 140 between Westminster and Finksburg all day.

"It's the variety of vendors and the entertainment that bring the people in," said Jay Beigle, publicity chairman for the event. "Last year's festival drew over 10,000 people."

Beigle gets to Reese at 4: 30 a.m. the day of the festival to greet the vendors whose cars snake down Route 140 before the gates open at 6 a.m.

The festival runs like a well-oiled machine each year, thanks in part because Lions Club member Steve Crum has chaired the event for 21 years.

"Pulling together an event like the Smallwood Festival is like having a baby. It is a blessed event," Crum said. "We spend nine months planning and getting prepared. Hopefully everything comes together after the event and things are back to normal after that."

Each year Deer Park Lions Club takes the $8,000 to $10,000 raised during the festival and gives it back to the community and to organizations such as Maryland Medical Eye Bank, Leisure Dogs for the Blind and the Wilmer Institute of Johns Hopkins, an eye and low-vision research center.

Locally, the club pays for eye exams and eyeglasses when people can't afford them. It also provides wheelchairs, walkers, canes and hospital equipment.

These services, plus donations to churches and charitable organizations throughout the county, bring the Lions Club's donations to about $10,000 each year. Since Crum has chaired the festival, about $200,000 has been raised and donated to the community.

"The festival is a chance to have a good time and know your money is going to lots of good causes," Beigle said.

From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the Gingham Squares will dance, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., country singer Ashley Marie will perform. She has opened for groups and individual stars such as National Acts, Shenandoah, Martina McBride, Jeff Carson, Mila Mason, John Anderson and the Dixie Chicks.

The entertainment will continue with country music by Free Wheeling from 2: 30 p.m. to 4: 30 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. Information: 410-876-2838.

Honey Harvest Festival

The annual Honey Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hashawha Environmental Center on Johns Owings Road in Westminster.

A honey pancake brunch begins at 10: 30 a.m. for early arrivals for $2.50.

In addition to open hive demonstrations, a beekeeping rodeo and honey extractions, the event will include live music, hayrides, a petting farm, wildflower hikes, blacksmith demonstrations, bee crafts and bee games.

"This year we are extra excited because we have expanded the children's activities," said Melinda Byrd, manager of Hashawha and Bear Branch nature centers. "There are new games and crafts, and there is still plenty for adults to do as well. Plus delicious food with honey."

Admission is $2 per vehicle. Information: 410-848-9040.

Basket Bingo

Charles Carroll Recreation Council is sponsoring Basket Bingo on Sept. 19 that will benefit the basketball and soccer programs. Longaberger baskets filled with goodies and lots of door prizes donated by individuals and businesses will be awarded.

Doors will open at 5: 30 p.m., and bingo starts at 7 p.m. in the Westminster West Middle School cafeteria.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Information or tickets: 410-848-3650.

New students

Charles Carroll Elementary recently welcomed the following new students: Abigail Austin, Angela Barbagallo, Cherie Bradley, Nickolas Brown, Vincent Brown, Davon Dargan, Brandon Elfert, Alex Ely, Ashley Ely, Mathew Ely, Crystal Gardner, Kenneth Gardner, Zane Gardner, Faith Greenwood, Brittany Johnson, Christopher Krumrine, Duncan Leech, Kinsey Matthews, Donald Milligan, Jaymie Reese, Amanda Talbert, Donald Talbert, Kyle Watts and Sierra Watts.

Pub Date: 9/08/98

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