Women craft a quilt to raffle at Fireman's Carnival


April 01, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

QUILTS, THOSE perennial favorites for bedcovers and wall hangings, have also become a means for fund raising.

Across the county, groups of women are forming contemporary quilting bees that decide on quilt patterns, shop for fabrics and then get down to piecing and quilting to produce a work of community art that's raffled or auctioned for a favorite cause.

At Elmer Wolfe Elementary School, a dedicated group of creative hand-crafters has been getting together every Monday night for a year to produce a queen-size quilt that will be raffled on the last day of this year's New Windsor Fireman's Carnival in May. The star-patterned quilt in burgundy, gold and green is entirely hand-sewn.

Proceeds will go toward the construction of a new playground at Elmer Wolfe. Raffle tickets cost $1.

The quilters are Elmer Wolfe parents Beth Baran, Kendall Hopkins, Tammi Robinson, Caroline Amsell, Ivy Storey, Sharon Gregory and Colleen Williar. They are enjoying the process so much that quilting could become a tradition at the school.

"We're hoping to do a quilt a year," Williar said.

Information and raffle tickets: 410-751-2070.

Library exhibits quilt

Those who admire quilts and enjoy books should trek over to the Taneytown library, where a quilt depicting books is on display. The friendship quilt was designed and quilted by employees at the Westminster library to raise money for the library's endowment fund. The quilt will be raffled April 26. Tickets are $3 or two for $5.

Information: 410-751-1980.

Holy Week Services

An annual Good Friday tradition in Taneytown is "The Seven Last Words of Christ," a spiritual walk that starts at noon.

The walk lasts three hours and begins and ends at Messiah United Methodist Church, 25 Middle St. Stops are made at Taneytown Presbyterian and Trinity Lutheran churches, Grace United Church of Christ and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. A brief homily and music, led by both lay ministry and pastors, are offered at each church; each stop lasts a half-hour.

Holy Week culminates in Taneytown with an ecumenical Easter Sunrise service at 6: 30 a.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church. Information: 410-751-1203 or 410-756-6085.

Linwood Brethren Church holds its annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6: 30 a.m. The church is at 575 McKinstry's Mill Road. Information: Dan Ceary, pastor, 410-775-2200.

St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor also has a sunrise service, which is led by the church's youth members. The church is at 200 Main St., New Windsor.

Information: 410-635-2442.

Rick Barber at CCC

Having grown up in the Midwest, the Civil War was a tragic event I read about in history class.

Here in Carroll, it's still a presence: in the 18th- and 19th-century homes whose residents might have helped soldiers on the road to Gettysburg; in the backyards and fields where children and Civil War buffs may still find artifacts; and in the old cemeteries where a soldier may be buried.

Many Northwest Carroll residents are known for their keen interest in the war, and for participation in round-table discussions, research and re-enactments. One of the most enthusiastic is Rick Barber, a graduate of Francis Scott Key High School. Barber and his family have become regional experts in the life of a soldier and his family during the Civil War, and travel the region giving living-history demonstrations.

On April 17, at Carroll Community College, you will get a chance to see Barber's portrayal of the life of a Confederate foot soldier, complete with the weapons, accouterments and personal items needed and used by a Civil War infantryman.

Barber's portrayal is part of "Maryland and the Civil War: A Regional Perspective," offered by the college in an all-day workshop. The cost is $15 for those who register before April 9.

Information: 410-386-8000.

Laugh and Cry Movie Guide

Sometimes you just need a good cry or an unstoppable belly laugh. I've discovered a reference for both in "The Laugh and Cry Movie Guide" by Cathie Glenn Sturdevant.

It lists and cross-indexes hundreds of movies according to categories of tear-jerkers, comedies and even those movies that help us move through life changes. I found the book at the library, and my entire family (especially our teen-agers) is using it to help choose our next video rental.

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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