Taneytown invites visitors to home and garden show


May 20, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE COMMUNITY spirit in Taneytown is contagious these days. It seems that not too many weekends go by without the city or one of its community groups sponsoring a festival, cleanup or other function or celebration.

Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, the town's economic council will sponsor the Home and Garden Show. Begun last year as the Plant and Flower Mart with 12 vendors, the event's purpose is for people to visit Taneytown, leave their cares behind and enjoy a day at the park -- and in the process learn what a good place Taneytown is, according to Pam Harlow and Melissa Harris, co-chairs of the event.

Admission and rental space for vendors are free.

Hot-air balloonist Ron Broderick will be on hand, and so will morning hosts from WCBM Radio. Broderick will offer rides in his hot-air balloon, weather permitting, for $5, and the radio hosts will take calls from listeners.

Forty-five vendors selling crafts, home improvement items, garden statuary, lawn furniture, birdhouses, bee keeps and more will be on hand. So will food vendors serving pit beef and ham, fried chicken, french fries and fresh roasted peanuts.

"Our philosophy is the more, the merrier," said Harlow.

All food vendors are from Taneytown, the event will feature a good mix of food, crafts and other items, and the show is set up for easy mingling with neighbors and friends.

"We've kept the design tight so you don't have to walk eight miles to see everything," said Harris.

Piped-in jazz will play through the park, and experts will be on hand to provide advice on gardening techniques and outdoor ponds.

Harlow hopes that people will spend the day.

The event lasts until 4 p.m., but she advises attending early -- at last year's mart, plant and flower vendors were sold out before noon.

Information: 410-775-1097 or 410-751-0344.

Hymn sing at Messiah

Messiah Methodist Church in Taneytown will hold a community hymn sing at 7 p.m. Sunday.

This is the second year for the event, according to the Rev. David Slater, a retired minister. He is organizing the event with his wife, Leslie Slater, Messiah's choir director, and organist Marilyn Stonesifer.

"We want the churches to come together, so it's an ecumenical kind of thing," said Slater. "Last time it was a great fellowship."

Choirs participating in Sunday's sing will be from St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Grace United Church of Christ, Trinity Lutheran, Zion United Methodist and Messiah United Methodist. Each will perform several numbers. The congregation will sing the first and last hymns.

Information: 410-840-2086 or 410-751-1709.

Young musicians win awards

Step aside, James Galway. Move along, Yo-Yo Ma. Young musicians from the northwest have been strutting their stuff in the music world.

At recent competitions, instrumental soloists and ensembles, plus a chorus, have claimed accolades for their music accomplishments.

The chorus at Northwest Middle School recently returned from the Music Showcase Festival at Hersheypark, where pupils competed with 13 other middle schools and returned with a trophy and rating of excellent.

In instrumental competitions this spring, pupils from Northwest and New Windsor middle schools received high ratings in state solo and ensemble contests.

From Northwest Middle, sixth-graders Charlie Thompson and Curtis Lunz performed a trumpet duet and Kaitlin Logan performed a flute solo. Seventh-grade soloists Niki Haas (violin), Eileen Korn (flute) and Matthew Myers (French horn) received the highest ranking.

"There was a lot of pressure involved, but they did very well," said Northwest's instrumental music instructor, Becky Weaver, who explained that pupils must perform their prepared pieces in front of a judge.

Linda Baker, instrumental teacher at New Windsor Middle School, says of Kim Richards and Lindsey Keller, eighth-graders who performed a flute duet and attained the highest ranking: "They're two very dedicated musicians who work hard to reach the goals they've set for themselves."

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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