Church prepares for peach of a festival


August 12, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ONE OF THE JOYS OF living in a rural area is the chance to celebrate the harvests, a holdover from simpler times.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren will hold its annual, and very popular, peach festival. The free event will be held on church grounds at 26 Pipe Creek Road, outside Uniontown. The event lasts until 8 p.m.

People attend from surrounding counties and Pennsylvania. The 80-member congregation cooks and serves 600 fried chicken suppers and holds two auctions, a flea market and a petting zoo -- in addition to serving desserts and ice cream made with fresh peaches from a local orchard.

The event is organized to raise funds for church missions and upkeep on the church building.

John Arbaugh has been event chairman for years. He said the peach festival began in 1983 to raise money to finish the church basement for wedding receptions and other events. The festival was a hit, and has continued.

The auction begins the festival.

"We're offering a variety of box lots, an almost-new pickup top, a freezer, antique dry sink, firewood -- there's a lot of variety," Arbaugh said.

At noon, a quilt auction features more than 30 handcrafted quilts, plus comforters, lap robes and pillows.

Flea market vendors will sell crafts and other items, and a petting zoo and wagon rides should keep the young ones occupied. Music from the Gospel Travelers and a hymn sing-along and gospel clowning led by Sue Reifsnider from Taneytown will start at 4 p.m.

The centerpiece of the day is food. Kettle-drum fried chicken suppers will be served beginning at 3 p.m., vendors will serve hot dogs, barbecue, and drinks throughout the day, and a bake table, with homemade peach desserts and other confections, will be available.

Members of the Pipe Creek congregation will arrive at 5: 30 a.m. to begin peeling peaches and organizing the supper. Food committee members are Nancy Carlisle, Judy Kridenoff, Rosalie Griffith, Dick Wilson and Gene John.

"The entire church works on this festival," said Arbaugh. "It's a lot of work, but it's worth it when you're having fun. We're helping the church and people far away, too."

Information: 410-775-7343.

Artrain pulls out

The Taneytown city staff felt a little sad Monday, when Artrain pulled out of the city after a four-day stay. The much-antici- pated arrival of the train, filled with art inspired by space flight and exploration, attracted more than 5,000 visitors.

"People came from New Jersey, Delaware, Richmond and Gettysburg, as well as Baltimore and neighboring areas," said Nancy McCormick, Taneytown's economic development officer.

"The Norman Rockwell painting of the moon landing was the most popular painting of the exhibit," said McCormick.

Rockwell painted his realistic portrayal of the moon landing years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.

The genius of American artists captured the genius of American engineering, and it was breathtaking. This is a thank-you to all the hard-working folks in Taneytown who brought us this meaningful exhibit and chance to meet with neighbors over art.

New Windsor in movie

Pastor Mary Kay Totty-Kublawi was there the night it opened in Maryland. Members of her congregation followed. They were in movie theaters, watching Julia Roberts' hit, "Runaway Bride."

They weren't just noticing Roberts and her famous dazzling smile. They were watching the big screen for their church, St. Paul's United Methodist, to appear -- and trying to spot themselves sitting in the pews.

Totty-Kublawi said the St. Paul's scene, in which the church is transformed from Methodist to Catholic, speeds by. St. Paul's is the site of the second wedding of Roberts' character, and the camera pans across the pews at the wedding guests, played by about 30 St. Paul's members. "It's a quick scene, and if you knew where you were sitting, you could find yourself in the movie. Otherwise, you couldn't," said the pastor.

Roberts and crew filmed in New Windsor in December.

"We were told to keep our distance from Roberts," said Totty-Kublawi, "And we respected that. But I did meet the director, Garry Marshall, and that was quite nice.

"And I had a couple of weddings in the church this summer where the couples were pleased they were being married in the church where Julia Roberts' movie was filmed," she said.

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

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