Planners have changed the date of the Linthicum Community Fair to Oct. 9.

NEIGHBORS

August 15, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Planners have changed the date of the Linthicum Community Fair to Oct. 9. The activities will begin with a parade at 9 a.m. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 10. The event will begin with a parade at 1 p.m. and the fair from 2 p.m. until dusk. The fairgrounds are at St. John's field, Hammonds Ferry and Maple roads.

The planning committee is looking for "fun facts" about people who live in Linthicum. They are trying to find the person who has lived in Linthicum the longest, the oldest man, the oldest woman, the couple married the longest, and the family with the most children.

Nominations are being collected at the Linthicum Library, Bruce's Hardware and Bonnie Max Variety Store located in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center. Nomination forms are available at those locations, but will be accepted on plain white paper. Please include a telephone number for verification. Information: Bernadette Simon, 410-859-4433.

New for this year will be a pet parade to follow the regular parade. Owners are invited to dress their pets in imaginative costumes. Awards will be given for various categories including best owner and pet look-alike. Information: 410-859-4433.

Nonprofit organizations are invited to enter floats in the parade and compete for prize money. Information or registration: Sue Cwiek, 410-859-5315.

Nonprofit organizations can also sponsor games and activities or sell food, beverages and other items. Fifteen percent of their proceeds will be donated to the North County Emergency Outreach Network (NCEON). Information: Martin Muller, 410-859-0621.

Craftspeople can sell their handiwork at the fair. Spaces can be rented for $15, and crafters must provide their own tables. To reserve a space, call Ruth Bishop at 410-859-0757.

The Linthicum Community Fair is an annual event that brings together churches, schools, civic organizations, Scouts, sports associations, social clubs and other groups for fun, fellowship and fund raising. The groups raise money for their charities and also for NCEON. Nonperishable food is also collected for NCEON.

Martin Muller, chairman of the NCEON, invites more groups to participate in the fair this year. "I would like this 10th anniversary fair to be the biggest one yet," he said. "We would like to raise a record number of funds for NCEON and collect more food than ever. NCEON does a great job of feeding the hungry, and is always in need of food."

Businesses that would like to donate funds to this event may call Muller at 410-859-0621.

Fair participants are invited to a meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 West Maple Road.

Poetry Day a success

It took a lot of hard work and planning, and when Aug. 4 arrived, the Linthicum Lions Club members had unbearable heat to contend with.

But the Peter Patter Poetry Circus Day was worth doing to see the excitement on the faces of the children at Lions Camp Merrick, according to Marlene Stivers, club president.

Lions Camp Merrick in Southern Maryland is a camp for vision-impaired children and is supported by the Linthicum club.

Stivers said this was the third Peter Patter Poetry Day she read to the children at camp.

This year, she decided to feature circus poems and create a circus atmosphere for the children. "We wanted to include the sounds, smells and taste of a circus," she said.

Through the sense of touch, the children discovered animal masks and identified animal figures. Dressed in costumes, they marched in a parade with circus music playing. Stivers said the children made her the world's fattest clown by stuffing her costume with paper.

"They stuffed me fat and then slimmed me down," she said with a laugh.

Each of the 35 children was given a circus bag donated by Wal-Mart and filled with goodies by the Linthicum club.

After lunch, all the children got to eat cotton candy, something they thoroughly enjoyed, Stivers said. "Over 110 were given out. I'm so glad we rented the [cotton candy] machine."

Stivers served as ringmaster, with members Beth Sandifer, Dinah Cook, Mel Simmons, Don Fox, and Jerry Stivers acting as her "crew." Others who helped out included Past District Governor Joe Livingston and his wife Judy from Fallston, Past District Governor Bob Muchow and wife Dolly from Severna Park and Janet McClellan, wife of a Severn River Lions Club member.

Since childhood, Stivers has treasured "Peter Patter Poems" by LeRoy F. Jackson. She doesn't tire of reading them, but she feels that the children know them pretty well now. "Next year I think I will have to rack my brain to come up with something new," she said.

Information: Stivers, 410-672-6032.

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