Grace Bible Church to hold minirodeo


August 18, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RIVER VALLEY Ranch is not the Wild West of Hollywood but a place just east of Manchester where the buffalo roam, bull riding is common and people from all walks of life enjoy chuck wagon stew.

The ranch could be a movie set, but it's a year-round Christian retreat center also known for giving free professional rodeos throughout its summer-camp season.

The rodeos of authentic Western games and skills that match the abilities of cowboys against livestock have been such crowd-pleasers that for the second year, the Grace Bible Church has decided to stage a minirodeo on the church grounds at 3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester, off Route 30.

The free rodeo will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 12. Free refreshments will be offered, and the public is welcome.

It's intended as a social event, a church outreach program designed to let people of the area meet church members while seeing the choreography of humans, horses and cattle.

At the rodeo, expect plenty of dusty excitement during the bulldogging -- tipping a steer over with the snap of a rope so its legs can be tied.

The junior bull-riding depends on teen-age agility and instinct. The teen jumps aboard to ride for a set time or until the bull throws the rider off.

Also planned are a pig chase, a goat tie-up, a donkey race and the more standard fare of barrel race and calf roping from horseback.

Younger children can enjoy a petting zoo and face painting.

Information: 410-239-3959.

Baskets and bingo

Members of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Snydersburg welcome the public to basket bingo Aug. 27 at the Hampstead Fire Hall.

Doors open at 5: 30 p.m. with food, soda and desserts available, followed by bingo at 7 p.m.

The fire hall is at 1341 N. Main St. Parking is behind the building.

Church members plan to fill Longaberger collectible baskets with surprises. Jackpot bingo games and raffles will be available. Although not sponsored by the basket company, consultant Pam Fuhrman is assisting the fund-raising event.

Advance tickets are being offered at $10 for three cards for 20 games. These are throwaway cards, so bingo enthusiasts should bring ink daubers. Additional cards are available.

Information: Maretta Warner, after 6 p.m., 410-239-3841.

Trio of artists

Three Pennsylvania artists who are inspired by nature and their local environments will show their works Sept. 3 to 25 at the Hanover Area Arts Guild gallery, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, Pa.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is accessible to the handicapped.

You can meet the artists at a public reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the gallery.

Maureen Crum of Littlestown will exhibit watercolors, acrylics, pastel paintings and drawings. She has spent 30 years in graphic design and publishing, and will introduce a fine-art reproduction depicting Ellicott City, painted in 1992 for the cover to "Ellicott City -- A Walking Tour," published by the Greenberg Publishing Co. of Sykesville.

Genevieve Green of Hanover is a professional database analyst and self-taught artist. She will exhibit charcoal drawings and oil paintings.

Ralph Kaltreider of Spring Grove is inspired by the rural environment.

Kaltreider will exhibit painting in oil on canvas, painting in the traditional folk art style on saw blades and wood-carving.

Information: 717-632-2521.

Explore by foot or canoe

Naturalists at Bear Branch Nature Center offer a day of hiking exploration with heightened sensory awareness from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday for ages 8 through adult.

You and your child can experience limiting some senses and intensifying others to stimulate awareness and imagination during a hike of the woods, fields and streams at Hashawha. Bring a knapsack lunch and plenty to drink.

Cost is $2 for nature center members, $3 for nonmembers.

Naturalists plan a mystery day-trip by canoe from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18.

No experience is required, as park staff will supervise practice time in canoes on Lake Hashawha before transporting the canoes and participants to the mystery departure point on the river.

Participants should bring their lunch and wear old shoes. Nature center staff will supply canoes, a snack and beverage.

Call the nature center for details.

Registration is $20 for a single paddler, $35 for two paddlers and $10 per child (under 12) or nonpaddler.

Programs are being preregistered, and payment should be made at least a week before the program.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/18/99

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