Hampstead Business Expo has fun for adults, kids


February 23, 2000|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DISCOVER THE BEST of Hampstead on Saturday, when businesses and community organizations exhibit their wares at the annual Hampstead Business Expo.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Carroll High School, 1400 Panther Drive, off Hampstead-Mexico Road. The expo is sponsored by Hampstead Business Association.

All expo booths have been sold. One can take a minitour of Hampstead with a visit to 75 businesses and nonprofit groups within an hour or two.

Families will find useful contacts at the booths of the Boy Scouts, Hampstead Ravens youth football club, and North Carroll Recreation Council, which sponsors sports, horsemanship, dance and theater groups.

Adult job opportunities will be addressed by the Business Employment Relations Committee of Westminster, and the Department of Licensing, Labor and Regulation (formerly the Unemployment Commission).

Parents and children can discover the services of North Carroll Branch Library, visit the mayor or the town staff and sign up to help Hampstead Train Station Committee Inc., which is restoring the landmark train station on Shiloh Avenue.

The business association will distribute the Y2K edition of the Hampstead Business Directory, edited by Kathy Rampolla. Chip Leonard of Web Saviors will introduce the business association's new Web page.

Plenty has been planned for children's entertainment. Sandy the Clown will perform and balloons and free face painting will be offered. St. George's Christian Pre-School will staff a table of kid's activities. Artists from Shiloh Pottery will give demonstrations of how clay is transformed on a potter's wheel.

Free performances will be held in the auditorium. Performers include the Rhythm in Shoes dance troupe, North Carroll High School Jazz Band, a bridal and fashion show by Ultimate Image, and North Carroll Ensemble.

"We have something for everybody. The kids can be entertained while parents visit the booths. We make it a fun day for everybody," said Russ Vriezen, expo coordinator.

Information: Russ Vriezen, 410-848-4080.

Breakfast on expo day

Another annual favorite is the breakfast sponsored by Hampstead Rotary Club that coincides with Hampstead Business Expo. The breakfast takes place from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Hampstead Fire Hall, 1341 N. Main St.

Join Pine Valley

Whether it's the deep pine woods, black-eyed Susans in the meadow, or spotting the resident great horned owl, everyone who visits Pine Valley Nature Center has a reason to return.

This park in Manchester is operated by volunteers and funded by donations. The annual membership campaign has begun.

A family can join for $15, or individuals for $10. Several other designations are available for seniors, students and organizations.

Membership benefits include advance notice of the center's programs, the quarterly newsletter, a discount on nature center items and birdseed, and the opportunity to serve on the board of trustees, which helps oversee programs and upkeep of the park.

Visitors can park at Manchester Elementary and walk to Pine Valley Park.

To become a member, contact Manchester Parks Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 8864, Manchester 21102, or stop by Manchester Town Office on York Street.

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

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