Festivals, Christmas bazaars will make fall weekends busy


October 11, 2001|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF, DURING the coming weeks, you find yourself thinking, "There's nothing to do this weekend," you'd better double-check that calendar. There's so much to do this fall; we offer a sampling for your consideration:

Kinder Farm Park's third annual Fall Harvest Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Friends of Kinder Farm Park, the family fun day will be packed with games and crafts for the kids, the highlight of which will be making a scarecrow to take home. An artist will paint a decoration on your face, or you can paint a face on a pumpkin.

Between samples of seasonal food like caramel apples, funnel cakes, and hot and cold cider, take a pony ride or a hayride, or check out the square dancers and the bluegrass singers. You can watch a blacksmith at work, a beekeeper tending his hive, and investigate antique tractors, county rescue equipment, or the farm animals temporarily lodged in the park's old tobacco barn.

But the event you really don't want to miss is 14-year-old Melissa Wilson of Severna Park demonstrating her championship form with the "punkin' chunkin' catapult," a medieval gizmo made of wood that propels pumpkins through the air for unearthly distances. (There's actually a national organization for this hobby, of which Melissa is a member.)

Ranger Brian Campbell is still requesting donations of old clothes (especially pantyhose) to dress the scarecrows, and the rangers can always use more volunteer help during the festival. Call 410-222-6115.

The rain date is Sunday.

Severna Park United Methodist Church's fall garage sale also will take place Saturday at the church on Benfield Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chairman Gwyn Linthicum said the sale is sponsored by the church's Volunteers in Mission, a group that travels to local and national mission sites, as well as to locations around the world.

"We are able to physically contribute by helping individual churches or by projects like building houses," through this active mission, Linthicum said.

Information or to donate items for the sale: 410-647-7349 anytime today or until 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Another Saturday event is the fifth annual Fall Festival at Arnold Elementary School from noon to 4 p.m. The school is at 90 Church Road in Arnold. Activities for the kids include a moon bounce, hay maze, inflatable slide and haunted house. There'll be games, prizes and food, and fall decorations to purchase.

Information: 410-222-1670.

St. Martins-in-the-Field Day School on Benfield Road will present its Fall Festival, an afternoon with an emphasis on family fun, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

For the admission prices of $5 per child and $3 per adult (parents are just along as escorts), little ones will enjoy a moon bounce, pony rides, dunk tank and games. They can even buy tickets for their own junior raffle. A hot dog lunch will be available at an additional price. Baked goods will also be available.

The festival, which will benefit the day school, will be held rain or shine.

Information: 410-647-7055.

The 12th annual Asbury United Methodist Church Craft Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 27. The church is at 78 Church Road in Arnold. The fair will feature needlework, gift baskets, candles, holiday decorations, ceramics, painted wood and carved waterfowl. Proceeds benefit the church and its youth mission projects.

Information: Fern Bowman, fair chair, at 410-974-0879.

Severna Park Baptist Church on Benfield Road invites families to its Harvest Fun and Praise from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. There'll be games, songs, stories and snacks for the kids, plus "treats from the trunk." Reservations: 410-647-0765.

Severna Park High School's fifth annual senior silent auction, presented this year by the Class of 2002, will take place Nov. 3. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 6:45 p.m.

Auction chairwoman Patti Howard said this is one of several fund-raisers designed to reduce the cost of an individual prom ticket, which is $250 this year. The approximately 400-member class has already earned credit by selling candy and gift wrap. The goal is to raise $61,000, said Howard, reducing the ticket price to about $40 apiece.

To donate to the auction or for other information, call 410-544-5073.

Dinner on Nov. 4 can be any number of mouthwatering chili dishes if you dine at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church's first Chili Cook-off. The Western-style feast will begin at 5 p.m. with secret family recipes prepared by members of the congregation on the menu, along with a little line dancing,

The event will benefit the church's youth program. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Information: 410-647-1658.

Berrywood Women's Club will present its annual Berrywood Holiday Boutique from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 17 at the community clubhouse on Berrywood Drive. The sale will feature crafts, woodworking and holiday decorations.

Information: Allison de Gravelles, 410-647-8009.

The 60th annual Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church Bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17. A lot of us head straight to the used book room to peruse potential treasures.

This year for the first time, said chairwoman Judy Lupfer, orders will be taken for a new tree ornament designed with a picture of Woods Church. Information: 410-987-0412.

The annual Christmas Bazaar at St. Martins-in-the-Field on Benfield Road will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. The church's original building, Heck Hall, will be filled with crafts and white elephant items, and the parish hall will house crafts. Customers come year after year to buy bundles of fresh greens, some already made into door swags, along with boxwood trees and candy wreaths.

The senior high teens will serve lunch, said bazaar chairwoman Gladys Thew, and the altar guild will have a table of baked goods. Information: 410-647-8061.

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