Holiday wares at church fairs


November 01, 2001|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE HOLIDAYS will arrive in the Northwest area early with the Early Bird Christmas Crafts Fair coordinated by four churches, all within a few miles of each other.

The churches have held their crafts fairs on separate weekends, said June Keck, fair coordinator for St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor. But this year, she said, the churches decided that holding them the same day might draw more people.

The churches - Bethel United Methodist, Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren, St. James United Methodist and St. Paul's United Methodist - will hold their bazaars Saturday. Sam Creek's fair will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The rest will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"We will have maps at each church showing how to get to the other churches," Keck said.

Although all the churches will offer holiday crafts items, some will have items unique to their church.

At St. Paul's, a popular item is prepared mincemeat that shoppers can buy frozen and bagged.

St. Paul's also will have more than 20 tables set up with teddy bears, ornaments, Christmas wreaths, jewelry, wooden items, folk angels and oil paintings.

Regina Roop, a St. Paul's coordinator, said a silent auction, featuring a pair of quilted pillows and handmade wooden lawn chairs, will be held. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At St. James United Methodist outside New Windsor, big sellers are sausage and chicken corn soup. The soup can be eaten there or taken home. Breakfast and lunch will be served from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren, homemade and flea market items will be available.

Information: Bethel United Methodist, 3001 Hooper Road, 410-635-6302; Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren, 2736 Marston Road, 410-635-2261; St. James United Methodist, 3000 Marston Road, 410-875-4011; and St. Paul's United Methodist, 200 Main St., New Windsor, 410-635-2442.

Annual oyster feed

Union Bridge Lions Club will hold its annual oyster feed from 6 p.m. until sellout Nov. 7 at the New Midway fire hall on Route 194 outside Midway between Keymar and Woodsboro.

The event will include oysters, shrimp and chicken. The cost is $22.

Thunderhead charity bowl

Charity Bowl 2001 United Way held Saturday at Thunderhead Bowling Centre in Taneytown raised more than $5,000, according to Mark Kraus, co-owner of the bowling alley.

"Last year, we raised $2,700 and this year around $5,000," Kraus said. "I think we're going to want to have it again."

Kraus said news reports have said that many local charities were hurting because of all the money being donated to the Sept. 11 tragedy.

"I think this gave people a chance to come out and do something local that they knew would be local," he said.

He said was former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson attended the event for the second year.

"And of course the Ravens cheerleaders are always a big hit," Kraus said.

Turkey, oyster supper

Tom's Creek United Methodist Church will hold a turkey and oyster supper from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The church is off Route 140 between Taneytown and Emmitsburg. The cost is $10 and $4.50 for children ages 5 to 10.

Church breakfast

United Church of Christ will hold its all-you-can-eat breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in Keysville. The cost is $4.50 and $3 for children age 10 and younger. The breakfast will include scrambled eggs, potatoes and ham.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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