County's history and camaraderie are sewn up


April 04, 2002|By Jean Marie Beall | Jean Marie Beall,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

NEARLY A DOZEN women from Taneytown Senior Center have completed a quilt that depicts the life and times of Carroll County.

Work on the quilt, which will be on display at the Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City this summer, began at the suggestion of Taneytown Mayor Henry C. Heine Jr.

Heine, president of the Carroll County chapter of the league, asked the women if they could make a quilt to display with others from Maryland cities at the convention.

Dorothy Molesworth, the group's eldest member at age 83, said the quilt started as a large piece of white cloth with scenes of Carroll County drawn on.

The women filled in the scenes by stitching in fabric, with overlap to give the quilt texture.

Quilter Mary DeBerry said the women looked for fabric that had farm animals, pools of water and the like to create the scenes.

Sometimes they needed the right color of material, such as purple fabric for the grapes to represent Carroll County wineries. Round pieces of purple material were cut and sewn onto the white fabric.

The women began work the first week in February and spent hundreds of hours on the quilt before turning it over to Taneytown's economic development director, Nancy McCormick, last week.

"We worked every Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.," DeBerry said.

The women also worked at home.

Some women took experience to the table, others were novices. Margaret Allick has worked on many quilts, and Betty Bradshaw has worked on baby clothes, pillows and quilts.

But this quilt was a first for Yvonne Brandon.

"What one woman didn't know, the other did," Molesworth said.

All the women credited the center's director, Angie Walz, as being the unofficial project coordinator.

"If it hadn't been for Angie, it wouldn't have happened," Bradshaw said.

The quilting experience had a side benefit as well. It brought the women closer together.

"I enjoyed the camaraderie," Brandon said.

Completed, the quilt depicts a picture of Francis Scott Key, a farm scene, grapes for county wineries and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

The other quilters are Mary Davis, Libby Fuss, Helen Null and Walz.

Car show at Thunderhead

The seventh annual Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at Thunderhead Bowling Centre.

The car show is a fund-raiser sponsored by the Street Cars of Desire to benefit youth programs of the American Legion, Hesson-Snider Post 120. The post sponsored last weekend's Easter Egg Hunt.

The show is open to all vehicles, including antique, custom, low-riders and muscle cars. Registration is $7. The first 100 cars registered will get dash plaques donated by Crouse Ford.

Bowling specials, an auction, games and more will be offered during the show.

"We expect we'll have well over 100 cars this year," said Mark Kraus, part owner of the bowling alley.

The bowling alley is at 4337 Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown.

Information: 410-751-1750.

Ice cream social

To celebrate the restoration of the Ziles ice cream mural, Taneytown and its Main Street Committee will hold an ice cream social and cake walk from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. May 19.

The mural is a painting that covers the brick wall outside Town Hall and depicts scoops of ice cream. It was an advertisement for Ziles Ice Cream.

Information: 410-751-1100.

Turkey, oyster dinner

Tom's Creek United Methodist Church will hold its turkey and oyster dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $10 for adults and $4.50 for children ages 5 to 10. The church is on Tom's Creek Church Road off Route 140, west of Taneytown.

Information: 301-447-6384.

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

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