The good works quietly done by area residents never cease to amaze me. So it was on Sept. 8 when Howie Feaga and Chris Marchetti, owners of Merry Acres Farm, hosted a horse show and family fun day with the purpose of raising money for the Howard County Autism Society.

Families were invited out to the farm on Walt Ann Drive for a day of, well, merriment. Merry Acres, a horse boarding facility, became a family festival on Sept.8, with equestrian competitions, more than 60 participants in dressage, show jumping, cross country jumping, pony rides for the littlest cowpokes and even crafts with an equestrian theme.

Feaga and Marchetti welcomed the folks from t LeCheval Stables and the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center in Glenwood, who particpated in the charity event with on site ponies and a miniature horse which was a true crowd pleaser.

The kids in attendance were able to groom the miniature horse and take pony rides. Equine therapy demonstrations were ongoing.


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The Howard County Autism Society has stated its heartfelt thanks to Howie Feaga and Chris Marchetti for a donation of $5,400, which was raised during this family horse show event.

The annual Halloween Parade at West Friendship Elementary is set for Oct. 31, 2:45 p.m., at the school. This is always a grand parade of clowns and pirates, princesses and goblins galore. Teachers get in on the act as well for a day which the kids adore.

Need to get really spooky? The folks at West Friendship's Living Farm Heritage Museum are hosting their annual Three Mile Haunted HayRide during October.

A full description of all the spooky fun can be found at http://www.farmheritage.org or 3milehauntedhayride.com. All proceeds from the family friendly event will benefit the museum.

In addition, the members of the Farm Heritage Museum have set up a Halloween Hay Ride geared towards kids ages 11 and younger. Hay Wagon rides with walks through a trail of costumed players from storybook and nursery rhymes. Cost is $5 for the kids and free for the accompanying adult.

All this fall fun is set for Oct. 28, 1-4 p.m., at the museum grounds, 12985 Frederick Road, in West Friendship. Questions? Call 410-489-2345 or visit http://www.farmheritage.org.

Tonight is the night to put away the pots and pans. A benefit dinner will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m. The chefs from Smokin' Hot Grille in Glenwood will present an Italian Feast with all proceeds from this dinner to benefit the local charity Worldwide Shelters.

Dine in or carry out for a family fee of $30 or an individual fee of $9. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is located at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office. Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or e-mail Lynne at lynnequinn@comcast.net.

Brother Gerry Seipp's famed Halloween train garden is going up in the Manor House out at the Shrine of St. Anthony on Folly Quarter Road.

Brother Gerry, one of the Franciscan Friars at St. Anthony Shrine, has been collecting trains and anything to do with trains since he was a child growing up in East Baltimore.

No charge to come out to the Manor House and enjoy the fun. Questions? Call the Manor House office at 410-531-2800. The Halloween train garden will be set up on Oct. 28, 3-5 p.m. Kids love this display.

Notices of fall fairs, flea markets and autumnal events are pouring in. Mark your calendar in advance for the St. James United Methodist Church annual Holiday Mart, which will be held on Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mark your calendar too, for the annual Ellie Feaga Bake Sale, which will be held on Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 15211 Frederick Road in Woodbine. All proceeds will benefit the Glenelg United Methodist Church food pantry.