A farewell feast for Meat Market butcher [Old Town]

Laurel Leader

The giant cow may be missing from its spot along Main Street, and the windows in its building may hold “Closed” and “For Rent” signs, but affection for the Laurel Meat Market hasn’t spoiled.

Instead, members of First United Methodist Church are cooking up a plan to serve some appreciation to Bill Miles, who retired at the end of August when he closed the Meat Market he had steered for 48 years.

The entire community is invited to a reception in Miles’ honor to be held at First United Methodist, 424 Main St., on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.

The church decided to host the event “because of how generous [Miles] has been to the community. Whenever we needed anything at the drop of a hat, he’s been there,” said Ann Marie Miller, a volunteer at First United Methodist who is planning the reception.

The Meat Market’s catering arm, Miles of Smiles, was especially helpful to the church when it hosted community events or funeral receptions, Miller said. The last big event Miles helped cater at First United Methodist was the August 2017 reception following the funeral of longtime Laurel Leader editor Gertrude Poe.

“He’s such a humble man,” Miller said of Miles. “He’s just been overall a good person.”

She noted the large quantity of food that Miles and the Meat Market donated to local nonprofits during its final weeks and the reasonable prices and neighborly service that Miles and his staff offered to everyone in the community.

In addition to Miles, the Oct. 21 reception will also honor members of the Meat Market staff. Church members and some Main Street eateries, including Olive on Main and Wings N Things, will provide food. Mayor Craig Moe will provide remarks at a 3 p.m. ceremony.

For more information about the Meat Market reception, contact the church at 301-725-3093.

The cooler air and shorter nights mean bazaar season is upon us, and there are several opportunities to get a head start on your holiday shopping here in Old Town.

Laurel Presbyterian Church will host its 38th annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church at 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road.

The event will feature Christmas crafts, handmade gifts, a white elephant sale, books, baked goods and lunch. For more information, call Laurel Presbyterian at 301-776-6665.

The Christmas Bazaar at St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Msgr. Keesler Parish Center, 800 Main St.

You can shop at Granny's Attic, enter a raffle or auction, browse and buy from vendors and enjoy the children’s activities.

The bazaar includes an international eatery, silent auctions, bake sale, wine grab and several raffles, including cash prizes of up to $575. Children’s activities include games, pictures with Santa, face painting, cupcake walk, Santa can toy auction and shop with Santa. For more information, email bazaar@stmaryofthemills.org or call 301-725-3080.

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