Though New Windsor was not incorporated until 1844, the town was laid out and surveyed by Isaac Atlee in 1797, and its history was shaped by dozens of other individuals over the next two centuries.
The New Windsor Heritage Committee has decided to honor the town's founders and champions with a new Hall of Fame, and will have an inaugural dinner and tribute night at 6 p.m. Nov. 23.
"This is a celebration of the town, so anybody who would like to come, if they knew any of these folks or they didn't know any of these folks, they're welcome to come to the dinner," said Ginny Ashmore, president of the heritage committee.
The Hall of Fame idea was brought up by member Donald Ludke, Ashmore said. Ludke had seen local halls of fame in other locations, and suggested it as a way for the New Windsor Heritage Committee to honor its founders.
A hall of fame subcommittee was created and the members evaluated nominees on their longevity in the town and impact on the town and its history. For the first year, the committee has chosen five people who they are honoring as "founders" and five more that will be listed as "champions," Ashmore said.
"The founders we consider those folks who worked back in the first 100 years that the town was organized, from 1797 to 1900," she said. "And then the champions will be any folks that are nominated and then inducted from 1900 on."
Doris Ann Pierce, fellow committee member, said it was hard for the committee to limit itself to just five founders and five champions for this year, but that means they have plenty of nominees to consider for future years.
"Champions would be like the super-athletes, these were the super people who really loved and supported the town through business, through the town government, and made things happen for the town," Pierce said.
Pierce compiled short biographies of each of the honorees, which will be featured in a presentation at the dinner and then kept as a continuing collection in the New Windsor Museum.
"I have learned a lot of history in digging through all these," Pierce said. "[Attendees are] going to be amazed, I think, at some of the content of these stories."
The honorees' names will be placed on a plaque with enough room to add five more names each year for the next 10 years, Ashmore said. The committee is still considering where the plaque will be placed.
The inaugural honorees are Isaac Atlee, Nathan Baile, Louis H. Dielman, Margaret Erhard and Robert Strawbridge as founders, and Julia Roop Cairns, Charles Fritz, Rebecca Harmon, Dan Hartzler and Richard Warehime as champions.
The deadline to purchase tickets for the dinner and tribute night is Nov. 1, Ashmore said. Tickets are $25 per person can be purchased through Ashmore at 410-635-2135 or
For more information, go to http://www.newwindsorheritage.org.
Whether you were once a frequenter of St. Paul's United Methodist Church who has moved on or if you are interested in finding a new church community, you are invited to a homecoming day Sunday at St. Paul's in New Windsor.
"It's the first time we've done this for a very long time," said Gale Bixler, a member of the church's homecoming committee. "We just decided that we have a new minister and we thought it might be a good time to introduce him to people in the community and some of the former members of the church."
The Rev. Dr. Colin Phillips started at St. Paul's in July, succeeding the Rev. Helen Armiger.
Phillips is the founder and retired executive director of Night of Peace Family Shelter Inc. of Baltimore County. He has been a United Methodist pastor for 35 years and is also a licensed clinical professional counselor.
The homecoming service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will feature special music, then will be followed by lunch in the Fellowship Hall.
"The members of the church are bringing a covered dish for anyone who comes to visit," Phillips said. "It's all about community."
Members and visitors will be encouraged to take part in an "open mic" to tell stories revolving around their memories from St. Paul's.
"We're just hoping to have a nice day," Bixler said.
St. Paul's UMC is at 200 High St., New Windsor.
To learn more, call 410-635-2442 or visit http://www.stpaulsumcnewwindsor.org.
Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren will host its 30th Annual Holiday Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 2 pm. Nov. 2.
The bazaar will feature Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts, handmade jewelry, goat's milk soaps and a variety of foods, including produce, baked goods, soups, sandwiches and beverages.
A flea market and gently used goods sale will be held in the church basement.
And as a special treat, visitors can get a 15-minute seated massage to help melt that pre-holiday stress.
The bazaar will take place in Baile Hall, next to the church sanctuary, at 2736 Marston Road, New Windsor.
For more information, call Roma Green at 410-848-0687, or on the day of the event, call 410-635-2772.