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New Windsor's May Day adding attractions

With a day full of races, yard sales, a flea market, car and truck show and plenty of food, the New Windsor Lions Club is hoping to attract people from all over to New Windsor for its May Day festivities May 3.

"It originally started many years ago and faded out after many years," said Neal Roop, club past president and New Windsor mayor. Last year was the first year the Lions brought it back.

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Many of the activities will be held at the fire company carnival grounds, including the pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m., and the car and truck show and the flea market, which are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fire company and ladies auxiliary will also be selling pit beef sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Roop said two new activities were added this year: a town-wide yard sale day and some races.

Town residents were encouraged to all hold their yard sale on the same day as the May Day and let the town office know if they were participating. The town will create a map showing where all the yard sales are, Roop said, so visitors can easily find them. For each yard sale people visit, they will receive a raffle ticket, which they can then go to the carnival grounds and turn in for a chance at a prize.

"The more yard sales you go to, the more chances you have to win a prize," Roop said. The yard sales will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The other new feature is the races, which include a 5K cross-country run, 1-mile fun run and a 50-yard derby dash.

The cost to participate in the 5K is $25 for those who register by April 30 and $30 for those who register after that or on race day. Students can receive a $5 discount. All 5K finishers are invited to a complimentary pancake breakfast afterward.

The fee for the 1-mile fun run is $10 for adults 18 or older and $5 for those 17 or younger. The cost of the derby dash is $1 per participant. The cost of the fun run and derby dash does not include admission to the pancake breakfast, but participants may purchase their breakfast tickets separately.

Prizes for the 5K will be awarded to the top male and female runners overall, as well as the top male and female in the following age categories: 13 and younger, 14 to 18, 19 to 35, 36 to 50 and older than 50. Proceeds from the race will go to the New Windsor Lions Club to fund its charities and projects that benefit the New Windsor community.

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To register for the race, visit http://raceit.com/search3/event.aspx?id=25368.

"May Day is our largest community event we have in New Windsor," Roop said.

For more information about the yard sales or if you are a town resident who would like to be included in the map, contact Town Hall at 410-635-6575. For more information on the flea market, call Judy Null at 410-259-1806. For more information on the vehicle show, call Dave Ensor at 410-635-8955.

The carnival grounds are off Water Street in New Windsor.

Louisiana Jazz Night

After St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Libertytown burned down in 2004 and was rebuilt by the parish, the community decided they needed some crowd-drawing events to raise money for the new building's mortgage.

May 3, the church will host a Louisiana Jazz Night, with live music from The Crawdaddies and a dinner including shrimp creole, chicken and sausage gumbo, and vanilla bourbon bread pudding.

"We come up with things that we think might be really entertaining, things that people may not be able to participate in elsewhere," said Daniel Nisonger, coordinator of the event.

The events are always open to the public as well as the parish, he said.

Tickets are $35 per person, and the event is for adults 21 or older, since a cash bar will be available featuring beer, wine and that New Orleans classic, hurricanes. The name of the drink comes from the shape of the glass it is served in - a curvy glass that resembles a hurricane lamp. The drink is traditionally made with rum, fruit juices and grenadine.

Parents needing someone to watch their kids may bring them to the church with them, since the event will feature free child care for those who request it when they purchase their tickets.

"We understand that getting a baby sitter can cost more than whatever type of event or activity that you may go out to partake in," Nisonger said. "So to have onsite baby-sitting available for free kind of eliminates that cost, making it more cost-effective to come out and enjoy yourself."

Offering the child care, as well as untraditional events - such as a five-course Tuscany-inspired meal last year - has made the fundraisers something people look forward to, he said.

"We have a limited number of tickets," Nisonger said. "We're only selling 200 tickets, and you can buy them up until the day before, but once they're sold out, they're sold out."

The event will run from 7 to 11 p.m. May 3 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 9190 Church St.

For information or to reserve your tickets, call 301-898-5111.

Talent show, meal

New Windsor Middle School is having a talent show, spaghetti dinner and silent auction May 2.

Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m., with salad, breadsticks, spaghetti, drinks and dessert. The cost is $7 in advance or $8 at the door, and children 5 or younger can eat for free.

The talent show will begin at 7 p.m., organized by the school faculty, while the dinner and silent auction are being presented by the school Parent Teacher Organization.

Some of the items in the silent auction include a River Valley Ranch gift card with a $610 value, a $150 wine-tasting gift card to Elk Run Vineyards, a $150 gift card to The Cleaning Authority and more.

There is no admission fee for the talent show.

Dinner tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Beth Abbott at deabbot@carrollk12.org or call 443-398-6672.

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