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Sherry Hartman makes repairs to the 1820s-era wedding dress for the upcoming HSCC open house and exhibit. Sherry Hartman points out the detailed lace that needed repair.
Sherry Hartman makes repairs to the 1820s-era wedding dress for the upcoming HSCC open house and exhibit. Sherry Hartman points out the detailed lace that needed repair.

When the Historical Society of Carroll County holds its open house on March 10, from 2-5 p.m. HSCC’s three historical houses — the 1807 Shellman House, the 1800 Kimmey House and the 1820 Cockey’s — one exhibit visitors will likely want to check out is an 1820s-era dress that will be on display in Cockey’s that was donated by Helen Totura and one of her relatives.

It originated with Mary Hare, who was born 1809.

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HSCC volunteer Mary “Mimi” Ashcraft said the dress would have been worn almost 200 years ago as a wedding dress. Then, after the wedding, it would have been worn as a woman’s “best dress.”

“Mary Hare married Jacob Hoffacker in the 1820s and this was her wedding dress — long before the tradition of having white wedding dresses,” Ashcraft said.

According to Ashcraft, Dr. Karin Bohleke, head of Shippensburg University’s Fashion Archive and Museum, was a great help.

“Dr. Karin Bohleke offered valuable information about the dress and loaned HSCC the mannequin for the display of the dress,” Ashcraft said. “Sherry Hartman made needed repairs.”

Hartman is a seamstress who has sewn Civil War era style dresses for many reenactors.

The HSCC campus is located at 206, 210 and 216 East Main Street, Westminster. For more information, call them at 410-848-6494 or visit them online at https://hsccmd.org.

Sherry Hartman points out the detailed lace that needed repair on the 1820s era wedding dress that will be on display at the upcoming HSCC open house and exhibit.
Sherry Hartman points out the detailed lace that needed repair on the 1820s era wedding dress that will be on display at the upcoming HSCC open house and exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Fish Fry

St. John Catholic Church will have its first Fish Fry of the season on Friday on March 8. They will be held every Friday up to April 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. inside the Portico at St. John.

“This will be our 13th year,” said parish volunteer Teresa Richardson. “We started them for parish & community unity and that is how we see them today.”

The Fish Fry benefits the Father Steffner Scholarship Fund.

“Father Gerard Steffner is our oldest serving priest at St. John,” Richardson said. “The Knights of Columbus established this fund in his honor, years ago. It helps anyone who wants to send their son [or] daughter to St. John School, but needs some tuition assistance.”

Richardson spoke of the popular fish fry, noting that they serve over 500 meals in three hours.

“People come as far as Glen Burnie, Hagerstown, Glen Rock and Virgina for our fish frys,” she said.

The meal costs $10 and is dine in or carry out. It includes your choice of fish (fried or baked) plus shrimp, veggie lasagna, a roll with butter and a drink, plus two side dishes. The sides include stewed tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, corn pudding, and Cole slaw.

A bake sale hosted by the parish ministries will offer a variety of yummy desserts for eat-in or take home.

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"Come out for a night of fellowship and good food,” Richardson said.

For more information, call 410-848-4744. The Portico at St. John Catholic Church is located at 43 Monroe Street, Westminster.

Bus Trip

Do you feel lucky? The Westminster Senior Center is sponsoring a bus trip to Maryland Live Casino at the Arundel Mills Mall on April 11, with a March 22nd deadline to sign up.

According to trip coordinator, Fran Coleman, the bus will leave the senior center at 9:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m.

The casino trip costs $25, but each person will get $15 back when they arrive.

“The Arundel Mills Mall is right outside the casino if they want to go to the mall,” Coleman said, noting that lunch is on their own. The senior center holds four bus trips a year. It’s a good time.”

For more information or to reserve your seat call 410-386-3850.

The Westminster Senior Center is located at 125 Stoner Avenue, Westminster.

Bull and Oyster Roast

A Bull and Oyster Roast, hosted by the Knights of Columbus, will be held on March 9, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in The Portico at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster.

Come out to enjoy a meal, friends and fellowship, and a deejay with dancing. All proceeds support the Fr. Steffner Scholarship Fund. The Knights of Columbus established the fund years ago to honor priest, Father Stefffner. The scholarship helps anyone who wants to send their son or daughter to St. John School, but needs some tuition assistance.

Tickets cost $48 per person and the menu includes raw and fried oysters, pit beef, pit ham and turkey, fried chicken, Maryland Crab soup, salads, veggies, beer, wine, soda and more.

For tickets for more information, call Chris at 410-365-7990. For information on the scholarship contact Mike Johnson at 443-974-8481.

The Portico at St. John Catholic Church is located at 43 Monroe Street, Westminster.

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