Central Carroll: Quilt raffle to benefit Carroll Lutheran Village

Central Carroll: Quilt raffle to benefit Carroll Lutheran Village
The annual Carroll Lutheran Village quilt raffle is underway now through Jan. 26. The quilt, entitled "Rainbow of Stars," is 91.5 inches by 73 inches and was hand-sewn by this special group of quilters.  (Courtesy photo)

As cold weather wraps itself around Carroll County, the Carroll Lutheran Village Quilters offer an opportunity to win a warm winter quilt. The annual Carroll Lutheran Village quilt raffle is underway now through Jan. 26, 2019. The quilt, entitled Rainbow of Stars, is 91.5 inches by 73 inches and was hand-sewn by this special group of quilters.

According to Lisa Albin, director of communications and public relations at Carroll Lutheran Village, the Quilting Club began in 1983, but the quilt raffle began in 1996 to raise funds for the Resident Assistance Fund. This fund supports residents of Carroll Lutheran Village with financial need.


“The club uses donated scraps to make the quilt top — the artful design part that people see — and purchases the batting and backing,” Albin said. “They then hand quilt the top, stitch by stitch over a period of months.”

The raffle has raised nearly $50,000 since its inception, with quilts always made the old fashioned way, handstitched, not by a sewing machine.

“Each quilt is a handmade, unique work of art that is heirloom quality,” said Albin. “This year’s quilt combines the techniques of applique and piecing for the quilt top. The tickets are an inexpensive stocking stuffer, a way to honor a loved one or co-worker or to treat yourself to the opportunity to win this unique item while raising funds to support members of the community who have given much but now find themselves with need.”

The quilt is currently on display at the Village Corner gift shop, located at 300 St. Luke Circle, on the campus of Carroll Lutheran Village. Tickets are available for purchase there at a cost of $1 each or $5 for six. The Village Corner Gift Shop is open Monday through Saturday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. You may also purchase tickets by calling 443-605-1068.

The winning ticket will be drawn on Jan. 26 during the annual Winter Games event at Carroll Lutheran Village and the winner need not be present to win. Proceeds will benefit the Carroll Lutheran Village Resident Assistance Fund, which supports residents of the Village who have outlived their financial resources.

Carroll Lutheran Village is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Westminster that is home to nearly 700 residents in 398 homes and apartments, 50 assisted living suites in the Diven House and 103 skilled nursing beds in the Health Care Center.

Cookie walk

It’s getting late, there’s no time to bake and holiday guests are on the way. Here’s a solution to ready you for those holiday guests.

The Church of the Ascension in Westminster will hold a Cookie Walk on Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Anyone can drop by to purchase homemade cookies and treats by the pound. Last year, the many flavors included cream cheese cookies, reindeer peanut-butter cookies, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, homemade fudge, Russian tea cookies, Hand rolled, cut out sugar cookies and so many more. Your purchase will seem even sweeter when you realize that proceeds will benefit youth activities at the church.

The Church of the Ascension is located at 23 North Court Street in Westminster. The Cookie Walk is held inside their Fellowship Hall. The entrance is located just off of the Ralph Street Parking lot, in the rear of the church.

For more information call them at 410-848-3251.

Library programs make holidays even better

Get into the spirit of the season at these fun programs scheduled to take place at the Westminster and Finksburg branches of the Carroll County Public Library.

On Thursday, Dec. 20, from noon to 1 p.m., all ages can join friends at the Finksburg branch library for a holiday sing-along with stories, song, and dance.

Also, on December 20, at 7 p.m. at the Finksburg branch, teens from age 11 to 17 can get in the holiday spirit by creating festive crafts and decorations to keep for yourself or give as a gift. All materials will be provided.

Library associate Amanda Krumrine said teens who attend the will be decorating metal evergreen tree shaped containers and creating customized glass ornaments.


“I think library craft programs are fun for participants because we provide the supplies and basic instruction, but they get to use their creativity to make something that is unique,” Krumrine said. “It’s exciting to see the teens take a project idea and put their own spin on it.”

In addition to the crafting program, which is open to ages 11-17 and starts at 7 p.m. Krumrine said teens ages 12-17 are welcome to come an hour early at 6 to check out the monthly Teen Advisory Board meeting.

On Friday, Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m., kids of all ages are invited to wear their pajamas to the Westminster branch library to enjoy a holiday storytelling of the popular book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, Storyteller, Beth Rebert will bring this magical Christmas story will come to life for families.

“She is very interactive,” Westminster branch children’s services supervisor Ghislaine Hockensmith said. “She comes in and decorates the whole room with set pieces to look like the Polar Express. She wears an engineer’s outfit and uses a large screen computer to project the illustrations as she tells the story and acts it out. Every kid gets a ticket for the Polar Express and they get a Hershey Kiss to experience the hot chocolate portion of the story. They are made to feel like they are part of the story and are riding on the Polar Express with the main character.”

Hockensmith said this is much more than a simple storytelling session.

“It’s a really fun way to experience a Christmas classic. You will really feel like you have stepped onto the Polar Express yourself. Anyone who wants to experience some Christmas magic will get something out of it … if you still believe!”

On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Painters Palette offers an opportunity for ages 16 to adult to paint a winter night at the Finksburg branch, with the guidance of a demonstrator. Registration for this event closes on Dec. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

After Christmas — on Friday, December 28 — teens from age 11 to 16 can build an electric toothbrush-powered reindeer and join in a list of fun reindeer games from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Finksburg branch.

On cold winter nights, do you sometimes hear the eerie sound of an owl’s call echoing through the valley? Can you hear the whoosh of wings as an owl dives to capture his prey? Kids ages 8 to 12 can learn about owls in the program Owl Pellets on Friday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Westminster branch library.

“Kids are naturally curious about the world around them and how things work,” said Amber Farran, Communications Specialist at the Westminster branch. “By dissecting an owl pellet, kids will have a hands-on experience with nature, and will develop a first-hand understanding how the digestive tract of an owl works.”

During the program, kids will use their investigative skills to analyze and identify the contents of the owl pellet and to try to figure out what the owl ate last.


The Westminster Branch is located at 50 E. Main St., in Westminster. For more information about their programs, call 410-386-4490. The Finksburg branch is located at 2265 Old Westminster Pike. Finksburg. For more information about their programs, call 410-386-4505.

Register for these and all other programs listed online at