West Carroll: Lions Club to host Polish Pottery Bingo; Rubber Duck Derby squeaking into Union Bridge

West Carroll: Lions Club to host Polish Pottery Bingo; Rubber Duck Derby squeaking into Union Bridge
Silver Fancy Garden Club members Susie Heck, left, and Angela Bowersox display plants for sale. (Courtesy photo)

Spring is a time of renewal and revisiting. Butterfly bushes and milkweed are planted. Lawns are mowed again and again after the rains cause a growing frenzy that will keep up until August, when the lush green will turn a yellow-brown in desperate need of a drink.

A great event to revisit at this time of year is the annual Polish Pottery Bingo at the New Windsor fire company. The Union Bridge Lions Club will be hosting the pottery bingo on Friday, May 17, at the New Windsor fire hall at 101 High St.


Tickets can be purchased for $15. Game winners receive Polish pottery. Proceeds benefit the Lions Club community service projects. (Please note all winners must have an admission ticket.)

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games start at 7 p.m. There will be sandwiches, soup, snacks, desserts, and drinks available for purchase.

For more information or to reserve your seat, call John at 443-974-0228 or any Union Bridge Lions Club member.

Silver Fancy Garden Club holding plant sale

The Silver Fancy Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Nationwide Insurance parking lot at 441 E. Baltimore St. in Taneytown.

The sale includes many heirloom perennials dug from the gardens of club members. The proceeds from this sale benefits the many projects the Garden Club has throughout the growing season, including a youth gardening program at the Taneytown branch of the Carroll County Public Library and the Have a Garden Therapy Program at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center.

For more information contact Susie Heck at 410-756-1113.

Dream Big Union Bridge to host Rubber Duck Derby

Dream Big Union Bridge will host the second annual Rubber Duck Derby, Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Little Pipe Creek Walking Trail in Union Bridge.

Ducks are available for “adoption” for just $5. Want a whole brood? A “quack pack” is just $25 (six ducks), and a “flying flock” is just $50 (15 ducks). Ducks are available for adoption until 10 a.m.

The first five ducks to float across the finish line will receive an insulated lunch tote filled with a variety of gift certificates. All proceeds benefit the community programs of the town of Union Bridge.

Local businesses and craft vendors will be on hand.

While you are in Union Bridge stop by the Western Maryland Railway Museum Complex to celebrate National Train Day. The Western Maryland Railway Historical Society will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are graciously accepted.

For more information on the Rubber Duck Derby email Cheri at

For more museum information, contact them at 410-775-0150 or email at The museum's website is

Taneytown to hold annual fishing derby

The annual fishing derby, sponsored by the City of Taneytown, will be held Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at Roberts Mill Park (behind Food Lion).


Kids, ages 4 to 12, are invited to participate (Please note: Those 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.) Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded in each category, including ages 5 and younger; ages 6, 7 and 8; ages 9 and 10; and ages 11 and 12. Participants must bring their own poles, bait, and buckets.

For more information, contact Bob Mitchell at 410-751-1100.

New Windsor Lions Club to host Sports Bingo

The New Windsor Lions Club will hold a Sports Bingo this Saturday, May 11 at the fire station at 101 High St.

The ticket price of $40 (per person) includes one set of bingo cards and dinner. The dinner menu includes pit beef, pit turkey, sides, and your choice of beer, soda, and water (note: no BYOB).

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 5:45 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m.

St. Paul UMC’s spring vendor and flower sale

St. Paul United Methodist Church in New Windsor is hosting a spring vendor and flower sale Saturday, May 11 at the church, at 200 Main St.

Doors open at 8 a.m. There will be a variety of vendors and crafters selling their wares.

Vendor space is still available. Tables are just $15 each. For more information or to reserve your space, contact the church office at 410-635-2442. Check out St Paul UMC on Facebook at:

Emmanuel (Baust) UCC to hold annual Spring Tea

Emmanuel (Baust) United Church of Christ will host its annual Spring Tea on Saturday, May 18, in the Parish Hall, at 2950 Old Taneytown Road in Tyrone.

Seating times are 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The menu includes tea, chilled soup, salad, finger sandwiches, muffins, scones, fruits and sweets.

Adults (12 and older) are $20. Ages 5-11 are $10.

For reservations call 410-756-4152 or email Reservations are due by Tuesday, May 14. Seating is limited, so reserve early. Please confirm any dietary restrictions at time of reservation.

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