Farm Fest: fun and funds
Brooke Mannix and Brittney Zavona give the corn maze at Char-Lene Farm a trial run Aug. 24, prior to its opening to the community. (Submitted photo)

Char-Lene Farm, located between Taylorsville and Mount Airy, will host its annual Farm Fest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

"Char-Lene Farm will donate 10 percent of its proceeds that day to For 3 Sisters, a breast cancer organization that we were honored to have had here last year. In lieu of vendor fees, we have asked all our vendors to donate a $10 entry fee to For 3 Sisters," said Angie Savage, of Char-Lene Farm.


"For 3 Sisters was started in 2011 by retired Montgomery County, Maryland, career firefighter Marshall Moneymaker and his wife, Shannon Moneymaker, after Marshall lost three older sisters to breast cancer," according to the nonprofit's website. "For 3 Sisters' mission is to raise awareness and improve the quality of life for men and women affected by breast cancer."

At the fest, a variety of vendors will be in attendance and the farm will offer two corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, kids activities, games, a barrel train and a petting zoo — fun for the entire family.

Admission for the small corn maze, which is ¾ of an acre, is $2 per child; a child younger than 2 will be admitted free with a paying child and the parent is free as well. The eight-acre maze, with two miles of trails, is $8 per person during the day. If a large maze admission is purchased, a hayride is included.

Hayrides are also offered during the day for $3 a person, and pumpkins will be sold for 40 cents per pound.

S&S Catering will be on site selling pit beef, pit ham, pit pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and drinks.

For safety reasons, absolutely no smoking or open flames are permitted on the farm. Children younger than 12 must have adult supervision.

If interested in a vendor space or more information on this and other events the farm is hosting, visit Char-Lene Farm on Facebook, or contact Angie at 410-984-0467 or Bonnie at 410-984-7779.

The farm is at 2504 Gillis Road.

Quilt Bingo

The Four County Quilters Guild will have a Quilt Bingo Oct. 18 at Mount Airy fire company's activities building.

The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and includes 20 regular games, dinner and a chance to win door prizes. Specials and raffles will also be available for purchase. Winners will receive quilts made by members of the Four County Quilters Guild.

Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and bingo starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Dinner, which will be prepared by the Mount Airy fire company, will feature fried chicken, ham, vegetables, potatoes, baked apples, rolls and drinks. Desserts and snacks will be for sale during the event.

Call Coreen Burnett at 301-482-2518 or email for tickets or to reserve seating for groups of six or more.


The activities building is at 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.

Giving blood

Calvary Lutheran Church, along with the Lisbon fire company, will have a community-wide blood drive from 2 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the fire company social hall.

To schedule your life-saving donation, call 800-RED CROSS; walk-ins are welcome, however.

The fire company is at 1330 Woodbine Road, Lisbon.

Boosters' bingo

The South Carroll Athletic Boosters will have a bingo — featuring Pandora, Coach, and Alex and Ani — on Saturday, Sept. 27, at South Carroll High School. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

The cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door, while tickets last. Included are 20 games and a chance to win door prizes. Raffles and specials, as well as food, will be available for purchase.

To reserve tickets, email or call 410-404-3723.

The school is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Debbie Gartrell-Kemp covers Mount Airy, Taylorsville, Winfield, Woodbine and Lisbon. Contact her at 410-861-6058 before 9 p.m. or