Central Carroll roundup: SpringFest '17 to benefit The Shepherd's Staff set for May 6

SpringFest '17 is set for May 6 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. This is a photo of the raffle tables at their 2016 Spring Community Day.
SpringFest '17 is set for May 6 at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. This is a photo of the raffle tables at their 2016 Spring Community Day.(Submitted photo)

There's nothing like a spring festival that offers fun for all the family.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church will hold SpringFest '17 on May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church. With basket bingo, summer foods, vendors, a silent auction, activities for kids and a K-9 demonstration by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, all proceeds of this event benefit The Shepherd's Staff.


"We have all sorts of vendors," said SpringFest committee chairman, Joyce Mirfin. "There's someone with Gold Canyon Candles, a couple who has a farm where they raise organic tomatoes and make products like sauce mix from their produce, a couple with antique jewelry, someone with LuLaRoe clothing and other vendors. And we have flea market vendors, too."

Before 11 a.m., Mirfin said to look for breakfast sandwiches, with hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream or ice cream from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


"It only costs $5 for two cards to play 10 games of bingo," Mirfin said, adding that they have themed gift basket prizes filled with goodies donated by area merchants and vendors as well.

A silent auction will feature many items grouped together with a date night theme, a car care theme, a family fun theme, and others.

"We have some really nice stuff," Mirfin said of the silent auction. "Local businesses have been very generous."

A kids' activities area at the festival offers kids the opportunity to make a fun gift to take home.

"We are aware that this is just before the Mother's Day weekend, so [a committee member] has planned for the kids to be able to make Mother's Day cards, presents and some games," Mirfin said.

There's also a K-9 dog demonstration by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office planned.

"It should be a fun day and it is for an absolutely wonderful cause," Mirfin said of the event. "The proceeds go to the Blessings Closet at Shepherd's Staff. They have a collection of supplies for those in need, things like soap and toilet paper, paper towels and they can wash their clothes."

The church is located at 3006 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg. For more information call Joyce at 443-798-1293.

Quilt Bingo

If you love hand-quilted items, here's a bingo you will enjoy. With quilts, quilted bags and other quilted prize items, Everybody's Quilt Guild is hosting its annual Quilt Bingo on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Portico at St. John Catholic Church in Westminster.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with bingo beginning at 7 p.m.

Quilt guild member Tracy Oliver said prizes include quilted microwave bowl holders, small quilts, table runners, bags, wall hangings and other members that are all hand quilted by members. And prizes for special games include quilts from lap size to full size.


Look for a raffle, too, with themed basket prizes. And tickets will also be sold for their 30th year quilt to be drawn on Nov. 1. The 30-year quilt was made by guild members to celebrate Everybody's Quilt Guild's 30-year anniversary. It incorporates symbols representing 30 years, like pearls and red peonies and a center quilted in a diamond pattern.

"We also have door prizes," Oliver said. "We usually have a lot of plants, items that are handmade by members, and other donated items. And when we have more than one winner we give out tickets to those who don't win for another chance."

There will be plenty to eat at the bingo, with food sales to include chicken salad croissant sandwiches, barbeque, soup, strawberry shortcake and assorted desserts, chips and other snacks plus beverages.

Oliver said they welcome new members to the guild.

"We meet the first and third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m.," she said noting that meetings could include guest speakers, instructional meetings, projects and assembly of kits for Project Linus, Valor Quilts and comfort pillows. They also organize a summer bus trip annually to Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Membership costs $35 per year.

Tickets cost $15 at the door or $12 in advance. For tickets in advance, please call Luray Rill at 410-596-5369

"Our bingo raises money for our Textile Arts Scholarship Fund, not just for quilters, but for anybody [from a Carroll County School] who is going into any kind of fashion or textile career., she said. "Come out and join us for a fun evening and the chance to win your own piece of fabric art and support our textile arts scholarship fund."

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

Car Show at McDaniel College

McDaniel College's Student Alumni Council will hold their second annual Car Show on Sunday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college's Kenneth R. Gill Stadium, located at 2 College Hill, Westminster.

According to Alexandra DeJohn, associate director of alumni relations and advisor of the student alumni council, the event was started last year by senior, Carly Wheatman, who is back to volunteer for the event, even though she has graduated.

"This is student-run and a significant opportunity for the community to participate in an excellent cause here on the campus," DeJohn said.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Rape Crisis Service of Carroll County.

"This is a local organization and everyone at McDaniel feels it's important to support our community any way we can," DeJohn said.

At the show, cars and motorcycles will compete in foreign, original, modified, antique/vintage and motorcycle divisions. A top prize will be awarded in each category and a Grand Prize for the overall winner with a People's Choice award for the crowd favorite, as well.

The vehicle entry fee is $15. DeJohn said those who attend will find many raffle items, and door prizes awarded throughout the day. The college deejay will keep the party going with a variety of music, including audience requests.

"The Lions Club will have a food truck with both breakfast and lunch options available and we will have a baked good sale as a fundraiser," DeJohn said. And there will be lawn games to participate in as well.

The car show has a rain date of Sunday, May 7. For more information call the college at 410-857-2294.

Deer Park UMC speaker series

On Wednesday May 3, Deer Park United Methodist Church will present the next talk in their Speaker Series with "Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online," beginning at 7 p.m.

Vince DeVivo, community outreach specialist for the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland, will review the array of threats students face when they go online. Adults are the primary audience for the presentation, with discussion meant to empower parents and community members and help them address the teachable moments that occur when children are accessing the internet. DeVivo will speak directly, with ways to control, monitor, and regulate connected electronic devices.

Deer Park UMC is located at 2205 Sykesville Road in Smallwood, at the intersection of Route 32 and Deer Park Road.

This event is open to the public, and free child care will be available.


For more information, contact David Bennett at speakerseries@dpumc.net.

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. Reach her at 443-293-7811 or LoisSzymanski@hotmail.com.

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