St. George's Episcopal Church goes Bahamian

St. George's Episcopal Church goes Bahamian
Chesapeake Region AACA President Paula Ruby stands beside the '70 Pontiac Catalina convertible owned by her and her husband, Gary, at Markets at Shrewsbury's Motor Menders Rod & Custom Club Cruise Night Aug. 28._- Original Credit: Donna Mortensen/photo (Photographer Donna J. Mortensen / HANDOUT)

The weekly book club of St. George's Episcopal Church will begin its fall season Sept. 9. The club will meet on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. through Dec. 16 in the meeting room of the church, at 2434 Cape Horn Road in Hampstead.

The club will kick off the season with "The Boy and the Bicycle," a collection of short stories for children by J. V. Mycklewhyte recalling the author's Bahamian childhood.


The book was suggested by the church's rector, Rev. Fr. Mario Conliffe, who is Mycklewhyte's nephew. He said that it has been Mycklewhyte's lifelong dream to write the stories of her childhood so children can "gain an appreciation of the heart and soul of what the Bahamas used to be like." Conliffe said that stories help to connect generations, keeping traditions and folklore alive.

The group has been meeting for about 10 years and currently has a core group of six to eight members. Club member Sheila Warner said they choose books that might have a moral or spiritual theme but are not necessarily religious. The next book the group will read is Christina Baker Kline's "Orphan Train," which Warner said "asks good moral questions" and "shows how our culture has changed from that time." The novel tells the story of the fictional Vivian Daly, who was sent from New York City to the Midwest on an orphan train in 1929, the year the orphan trains ended, according to the author's website. Orphan trains transported abandoned children from the East Coast, mainly New England, to the midwest from 1854 to 1929 in search of families who would take them in.

The group will discuss "The Boy and the Bicycle" on Sept. 9 and 16, followed by "Orphan Train" beginning Sept. 23. There is no cost to attend and the book club is open to the public.

For more information, call the church office at 410-374-9748 or Sheila Warner at 717-637-3316.

Manchester car show to benefit fire company

Family-friendly fun will roll into the Manchester Carnival Grounds for the first Manchester Autumn Harvest Collector Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. A joint effort of the Manchester Fire Co. and the Chesapeake Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the show offers fun for all ages.

More than 100 antique and classic cars in a wide range of makes and models, motorcycles and even a fire truck or two are expected to cruise in. Maryland radio personality and car expert Dave Serio will be on hand with a live broadcast of his "You Auto Know" radio show.

Visitors can also meet 2015 Miss Carroll County, browse items for sale from area vendors, see the Carroll County Sheriff's Office information van and find out which cars are the winners of the more than 40 regular and special awards the car club will present. In a special opportunity for young show-goers, a limited number of children will be invited to wear judges' hats and work as a team to choose one vehicle to receive the Kids' Award.

Chesapeake Region President Paula Ruby said the club's greatest hope is to "develop this into a show that will benefit both the fire department and the community." Buzz Diehl, also of the club, explained that while this is the first year for this show, the club has been having shows at the Howard County Fair for many years. According to its website, the club holds about 10 car shows each year. The Manchester show is part of the club's 60th anniversary celebrations, but Ruby and Diehl both said they hope to make it an annual event.

Manchester Fire Co. 2nd Vice President Brian Miller said he hopes people "will enjoy seeing the classic cars and appreciate the history [of these cars]," adding that the event goes along with the fire company's Days Gone By tractor show held in May.

The show will be held at the Manchester Carnival Grounds, 3297 York St., Manchester. Admission is $10 per vehicle, benefiting the car club, with sales of classic midway-style concessions such as pit beef, hamburgers, hot dogs and other fare benefiting the fire company.

For more information, call Chesapeake Region AACA at 443-547-1632, visit the club's website at or visit the Manchester Fire Co. website at

St. Peter's Lutheran Church to hold blessing of pets

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, in Hampstead, will hold an outdoor worship service and blessing of pets at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. A flier for the event invites the community to "[c]elebrate the beauty of our world and all of the creatures in God's creation."


Participants are asked to bring their pets on a leash or in a pet carrier. Those with pets too large or frail to bring, or pets who do not travel well, are invited to bring a photo of their pet to be used for the blessing.

The morning will include traditional, contemporary and children's songs accompanied by keyboard and guitar. Refreshments, including dog biscuits for the newly blessed four-legged friends, will be available following the service.

Vice Pastor Rev. Norma Schenning explained the event falls on Rally Day, when the church community celebrates the start-up of its fall programs. She and her husband, Vice Pastor Rev. Matthew Schenning, have planned what she said will be a very upbeat service.

The service and blessing are free to attend and will be held in the church's outdoor pavilion at 4300 Church Road in Hampstead. For more information, call the church office at 410-374-2264.

Donna Mortensen covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at 443-547-6507 or at