North Carroll: Join the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department parade

North Carroll: Join the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department parade
The start of the 2013 Hampstead parade. (Submitted photo)

The Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department extended an invitation to the community to participate in the fire company's parade to be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 through the streets of Hampstead.

If your organization would like to build a float, march in the parade, or bring fire apparatus to support the parade, you are welcome to join them. There will be awards given for the best in class.


Lineup will begin at 6 p.m. with fire apparatus and other vehicles assembling on Rt. 88/Lower Beckleysville Road; floats will gather on Lower Beckleysville Road; and marching bands and walking groups will assemble at the church on Lower Beckleysville Road.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Brenda Parry at

Escape to tropical paradise

The North Carroll Senior Center wants to warm you up this winter with a trip to the Southeast Coast and Bahamas.

The trip will consist of 10 days and nine nights, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 10. Take a cruise with them aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise line on the Grandeur of the Seas.

The cruise would leave the port of Baltimore at 4 p.m. and return to Baltimore around 7 a.m. Feb. 10, 2018. Stops along the way include Charleston, S.C., Orlando and Miami, Fla., and Nassau and CocoCay, both in the Bahamas.

Rates are per person, double occupancy and include cruise, port charges and government fees; please note that transportation to and from the pier is an additional $60 per person. This trip is open to anyone that is interested and those traveling must have their passport.

To secure your spot, an initial deposit of $350 per person double occupancy, or $700 per person single occupancy is required so that they can secure reservations and assign cabins. The final balance is due by Oct. 3. For those that book early, they will get the best prices, cabin locations and their preferred dining times.

The rates are $760, inside cabin category; $874, outside cabin category; $1,399, balcony cabin category or $1,406 balcony cabin category — depends on which level balcony it's on.

For reservations, or more information, contact Mary or Cliff Patterson at the North Carroll Senior Center, 410-386-3900.


Christmas in July: July 29, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. Spaces: $15. Information: Stacey Nash, 443-744-1184,

National Night Out: Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m., Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department, 1341 N. Main St., Crime prevention and emergency preparedness, and more. Information:

Big Money Raffle: Aug. 12, noon-5 p.m., Reese Volunteer Fire Company, 1745 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster. Hosted by RVFC and Manchester Volunteer Fire Department. Tickets: $100 per person; guest ticket, $25. Money to be awarded throughout the day; guest tickets not eligible for cash prizes. Dinner included; cash bar. Must be 18 or older. Tickets/information: any member of the Reese or Manchester fire departments; MVFD, 410-239-2286 or email


Crab Feast: Aug. 20, 1-5 p.m., Hampstead American Legion, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. Tickets limited; $45 per person. Information/tickets: Bill Nash, 410-833-1600.

Shiela Johnson covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at or 410-412-6787.