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All-Night Bingo games at the Hampstead Fire Department on Main Street are a perennial favorite.

"Sometimes it's too crowded," says firefighter Kenny Ruby, so they've limited Friday night's attendance to 250 people.

With $4,000 to be won, everybody stays all night.

That's 92 games of bingo and a home-cooked fried chicken dinner, for a night of fun until 3 a.m.

"Most games are worth $30" to the winner, he said.

"Specials are from $50 to $300."

Mr. Ruby says he'll be there to "sell specials, work the floor, do whatever is needed."

Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is served from 6 to 8, and then the bingo begins.

Last call for tickets is tomorrow, so the cooks can begin the dinner.

For information, call 374-2424.


Fiddle Puppet Dancers, or three dancers and a fiddle, will bring ++ the folk dance of southern Appalachia to Hampstead Elementary School on Oct. 12.

Two shows will be presented, at 9 and 10 a.m., so all students can see the performance.

"We want to give the children an exposure to folk dancing," said Assistant Principal Judy Walker.

The professional troupe dances in wooden shoes on a wooden floor.

Members will do clogging, a blend of Irish, Scottish, English and Native American dance.

They'll also show those dances that can be traced to clogging: the English reel, the hambone, African boot dance, and hoofin'.

The event is sponsored by the school's PTA.


The Fall Festival at Hampstead Elementary is "a big fund-raiser," said Sherry Raynor, PTA president. "And whatever we make goes back into the school."

But it's more. The festival brings teachers and students together -- to play games.

"It's a fun family day, a carnival geared toward kids," said Mrs. Raynor.

L Teachers willingly play "Pie in the Face," Mrs. Raynor says.

"They volunteer to have sponges covered in whipped cream tossed at them," she said.

"And volunteer for 'Teacher Auction.' They donate their time. Perhaps it's a game of bowling and pizza. A kid bids $5 and gets to go out with the teacher for a day.

"There's lots of games and prizes. Mr. Kool-Aid will be there, too," she said. "Last year, with Spring Garden and Hampstead schools together, over 600 students, plus parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, all came.

"Brothers and sisters in middle school love to get involved," said Mrs. Raynor. They help with games, twirl-painting and face-painting. "So we have lots of kids. It's for them. That's what we want."

The Fall Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the school, 3737 Shiloh Road, Hampstead.

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