If you believe that big things can come in small packages, then you won't be disappointed by a jaunt to New Windsor this weekend, when this northwest Carroll community jumps with activity.
The Pipe Creek Jaycees sponsor their first flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the New Windsor Carnival grounds. More than 40 vendors have reserved tables, including numerous craftsmen.
"This might be a time to get some early Christmas shopping done," suggests Debbie Weishaar, an organizer of the flea market.
In addition to the sale tables, breakfast and lunch food will be sold.
A special space has been set aside to emphasize child safety, and members of "Child Watch America" will be on hand to make photo IDs for your children.
If you'd like to sell your wares at the flea market, it's not too late to reserve a table.
The cost is $10 for a 12-by-12 space.
Call Ms. Weishaar at 857-8351 for further information.
Proceeds benefit the Jaycees community projects for the holiday season.
After the flea market, wander over to the Apple Festival at St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Buffet-style platters featuring fried chicken, crab cakes, chicken corn soup and all kinds of apple desserts will be served at the church from 3 to 7 p.m.
A note to all who enjoy shopping at the International Gift Shop in New Windsor: New fall hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
The money you spend on beautiful crafts, clothes, and Christmas decorations from around the world benefits the artisans who create them.
Volunteers from the Carroll County Literacy Council are teaching English to refugees at the New Windsor Service Center to ease their transition into life in the United States.
The council is recruiting volunteer tutors for this and other projects.
The tutors work one-to-one with adults who need help with reading. Sessions are held all over the county with both non-English-speaking and English-speaking people who are struggling with reading.
Orientations for volunteers will be held in November and December. Call Marian Carr at 848-6506 if you would like to participate as a tutor or donate space to this worthy effort.
First-grade boys who enjoy such adventures as fishing, model railroading, and other activities are invited to join Pack 633's Tiger Cubs, a part of the Boy Scouts organization. The pack is recruiting boys from the New Windsor, Union Bridge, and Uniontown areas. Call Ken Carter for more information at 848-4289.
Frustrated Pavarottis and other enthusiastic singers may want to join the Taneytown Community Chorus, which is already preparing for its Christmas concert Dec. 6. The next rehearsal is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Grace United Church of Christ in Taneytown.
Chorus members are working on 17 numbers, from Handel and Mozart to folk songs and spirituals. Director Anna Motter, who with organist Fairy Flickinger started the chorus 13 years ago, welcomes all who can read music and enjoy singing.
Tenors are especially welcome.
Come prepared for two hours of singing and a good time.
One of the best places to watch an autumn sunset in northwest Carroll is Pipe Creek Cemetery on Clear Ridge Road. It's breathtaking.
Hard-core shoppers' alert! The Sulphur Spring Lions Club is
sponsoring a day trip to the Vanity Fair Outlet Mall in Reading, Pa. on Friday, Oct. 23. A $10.50 ticket pays for transportation and lunch.
If you enjoy shopping for bargains, join the group by calling Lee Ogle, 775-7745 or Pat Benton, 795-3832.