Rachelle Hurwitz of Uniontown and Linda Galvin of Keymar are active members of a committee that is making the Carroll County Women's Fair happen Sunday at Carroll Community College.
The event has captured the interest and enthusiasm of women all over the county, and Mrs. Hurwitz and Mrs. Galvin have put in long hours on the project without pay in hopes of bringing women together to share common interests and concerns.
"We hope to bring women together to discuss ideas they're interested in, and to learn new things," Mrs. Hurwitz says.
Familiar and unfamiliar topics invite exploration in the keynote address -- on women in art and history and women as entrepreneurs -- and in 39 workshops that range from "Floral Arranging" and "Service Careers from the Home" to "Checking Your Confrontation and Assertiveness Quotient" and "Putting Yourself First." There's something for everybody.
"We just want to get women to talk," says Mrs. Hurwitz, "and discuss ideas that are important to them, network with others and get information from businesses. Hopefully, it will be a growing experience for a woman -- an opportunity to learn a little more."
All Women's Fair Committee members, keynote speakers and workshop leaders are volunteers.
Mrs. Hurwitz and other committee members hope that Sunday's fair will launch a countywide women's organization that will enable women to keep up with the issues that affect them and their families.
The Carroll County Women's Fair runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. VTC Sunday at Carroll Community College. The cost is $7 at the door. (Some child care is available, as well as an interpreter for the hearing-impaired at the keynote address).
Information: Rachelle Hurwitz, 876-2484.
Help! Don't let the roof cave in on the parsonage of the Uniontown United Methodist Church.
The tiny 23-member congregation has until April 5 to find a solution for its leaky 19th-century slate roof. That's when the Historic Commission, the committee that guards the historic structures in Uniontown, rules on the proposed roof repairs or replacement.
The parsonage was built in 1878 at a cost of $2,500. Now a new slate roof alone is estimated to cost $23,000, a figure that exceeds the church's meager operating budget.
The church is looking for a solution that will be affordable, but still fall within the commission's guidelines. Roofing experts are needed to step forward with advice -- before the parsonage turns into the Ark this spring.
Back in 1944, in the days when the roof didn't leak, a Carroll County vagrant known as "Big Tom" committed suicide in the county jail. Dr. Fletcher Zollickoffer, the county coroner and resident of the parsonage at the time, was so fascinated with Big Tom's head that he decapitated him and took the head home. Since then, according to the legend, a headless ghost has roamed the jail yard in search of its head.
To keep the legend alive and preserve the historic structure, call the Rev. Duane Combs at 848-6940, or come to the Historic Commission's next meeting at 7 p.m. April 5 in Room 24 at Francis Scott Key High School.
If the sound of church organ music stirs your soul, you won't want to miss the dedication concert of the Rogers Digital Organ at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke's Church in New Windsor.
Guest artist and teacher Richard Van Auken of Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., will perform a variety of sacred music with some congregational singing.
"The concert will provide an opportunity for people to hear the capability of the instrument," said the Rev. Darrell Layman.
An offering will be collected.