Do you recall getting swept into the pageantry of a beautiful wedding? Gliding through the church, the radiant bride wears a gown of satin, lace, and pearls. It is a gown worn for one special day -- and probably not worn again.
From 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 15, women from St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Manchester will again stride radiantly down the aisle. They're giving a most unusual wedding-style fashion show to benefit the building fund for their new church. Everyone is invited to attend.
The show will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester. With more than 600 member families, St. Bartholomew's has an arrangement with Immanuel Lutheran to use its' facilities for large events.
"We're showing our parishioners' dresses, dating from 1992 way back to the 1900s," said Janet Maurer, who organized the wedding fashion show. Among 33 dresses, the oldest dress "is very elaborate, a beautiful dress. It's in our museum room because it's too fragile to be worn," she said.
The Rev. Martin Demek's mother's dress, from the 1940s, will be modeled. "It's a satin dress with a long train," said Mrs. Maurer.
Marilyn Salmi, a church member, will offer personal glimpses into the wedding of each bride as she takes the aisle. Joseph Norkus, St. Bartholomew's organist, will play traditional wedding music. He also will accompany a small choir singing romantic selections during the show.
A traditional afternoon wedding reception will follow. One parishioner will bake the wedding cake, to be topped with the ornament used upon her own wedding cake years ago. Punch, sandwiches, nuts and mints will be served.
Surrounding two antique trunks, antique clothing and accessories will form a museum. Wedding photograph albums will be brought and shared.
"Half of the women will model their own dresses," said Mrs. Maurer. "They're so proud they can still wear their wedding dress. We thought that was marvelous."
Tickets are $10 and should be reserved by May 12. Call the parish office at 239-8881.
For three minutes Saturday, Hampstead will be the center of international attention. The Tour DuPont bicycle race will speed over Lower Beckleysville Road, past the firehouse, and toward Westminster on Route 482.
Between 12:14 p.m. and 12:29 p.m. Saturday you can expect more than 100 bicyclists to tear through town, including world- famous Raul Alcala and Atle Kvalsvoll likely dueling for the win. The Tour DuPont is an 11-day race beginning in Wilmington, Del., and ending in Greensboro, N.C., on May 16. ESPN will televise daily highlights.
Straddling motorcycles, cameramen will zip between the racers, giving the world up-to-the-minute coverage.
The luscious scent of apples and cinnamon will fill the North Carroll Senior Center next week, as the seniors there extend their fame for making whole apple cinnamon dumplings. This year, they'll prepare 450 of the sweet apple treats for Senior Day at the Carroll County Farm Museum on May 12-13.
"The dumplings are gone by 12 o'clock," said Dorothy Houff, the center's manager. "They're really good. We always have orders in advance."
Using a recipe handed down from her mother, said Mrs. Houff, "the oldest ladies sit down, peel and core 'em. The younger seniors bring their rolling pins in. They make the dough and stand up to make the apple dumplings. We have a couple people manning the ovens. It's a production line.
"We have a great time. It takes us two days to do it. That's quite a lot of apple dumplings."
At Senior Day, the North Carroll seniors sell dumpings and more.
"We have white elephant items," said Mrs. Houff. "plus homemade apple pies, cherry pies, cakes, cookies, fudge, cupcakes, crab soup, barbecue, baked ham sandwiches, coffee, tea and soda."
Any senior in the county can participate in Senior Day.