Mmm, autumn. Maples are suddenly aflame in color. Fields mellow their greens into bronze. The scent of snow blows in from a season yet to come, and summer warmth is found inside a sweater.
Autumn is splendid. Or fabulous, if you agree with folks at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1373 Main St., Hampstead. On Saturday, they'll hold their Fabulous Fall Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fabulous Fall means fabulous homemade soups, the perfect fare to fight the autumn chill. Drop in to try their soups: vegetable, ham with bean or chicken-corn. They're also serving chicken salad sandwiches, barbecue, hot dogs and sauerkraut, and all kinds of baked goods. Food will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"The baked goods and food are all made by the ladies of the church," said church secretary Nancy Klein. They are members of the Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).
At the bazaar, you'll also find handmade crafts, wooden items, quality Christmas gifts and a white elephant sale. The Women of the ELCA have met bi-weekly to create many of the handicrafts, and they've been baking extra cakes and pies for you to savor at home.
The event will be in St. Mark's expanded social hall. Renovations were completed last winter, and it's now accessible from both the front and rear of the church. There is plenty of parking at the rear.
Information: 374-2819 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday except Wednesday.
Hungry for homemade pancakes? Join the crowd at the Hampstead Fire Hall on Nov. 20. The Women's Club of Hampstead will begin to serve those stack o' wheats at 6 a.m. and continue until 11 a.m.
The Women's Club serves the all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast every year to benefit the Hampstead Fire Auxiliary.
"The women will be in there serving and some of their husbands will be mixing," said Hannah Stevens, who organizes events for both groups. "It's our usual straight-forward pancakes, sausages, apples and beverages.
"It's on a Saturday, so everybody comes out for breakfast. We find families coming in with the little ones, so we make sure we have the highchairs out," she said.
The cost is $3.75 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Those under 6 can eat free. The fire hall is at 1341 N. Main Street, Hampstead.
On Nov. 20 the Manchester Elementary PTA is sponsoring "Christmas on York Street" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Manchester Elementary School, 3224 York St.
It's a Christmas market with lots of free attractions to capture the interest of the whole family.
A local blacksmith will forge metal outdoors. Carroll County Beekeepers Association will show beehives, honey and beeswax crafts, and a photographic display of bees.
The school's Just Say No club will offer Pizza Hut Passports, which will enable you to buy one pizza and get a smaller one free. The Manchester Fire Department will offer free blood pressure testing.
"You name it, we'll have it," says organizer Lou Ann Nalepa. Christmas ornaments, hand-painted china, jewelry, clocks and music boxes, dolls, fashions, woodcrafts, lawn ornaments and more will be on display by 46 craftsmen.
The show, on two floors of Manchester Elementary, is accessible to the handicapped via elevators.
The PTA will sell hot food and baked goods, and offer a dollar raffle for a cake and a turkey.
Information: Mrs. Nalepa, 374-9240, or Manchester Elementary, 374-4401.