It's time to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather with family, friends and neighbors. The perfect occasion for this is the Linthicum Community Fair on Saturday. The celebration will start at 9 a.m. with a parade, an added attraction this year, and run until 3 p.m.
The Oriole Bird, floats, bands, Scouts, other youth groups and community organizations will be marching in the parade. Sue Cwiek, who is organizing the parade, said children ages 7 to 12 are welcome to decorate their bikes and join other participants.
The parade will travel from the old Andover High School to the field across from St. John Lutheran Church on Maple Road. State Sen. Michael J. Wagner will announce the participants.
Martin Muller, the fair chairman, said many booths and attractions have been added to the old favorites. You can expect games, crafts, an auction, moon bounce game, pony rides, scarecrow making, fall produce, baked goods and other food.
There will be 44 booths. Seventeen will feature crafts, including decorated antiques and wood, country and garden items, as well as afghans and flowers.
Parking is limited on the St. John's lot. Fair-goers are encouraged to take advantage of the parking at the old Andover School and Linthicum Elementary School. A free shuttle bus provided by the MTA will get you to the fairgrounds. Fair participants include the North County PTA and Parents Club, Linthicum Elementary School PTA, Linthicum Lions Club, Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, Friendly Thyme Herb Club, LSIA, Linthicum Rotary, Beta Sigma Phi and American Association of Retired Persons 2244. Others are the Anne Arundel County Optimist Soccer, BSA Troop 550, Crestwood Homemakers, Linthicum Ferndale Softball and Apache Cheerleaders.
In addition, groups from St. Christopher Episcopal, St. John Lutheran, Linthicum Baptist and the United Methodist Church are participating.
Nonprofit organizations will donate 15 percent of their proceeds to the North County Emergency Outreach Network, a coalition of churches and organizations formed to help the needy in the area.
Daniel Carroll Toomey, author, historian and owner of Toomey's book shop in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center, has released his latest book, "Marylanders at Gettysburg." He is planning a book-signing session from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at his shop to raise money for the Maryland Memorial on the Gettysburg battlefield.
Maryland is the only state that had Union and Confederate soldiers in that battle. Mr. Toomey's book chronicles their actions.
More than 3,000 Marylanders fought at Gettysburg, yet Maryland is one of the few states involved that has not had a memorial monument at the battlefield. Mr. Toomey's book also describes the five-year effort to build the Maryland Memorial.
The book contains 112 pages, 50 photographs, three maps and sells for $11.95. For more information, come to the bookstore, or call 850-0831.
The Peace Lutheran Church congregation will have a picnic Saturday in the Fernwood Pavilion at Downs Park. The picnic is scheduled from noon to dusk. A $4 entrance fee and a parking fee will be charged.
Bring food and drink for your family plus a dessert to share. Also, bring bikes, walking shoes and games.
For information, call Mary Williams at 987-4032 or Debbie Archer at 760-4187.