The Spring Fling at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School Saturday will begin with Maryland Day festivities. The school band will play music including "Maryland, My Maryland," and fourth-graders, who have been studying their state all year, will perform in a Maryland Day program.
Several county commissioners and board of education members will attend.
But that's only the beginning of this fun day that will create a circus-has-come-to-town excitement for Union Bridge.
Kathleen the Great will be a roving clown, dressed in medieval-style clothing, and creating and giving away balloon sculptures.
Maryland State Police will show off their trained police dogs from noon to 2 p.m.
Flowers will be for sale, and games and crafts will be set up throughout the building.
Buy used books for 25 cents at the book swap; this year's offerings are in excellent condition.
You also can buy a home-cooked lunch and freshly baked cakes, pies and bread.
An auction for adults will offer items as varied as patio furniture donated by Baumgardner's of Westminster, an overnight stay at Bowling Brook Country Inn in Middleburg, 500 business cards from CPI Printing, two buffet passes on the EnterTRAINment Line, treasures from International Gift Shop at New Windsor Service Center, a gift certificate from Maggie's Restaurant and many more items. The auction will begin at noon in the school cafeteria.
A highlight for children will be face painting by a team of artists led by Barry Harden of New Windsor, whose daughter, Mary Anna, is a second-grader at Elmer Wolfe.
This is Mr. Harden's second year as a face painter at the Spring Fling, a natural extension of his creative nature. He has been a professional free-lance artist and craftsman; his full-time job is a project manager for kitchen installations in such places as Runnymede and the new New Windsor middle schools.
Mr. Harden has been painting since he was 5; his works range from landscapes to portraits. This summer, he will renovate the carriage house behind his home so he can pursue his art -- and keep the supplies and temptation to dabble away from his active year-old, Hannah.
This weekend, he'll get a chance to do the fine detail work he enjoys most, in the form of art on young faces.
Mr. Harden and his volunteer staff are prepared for the demand. Designs from popular television shows and children's movies, plus the classic designs of rainbows, clouds, sharks and spiders, will be offered.
If you notice the Spring Fling signs at the entrance to the school, Barry Harden painted those; the lumber was donated by New Windsor Hardware.
All proceeds will go to buy new computers for the classrooms.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the school, 115 N. Main St., Union Bridge. Information: 775-7638 or 775-7133.
"Home for the Holidays," a juried craft show, is set for April 7-8 at the New Windsor Service Center gymnasium. Sixteen artisans will sell their one-of-a-kind wares, from hand-sculpted stoneware clay houses to clothing and baskets. Information: 876-5421.