WHEN "ADAM BOMB" meets "The Barbarian" in Hampstead for a "Battle of Power" next month, it's a safe bet that the Business Club at North Carroll High School brought them to local turf.
They've invited plenty of big power guys in the past three years. This year, the Pro Wrestling Spectacular IV takes place Nov. 11. Start time is 7:30 p.m. But don't wait to get tickets. Last year, more than 1,250 showed up to pack the bleachers, and ringside seats sold out fast.
Tickets, $15 for ringside seats and $12 for general admission, are available at Ledo Pizza in Cranberry Square, Ron's Automotive in Manchester and at the high school.
The main event is "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan against "The Iron Sheik," the former World Wrestling Federation champion who beat Hulk Hogan in 1983.
"We've got eight big names, which means they've been on TV," said Tom Davidson.
He teaches business courses with Phil Myers and Charlie Hook at the high school, and they supervise about 50 students in the business club.
Business is not just typing, computers and accounting. Four years ago, the club brought world-class pro wrestling to Hampstead. In return, the proceeds help the club to purchase the latest in business software and more.
"Things we might see but not want to wait a year for," said Mr. Myers.
Pro wrestling is theatrical, in and out of the ring.
"The audience is enjoyable to watch, almost as much as the match," said Mr. Myers.
There's the anything-goes-style match between "Corporal Punishment" and "Morgus The Maniac."
Morgus, we're told, hails from near Hampstead. His specialty is wearing a straitjacket and bouncing on his head. The anything-goes match includes weapons such as frying pans and chairs. Stuff typically flies into the front-row audience.
"This is strictly entertainment," said business club president Ron Schott, a student known to very few as "The Sniper" from a wrestling contest he won -- not in the ring but by telephone.
He said he is "thinking about" entering pro wrestling of the entertainment variety and is wrestling this year at school in addition to playing football.
"This is a big get-together, and it's local. This is something people would see once in their life," Mr. Schott continued. "And it's convenient. You don't have to fight traffic."
Food to sate the savage appetite is prepared by the Sports Boosters.
"Come hungry," said Mr. Myers. "[The] homemade soup goes quick. There's baked goods. You can find something you like, zTC more than likely."
Custodians at the school have helped the club and boosters annually by donating time to set up and then clean up.
Information: 751-3450, Ext. 256, or 385-3307.
Start holiday shopping
If you've heard about the small-town warmth and welcome of downtown Manchester, plan to visit for the Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Open House Nov. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The evening becomes a Christmas party, town tour and community thank-you rolled into one. And it's all free.
You'll probably meet Santa Claus and strolling singers from local churches. Climb into the horse-drawn taxi, where everyone gets free rides from one end of town to the other. Shops displaying a bouquet of balloons will be open, and most, if not all, will offer refreshments, door prizes or giveaways.
"Each store has something to entice people to visit," says Sharon Nizer, owner of The Tin Rooster country accessories shop.
In five years, she has nudged the community participation from the original four shops to 17 businesses, and it's still growing. This year, the local historical society will be sponsoring a craft show that evening. The fire company might join the festivities, too.
"It's our way of thanking the community for supporting us all year," said Mrs. Nizer. "We don't push this as a sales gimmick, because it's not. It originally started as a thank you, as a way to bring everyone into town.
"More and more people are participating, and they're doing it in the name of community spirit. The shop owners are always amazed at the number of people that come. You don't see crowds of people like this in Manchester unless it's Manchester Day."
Information: Sharon Nizer, 239-6155.
Art on display
Visit the Hanover (Pa.) Area Arts Guild Gallery in October and you might walk away with an original work of art or the materials to create one yourself.
Masterworks for the budget will be sold to Oct. 31 at the gallery, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover, during a monthlong Poor Man's Art and Craft Show.
Members of the art guild will sell original works priced at $50 or less. Among them will be baskets by Sharon Schaeffer of Westminster, watercolor paintings by Thomas J. Greenholt of McSherrystown, Pa., and decorative and useful fabric crafts by Mari Garrett of Hanover.
Members will also hold a secondhand materials sale, which they've dubbed a "Yart Sale." Art supplies, materials and equipment will be priced at $5 or less, and sales will benefit the gallery's building fund.
Information: (717) 632-2521.