FANS OF Laura Turner's Small Wonders Antiques shop and her annual Teddy Bear Christmas craft show will be delighted to know that Mrs. Turner is starting another venture, the Frizellburg Antique Store.
The store opens tomorrow at 1909 Old Taneytown Road in Frizzellburg.
Mrs. Turner and her husband, Jamie, bought the big red brick building that houses the store at an auction last year and decided to use it as the vehicle for one of Laura's passions, antiques. Laura has been an antiques dealer for 20 years, and wanted to expand her Small Wonders business.
The 2,000-square-foot building allows her to do that, plus bring together other dealers to offer an antiques store where you can "buy and sell with confidence," said Mrs. Turner said.
Mrs. Turner and her family, plus a host of friends and workmen, have been laboring around the clock to get the store ready for its opening. The Turner children, Willie and Ellie, have been cleaning and scrubbing, Mr. Turner has been plastering and painting; the building has undergone a complete renovation to make it hospitable for its new occupants.
Laura's mother, Petey Hager, and friend Cass Wissman have sewn the curtains that grace every window.
"We wanted this place to feel like the old store [the former Rhoten's General Store] that it once was," Mrs. Turner said. "And for the atmosphere of the building to enhance the business."
The day I walked through the warren of rooms that will house multiple dealers, a huge, carved display case from an old silversmith's shop in Baltimore was poised for installation.
A brass cash register will be at the ready to ring up sales. Fresh paint in rich colors brightens every room, and a wheelbarrow full of bright mums will greet customers at the door.
The Frizellburg Antique Store will offer a general line of antiques, from books and jewelry to fabrics and furniture, with an emphasis on dolls and toys.
Hours are Friday through Monday, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.; parking is easy and plentiful behind the shop. Information: 848-0664.
If you shop at Mrs. Turner's antiques store on Saturday, you may want to consider driving to New Windsor for lunch afterward.
There, the women of St. Paul's United Methodist Church are offering an array of homemade fried chicken, soups, sandwiches and desserts from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church at 200 Main St.
The occasion is the women's annual Apple Festival, celebrating the harvest of the season and offering food.
I called Dot Lease, one of the women who work hard on this event, near the lunch hour, and her descriptions of the food made me hungry for something more than the cold turkey sandwich I had in my refrigerator.
Fried chicken, barbecue sandwiches, crab cakes, green beans, and an array of salads are offered. Apple desserts range from apple pie to dumplings.
Plan to get to the church early if you want the chicken corn soup -- it will be a fast sell-out.
Mrs. Lease shared the secret of the success of this soup with me -- corn that was home-grown and hand-cut is added to the soup after it has been simmering for a while.
Prices for the crab cake, fried chicken or hot dog platters range from $3 to $5.50; soup and desserts are extra.
Proceeds benefit the church's general treasury. Information: Kit Hartzler, 635-2003.
Big turnout for author
More than 450 people turned out at New Windsor Middle School on a Friday night two weeks ago to hear nationally known read-aloud advocate and best-selling author Jim Trelease.
It was a wonderful crowd, and Mr. Trelease reaffirmed, with statistics, humor and passion, the importance of reading aloud to children of any age.
I ran into Elmer Wolfe Principal Mary Stong a few days later and was surprised to learn from her that our crowd in northwest Carroll was the among the largest crowds to whom Mr. Trelease has spoken.
He has given his presentation to as few as eight people in Dallas, and 12 people in Philadelphia. He was surprised by the turnout in rural northwest Carroll.
Norma Knox, the Elmer Wolfe reading specialist who orchestrated all the logistics of the evening, commented on the night's success.
"I was really thrilled, needless to say," she said. "All the comments I've received from parents and others who attended have been very positive. I was also very happy about how many fathers were there. It was well worth the effort."
Community folks pitched in to make the event a success, too -- state troopers helped with the traffic flow, the Sulphur Springs Lions Club provided child care, and countless others made the event go off without a hitch.
A videotape soon will be available for those who want to hear Mr. Trelease's message. Information: 751-3307.