TWO FORMER home businesses have moved into the fast lane -- opening an office on Main Street in Hampstead. On Friday from noon to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., they're opening their door to show the public what they can do.
Eagle Embroidery, co-owned by Chris and Cathy Cavey and Kym and David Cavey, took root four years ago in the family basement.
J&K; Graphics, owned by John and Kathy Rampolla, started about 12 months ago.
The two businesses have moved to joint quarters at 838D S. Main St., between Dean's Restaurant and Pearson Signs.
"We'll have giveaways and demonstrations with light refreshments," said Kathy Rampolla. "The embroidery machine and computers will be set up" and running.
Both graphics and embroidery use computers. The open house will show visitors how the work is done.
"I'll do a digitizing demo," said Kathy Rampolla. "I use computer software that scans a logo [picture] into the computer. I enter the stitches and colors, and then put the computer disc into the embroidery machine."
Eagle Embroidery takes over, creating shirts and hats for Walsh Fuel, JD Associates, Ultimate Image hairdressers and landscape firms.
Similar computerization helps Mrs. Rampolla create graphics for "gosh, anything printed, from from business cards and rubber stamps to advertisements and directories."
She has about 12 years of experience in graphics, working in advertising agencies and printing companies after earning a degree in psychology.
Information: J&K; Graphics, 239-2345. Eagle Embroidery, 239-3488.
The Woman's Club of Hampstead invites senior citizens from Hampstead and Manchester to a free Christmas concert at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Main Street, Hampstead.
Live nativity planned
You can take part in a live outdoor nativity Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 3239 Carrollton Road, Hampstead. At 6 p.m., enactors will present Mary, Joseph, the baby Jesus, the wise men and several children.
At 6:30 p.m., a children's Christmas program will be given.
The church is on Carrollton Road between Wesley and Houcksville roads.
Information: Pastor Jeffrey Odom, 374-4027.
Winery open house
Sampling fine wine is fun. Tasting wine within view of the vine is planned at the open house at Basignani Winery for Saturdays and Sundays the next two weekends, and from noon to 5 p.m.
The winemakers will give tours and tastings and offer wines and gift baskets, all with friendly advice.
The party includes bread, cheese, cider, cookies and sampling of their latest wines.
The winery, at 15722 Falls Road, is carved out of the wooded hillside six-tenths of a mile north of Black Rock Road.
The cost of the wine-tasting is $2 a car, which includes a dollar off any purchase.
Information: (410) 472-4718.