Prints, quilt to boost fund raising Union Bridge Town Hall, museum are beneficiaries


Union Bridge's homespun fund-raisers, which have included dances, commemorative brick sales and pancake breakfasts, continue with the sale of prints of historic buildings and the auction of a handmade quilt.

The Town Hall Funding Committee is selling limited-edition prints of Union Bridge landmarks to help pay the $200,000 mortgage on Town Hall. The committee has raised $500 from the prints and note cards.

Instead of letting town officials raise taxes to pay for the new building, residents have been holding fund-raisers to help make mortgage payments. The loan balance is $170,000, said Town Clerk Deborah Rippeon.

Elaine Holmes, chairwoman of the Town Hall Funding Committee, said the group has paid $20,000 on the principal and has met its share of the $1,544 monthly mortgage payments. (Town government picks up half the payments.)

The limited-edition prints by Emmitsburg artist Dennis S. Sherald sell for $30 apiece unframed, $55 matted and framed. The committee receives $15 for each framed or unframed print sold.

The first print is a collage featuring the Quaker Meeting House, former Baile, Engel and Co. store (now Original Pizza), former Central Bank (now Union Bridge Pharmacy), the original fire hall (now privately owned) and a hotel that was destroyed by fire.

Other prints in the series will include the original Union Bridge School, which has been demolished, and the train station, which has been preserved as a museum. Sherald plans to issue the prints at six-month intervals.

Sherald, 41, was selected to do the prints after Elaine and Cindy Holmes, of the Town Hall Funding Committee, met the artist at a Littlestown, Pa., festival.

"He had a little card that said, 'Ask me about fund-raisers.' So we asked," said Cindy Holmes, who is Elaine's daughter-in-law.

Sherald, a sculptor whose sculpture of a field dressing station is on display at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, walked through Union Bridge with the two women and liked what he saw.

Union Bridge "is a gem, architecturally," Sherald said.

"If people zoom through Union Bridge on Main Street, they see a lot of wonderful architecture, but they don't see it all," he said.

Union Bridge Area Heritage Committee is sponsoring the quilt auction as a separate fund-raiser -- for a town museum.

The quilt, which features squares with logos of Union Bridge businesses and civic organizations, will be auctioned Sept. 7 at Family Fun Day, an annual picnic that serves as a fund-raiser for Town Hall. The event includes games, crafts and entertainment at the community center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road.

Proceeds from the quilt auction will go into a fund to convert the old water pump house adjoining Town Hall into a museum of local history.

Elaine and Cindy Holmes, who also are members of the heritage committee, did the quilting with help from the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren quilting circle.

Resident Betty Buffington used her computer to design the squares and create logos.

Anyone interested in buying a print can call Cindy Holmes at 775-7520.

Pub Date: 8/29/96

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