YOU CAN TELL it's fall in Northwest Carroll when the weekend feasts and festivals begin. On Sunday, Union Bridge Lions Club is sponsoring its seventh annual chicken and ham buffet at Union Bridge Community Center on Ladiesburg Road.
Food will be served from 11: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Lions hold two feasts each year, so if you miss this one, the next one isn't until spring.
Club member John Laudermilch is planning and cooking most of the menu, an all-you-can-eat buffet, and Tommy Hyde will fry the chicken. Lions' spouses will bake cakes Saturday to serve for dessert.
All proceeds benefit community projects. The feasts also provide an excuse to get together with friends or set up an informal reunion.
More than a dozen former teachers from Francis Scott Key High School will have a reunion at the Union Bridge buffet, starting at 1: 30 p.m. (Pass this information along if you know someone who taught at the school during the 1968-1969 school year.)
Tickets are $7 for adults and $3.50 for children age 12 and younger. Information: 775-2270.
Grace United Church of Christ in Taneytown is sponsoring a public dinner Oct. 5. Dinner begins at noon and ends when the food is sold. Tickets are $9.50 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12.
The menu will have a Pennsylvania Dutch influence. In addition to fried chicken, ham and oysters, the menu includes noodles, applesauce, pepper slaw, string beans and mashed potatoes.
Bootleg, a country dance band, will perform at Union Bridge Fire Hall for a dance from 8: 30 p.m. to 12: 30 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10. Bring a beverage; pretzels and chips will be provided.
The dance is one of many fund-raisers the fire company sponsors each year. FYI: The company answers up to 450 ambulance calls and 375 fire calls a year. Information: 775-7422.
Brethren youth club
Union Bridge Church of the Brethren announces the start of its youth club for children in first through sixth grades. The club meets from 6: 15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the church.
The club is a chance for children from the church and community to get together for Bible study, crafts and recreation in a supervised atmosphere. "It's for our members, but for others as well," said Anna Lease. "We would like to get more kids from the community to participate -- it's a chance for kids to get to know each other, show respect for each other and have fun," she said.
Eight fall sessions are planned for Tuesdays until Nov. 12. Cost is $10 per child per session and is prorated for siblings. Shirley Deeds is the director. Information: 635-2392.
Alternatives, a program sponsored by Carroll County public schools, is sponsoring free classes for adults seeking a basic education or preparation for the General Educational Development exam. Classes in Northwest Carroll are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at New Windsor Middle School and Northwest Middle School.
Classes are small and offer individual instruction. Information: 751-3680.
We've quickly learned that life in Northwest Carroll is filled with animals -- we've acquired three cats and a dog since we moved here.
The dog we got from the Humane Society early in the summer has made himself known around town. He's the animal who walks up the back alley, barks at horses in farmyards, and sniffs at old tombstones in cemeteries.
On Saturday, we put the dog in the back seat of our compact station wagon and drove him to the Catoctins. After an afternoon of sniffing trails, drinking water from a stream and trying to chase Boy Scouts, the dog climbed into the back of the station wagon and fell asleep. Simple pleasures.
Pub Date: 9/19/96