"PAMPERED" is how most of the mothers, grandmothers and aunts described the lavish beauty treatments they received during a Mother's Day celebration by South Carroll High School's cosmetology department.
In honor of the holiday, cosmetology students invited their mothers or other female relatives to the school Monday morning for complimentary beauty treatments. The women were treated to facials, scalp treatments, manicures and haircuts.
Teachers Vicki Gardner and Pat Newcomer started the popular Mother's Day tradition when they began teaching cosmetology at the school 21 years ago. The event has become so popular that its arrival is anticipated each year.
"I'm an adoptive mother today," said Ann Becker, whose daughter Ann finished the program in January and recently passed her state cosmetology licensing exam. With her hair freshly styled by a student operator, Becker said she plans to return every year.
Enjoying a pedicure, Pam Parkhill was the picture of relaxation as daughter Marla massaged her feet.
"Fixing hair is great, but this, my daughter rubbing my feet, this is nice," Parkhill said. "It's really nice to have a Mother's Day program.
"It's a great time to sit back and catch up on the news with your daughter," she said.
Beth William's grandmother Joyce Spinelli traveled from Pennsylvania for beauty treatments from her granddaughter.
As she waited for her green cucumber facial mask to dry, Spinelli said, "It's wonderful to be pampered by your granddaughter, especially to have an up-and-coming professional do this."
Vicki Stroup was treated to a manicure by junior Tricia Cook. A professional hair stylist, Stroup recalled her high school cosmetology classes and said things haven't changed much.
She enjoyed reversing the roles of stylist and client for the day. "It's so relaxing," she said.
Stroup's daughter, Kari, invited her aunt, Lynn Pack, for a morning of pampering.
"I've never had the full works before," Pack said. "I'm going to definitely want it again."
For the time being, Kari prefers doing facials and scalp treatments -- cutting hair makes her a little nervous. She said she likes to practice on her mother. That way if she messes up, it's OK.
Cosmetology students must complete 1,500 hours of classroom training in all areas of beauty culture, including chemistry, anatomy and light therapy, before they are eligible to take the state licensing examination.
After completing 350 hours of training, students work on the public in a classroom setting.
The cosmetology department holds clinic hours from 8: 15 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Thursdays and Fridays during the school year. Nominal fees cover the cost of supplies.
A spring event
What better way to celebrate spring than at the annual Mount Airy Spring Fling, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow in the downtown area of Main Street.
The event, sponsored by the Mount Airy Beautification Commission, will feature local nurseries, crafts and area business displays. Dancing and singing will be performed throughout the day by local groups.
A martial arts demonstration, environmental and safety displays, a farmers' market, face painting and free legal advice will also be featured.
A children's area will include games, crafts and a petting zoo.
Civic groups and leaders will explain their roles in the community, and town and military museums will be open.
Main Street, from Hood Street to Prospect Road, will be closed to traffic. Parking will be available in the municipal parking lot off Park Avenue and at the Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.
Free shuttle bus service from the carnival grounds will be provided by the Mount Airy Lions and Kiwanis clubs.
Locally grown produce, plants, baked goods and handmade crafts are among the items on sale at the Mount Airy Farmers' Market.
In its fourth year, the market is open 4: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through September on the F&M; Bank upper parking lot, Main Street and Prospect Road.
Market coordinator Mary Hershelman said a good selection will be available.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 5/15/98