Playhouses auctioned to benefit Kidney Foundation


THE NATIONAL KIDNEY Foundation recently received $12,500 from a raffle and auction of playhouses created by local builders.

The playhouses had elegant names such as the Sara Hannah, the Sandy Mount Chalet and the Austine. The playhouses were so elaborate, you wished you were small enough to move in.

Three playhouses were on display and shown by local Realtors in the county for several weeks before raffles and auctions were held in mid-June.

The Sandy Mount Chalet, built by MacLean Homes, was based on a design submitted by students at Sandy Mount Elementary School. The playhouse, which was wired for electricity, had full carpeting, window boxes, chalet shutters, an eagles' nest cupola, a loft and deck on the second level.

The Austine, built and donated by Tab Homes of Westminster, was about 8 feet wide and 12 feet deep. It has a Victorian center gable, scrolls on the overhangs, dentil molding in the front and back, chair and base molding inside, Berber carpet and five window openings.

"We put about $2,500 worth of materials into the house and $2,000 worth of labor," said builder Bob Bowers. "This is one of many ways we try to give back to the community."

The Austine was sold for $1,350 to Mr. and Mrs. Dana Pickett of Finksburg. Sykesville resident Rose Krug won the Sara Hannah, built by JA Myers of Westminster, which was raffled. Tickets were $2 each or three for $5.

"I'm pleased with how well this went for a first-time event," said Racquel McGuire, executive director for the National Kidney Foundation. "I hope next year to increase gross revenue."

Lions Club scholarships

Silver Run Union Mills Lions Club honored two Westminster High School seniors Thursday night with $1,000 scholarships.

Christopher Matthias, son of Stephen and Linda Matthias, and Jenna Mulligan, daughter of Lewis and Carolyn Mulligan, were selected by the club's scholarship committee.

Both students "are outstanding academically and they are very active in the school and the community," said Jeffrey Morris, who chairs the committee with Cyril Groft.

Silver Run Union Mills Lions Club has been awarding the George I. Biemiller scholarship since 1967, in memory of its first president. Recipients must live in the Myers election district and show distinction in academics and community service.

Jenna, who was in the top 10 percent of her class at Westminster High School, will attend Loyola College, where she will major in art education. Christopher, who is a baseball player and active in other sports, plans to become a physical education teacher after earning his degree from Shepherd College in West Virginia.

"These are two outstanding youths," Morris said. "We need good people like them in education."

Youth drama workshop

Carroll County Arts Council will hold a two-day drama workshop for ages 9 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12.

Young actors and actresses will learn about improvisation, presentation skills, makeup and performing techniques. They also will learn how to gain self-confidence and learn techniques for creative expression.

Drama experience is not necessary.

Called "Theatrix," the workshop will be led by New York actress and drama educator Valerie diLorenzo, who is starring in Theatre on the Hill's production of "Gypsy." She has taught extensively in her home state and enjoys working with youngsters.

The fee for the class is $35 for arts council members and $45 for nonmembers. The class will be limited to 20 students.

The workshops will take place in the arts council gallery at 15 E. Main St. in the lower level of Winchester Exchange Building. Reservations are required. Information: 410-848-7272.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 6/29/98

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