Parks foundation plans party for board


MEMBERS OF Manchester Parks Foundation will honor a new board of directors from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday with a wine and cheese reception at Cygnus Wine Cellars.

The public, including children, is welcome to visit the winery and meet members of the parks foundation.

Cygnus Wine Cellars, 3130 Long Lane, has offered to present selections of its label wine, and cheese, bread and complimentary logo wineglasses. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be available.

Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. will install the board of directors for the foundation, the nonprofit volunteer organization that oversees Pine Valley Nature Center in Manchester.

The Acapella+ youth choir, a division of Carroll County Children's Chorus, directed by Joyce Hongfirmeier, will sing during the event.

Elsie McCleary began as a park volunteer several months ago. Bringing the park to the winery is a clever way to merge two unique aspects of Manchester, she said.

"It's pretty neat to have both a winery and a nature center in Manchester," McCleary said. "With the nature center, we're trying to help the habitat that's already there. It's a way of preserving nature and the wetland. School kids go on hikes on the nature trail, and see animals. We've set up birdhouses and feeders.

"We have a lot of neat ideas," she said, such as a kite-flying day and planting trees to honor past residents for Arbor Day.

Wine and cheese reception reservations are requested by tomorrow. Cost is $10 for adults ages 21 and older, and $5 per young adult ages 12 to 20. Children are free.

Reservations: Elsie McCleary, 410-239-3152.

Restoring the train station

Ken Hankins, a leader of Hampstead Train Station Committee Inc., will speak at the meeting Tuesday of the Women's Club of Hampstead. The meeting, arranged by member Doris Finney, will be held at 1 p.m. in the social hall of St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street, Hampstead. Interested adults may attend.

Hankins, a Hampstead potter and educator, sparked interest in the Hampstead landmark, which has become part of the town seal. A community volunteer crusade has evolved to restore the original structure. Volunteers meet on weekends and have begun to stop years of deterioration.

Girls' lacrosse clinic

Joe Bach began offering lacrosse to girls when his children wanted to play. Now he offers a free clinic so girls of all ages can pick up a stick and try the sport.

The free girls' lacrosse clinic starts Feb. 5 and meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays at North Carroll Middle School. Sticks are provided.

Intramural and travel lacrosse programs for girls will start after the clinic. Registration may be made during the clinic or from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Feb. 6 and 13.

Information: Joe Bach, 410-239-3078.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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