Grape growers meeting to address family farms


DECISIONS ABOUT preserving the family farm or selling the land often hinge upon how to determine the land's value, now and for the long term.

Helpful insight about estimating a profitable long-term course of action for the family farm will be given Feb. 26 by Douglas G. Worrall, specialist in estate planning and agricultural land.

His talk, "Positive Economics of Transfer of Development Rights," will be given at the annual meeting of the Maryland Grape Growers Association at Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, near Routes 32 and 144.

The meeting, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., includes lunch. The registration fee is $30. An afternoon wine evaluation will be featured.

Bryan Butler of the Carroll County Extension Office will present "Planning and Scheduling Herbicide Application in the Vineyard." Other topics include growing multiple fruit crops, and practical and profitable small-acreage farms.

Maryland author Kevin Atticks, who appeared in April at Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester to sign his book, "Discovering Maryland's Wineries," will speak about cooperative programs between winemakers and grape growers.

More local grapes need to be grown for wine, said Ray Brasfield, owner of Cygnus Wine Cellars. Maryland's 10 wineries depend on fruit crops from about 300 acres in the state.

An agenda for the meeting is available online at, the Web site for the association. Click on the regional events icon for details and a registration form. Materials also are available from Ray Brasfield at 410-374-6483.

Trinity's 240th

The founders of the German Church in Manchester in 1760 might have hoped for the strong community presence the church maintains 240 years later.

Two congregations developed from the German Church. Trinity United Church of Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church congregations shared the single church building until the decision was made to build two churches, side by side on Church Street in Manchester.

The Manchester white oak tree, the town symbol, was planted at the site of the old log church.

With so much interesting history to share, Trinity United Church of Christ has decided to celebrate its 240 years with several services and events this year. A committee is collecting old photographs and church memorabilia to share.

The first service will be held at 10: 45 a.m. Feb. 27 to honor the founding of the church. The congregation will share a dinner afterward.

Children and their art

A large and colorful show of children's art is on display at Hampstead Town Hall Art Gallery, 1034 S. Carroll St.

The children created 90 artworks. Those attending can meet the young artists at a reception from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Children are invited to bring parents and friends.

The children, in first through fifth grades, are taught by art teachers Jan VanBibber and Brigitte Delzingaro of Spring Garden Elementary School and Barbara Hammond of Hampstead Elementary School.

The children explored world cultures and artists through projects that included painting, three-dimensional masks, drawing and collage.

The public can view the show during regular town office hours -- 8: 30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. -- and when public meetings are held in evenings.

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

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