THE HALLS OF Hampstead Elementary School have been transformed into the area's largest art gallery, with 670 works of art by pupils of the school on exhibit until the end of the month.
The art show opened last week in conjunction with a schoolwide millennium celebration and quilt unveiling.
Parents and friends filled the school, anxious to see the artwork of so many talented youngsters.
Exhibits are arranged by grade, and visitors to each exhibit can see myriad interpretations of a single theme, each one compelling.
Fifth-graders used gold-and-black etchings to interpret Egyptian mummies and symbols. The children also constructed life-size papier-mache masks, which they painted in colorful patterns.
Dragons are one of the fourth-graders' themes, and their creations include large pencil renderings of dragons and castles. Other images of castles have been embossed upon metal.
"You gotta love it," said Julian Green, a happy fourth-grader as he posed next to his foil-relief castle while his mother took his photograph. Creating the relief had taken patience and several classes of drawing and embossing. He is proud of his work.
Third-graders used oil pastels, and a short-stroke technique similar to van Gogh's, to create landscape drawings. They also used chalk and crayons, and carefully composed colored-pencil drawings of travel in the future.
Large colored yarn weavings showed the ambition of second-graders, who discovered patterns in texture and color.
Monet's waterlily paintings inspired first-graders to create waterlilies of their own in watercolors and paper collage. More flowers were made from handprints of kindergartners.
Barbara Hammond is art teacher at the school.
Bike through horse country
Bicyclists of all ages will enjoy the annual Horse Farm Tour sponsored by the Hanover Cyclers. This year, the tour starts between 7 a.m. and noon May 21 at South Street Recreation Park, in McSherrystown, Pa. The ride takes place rain or shine.
This annual spring ride is geared toward family riders and will stay on lightly traveled country roads that pass through acres of rolling meadows. Participants can expect a scenic ride, passing farms, country homes and race horses in green pastures.
The tour will stop at Hanover Shoe Farms, one of the most famous Standardbred horse farms in the world. Tour participants will be able to visit the stables.
Directions for the four tours -- of 10, 25, 35 and 50 miles -- will be placed at intersections along the routes. The courses can be combined by those who wish to ride greater distances.
The 50-mile ride consists of two loops of the 25-mile ride, with a rest and refreshment stop at the park. The 35-mile ride is a separate route, called the Church and Creek Ride, and does not include a tour of the horse farm.
Pre-registration is recommended. T-shirts, tank tops, and an embroidered patch with this year's tour logo are available.
The Hanover Cyclers Club usually provides healthful snacks and drinks at the park pavilion for all riders.
The club will provide a sag wagon for assistance, but not for bicycle repair.
The wagon stops patrolling at 3 p.m., and the refreshment table closes at 4 p.m.
Registration fees are $10 before May 5 and $15 afterward. Shirts cost $12 and should be ordered in advance. Embroidered patches are free to the first 200 registered riders. Riders may also register the day of the ride.
Children ages 16 and under ride free. All riders must wear helmets, and children should be familiar with riding in light traffic.
South Street Park is northwest of Hanover, Pa. From Route 94, turn west on Elm Avenue, and at the second traffic light continue on Route 116 (Main Street). Turn left at the McSherrystown Fire Company, and follow signs for two-tenths of a mile to the park.
Information: Keith Krout, 412 Hamlet Drive, Spring Grove, Pa. 17362 or 717-225-4194.
Art in Hanover
The observation of light and shadow inspired an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Manchester artist Suzanne Mancha at Hanover Area Arts Guild.
The show, "Moods and Expressions," which also includes works by artists Jean Criswell Dole and Ann Faust Baron, will take place May 5-27 at the gallery, 32 Carlisle St., Hanover.
The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 7.
Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.