PREPARE TO TOAST the millennium in Manchester on July 30 with the MM 2000 Bash, a home-grown, hometown celebration that showcases the ambition and abilities of every age group in town.
The MM 2000 Bash will be held from 2 p.m. until well after 7 p.m. at Christmas Tree Park and the adjacent Manchester Carnival Grounds and Firemen's Activity Building, all off York Street. To enjoy all the outdoor entertainment, those attending should bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Admission is free.
Organizer Charlotte Collett is a town native, former schoolteacher and former councilwoman known for her flair for drawing together the diverse elements of small town life. The MM 2000 Bash showcases the youth swim team, senior citizens, folk and square dancing, fire and police rescue techniques, church and Scout groups, and celebrates the town's German history.
MM 2000 starts with the dedication of an octagonal pavilion in Christmas Tree Park. Follow the music by the Alesia Band to the pavilion. Robert Nickerson and Henry Hirsch, members of the Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club who were instrumental in providing the pavilion, will present it as a gift from the Lions Club to the town, which will be represented by Manchester Mayor Chris d'Amario. Five former Manchester mayors and their children have been invited. The Alesia Band will perform again at the pavilion.
At Pavilion No. 1, beneath the trees near the memorial gardens in Christmas Tree Park, North Carroll Promenaders square dance club will perform at 3 p.m. Dancing will be followed by demonstrations by Manchester Police Department at 5 p.m.
"The Old Corn Game" with the Greenmount Senior Citizens begins at 4 p.m. in Pavilion No. 2. Bingo will be played the farmer's way, marking the board with dried corn. Stakes are low enough for everyone, at a penny a game, and the winner takes all.
Vocals and swimming are scheduled at Lineboro-Manchester Lions Club Swimming Pool. Singers can belt out their favorite tunes at 3 p.m. with Newstar Karaoke, a group popular at the House of Pasta in Manchester. At 4 p.m., the youthful swimmers of the Sea Lions Swim Team race across the pool. At 5 p.m., Applebys, known for vocal lessons given through North Carroll Recreation Council, will perform at poolside.
Near the stage at Manchester Carnival Grounds at 3 p.m., see the "jaws of life" tool for extracting accident victims from crushed vehicles, and other rescue demonstrations by Manchester Volunteer Fire Company.
Mellow out with the sound of country-western strings at 4 p.m., when North Carroll Senior Country Band performs on stage. The band will be followed at 5 p.m. with a puppet show by the Rev. Matthew Schenning, who will be assisted by boys and girls from his parish.
At 6 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 499 and Cub Scout Troop 320 will set up games for children along Locust Street, adjacent to the stage.
Return to the stage at 7 p.m., when the Diffendal German Band will help the town celebrate its German heritage with German folk-style dancing.
Homemade food will be served throughout the event. Chicken platters will be served starting at 1 p.m. in the Firemen's Activity Building, with hamburgers, hot dogs and iced tea served all afternoon.
At the pool concession, snowballs highlight a menu that features hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, candy and soda.
Trained dogs at center
John Carhart of the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster will demonstrate police dog work at 10 a.m. Saturday at Manchester Nature Center.
Demonstrations and a display will be set up to show a dog in drug-sniffing activity. Visitors also will see how police dogs can locate lost children, and other duties specific to police dogs. A donation will be accepted. Parking is available at Manchester Elementary School on York Street, which is a short walk to the nature center.
Pizza benefit for library
A family pizza night is being held from 5 to 9 today at area Pizza Hut restaurants, including in Hampstead, to benefit Carroll County Public Library.
Mention the library when placing an order and 20 percent of net sales will be given to the library.
Pat Brodowski's North Neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.