EVEN THOUGH summer is passing, an ample supply of late summer produce, flowers and baked goods can still be found at Mount Airy Farmers' Market.
Tuesday will mark the end of this season's market, at Watkins Park on Route 27.
During July, the market moved from the Farmers and Mechanics Bank parking lot to Watkins Park. According to Nanci Franzese, market coordinator, the move was necessary because of traffic and safety concerns.
"It was a wonderful move. We're very happy," said Franzese, noting the increased visibility and foot traffic the market has received at the park.
Although many vendors have customers who return faithfully week after week, she says many people who are visiting the park for recreational activities often stop to visit.
Franzese bakes breads, cakes and cookies for repeat customers and often has special orders for her date walnut bread or yogurt herb bread.
Melvin Glover has produce, flowers and plants for sale.
Hours are 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fall yard sale
What started more years ago than anyone can remember is today billed as one of Maryland's largest yard sales.
With close to 250 vendors and crowds of up to 15,000, the annual Mount Airy Jaycees' fall yard sale is eagerly awaited by bargain shoppers from as far as Pennsylvania, Virginia and Delaware.
This year's sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow, rain or shine, at Mount Airy Firemen's Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road. Admission and parking are free.
Yard sale chairman Michael Quinn says 400 vendor spaces are available. Spaces may be rented tomorrow morning for $40. Registration will begin at 5:30 a.m.
Quinn has helped organize the event by Jaycee volunteers Ruth Muller, Wanda Sloop, Denise Morgan and Susan Walton.
The spring and fall yard sales are the Jaycees' biggest fund-raisers. The organization uses the profits to finance annual projects such as Thanksgiving baskets, a Christmas celebration for children and donations to local charities.
Calling for phones
St. James Thrift Shop is collecting usedcellular phones to be donated to Mount Airy Senior Center.
According to Roxanne Slattery, thrift shop manager, the phones will be distributed to seniors for emergency and 911 calls. Slattery hopes to collect 150 phones by Christmas.
St. James Thrift Shop, at 234 S. Main St., is operated by St. James Episcopal Church. The shop has been at its current location for two years.
Previously, it was in a much smaller building on Main Street. Slattery says the move has been good for business by providing valuable additional space and an increase in walk-in trade.
The shop offers clothes, shoes, household items, furniture, books, toys and more at bargain prices.
Additionally, the thrift shop is a food collection site for Mount Airy NET.
Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Parking is available behind the store and along Main Street.
Benefit golf tournament
Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring its fourth annual Bulldog Classic golf outing at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 at The Links at Challedon, Gillis Falls Road, Mount Airy.
Registration and breakfast will begin at 7 a.m.
Golfers can try their luck at 18 holes during the four-person scramble tournament.
Other contests will be held, including longest drives, straightest drive and closest to the pin.
The cost is $75 per golfer. Included in the prices are 18 holes of golf, cart, range fees, breakfast, lunch, beverages and prizes.
Information: 301-399-7755 or 410-795-8055.
Community blood drive
American Legion Gold Star Post 191 is urging the Mount Airy community to support its annual Fall Community Blood Drive.
This event will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the Firemen's Activity Building at Twin Arch Road and Route 27, Mount Airy.
To keep waiting to a minimum, blood donor chairman Rich McGann suggests scheduling an appointment. But walk-ins are welcome.
Happy to be back
Today marks my return as community correspondent of this Neighbors column.
After a two-year absence, I'm happy to continue the tradition of bringing you the goings-on and community news from this southwest corner of Carroll County.
I would like to hear from readers with community news. Please feel free to contact me with announcements, information and event schedules.
In addition to news from local civic groups, schools and churches, I would like to hear from readers with unusual hobbies or collections, who have taken unusual trips or perhaps accomplished a lifelong goal.
I can be reached at 301-829-3740 or e-mailed at CKruhm@aol.com.
Christy Kruhm's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.