Treats, treats, treats and more treats. You can almost smell the aroma of fresh baked brownies, cupcakes, cookies and fudge wafting down Frederick Road this weekend.
Bushy Park Elementary fourth-grader Ellie Feaga has worked for weeks in preparation for her bake sale, set for Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 15211 Frederick Road, in Woodbine, to benefit March of Dimes.
I am not alone in counting March of Dimes as a long-favored charity. Several business owners in the community feel the same way and have donated raffle items for Ellie's one-day sale. Larriland Farms is contributing a plump pumpkin, apple cider, apples and fudge for the crowd and The Village Gardens, in Sykesville, has donated lush chrysanthemum plants. An anonymous donor has also contributed an antique doll for raffle.
Ellie has baked up a storm of baked goods assisted by her mom, Kim Feaga, and a bundle of relatives, neighbors, friends and supporters, so make sure and stop by the sale. If you would like to donate a baked goodie or just send in a donation, e-mail Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The students at West Friendship Elementary are ready for the annual halloween parade and class parties set for Monday, Oct. 31 at 2:45 p.m. Costumed princesses, knights in shining armor, "Star Wars" explorers, cat and dog and mouse costumes … who knows what creativity is in store for this year? The students recently collected warm outerwear, mittens, gloves, caps and hats for distribution to those in need within the Howard County community.
Heard recently from Jim Piersall with news of the activities at Glenelg United Methodist Church. The choir at Glenelg United Methodist is participating in a consortium with the choirs from other local churches in a benefit concert Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m.
This concert, which will include the voices of church members from Bethany, Glen Mar, Linden Linthicum and Mt. Zion Methodist churches, along with Glenelg United Methodist, is free of charge. Light refreshments and neighborly conviviality are on the agenda.
Questions about concert? Call 410-531-2324.
Just a reminder from Nance Mullinix. Unlike the couple in Massachusetts who received national coverage of their "lost in the maze" episode, the Mullinix family have not encountered any such silliness. The Mullinix Farm on Carrs Mill Road will be the site of the second annual Mullinix corn maze this fall.
Continuing this weekend, Nance and all the hard working crew at the Mullinix's place are presenting their 10-acre farm to the community with twists, turns, angles and all the surprises associated with a maze. Nance is enthusiastic about this year's maze which is shaped like a Maryland Crab.
The activities will include the 10-acre corn maze, pony rides, pumpkins, mums and apple cider galore, hay rides, a corn pit and all the fun of a fall outing to a local farm. The maze will be open Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30. Friday, the farm welcomes folks from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"Bring flashlights for the Friday night maze," Nance said.
The family has thought of everything. If someone forgets a flashlight for the "dark and eerie" sessions, flashlights will be sold on the premises. A children's straw maze will be in place for the young set and a raffle for a toy pedal tractor will be an ongoing venture.
Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for kids ages 3-11 and the youngest tots are free. The Mullinix Farm is one-half mile west of Route 97 on Carrs Mill Road in Glenwood, just across from Western Regional Park.
Questions about the maze? Call 410-245-6146 or go to the website at http://www.mullinixcornmaze.webs.com.
One more day to clean out the hall closet. The West Friendship Elementary students and staff are in on the collection drives for those less fortunate in the community. The students are immersed in a coat collection through Friday, Oct. 28. If you would like to donate a new or gently used coat, jacket, hats, gloves, scarves or cold weather outerwear, bring your item to the school where a collection box will be in place near the school office.
No cooking tonight. The gang at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church wants to fix your supper. It's Italian Feast night with all the trimmings Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. when the feast donated by Smokin' Hot Catering of Glenwood will be held at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood, dine-in or carry-out. Organizers will post balloons to guide the way to the church, which is between the Glenwood Post Office and Union Chapel Road.
Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family. Proceeds from the October dinner will fund Worldwide Shelters.
Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202 or e-mail Lynne at email@example.com.
Last chance weekend for Halloween fun. Don't forget the scary scenery in our own neck of the woods. Forests, fields, streams, scary costumed ghouls and goblins. Just a few of the thrills in store for those who join the spooky fun during the third annual Three Mile Haunted Hay Ride Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum, 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144) in West Friendship.
"This is a perfect way to enjoy some good, clean, spooky fun while helping to preserve Howard County's farm heritage," Virginia Frank said.
Tickets are $15 per person and proceeds from the hair-tingling event will benefit the West Friendship museum.
Questions? Call 410-489-2345 or go to the club website at http://www.farmheritage.org.
An historical tour of the Manor House and Shrine of St. Anthony at the Franciscan Friars is set for Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Manor House. No admission for this walking tour. Families are welcome. The Manor House is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, in Ellicott City.