Dublin/Darlington Nov. 2013 Bulletin: Apple Festival Pie Contest Results Announced; Wilson Center Holiday Concert Dec. 8

From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:


Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, (1022 Main Street, Darlington) will host this year’s Community Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The Rev. Susie Atkinson, pastor of Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church will preach. The evening’s offering will go to the Darlington Lion’s Club for their Christmas Basket program. Please bring a few canned goods or personal care items for the Twice Blessed Thrift Shop emergency food pantry.
Gracememorial.darlington@gmail.com 410-836-3587

Community Gardening at Francis Silver Park

The Dublin Darlington Rec Council is planning a Community Garden at Francis Silver Park for spring 2014. If you are interested in renting a 4 foot by 8 foot raised bed garden space, please contact Jane Howe ASAP. The Rec Council is surveying how much interest there is in this project. If we don’t hear from enough people, the project could wither on the vine. Spaces are on a first come first served basis. janehowe@aol.com

Lion’s Club Winter Fruit Sale

The Darlington Lions Club is having their annual Christmas Fruit Sale. Navel oranges are available by the full case for $27 and the half case for $15. Grapefruit can be purchased for $24 for a full case and $14 for a half case. The fruit will be distributed December 14th at the Darlington Methodist Church from 9-10:30 am. Orders may be placed by calling Larry Burton, 410-457-8787, before Nov 20.


The Gadabouts, Darlington-area’s Seniors Group, will meet on MONDAY in November (this is a change from our usual Wednesday gatherings). Monday, November 18, 2013 at Broom’s Bloom, Rt. 543 (1700 Fountain Green Rd.), Bel Air, MD, for lunch and fellowship. Please let Mary Ella Kelly phillipspurchase@hotmail.com or Bernadette Low Bernadette.Low@gmail.com know if you will be coming.


Congratulations to the winners of the Darlington Apple Festival Apple Pie Contest:

Grand Champion – Hosanna A.M.E. Church

Double Crust
1st – Bianca Villanueva
2nd – Martina Burger
3rd – Grace Episcopal Church

Crumb Crust
1st – Sheree Jones
2nd – Stephanie McKaughan
3rd – McKenzie Knaub

Honorable Mention – Wilma Finney

And to this year’s “Apple of our Eye” Recipient, the Wilson Ministry Center

Since the fall of 1993, the Wilson Ministry Center has been serving the needs of local residents operating as a community-based nonprofit organization and activity center. It offers a variety of programs and services for residents in our local area. The building is owned by its parent organization, Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, which is located on the same campus as the Center, around the corner on Rt. 161. The Wilson Center is the only community center in northeast Harford County, where it serves Darlington, Dublin, Street, Cecil County and beyond. The Wilson Ministry Center is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors reflecting its community focus with members from various churches and other organizations.

The Wilson Ministry Center started as an “open doors ministry” and continues today as a “church without walls.” Programs are offered to anyone in the community regardless of their religious affiliation. Programs and services are designed to meet the needs within the community by offering assistance, support, educational and enrichment opportunities for people of all ages. The Wilson Ministry Center is an essential part of our community. Through their programming and services they offer something for everyone. Some of the programs offered in the past or currently running at the Center are: Before and After School Care Program, Summer Fun Camp Program, basic needs assistance for low-income residents, Harford County Community Policing Office, Senior Transportation services, Al-Anon Meetings, Teen Dances and Youth Activities, music lessons for all ages, Positive Parenting workshops, activities for seniors, Children’s Chorus, weight loss support group, knitting classes, book group, holiday concerts, HCC GED/ABE Advising, community yard sales, Twice Blessed Thrift Shop, monthly food distributions for low-income seniors and families and meeting space for local nonprofits and community groups.

The Center’s longest running program is the before and after school childcare program that has been in operation for 18 years. The goal of this program is to provide low-cost or free childcare services to low to moderate income families and single parent households. The Getting There Ride Share program provides low-cost transportation for area seniors age 60 years and older. So far this year, they’ve handled 350 ride requests with volunteer drivers logging more than 3,400 miles!

From the very beginning, the strength of the Wilson Center has been its volunteers. Hundreds of volunteers from around the county donated their time, skills and materials to help renovate the building that houses the Wilson Center. Throughout the years, volunteers have provided leadership and direction and have spent countless hours raising funds for the Center.


Deer Creek Friends Meeting
1212 Main Street Darlington, MD

“You-All-Come!” COMMUNITY SING, 12:30pm SUNDAY, November 3, 2013
10am Worship, All are welcome
11:30am Join us for a Simple Lunch
12:30pm The Singing Begins!
No special singing skills needed!

Afternoon Tea to Benefit the Children of Syria, 3pm Sat., Nov. 16, 2014
Donation $15
“We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.”
~The Wind in the Willows

Holly and Pine Holiday Swag Sale, 10 am Saturday, November 30, 2013
Proceeds to Benefit Children of Syria
Swags with beautiful bows: $15 and up
Handmade under the direction Sue Hunter owner of the Heartwood Nursery and Garden Shop
(8957 Hickory Road, Felton, PA 17322 www.heartwoodnurseryinc.com )

For more information on Deer Creek Friends Meeting (Quaker) call: 410 838-4340

Deer Creek Harmony Presbyterian Church
Route 161 at Harmony Church Road, Darlington, Maryland

The “Good” Goods Sale and Silent Auction, Saturday November 2, 2013, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
For Sale: Usable furniture, chairs, tables, some vintage. Portable knick-knacks, collectibles, china, kitchen wares, decorative Items, figurines, pictures, jewelry, accessories, toys, working tools, small appliances and linens.
Silent Auction: Special items: furniture, some antique. High quality appliances. Remarkable jewelry and other “very good” goods.
Phone: 410-734-6087 for more information



New Book Group at Wilson

Do you enjoy reading novels? Would you like to chat with others and share your thoughts about books you’ve read? The Wilson Center will be hosting a new Book Group that will meet on the first Monday of each month at 1:00pm in the parlor. If you’re interested, please come join us! Our first meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 4th. During our first time together, we will discuss the book, “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. If you don’t have time to read the book before then, no worries! Please join us anyway and bring your ideas for other books to read for subsequent meetings. Our goal is to provide a relaxing atmosphere for book lovers to enjoy each other’s company while talking about interesting and entertaining novels. All are welcome!


Community members are invited to attend the Wilson Center’s annual Holiday Concert to be held on Sunday, Dec. 8th at 4pm in the Grace Memorial Church Sanctuary, 1022 Main St. in Darlington. Featured performers will be the “High Strung Quartet”, the “Susquehanna Singers” and local solo artists. Following the concert, the Wilson Center will host a special Open House to recognize 20 years of service to the community. There will be plenty of delicious holiday refreshments for everyone to enjoy as they stroll through the building viewing historical displays depicting Center activities over the past 20 years. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event offered as a gift to our community. If you haven’t been inside the Wilson Center, now is the perfect time to see what we’re all about! Please join us as we celebrate the joy of the season while recognizing the Center’s 20 years of service to the community!

Calling all volunteers and those who need them:

It is that time of year again where again Volunteer Harford will be compiling a list of County non-profits and agencies that are holding events during the holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas – where County residents may volunteer individually, as a family, or as a group. Our 2013 Harford County Holiday Season Volunteer Opportunity list is a great opportunity to try and fill your volunteer needs. We receive many calls from folks looking to volunteer this time of year and your being on the list would be great for your organization.

Please send me your event, date(s), time(s), location(s), needs/requirements, point of contact and contact information, and any other pertinent information that may apply to the event. Please indicate if your event is acceptable for youth as we get many youth that are looking to volunteer during the holiday seasons. Also, if you do not have a need, but know someone who does, please send me their contact information or forward this email and attachment to them.

Some of you have already sent listings in. Thank you! You do not have to resend. I will be forwarding a beginning list on Friday, November 1. This list changes constantly as listings are added or updated, so please keep sending notice if you have a change or you have another event coming up through the New Year.

Thanks again!
Alan S. Doran Community Development Coordinator Harford County Department of Community Services 319 S. Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 410-638-3389/asdoran@harfordcountymd.gov

News from the Deer Creek Coffee House

November’s Performer – Claudia Nygaard www.claudianygaard.com
A former Nashville Music Row staff songwriter and a winner of the Kerrville, TX Folk Festival songwriting competition, Nygaard has learned her craft well. Her latest CD “Let The Storm Roll In” rose to the coveted #1 position on the Roots Country Chart and #8 on the Folk DJ Chart – with every one of her self-penned compositions receiving airplay! Claudia’s songs such as “Big Country”, “J.C.” and “His Left Side” are definitely worth the price of admission. They inspire, make you think and will leave a tear on your sleeve.
Sunday, November 10 at 4:30 pm.

To the Friends of Deer Creek Coffeehouse: We will be accepting non-food items (Paper Products, Cleaning Supplies, Personal Hygiene Items, Etc.) for our Food Pantry over the next 2 shows. Please help in any way possible. Thank you!

Suggested Donations: Adults – $10 Students–$5
Tickets only available at the door. Only cash and checks to Deer Creek Coffeehouse accepted.
Homemade baked goods, snacks, coffee, tea, water available for purchase.
Email address: deercreekch@zoominternet.net
Contact: Jeff King, 410-378-4350

MARK YOU CALENDARS! In December, the Deer Creek Coffee House concert is especially for families!
The Milkshake Duo
When: Sat. Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm
Where: 1022 Main St., Darlington, MD
FREE to all 12 and under
Suggested Donation of $10 for Adults

Catch Lisa & Mikel from Milkshake in a special acoustic duo performance! These Grammy-Nominated children’s artists have released award winning CD’s and have been featured on PBS Kids and Nick Jr. For more information on Milkshake, please visit www.milkshakemusic.com, or visit the band’s page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/milkshakeband.

The Deer Creek Coffee House has been assisted by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Harford County Government through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board, and from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

The Hickory Hill Christmas Tree Farm is offering a free train garden with canned food donations going to a local food bank. Check us out for your Christmas Tree this year! Adrienne Hughes, www.HickoryHillTrees.com 443-752-7817