Windows, walls, landscaping and feng shui at Home Show

March 12, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

The 19th annual Home Show at Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center this weekend will feature more than 150 exhibitors, children's activities, food and free seminars ranging from financial planning to wallpapering.

The Home Builders Association of Washington County show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 14.

"Whether you are looking to buy a new home, remodel your current one, whether it is a large project or a minor one, or if you are simply looking to the future, we invite you to come and walk the aisles and talk to the exhibitors," HBAWC President Tim Fields said.


The ARCC will be filled with row upon row of products for the home and yard, and visitors will have access to experts in landscaping, construction, interior design and many other fields. Designer Robin Buck of Frederick, Md., is a new addition to the seminar lineup, said Debi Turpin, executive director of the association. Buck said her seminars will be "practical and self-reflective," filled with ideas for making a house a home that reflects its occupants' personalities and crafting living spaces based upon the centuries-old feng shui concept.

The feng shui designer chooses colors, materials and shapes that support the intention of the room, said Buck, owner of Robin Buck Design. A feng shui approach to design, for example, might include grouping family photos together in the living room to foster a sense of connectedness, or decorate a couple's bedroom with pairs of objects to "keep (them) present of being in relationship with one another," Buck said.

In addition to seminars, attendees of all ages can win prizes by hooking a curtain ring with a tape measure at Hagerstown Trust's "Fishing Booth." Youngsters can play in Phantom Shadow Entertainment's Moon Bounce, and pick up a hammer to build such projects as bunny baskets, bird houses and fire trucks at the Lowe's Kids' Clinics near the Builder & More Yard Sale area. Children are encouraged to arrive at the clinics early because participation is limited to the first 25 kids.

Clinic times are:

  • Build a Bunny Basket, 10 a.m. Saturday

  • Build a Fire Truck, 2 p.m. Saturday

  • Build a Space Shuttle, 10 a.m. Sunday

  • Build A Bird House, 2 p.m. Sunday

"We've done this show every year. It's something that the kids really look forward to," said Cheryl Keebough, installed sales coordinator at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse in Hagerstown.

Food at the show will include barbecue sandwiches, chicken tenders, boardwalk-style French fries, ice cream and specialty coffee and tea.

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