Anne Arundel historical society to sponsor annual 'browse and buy'

Neighbors/Severna Park

September 17, 1992|By Joni Guhne

If you're an antique buff or a collector of memorabilia, chances are you're familiar with the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society's Browse and Buy Shoppe at the corner of Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Jones Station Road.

Profits from this shop help to support the Benson Hammond House, which will be the site of the society's annual flea market and auction from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday (rain date is Sunday). The auction is set for 11 a.m.

Located at Poplar and Hammonds Ferry roads, the Benson Hammond House is that handsome old structure you pass on the way to BWI Airport. Built in 1830, the house is owned by the Maryland Aviation Administration and leased by the historical society.

The house also is supported by proceeds from its gift shop and special functions held there.

Information: 544-4715.


If the music and artistry of a marching band give you goose bumps, you'll want to be in the stands at Robert's Field at 7 p.m. Sept. 26.

Fourteen award-winning bands from Maryland and Virginia will strut their stuff at Severna Park High School's 14th Annual Tournament of Bands.

Highlights will include performances by SPHS's championship band (which, as host, will not compete) and the Rutgers University Exhibition Band.

Professional tournament judges will select winners in music execution and analysis, marching and maneuvering, percussion and general visual effect.

Cash awards and trophies will go to the first-place winners of each division. The outstanding band front, percussion and drum major will be named.

Chairing the tournament for a second year are band parents Kermit and Theo Blaney, along with student leaders Jeremy Davies and Natasha Richardson.

This event, which demonstrates the tough competition the band faces during the school year, is also its largest fund-raiser.

Band Director R. Thomas Powell, along with the boosters and band members, also work tirelessly nine months a year selling pizzas and sandwiches and conducting seasonal sales to cover expenses such as: traveling costs and uniform and instrument replacement and repair.

"The expense involved with outfitting the band with uniforms and instruments is staggering," says Jenny Williams, publicity chairwoman of the band parents' booster association.

For less than it costs to go to the movies, $4 a ticket, you can take everyone to a really exciting show, and support our local high school kids at the same time.

Tickets are available at the Music and Arts Center in Park Plaza or may be purchased at the gate. Handicapped accommodations will be available.

For further details, call 544-4893.


After the tournament, drop by the Severna Park Jaycees' "See You In September Fifties Dance" at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Ritchie Highway.

From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., swing to the music of the '50s, '60s, '70s and '80s as interpreted by the band, Past Time.

You have to be at least 21 to attend. Winners of the dance contest will receive a trophy and a cash prize. Optional costumes will make the evening more fun.

A donation of $20 per person will be used for the Jaycees' projects around town.

For more information, call 544-4613 or 544-3120.


Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. marks a fall tradition that's been going strong for more than two decades. The women of Severna Park United Methodist Church invite us to their giant fall Garage Sale.

For more information, call 987-4700.


If you're planning to join your friends on the B&A Trail on Sunday, Oct. 4, why not combine the exercise with a worthy cause?

The annual Severna Park CROP Walk, a fund-raiser to fight hunger, is planned from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The walk will begin and end at Jones Elementary School (Old County Road and Hoyle Lane).

Participants in the 10-kilometer walk, sponsored by the Severna Park Area Ministerium, will travel north to Earleigh Heights Road and back. A half-way station will be set up for those 5-kilometer walkers.

Last year, food banks and pantries across the country received $3,172,255 from 1,856 CROP walks.

This year, the Severna Park Assistance Network (SPAN) will receive 25 percent of the proceeds raised by local CROP walks.

To earn money, walkers will recruit sponsors. Sponsor envelopes are available at most Severna Park churches.

CROP is the acronym for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, which began 45 years ago when Midwestern farmers sent surplus crops to Europe to help feed the hungry. Today, the project is sponsored by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.

For more information, call 647-5519 or 987-5059.


Stress reduction and meditation techniques are the topics of three free presentations set for 7:30 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at Anne Arundel Community College.

A holistic approach to daily living is the key to stress management, says Nancy Winkler, who will present "Healthy Mind, Body, Spirit: Stress Management and Meditation" as part of the fall lecture series sponsored by the college Health Services.

Techniques include hatha yoga, biofeedback and Zen, Indian and Tibetan meditation methods.

Call 541-2341.

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