"The Strawberry Festival is the place to be for Sykesville residents," said Becky Herman, who is organizing the festival, "and we're hoping that the people in the newer developments will come and meet everyone, and maybe get involved in town government."
The 10th annual Old-Fashioned Strawberry and Ice Cream Festival, sponsored by the Sykesville Historic District Commission, will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the veranda of the Sykesville Town House at 7547 Main St., rain or shine. It is free to the public and open to all, not just Sykesville residents.
"This has always been lots of fun for families," Ms. Herman said. "The children play on the lawn, and the adults have a chance to come out and see each other."
Strawberry and ice cream sundaes, strawberry shortcake, ice cream, bowls and quarts of berries will be available, lemonade will be served, and String Band America will play country, western and bluegrass music in the gazebo near the Town House.
Proceeds will benefit the historic preservation projects of Sykesville.
The Historic District Commission, of which Ms. Herman is chairman, will offer free tours of the Town House, and the newly renovated "Rooms of History" will make their debut in the tours.
"The new rooms have artifacts and documents from Sykesville's past," Ms. Herman said. "There are manacles [iron restraints] supposedly from the Civil War, a chair from the Patterson estate, advertisements and calendars from old Sykesville businesses, and a telegraph key from the old train station [now Baldwin's Restaurant]."
The Patterson estate is the historically famous place from which Betsy Patterson rode off to meet her lover, Jerome Bonaparte, brother to the emperor of France, Napoleon. Poor Betsy married Bonaparte, but the marriage was dissolved by the emperor.
The Springfield Hospital Center now covers the bulk of the old Patterson estate.
For information regarding the festival, call Ms. Herman at 795-7728.
Many of us have parents or grandparents who have reached the age where caring for themselves is not possible, but nursing homes are not necessary or perhaps financially impossible.
Eldersburg Care, in conjunction with Tri-Home Health Care and Services Inc., will hold a seminar to discuss long-term care options for the elderly from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Eldersburg Care in the Country Village Shopping Center on Liberty Road in Eldersburg.
This program is free and open to the public.
Home health care, hospice (home health care and family support for the terminally ill), senior day care, Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance benefits will be discussed by Susan Humbert, service representative, and June Atkins, volunteer coordinator for Tri-Home Health Care and Services, and Christina Peach, a registered nurse with Eldersburg Care Senior Day Care Center.
"I'll be talking about home health care options for the elderly when they can no longer care for themselves, what the costs are likely to be, options available to families, insurance, how to deal with situations like 24-hour care, and vacation time for care-givers," Ms. Humbert said.
"A lot of people are in difficult situations and don't know that some of the options we'll discuss exist. We're hoping that people will ask us particulars about their own situations, and we'll provide information they need to make decisions."
Light refreshments will be served. For information regarding the program, call Eldersburg Care at 795-4686 or Tri-Home Health Care and Services at 876-2334.
An RSVP by Friday will be appreciated.