Enlist in the Guards at the B&O Museum ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE

NEIGHBORS

July 12, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Ellicott City's B&O Museum Director Ed Williamson spent his spring acting as draft board for Civil War's Patapsco Guards -- Ellicott's Mills 100-man guard, which fought for the Union more than 130 years ago. His work was in preparation for the living history exhibit that started Saturday as part of this year's Millfest.

Ed's work actually started back in February, shortly after he was hired to direct the museum. His idea was to incorporate Civil War railroading to the museum's existing exhibits. He mentioned the idea to Wayne Pfau, Ellicott City's postman. Because he's served the town for 16 years, Wayne knows everybody. He suggested that Ed speak to Courtney Wilson of American Military Antiques, a shop at the corner of Main Street and Court Ave.

With the help of Wayne, Courtney and scores of other volunteers, all of the rooms in the museum were refurbished to replicate the Civil War era.

The station is set up as a post and recruitment center for the Union Army. On Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Union's recruiting officer will meet with all males and enlist all

who are eligible in the Patapsco Guard. Official-looking papers will clinch the deal. For kids, there is a hands-on model railroad exhibit. Children can press buttons and run the locomotives, which are set in an authentic Civil War period drama. At least one costumed living historian will be on the premises at all times. The exhibit depicts not only life in the Union army, but also the civilian life of a mill worker in 1860s Ellicott City.

On Friday, the exhibit held a grand opening to the music of drums and fifes and the clump of heavy Union boots on the wooden floors of the museum. In the crowd were state Del. Virginia M. Thomas, former state Sen. James Clark Jr. and state Sen. Christopher J. McCabe, County Councilman Darryl Drown, and the museum's first director, Sally Bright of Ellicott City.

For 20 years, North St. John's Lane Swim Club has celebrated the Fourth of July the old-fashioned way: playing games with the family. Every year, members organize family contests and events that go on through the day. There is also a poolwide cook-out.

This year, says pool manager Greg Morris, the day started with a decorated bike parade (no prizes were given, as all of the bikes were so beautiful.) Then, there was a greasy pig contest for youngsters: a watermelon, slathered with baby oil, was thrown into the pool. In teams, the kids tried to move it across the pool to their goals.

A coin toss followed. Handfuls of coins were thrown into the poofor the older kids to dive for, with three special coins signifying a prize.

There were also water balloon tosses and races for the kids, buthe grand finale was an adults vs. lifeguards relay.

"The guards won, although it was a close contest," Greg said. I wonder.

Over 350 people attended the festivities, making North St. John's Lane Pool perhaps the most populated place in the county, short of the Columbia Lakefront.

Congratulations to the 25 eighth-grade scholars who graduated from Trinity School June 8. Six of the graduates hail from Ellicott ,, City: Samata Kodolikar, Rachel May, Ryan Pierce, Paul Sumilas, Jillian Delgado and Uki Iwatani. One graduate, Megan Wessel, comes from Elkridge.

The award for Highest Academic Scholar in the Class of 199was given to Paul Sumilas, who also earned a Headmaster's Scholarship to Loyola High School and a John Baptist De la Salle Scholarship to Calvert Hall.

Awards for outstanding academic achievement were presenteto Ryan Pierce and Yuki Iwatani; awards for outstanding effort were given to Samantha Kodolikar and Megan Wessel.

A welcome back from France to the 13 young "voyageurs" from Howard High School, who just returned from a two-week visit. They had a wonderful time, and most would be ready to return to France as soon as they are rested and wash their clothes, says Kris Bloom, the Wilde Lake Middle School French teacher who accompanied them.

"They really enjoyed their three-day stay at Nice," she told me. "By that time, they were comfortable with the language, and they got on the beach, did a little parasailing, and were very comfortable." Other highlights included a ballet at the Opera House in Paris and a sound and light show performed by costumed actors at a chateau.

Although there was little air conditioning in France, the weathewas more temperate. Both Kris and fellow teacher Patty Almquist had an adjustment to make when they returned to Maryland.

Besides the two teachers, other returning voyageurs are Nate Bourne, Tara Brown, Jenni Cavanaugh, Sonia Chada, Donna Chapelsky, Kacey Coffin, Jennifer DeYoung, Melissa Elengold, Jen LaMude, Jim McClellan, Mike McClenney, Sarah Wilkinson, and Ben Wyskida.

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I'm sending my personal congratulations and love to Mount Hebron rising senior Nell Coffey, who recently won the Miss Maryland Talented Teen title for 1993. Nell was one of my Girl Scouts when I led the Girl Scout Troop at Rockland Methodist Church. Best of luck to you in your final competition on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, this week.

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Trinity Episcopal Church at 7474 Washington Boulevard in Elkridge (next to Luskin's) is holding a Crabcake and Ham Dinner Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to the main dish, Maryland specialties such as potato salad, cole slaw and pickled beets will be served, with sherbet for dessert. An adult ticket is $8; a child's costs $3.50. For more information, call Peggy White at 465-6521.

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