Tour of five Elkridge-area homes offers a taste of history, beauty ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


September 13, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

The school bus was full of chatting adults last Saturday as Elkridge Heritage Society's Ruth Sherwood gave the order for the house tour to begin.

During the afternoon, we toured five Elkridge area homes, learning a bit of history and local color as we went.

Our group began its tour with the Schum family's home, "Banavie," built in 1892. Tucked way back in the forest beyond state park land, "Banavie" and eight other neighboring Victorian-era homes represent Elizabeth Cromwell Norris'late-19th century attempt at land development.

She and her brother had the houses built as summer homes, hoping the renters would become interested in the properties. The location was beautiful, but the attempt failed due to lack of accessible roads and railroad transportation.

Next on our agenda, "Search Enclosed" on Old Columbia Pike near Historic Ellicott City.

Behind its black wrought-iron fence, the gently-tended gardens show evidence of the Chambers family's TLC for over 35 years.

We next toured the Bauman House, a lovely family home where the Bauman family raised seven children. Its professionally landscaped garden was designed by Nancy Bauman Grabowski.

We had a rest stop at the Heritage Society's headquarters, the Brumbaugh House built in 1877. It was the home of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Brumbaugh, who treated three generations of Elkridge families.

When asked how many in our group were delivered by Dr. Brumbaugh, many hands went up. Dr. Brumbaugh's records on each delivery still exist. Now the house holds an interesting assortment of relics from Elkridge's past.

Finally, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Kokoski graciously welcomed us to their home, "Grammers" in Halethorpe. The impeccably-maintained house still features the details which date back to 1911 when it was built.

The son, John Kokoski, a professional landscaper, designed and executed the exquisite gardens.

Those of us who went on last Saturday's Elkridge House Tour certainly would join me in thanking the Tour Committee: Mary Strow, Lillian McCurdy, Helen Voris, Shirley Drell, Larry Strow, Ed Croft, Ruth Sherwood, Virginia Kinney and Van Lynn Wensil -- and each family who opened a home for us.


From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, "tank up" at Epiphany Lutheran Church's Community Spaghetti Dinner.

The church is located at 9122 Sybert Drive in the Columbia Hills section of Ellicott City. Tickets for adults cost $6; for children, $3.

For more information, call the church at 730-6626.


Golfers: Help continue the fight against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by playing in the third Annual SIDS Golf Invitational sponsored by Bell Atlantic Mobile.

The event will be held Oct. 8, at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the SIDS Institute and the Maryland SIDS Information and Counseling Program at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

For more information, call 706-5062.


Burleigh Manor Middle School is proud to be a part of the National Science Foundation's international exchange of math educators. On Friday, five leading Japanese math educators will spend the day at the school observing math classes.

The University of Maryland recommended that the exchange teachers tour Burleigh Manor because it has one of the top middle school math programs in Howard County.


The Howard County Arts Council invites you to join county art galleries and patrons of the arts this weekend as they kick off the 1993-94 arts season with the Fourth Annual Gala of Openings and Gallery Tour.

This is the first two-day celebration they have held. Private galleries and art centers alike will sponsor exhibitions combined with events and receptions.

Friday night's participants include the Howard County Center for the Arts, the National Quilting Association Gallery and the Board of Education Professional Gallery, all in Ellicott City.

Participants from Columbia include Howard Community College Gallery, Savage Mill Art Guild Galleries, Slayton House Gallery, Foundry Street Gallery and Ruby Blakeney Gallery.

Gala hours are from 4:30 p.m to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, visitors may attend openings at Renaissance Fine Arts in Columbia and Linda Roberts Gallery in Clarksville.

Hours are noon to 5 p.m.

This two-day event is free and open to all. You may follow the gallery tour by using a Howard County art galleries map or an invitation to gala openings.

To receive a full schedule of gala events and a map, call the Arts Council office at 410-313-ARTS.


Other events this coming weekend include Historic Ellicott City's Country Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

For further information, call Howard County Recreation and Parks at 410 313-2762.


Happy Grandparent's day, one day late, to the wonderful grandparents in Ellicott City and Elkridge. A grandparent can make a life-changing difference in a child's life!

If there are grandparents who would like to celebrate by meeting and serving small children in the community, the county library's Grandparent Program would love to have you.

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