'Queen's Marble Rings' to be dedicated in Perry Hall Game site is joint effort of county, recreation council

October 15, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Perry Hall becomes the marbles capital of Baltimore County this weekend with the dedication of the "Queen's Marble Rings" and a minitournament.

The three 10-foot rings are regulation-size for national competition and are located behind Perry Hall Elementary School, at Belair and Joppa Roads. They are nicknamed the Queen's Rings in honor of Helen Mohr, 68, who is known locally as the "Marbles Queen of Perry Hall."

Mohr, former secretary at Parkville High School, learned to play marbles as a girl in Rosedale and led the campaign to get the marbles rings for the school, said recreation director David Schaeffer. She held fund-raisers and all-night tournaments to raise money for the construction, said Schaeffer.

Mohr teaches and demonstrates the game for youngsters and adults. Some of her students will compete in June in the 75th annual National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J.

Perry Hall is the first location in Maryland to have marbles rings at a school as a joint project between the county and a recreation council. The rings cost $10,000.

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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