DID YOU know that while the Benson-Hammond House at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road was closed to the public the past two months, a bevy of activity was taking place? Rooms were given fresh coats of paint, floors were cleaned and waxed, and the front porch was replaced. At the same time, the wares in the Browse & Buy Shop were rearranged.
With the work finished, the 19th-century farmhouse, run by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society, opened to the public again Thursday. Docents familiar with the history of the house are giving tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Vickie Zephir and Celeste Riddle, volunteers who co-manage the Browse & Buy Shop, said that along with the usual antiques, collectible knickknacks and books, the shop is featuring jewelry made from picker checks.
Picker checks are round, octagonal or scalloped brass pieces that Anne Arundel farmers used in the mid-1800s to pay the people who harvested peas, beans and strawberries. At the end each season, the pickers redeemed the brass checks for cash. Some stores accepted them as payment.
Consignment items are accepted for sale in the Browse & Buy Shop. Information: Vickie Zephir, 410-761-3935, or Benson-Hammond House, 410-768-9518.
Unusual craft items will be offered at the Spring Craft Show from noon to 5 p.m. March 15 at North County High School, 10 E. First Ave., Ferndale.
Craft artisans participating in the show will sell handmade articles, chairwoman Michele Keeler says.
The show is sponsored by the North County Knights Parents Booster Club. All profits go toward scholarships for graduating seniors.
Exhibitors are being accepted. The cost is $20 a space.
Corned beef and cabbage
Ferndale United Methodist Church invites everyone to its fourth annual St. Patrick's Day dinner from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 117 Ferndale Road.
The dinner will include corned beef, ham, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, beverage and dessert. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.
Tickets are available at the door or by calling 410-761-2880 during the day or 410-553-0675 in the evening.
Tom Angelis, county director of recreation and parks, will present a report on the Andover Equestrian Center project at the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association's meeting at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Susan March, association president.
County Executive John G. Gary will be present.
The association will elect officers in June.
Potential candidates should call March at 410-850-0678.
Boy Scout Troop 550 celebrated its 34th anniversary recently at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church hall in Linthicum with a dinner provided by the mothers of the Scouts and an awards ceremony.
Larry Jennings, troop committee chairman, acted as master of ceremonies. Assistant Scoutmaster Bruce Henkel gave the invocation.
Scoutmaster August Severn and Assistant Scoutmaster Bill MacLeod joined in the awards presentations.
These Scouts received awards:
Sam Branham, first- and second-class ranks and aviation, fire safety and safety merit badges; Jeff Gemignani, scout and tenderfoot ranks and fire safety merit badge; John Henkel; fire safety merit badge; Sean Jennings, Eagle rank and citizenship merit badge; Challi Kim, life rank and citizenship in the community merit badge; Chris LaWall, Scout and tenderfoot ranks and fire safety merit badge; Bill McKerchen, tenderfoot and second-class ranks and fire safety merit badge; Devin O'Brien, Scout rank and fire safety merit badge; Cory Senter, star rank and aviation and fire safety merit badges; Danny Severn, star rank and aviation and fire safety merit badges; and David Starr, second bronze and second gold palms and medicine and pulp and paper merit badges.
In other awards, John Henkel received the Troop 550 Scout of the Year Award for the second time, and MacLeod received the Scouter of the Year Award.
John McCarty was presented with the Wise Owl's Trophy. Certificates of appreciation for outstanding troop support were presented to Butch LaWall, Cindy Senter and Valerie Severn. Committeeman Bob Booker presented representatives of the Maryland Gazette with a recognition award for their support of the troop.
John McCarty symbolically presented a new charter to Ted Stephen, who accepted for the Linthicum Elementary School PTA. Boy Scout Troop 550 is sponsored by the PTA. Stephen also received a Special Lifetime Award in recognition of his service to the troop.
Troop 550 recently returned from a weekend at the Baltimore Council Broad Creek Scout Reservation near White Hall. The Scouts hiked the Red Trail, learned knot-tying and completed badge requirements.
Pub Date: 3/08/98