Jones sisters' works on display at Gate House Museum


September 15, 1998|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOCAL HISTORY IS alive and well thanks to the changing and expanding exhibits at the Sykesville Gate House Museum of History.

Now through December, the museum is displaying an expanded collection of photographs taken by the Jones sisters. A smaller exhibit is permanently on view at the museum.

Ida, Frances and Elsie Jones maintained the Sunny Home Studio, where they displayed and sold their needlework and photos. In addition to landscapes and floral photographs, the sisters also did a good bit of work on family and yearbook photographs.

"We feel honored, privileged and lucky to have the family put their trust in us in being able to have this wonderful collection on display," said James Purman, the museum's curator. "We're very proud of it."

Also through December, the museum is home to a collection of antique tools, courtesy of several local collectors. Purman describes the tools as "beautiful, rare and remarkable" and well worth a visit to the museum, which is open on Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Information: 410-549-5150.

Mind games

The Freedom District Optimist Club is again sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind program for area middle school students.

An organizational meeting and registration is scheduled for 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the cafeteria at Oklahoma Road Middle School.

With five problems to challenge young minds, the program has space for up to 35 participants if there are enough adult coaches.

Two teams represented our area last year and performed quite well at the regional and state levels.

Information: Paul Barkley, 410-795-7540.

Night fishing

Fall is almost here, but there's still a chance to get in some night fishing on the lake at Piney Run.

Anglers are welcome for night fishing on Thursday and Oct. 1. You must register when you enter at the gate that day, paying the usual park fee plus a $2 per person night fishing fee.

Boats will be available for rent on a first come, first served basis. Boaters must bring their own boating lights. All anglers must be off the lake by midnight.

Information: 410-795-3274.

Kayaking tours

Piney Run Park has set aside four days for kayaking tours on the lake. Participants will be able to enjoy the fall foliage around the lake and get a "duck's-eye-view."

Tours are scheduled for 4: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, and 8: 30 a.m. to 10: 30 a.m. Oct. 13. The program, for ages 12 and older, includes a mini-lesson, all equipment and a guide.

Cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Information: 410-795-6043.

Basketball registration

Registration for the Freedom Area Basketball League will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 29 at Carrolltown Center. The program runs from November through January and offers teams for boys and girls in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Cost is $60 for the first child and $30 for each additional child. Information: 410-549-9243.

Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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