Relive Revolutionary War at Bear Branch center

Neighbors

September 30, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PRETEND YOU'RE living about 200 years ago this weekend at an event at Bear Branch Nature Center. The Revolutionary War Living History Muster will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can experience the tastes and smells, games and songs, and daily life of the soldiers and their families in the past. The soldiers will be portrayed by Maryland Royalist Battalion Inc.

Author Cathy Johnson will give a seminar on unusual women's occupations of the Revolutionary War period. She also will identify plants important to the colonists.

"Living history is for people, to show them how people once lived," said Sherry Fisher, a naturalist at Bear Branch.

Reproduction clothing, tools and weapons, articles of daily life, and period food will be available to give participants a hands-on feel of life long ago. Members of the encampment and center naturalists will be in period dress.

For visitors, volunteers from Bear Branch will prepare stew from an authentic period recipe, corn bread and snickerdoodles, a vanilla and cinnamon cookie that remains popular.

Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Bear Branch Nature Center is adjacent to Hashawha Environmental Appreciation Center on John Owings Road off Route 97 north of Westminster.

Information: 410-848-2517.

Beanie Babies raffle

Help support Carroll County Food Sunday and possibly win one of two collector Beanie Babies on Saturday during Manchester Youth Day.

Youth Day, a celebration of clubs, organizations, sports and extreme vehicles, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Manchester Carnival Grounds off York Street.

Jamie Ridgely, a Manchester 13-year-old who has devoted most of her spare time since age 9 to helping those in need, is raffling the stuffed toys to fund the purchase of turkeys for Thanksgiving for Carroll County Food Sunday.

In addition to canned food drives and other events, Jamie offers several raffles of unique items throughout the year. She donates every cent to Carroll County Food Sunday, which recently congratulated her for providing money for the center's milk bill for the past two months.

Seeking a Ty brand Princess bear toy for the raffle, she approached Sidney Shure of Ideas Etc., a small business in North Carroll Shopping Center. Shure donated a half-dozen of the popular bean-filled animals for another raffle by Jamie. This time, Shure donated a purple Princess bear and a green Erin bear with a shamrock.

"Both bears are extremely hard to get. People who have seen this raffle are anxious to get a ticket," Jamie's mother, Sharon Ridgely, said.

Jamie will sell tickets Saturday at Manchester Youth Day. With assistance from friends, she will draw the winning tickets at 3: 30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Raffle tickets are available at 410-239-3953.

Officers elected

Fields Homeowners Association recently elected board members. Cynthia Cheatwood was elected president; Trish Woods, vice president; Rick Barraclaugh, treasurer; and Patty Parks, director.

The association is a volunteer organization that guides decision-making and serves residents of Roberts Field in Hampstead. About 600 residences are represented.

L The board meets at 7 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month.

Residents may attend or send questions to the board by letter. Write: Fields HOA, Box 409, Hampstead 21074 or call a member at 410-374-1225.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/30/98

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