Annual pilgrimage a delight for home, garden lovers


May 06, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE MARYLAND House and Garden Pilgrimage beckons home and garden enthusiasts this time each year. On Wednesday, those of us who live in Northwest Carroll will find it hard to resist playing hooky for the day to join the tour -- 13 homes are right in our own back yard.

From New Windsor and Union Bridge to Taneytown, Keymar and Detour, the pilgrimage features beautiful and lovingly restored homes and lush gardens.

Among those families in northwest Carroll who have painstakingly prepared their homes and gardens for the pilgrimage are the Donald Stenley, Patrick Williams, Brian Trevorrow, Thomas Pfoutz, John Phares, John Fiesler, Elwood Myers, William Brown, Dale Gray, John Laudermilch, W. J. Hindman and Robert T. Pfoutz families.

In addition to private homes, Taneytown's Antrim 1844, a country inn, will be featured, as will the historic Hard Lodging in Union Bridge, a Federal-style home built in 1790 and owned by the Carroll County Historical Society.

Members of the Carroll Garden Club and Silver Fancy Garden Club will be on hand to assist with the event, especially with tour preparations and the creation of flower arrangements for the participating homes.

If you've never been on one of these tours, the breathtaking floral displays alone are worth the price of a ticket. Couple that with the beauty of the houses and a leisurely tour of someone else's flower beds, and I can't think of a better way to spend a spring day.

The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, in its 62nd year, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving historically and architecturally significant buildings in Maryland.

Proceeds from the Carroll portion of the tour will benefit the restoration of the old Sykesville School, which served the African-American community from 1903 to 1938. It's one of the few remaining one-room schools of its kind in the state.

Tickets to the tour cost $20 for the day and $5 for individual homes. They can be purchased at any home on the tour. The pilgrimage runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: 410-821-6933.

Recycling for sight

May is Lions Recycle for Sight Month in Taneytown. As spring cleaning gets under way, the Lions ask that we look through our dressers, junk boxes and closets for old and unwanted prescription eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions.

The used-eyeglasses campaign is part of a Recycle for Sight program operated by the Lions in the United States and Canada. Eyeglasses are refurbished and distributed wherever there is a need, especially for individuals in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

"We need everyone to donate their old glasses," said Robert C. Davis, Lions District 22-W Sight Conservation/White Cane Days committee chairman. "In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month's wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people."

According to the World Health Organization, the eyesight of approximately one-fourth of the world's population could be improved through the use of corrective lenses.

Drop off your old eyeglasses in the Lions' yellow recycling mailbox in the Taneytown Shopping Center next to Jubilee Foods.

Information: 410-751-1227.

Walk the labyrinth

Not many of us think of paying income tax as a spiritual experience, but that's what happened -- sort of -- when Union Bridge resident and community-based artist Jo Israelson went to accountant Mary Braden for tax help this spring.

The tax encounter eventually led to Israelson building a labyrinth and giving a talk on the spirituality of labyrinths at Braden's church, St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster, next week.

The adult study group at St. Paul's had been focusing on the labyrinth as meditation, so when Braden was asked to co-chair the church life committee and needed a project, she turned to Israelson to bring the study to life.

Israelson will construct a stone labyrinth on the parsonage lawn and then talk about the project at the church's annual Women and Children's dinner on Tuesday.

"We feel very fortunate that Jo can do this," said Braden. "I know the church members will use it for their meditations."

Israelson, who has built temporary and permanent labyrinths throughout the mid-Atlantic, said, "The labyrinth is one of the most ancient images found in cultures all over the world. Building a labyrinth offers people an alternative way to connect to the spiritual side of life. Walking the labyrinth is another form of prayer."

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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