Society's strawberry festival promises familiar treats


June 06, 1999|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE NINTH annual Strawberry Festival presented by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society will take place Saturday on the Benson-Hammond House grounds, 7101 Aviation Blvd. (across from Andover Road) in Linthicum. Gates are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the society.

Visitors can again buy the strawberry wine sold with the Benson-Hammond House label and indulge in strawberries on hot milk cake. Traditional American foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers and pit beef will also be sold. The bake table is a sellout each year, with home-baked goods made by members of the society. The Country Store will return with strawberry preserves and various jams and merchandise.

Another popular venue is the plant sale. The perennials, grown in earlier times, are native to Maryland and include a wide selection of ground cover, bushes, lilacs and herbs.

More than 60 artisans will sell handmade crafts, and new and used books will be sold. New this year for children will be a "make and take" craft center sponsored by the A. C. Moore and Co., a craft store on Ritchie Highway. In addition to furnishing the supplies, the A. C. Moore staff will supervise the construction of craft projects that the kids will keep.

A Moon Bounce and pony rides will be available for children. Demonstrations of antique farm equipment will take place throughout the day; a herb garden will be on display.

The Strawberry Festival is a celebration of Anne Arundel County history, when truck farming was a way of life. Among other produce, strawberries were a major commodity, important to the economic development of the county.

The Benson-Hammond House was preserved by the society in the mid-1970s as a museum and is now used as the society's headquarters. Though most of the rooms in this 19th-century house are furnished in period furniture, one of the rooms has become the Browse and Buy Shoppe, featuring the sale of antiques and collectibles. The third floor houses truck-farm equipment and unusual memorabilia of Anne Arundel County and our state, and a large collection of early 19th- and 20th-century dolls share the third-floor exhibit space.

This old house has survived commercial and residential changes of the 20th century in northern Anne Arundel County. Its survival is important because it preserves the memory of two families who lived in the house, farmed the ground and whose ancestry dates to the very early beginnings of the colony of Maryland.

House tours will be available during the festival for a minimum donation of $2; children under 12 and society members are admitted free. County passport holders pay $1.

Parking and admission to the festival are free. Parking will be available on the festival grounds for crafters and individuals with special needs. For all others, parking will be available at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School, where the Berry Shuttle Bus will provide transportation to and from the farm grounds; or, walk seven-tenths of a mile on the BWI Trail to the festival grounds.

To display crafts at the festival: Carolyn Dalton, 410-544-2616. Information: 410-768-9518.

Seven become Scouts

It was reported at the monthly meeting of Boy Scout Troop 447 on May 4 that seven Scouts qualified for awards. Bredon Alberico, Jay Barnett, Herman Frome, Michael Houch, Charles Remeikas and Michael Scheurman all achieved the rank of Scout. Robert Mackin received the Personal Fitness award.

Troop 447 is sponsored by St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church and meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Philip School.

The troop has participated in several recent Scouting activities. In April, Scouts attended a religious retreat at Broad Creek Camp. Also in April, a backpacking trip was held for the older Scouts in the troop who are planning to attend the high-adventure week at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico next month. On another trip, in May, the troop traveled to Delta, Pa., near Broad Creek, for Junior Leadership Training. The next camping trip will be from Friday to Sunday in Gettysburg, Pa.

Information: Scoutmaster Robert "Bob" Royer, 410-768-9183.

Atlantic City trip

Want to take a bus trip to Atlantic City that gives its profits to charity? Cathy Ulrich, owner of the Head to Toe Beauty Salon on Camp Meade Road in Linthicum, is planning the trip to benefit the Relay Race for Life event for the American Cancer Society and the Linthicum Lions Club.

The trip is planned June 14. The bus will leave from the St. John's Lutheran Church parking lot at 9: 20 a.m. and return at 9: 30 p.m. St. John's is at 300 W. Maple Road. Cars can park on the field across from the church. The cost is $25 a person. Each participant will get back $15 in coins and $3 for a buffet meal. The rest of the money goes to charity. Ulrich said there will be snacks on the bus and surprises.

Information, 410-684-2546 or 410-647-3928.

Pub Date: 6/06/99

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