Bicyclists offering tour of the Piney Run region


June 23, 1999|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EXPERIENCED BICYCLISTS will tour the rolling vistas of the Piney Run region, which lies just over the county line from Hampstead, on Saturday.

If you'd like to join them, register between 7: 30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 15311 Dover Road. From Route 30 south, turn left at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at the intersection of Dover and Bortner roads.

Rides are charted for 15, 36, and 65 miles over the rolling and hilly terrain suitable for cyclists familiar with somewhat demanding tours.

Stops at host farms include a dairy, a foxhound kennel, and an alpaca farm.

Refreshments and restrooms are available at the stops.

Lunch will be served at the ride finish.

The Valleys Planning Council is sponsoring the ride to display the Piney Run region of Baltimore County, which as been selected as one of a dozen or so Rural Legacy areas throughout Maryland. The area's rural and agricultural heritage is being permanently preserved under the designation. The Piney Run area, named for the meandering tributary of the Gunpowder watershed, is known for dairy farms, orchards and rolling fields, champion horses and Hereford steers, and traditional English fox hunting on horseback.

Bike helmets, a registration fee of $20 and a release and waiver form are required per person. The ride program ends at 4 p.m.

Information: 410-337-6877.

Family pool night

Family Fun Night will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Hampstead Pool on Sugar Maple Street. The pool will be open only to those attending the fun night.

If you'd like to attend, leave your name at the pool snack bar. Members will cost $1 and non-members $2.

In summers past, families enjoyed water games for the youngest through middle school age children, tossing water-filled balloons between parent and child, and the competition to create the biggest splash off the water slide.

Food will be available.

Beany bingo

Feeling lucky? Members of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church are sponsoring a night of bingo on Friday in the lower level of the Parish Hall.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with bingo starting at 7 p.m.

The popular Beanie Baby toys are featured in 20 games of play. Admission is $10 at the door or $8 in advance.

In addition, three retired Beanie Baby toys will be given to winners of a special series of bingo games.

Tickets for these games will cost $1 each or 5 for $7.

Door prizes are included in the admission, and refreshments will be available.

Information: 410-239-8881.

New climbing toy

Bright primary colors glow from the newest and largest climbing toy in Hampstead, located at the far end of the parking lot adjacent to the Hampstead Post Office.

It was installed in early June by West Recreation of Chestertown, paid for by grant from Program Open Space of the state Department of Natural Resources, a grant from Carroll County government, and town funds.

The town has qualified under Program Open Space for the pool play equipment, tot lot toys at Sites park and the basketball court adjacent to the new climbing toy.

Next on the list of improvements will be shade structures or trees and possibly some picnic tables.

The climber includes monkey rings spaced for small youngsters, ramps and tunnels. There are eight slides. One is a triple slide so three friends can watch each other go down together. Two are twin slides with twists and turns, and there is a curling tube slide for the adventurous.

Benches are conveniently placed for parents to watch the action.

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

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