Farmstead to celebrate successful year


October 22, 1999|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S BEEN A BUSY first season at Hancocks Resolution, the 18th century farmstead in Pasadena.

More than 600 visitors, some from as far as Hawaii, California, Arizona and Colorado, have stopped by the old stone farmhouse to see the restoration that is under way. The number is impressive because the site has been open only from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays since March.

"We are very pleased with the number of visitors we have had," said Jim Morrison, president of the Friends of Hancocks Resolution volunteer group. Despite limited advertising, a wet spring, a hot summer and its rural setting, the farmstead has averaged 22 visitors each Sunday.

To celebrate its first successful season, the volunteer group is sponsoring a special event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Jared Denhard, a Highland piper and Celtic harper, will play. Robert Zuern will offer old-fashioned buggy rides, weather permitting. Ed Calvert, a direct descendant of the Hancock family, will display a 1750 Brown Bess musket, and answer questions about several artifacts, including American Indian items unearthed during the restoration.

Admission is free, but donations to help the farmstead's restoration will be accepted.

Hancocks Resolution will close to the public Nov. 1. More archaeological research is planned for the winter.

Further restoration of buildings on the site should begin by early next year, based on a number of detailed architectural plans on the drawing board, Morrison said. "Altogether, the next several years at Hancocks should be full of historical research, active restoration, and, we predict, interesting surprises."

Hancocks Resolution is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road, 2 1/2 miles off Fort Smallwood Road. Information: 410-437-3169 or 410-360-3913.

Annual park craft fair

Bring the family to Downs Park for a day of food, fun, activities and shopping at its annual autumn craft fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow

More than 80 craft vendors will have handmade items for sale. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can play games, paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, or have their faces painted.

A children's costume contest will begin at 1 p.m. at the bay-side amphitheater area.

Food and drinks will be available at the park concession stand, and Friends of Downs Park will sell baked goods.

Admission to the park will be free during the fair.

Information: 410-222-6230.

Church health fair

Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will hold its second health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in its fellowship hall.

Connie Bright, church fair coordinator, said the community is invited to visit health care professionals taking part in the event, and take advantage of free screenings and information.

"Our fair was such a big hit with the public last year, we decided to do it again, Bright said. "We are happy to have the local medical community join us again this year."

North Arundel Hospital will provide screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, colon cancer, pulmonary function and pulse oximetry. Information will be available on diabetes, Healthline phone service, sleep disorders and Baltimore-Washington Hip and Knee Center. Visitors can also pick up a cholesterol screening coupon redeemable for a free test at the hospital.

Helix/Harbor LifeCourse Center will offer bone density screenings, information on breast cancer and $3 flu shots. Medicare participants should bring their cards to arrange direct Part B billing.

Dr. George Burley, a dentist, will perform oral screenings.

Dr. Brian Dragan will offer scoliosis screenings for adults and children.

Information on alternative health care methods, including acupuncture and magnet, massage and herbal therapies, will be offered.

Focusing on children's health and safety, the fair will have several kid-friendly activities and programs including a teddy bear clinic, a talking school bus, a fire safety house, and gun and bicycle safety presentations.

Door prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded.

Information: 410-647-3090.

New church building

The congregation of Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach invites the community to an open house Sunday to celebrate its new building, immediately after the 11 a.m. worship service.

There will be tours of the building, lunch and a chili cook-off.

"Our new church is awesome, and we're proud to show it to the community," said Donna Allen, a congregation member.

The church is on Riviera Drive at Jenkins Road.

Information: 410-437-3830.

Christian rock-'n'-bowl

Pasadena Christian Teens, a local organization of church leaders and parents, will sponsor a rock-'n'-bowl for middle and high school-aged youths Oct. 29 at Riviera Bowl on Fort Smallwood Road.

The cost is $10 per person and includes three games of duckpin bowling, shoe rental, a slice of pizza and soda. Games and prizes will be featured, and Christian rock music will play throughout the evening.

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