Hancock's Resolution tour to feature antique guns

NEIGHBORS

June 16, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HANCOCK'S RESOLUTION, Pasadena's post-Revolutionary War historic site, will be open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for tours - with the added attraction of a Father's Day exhibition of antique firearms.

Robert Cheel, a longtime collector of antique muzzle-loading firearms, will be exhibiting several Civil War-era small arms from his collection, including cavalry, infantry and naval weapons, starting at 1:30 p.m. He will also answer questions about antique firearms technology and, weather permitting, demonstrate several antique weapons.

The site, which includes several acres with a farmhouse and outbuildings, is preparing for restoration work to begin next month. "If visitors would like to see the property in its rough state, this is the time to visit before we begin the extensive restoration," said Jim Morrison, president of the Friends of Hancock's Resolution volunteer group.

The work, with grant funding from the state, county and Maryland Historic Trust, will include replacing the bayside porch, adding a summer kitchen and making general repairs to the farmhouse.

While at the site this weekend, visitors are encouraged to see the new kitchen garden. "Trixi Nordberg, one of our volunteers, has planted one of the finest historic kitchen gardens in the area," Morrison said. "It rivals the garden at Londontown Public House."

Nordberg, a certified master gardener, has used historic plants species, all dating from before 1824, to fill the bed.

The park is on Bayside Beach Road, about 2.5 miles from the intersection of Fort Smallwood and Bayside Beach roads.

Admission is free; donations toward the restoration are accepted. Information: 410-255-4048.

Athletic club begins

"The first step is always the hardest," the adage goes.

The Anne Arundel Astros, a newly formed youth athletic club, has taken its first step and fielded its first baseball teams through the efforts of a dedicated core group of volunteers, some hardworking young players and a little help from the community.

"We have had to begin small, fielding approximately 30 players, but we hope to increase the numbers and expand into different sports," said Tim Wright, a club board member.

"Anyone with kids realizes how important it is to keep them involved with other good kids, to keep them out of trouble," he said. "Today's kids are our future, and they will be the future volunteers that will give their time to the next generation."

Experienced volunteers who have played a pivotal role in organizing the Astros include Steve Hayes, head of the club and manager, who has been involved with Pasadena's Havenwood Little League and Buccaneers basketball programs. The club's third-base coach, Dave Dyke, has been involved with Buccaneers football.

Wright serves as the bench coach and helps with fund raising. Kathy Dyke, Patty Guinoo, and Wright's wife, Cindy, are also involved in fund raising.

The Astros club supports two baseball teams this summer for boys ages 14 to 16, in the Joe E. Brown League, part of the Anne Arundel County Youth Baseball League. "Many of our players would have played American Legion ball, but space on those teams is limited; that's why be began the Astros," Wright said. "We would have liked to have more kids involved, but between league fees, uniforms, equipment and other fees, it costs approximately $3,000 for each team to play."

To help raise the money to keep the club going and growing, a dance is planned for 8 p.m. to midnight June 24 at the hall of VFW Post 2462 at 1720 Bayside Beach Road. Tickets are $13, and include beer and setups. There will be a disc jockey, door prizes, money wheels, and several raffle items including Orioles tickets.

Information: 410-255-7691 or 410-437-8392.

Baseball group elections

The Lake Shore Youth Baseball season has ended. But before the group closes the door on another season, it has a little business looking toward next year with election of new officers. Voting will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 24 at Lake Shore Athletic Complex on Woods Road.

Parents of children registered in the LSYB 2000 season are eligible to vote. Gretchen Smith, group spokesman, said nominations for several unfilled positions are still being accepted.

Meanwhile, team bags of equipment should be turned in between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow and June 24 at the athletic complex, and coaches and parents can turn in cleaned team uniform pants during election hours.

Information: 410-437-4362.

Kiwanis award winners

Mountain Road Kiwanis Club recently held its 36th annual awards banquet, honoring winners in its John Wilson Sr. Memorial Essay Contest and the two high school seniors chosen for club scholarship awards.

About 300 essays were entered in this year's contest. The hot topic: "Why Good Grades are Important."

"We're happy that 80 percent of the eligible area schools and one-third of the eligible fifth-grade students chose to participate in this year's contest," said Robert Baxter, club spokesman.

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