Check out Sykesville displays before they're history


January 09, 2001|By Debra Taylor Young | Debra Taylor Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYKESVILLE GATE House Museum on Cooper Road offers a treasure chest of Sykesville's history.

Closely watching over displays and artifacts with curator/archivist Jim Purman is Thelma Wimmer, a Sykesville historian.

Wimmer, 92, a resident of Fairhaven on Springfield Avenue, visited the gatehouse on Sunday to observe many of her artifacts and to look over displays.

She has personal knowledge of many items in the museum's collection and takes a great interest in the museum and new items acquired.

Kari Greenwalt, assistant curator, went over each display with Wimmer, indicating the value of each item to Sykesville's history.

"If it doesn't directly relate to Sykesville, it doesn't belong in the museum," Wimmer said.

She took delight in seeing items in the Women's Work display. They included her 1930s toaster, butter print and an old iron.

Several of the displays are scheduled to be removed at the end of the month, including the Women's Work display, which contains items used by Sykesville women around the early 1900s.

Others scheduled to be removed include:

A train display that features a 1928 standard gauge Lionel model and a 1935 Marxtrain, both operating.

The Titanic display, based on original newspaper descriptions of the sinking of the Titanic. The old newspaper clippings were found in a house on Obrecht Road. A recording of the Titanic whistle accompanies the display.

The Sykesville school display, which contains artifacts from area schools, including awards and photographs. Many items are from the former Sykesville High School, now Sykesville Middle School.

The museum is open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays. Information: 410-549-5150.

Piney Run winter programs

Piney Run Park Nature Center on Martz Road offers winter programs.

A cross country ski trip is scheduled Feb. 4-6 to Crystal Lake in Pennsylvania. Crystal Lake can accommodate beginners and expert skiers.

The trip includes two nights' lodging, dinners, breakfasts, trail fees and optional equipment rentals. The deadline to register is Wednesday. Fees vary depending on rentals and type of accommodations.

Circle of Life teaches the value of dead, dying and hollow trees for wildlife on a hike with a naturalist in the program, "The Forest Community - There is Life in Dead Trees."

The hike is for ages 5 through adult and will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. No fee is required.

Making Maple Syrup will teach about maple trees and the syrup made from their sap, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., four consecutive Thursdays beginning Jan. 25 through Feb. 15.

Participants will tap red maple trees, boil the sap and make syrup. Fees are $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers.

Winter Feeders will teach how to make feeders and hang them outside to attract many varieties of birds.

The workshop takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 and is for ages 6 through adult. Fees are $1 for members and $2 for nonmembers.

Puppet theater

Piney Run Puppeteers will present a wild animal wintertime tale, followed by refreshments.

The show is for all ages. Showtime is 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and Feb. 28.

Fees are $1 per member and $2 per nonmember.

Information on winter programs at the center: 410-795-6043.

Blood drive

The American Red Cross has announced a severe shortage of blood of all types.

People considering donating can do so at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Eldersburg from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Information: 410-795-7838.

Debra Taylor Young's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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