Fair at historic Hancock's Resolution to recall farm life of past


October 05, 2001|By Peg Adamarczk | Peg Adamarczk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE FAIR SUNDAY at Hancock's Resolution will be no run-of-the-mill craft show.

Instead, the event at the historic farmstead will feature craftsmen and craftswomen demonstrating skills that were part of farm life in the18th century. That includes everything from basket-making to beekeeping to the woodworking techniques used to build the Colonial-era farmhouse at the Pasadena landmark.

"We will have something for everyone in the family," said Peggy Hanna, Friends of Hancock's Resolution member and event chair. Her volunteer group is staging the event for the second year. "It was so well-received last year that we decided to do it again, only bigger and better," she said.

Mille Crebs and Linda Brown will demonstrate quilting, a popular needle art among women for hundreds of years, and Christine Crawford will make old-fashioned baskets, the container of choice for Colonial-era farmers.

Gordon Hanna will carve duck decoys, and Paul Hogge will use antique tools to demonstrate the woodworking skills that would have been used to build the old farmhouse.

A mother-and-son team, Marie and Alex Lovelace, will introduce beekeeping to interested visitors.

Antique firearm specialist Bob Cheel will show historic fowling pieces, which are shotguns for shooting birds or small animals. And Ed Calvert, a descendant of the Hancock family, will display a selection of artifacts collected at the farm.

Jared Denhard will entertain the crowd with Celtic harp and bagpipe music.

Members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club will share information about medicinal and culinary herbs used in Colonial-era homes.

Bob Zuern, with his horse and buggy, will offer rides to visitors.

The fair hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 14.

Admission to Hancock's Resolution is free, but donations to help with continuing restoration efforts will be accepted.

The farm is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road, about 2 1/2 miles off Fort Smallwood Road.

Information: 410-255-7041.

Church harvest fest

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is sponsoring a harvest festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow on the church grounds, 8615 Fort Smallwood Road.

Festival co-chairwoman Amanda Sawyer said that for the first time, the church is holding a harvest festival instead of the Halloween trail sponsored in years past by its youth group.

"We've grown up and decided to do something a little different," she said.

Admission to the festival is one canned good.

A variety of free and low-cost activities will be offered for families throughout the day. All contestants in a costume contest for young children will receive a small prize.

Anne Arundel County police officers will offer bike safety tips to youngsters at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The church's train garden committee will unveil the new raffle prize that will be on display at Glen Burnie Mall during the Christmas holidays.

Festivalgoers can make scarecrows for $3, and children's crafts will be offered for a nominal fee. Food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information: 410-255-4141.

Breast cancer program

The county Health Department will present a program to raise awareness about breast cancer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pasadena post office, 4301 Mountain Road.

Evelyn Stein, department representative, said staff members will address women's concerns about the disease and will offer the latest information on cancer prevention and early detection and will provide free blood pressure screenings.

Women can also learn about mammograms and Pap tests offered by the department. Tests are free in many cases, depending on age, insurance and income level.

A free women's health kit is also available from the Health Department.

Information: 410-222-7979.

Sport fishing meeting

The Pasadena Sportfishing Group will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Earleigh Heights fire hall on Ritchie Highway.

Guest speaker will be Jim Brincefield, a charter boat captain from Deale, who will share angling tips and techniques.

"November and December offer some of the best fishing in the lower Chesapeake Bay for lunker," said Paul Coakley, PSG spokesman. "Captain Jim knows how, where and when these fish move into the bay from the ocean."

Food will be sold by Earleigh Heights volunteers, starting at 6 p.m.

Membership in the sport fishing group is free and open to anglers of all ages.

Information: 410-HEY-FISH (439-3474) or visit the PSG Web site at www.heyfish.com.

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