Hayride offers more than ghost of a chance for thrills


October 17, 2001|By Pat Brodowski | By Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN A FAR corner of Carroll County cursed by a Native American burial legend, a hayride through haunted back roads beckons the bold.

For the past seven years, Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department has transformed itself for three Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in October to reveal an alternative personality of the playfully gruesome kind.

Plenty of out-of-towners arrive to be shuttled through three miles of woods on a hayride not soon forgotten called "Bedlam in the Boro."

The not-so-bold can savor thrills while the sun still shines. This route of the not-so-scary, dubbed "The Bedlam Bypass," has been devised for children and will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $3.

Most visitors want to scream their loudest in the deepest night.

Every six minutes, a hay wagon of Halloween thrill-seekers departs for the murky highroads of Lineboro. What they experience is not all grisly or frightening. Local legend tells of something afoul on Lineboro Ridge.

It's the tale of a cursed Native American chief. Decades ago, before Lineboro was a town, Chief Twenty Bones was buried with great ceremony surrounded by material wealth. After the ceremony, the grave was cursed by his medicine man, and Twenty Bones has been ill at ease since.

It has been said that two shadowy figures are seen in Lineboro, the figures of the chief in pursuit of Dream Bear, his medicine man. (The whole legend is recorded in Ghost and Legends of Carroll County by Jesse Glass Jr., and available at Carroll County Public Library.)

In Lineboro the volunteer firefighters have found a financial niche by creating a humorous Halloween of pretend atrocities.

Raising Bedlam is so popular, the Fire Department depends upon it as the annual major fund-raiser.

Haunted hayrides are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Oct. 25, 26 and 27. Rides are held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, and 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

A carnival is offered during hayride hours and food platters are available starting at 6 p.m. and served until the last wagon tour pulls out.

Free entertainment will be offered from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Karaoke will be presented by Mike and Cindy on Friday, and the band High Noon will play Saturday.

Karaoke returns to the stage with New Star on Oct. 26, and the band Poison Whiskey will play Oct. 27.

Corporate sponsors of Bedlam in the Boro are BB&T, Kopp's Co. Inc., Adelphia and Teltronic of Baltimore.

Information: 410-239-4467.

Annual luncheon

Reservations are being taken for the annual luncheon meeting of North East Social Action Program Inc. Members and friends of local churches are invited.

The meeting will be held at noon Nov. 7 at Genova's Restaurant in North Carroll Shopping Center. The luncheon costs $10.

Reservations by Oct. 29: Linda Geers, 410-239-6216.

Blanket bee

Area students may earn community-service learning hours while sewing a blanket and taking part in a national awareness day. To celebrate "National Make a Difference Day" on Oct 27, blankets will be made from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria of North Carroll High School.

The North Carroll chapter of Project Linus is holding the "Blanket Bee." The project makes and distributes blankets to comfort sick and traumatized children in the community.

Participants should take a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided.

Donations of fabric, thread and yarn are appreciated.

Information: J. Walter, 410-374- 9741 or www.projectlinus.org

Good citizen award

Rebecca Zgorski, 11, was so moved by the tragedy Sept. 11 that she raised $1,000 to be sent to New York firefighters and police officers as part of a class project at Shiloh Middle School.

On Thursday, the time Rebecca spent raising the sum was recognized by the Hampstead Rotary Endowment Fund, which awarded her the club's Citizenship Award and a $100 savings bond.

Rebecca's parents, Kenneth and Joyce Zgorski of Finksburg, were at the school to see their daughter receive the award.

"She was very motivated," Joyce Zgorski said. "When the kids made fliers [in school], she walked up Main Street [in Westminster] and some companies donated. She called all her relatives."

Barbara Forrester, president of Hampstead Rotary, gave the award to Rebecca, and the presentation was televised at the school.

Hampstead Christmas village

Volunteers are sought to help with the Town of Hampstead Christmas Village of lighted displays and Santa Claus house.

Students who volunteer may earn student service learning hours.

The village opens Nov. 30 for weekend visits through Dec. 22.

To volunteer: Ken Wright, 410-239-7500.

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

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