Hancock's Resolution to open Sunday for season


April 05, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EMERGING FROM a winter's sleep, Hancock's Resolution, the 18th-century farmstead in Pasadena, will welcome visitors Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The farm will be open Sundays through Oct. 27.

Records indicate that the original farm included more than 400 acres, with the farmhouse and outbuildings erected in 1785. The Hancock family owned the property until 1962; the county acquired the site several years ago.

The property languished for years until a group of volunteers, the Friends of Hancock's Resolution, joined to save the farm for future generations.

During the past four years, the group has taken the lead in preparing the property for visitors, training docents, and obtaining grants and other sources of funding from the county, state and the Maryland Historical Trust. The money has been used to restore the buildings and grounds.

FOHR hopes to begin planning for a modest visitors center, a parking lot and access to the farmstead via Bodkin Creek. Improvements to various outbuildings are planned.

"This will be the first day that visitors will have the opportunity to visit the farmstead with its core buildings almost fully restored," said Jim Morrison, FOHR spokesman. "We have come a long way ... but we still have a long way to go to fulfill the potential of this unique homestead."

Plans are under way for a program at least one Sunday each month and docent tours for visitors, Morrison said. "But we are in dire need of more volunteers to become docents." Free training is provided.

"We have a historic jewel in this part of the mid-Atlantic coast," Morrison said. "We believe that we have something really special here."

Hancock's Resolution is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road, about 2.5 miles from the intersection of Fort Smallwood and Bayside Beach roads.

Information: 410-222-7317 or 410-255-4048.

Family safety day

Take the kids for a free lunch at the Lake Shore Volunteer Company's annual family safety day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at a new location: Lake Shore Elementary School, 4531 Mountain Road. The event will take place rain or shine.

With more than 10 local, state, and community service groups participating in the event, organizers could not find enough room at the firehouse.

"It was just too tight," said Tom Brown, event spokesman. "Moving the safety-day open house to the school will give us more room, both inside and outside, for more exhibitors and demonstrations."

Exhibitors include the Cycle World safety team, offering tips about operating personal watercraft and all-terrain vehicles; the Maryland State Police seatbelt "convincer," which simulates a 10 mph crash; a drunken-driving simulator from Mothers Against Drunk Driving; fingerprinting by the county Sheriff's Department; motorcycle units; and a helicopter or two.

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Information: 410-647-5323 or 410-255-2401

Appraisals as fund-raiser

Pasadena treasure hunters can learn more about an antique or collectible at a local version of PBS' Antiques Roadshow from 10 a.m. to noon April 13 at Magothy United Methodist Church's fellowship hall, 3703 Mountain Road.

The event is a fund-raiser, sponsored by Magothy Cooperative School, and will feature The Antique Man from Fells Point. Appraisals are $5 each, with a limit of two items per person.

Advance tickets are available. Refreshments will be sold. Proceeds will benefit programs at the school.

Information: 410-360-0292.

Youth art contest winners

Chesapeake Women's Club has selected the winners of its annual youth art contest, open to students at Chesapeake Bay Middle, George Fox Middle, Northeast High and Chesapeake High.

In the Class One contest, open to middle-schoolers, Amy Szuba's drawing of a puffin won first place, Kelly Allenbaugh's pencil still life won second and Michael Radzibaba's linoleum block print of a bird won third. All winners were from Chesapeake Bay Middle School.

In Class Two, open to high school artists, Chesapeake High had a clean sweep, with David Kaspary's black-and-white photo of a clothespin winning first place, Laura Gero's still life capturing second and Luther Cooks' photo of ducks winning third.

The pieces that won were entered in a district contest held March 20 at the Linthicum Heights Women's Club. Szuba's puffin received an honorable mention and will be entered in a statewide art contest sponsored by the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs.

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