Lilac festival at Hancock's Resolution


April 26, 2002|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AN ANCIENT STAND of fragrant lilacs at Hancock's Resolution will be in full blossom Sunday, right on schedule, for the farmstead's second annual lilac festival.

Jim Morrison, spokesman for Friends of Hancock's Resolution (FOHR), said that the farm's lilac grove is in full bloom and a beautiful sight to see.

"We learned, from a local forester, that the stand is at least 200 years old," he said. "We assert, without much fear of contradiction, that Hancock's has the oldest grove of blooming lilacs in Anne Arundel County, maybe even the state. When you look at their gnarled trunks, you know that they were not born yesterday."

In addition to giving visitors tours of the farmhouse and gardens, FOHR members will be on hand demonstrating how to make butter the old-fashioned way.

"Modern kids, and their parents, can see how butter was made back in great-grandma's day," Morrison said. "They can even help with the churning."

Musician and musicologist Ginger Hildebrand of Severna Park will perform a selection of early 18th-century music throughout the afternoon to add to the festival's Colonial flavor.

"We are hoping that the lilac festival will start a new tradition in the North County area," Morrison said. "This has been done in other areas, such as Seattle, Washington, where their lilac festival is one the big events of the year. We have the history, and the lilacs. Why not here?"

The farm, at 2795 Bayside Beach Road, is open to visitors from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through October. Admission to the park is free, but donations to help with improvements to the historic farm are appreciated.

Information: 410-255-4048.

Preschool fund-raiser

Community Christian Pre-School is holding a kid's fun day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow and a silent auction tomorrow and Sunday at Community United Methodist Church, 8680 Fort Smallwood Road.

There will be a variety of 25-cent children's games. Hot dogs, sodas, candy and chips will be on sale.

The items in the silent auction will be open for bids between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days.

Proceeds will benefit the school.

Rosemary Briggs, the preschool's spokeswoman, said that more than 100 items will be available in the silent auction, including gift certificates to local businesses, Orioles and Ravens items, collectible Precious Moments figurines, tuition certificates for the preschool, and tickets to Toby's Dinner Theatre, the Annapolis Symphony and the Baltimore Zoo.

Winners of the auction will be notified via telephone by May 3. All items must be picked up by May 10.

Information: 410-255-9250.

Tea and luncheon

Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach is offering a tea and luncheon at noon tomorrow to benefit the National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation's survivors' fund.

The Rev. Robert Douglas, a retired Baltimore City police chaplain and pastor at Jenkins, is the founder and chief operating officer of the foundation. Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

Douglas has served as the chaplain for FOP Lodge No. 3 in Baltimore since 1998. During his time in the ranks, he became aware of the need for assistance for police and emergency workers, as well as the families of suicide victims. With the help of his wife, Carolyn, he formed the foundation.

Its mission is to provide awareness and offer suicide-prevention training programs and support services that will meet the psychological and spiritual need of emergency workers and their families. The foundation's Web address is

The cost for the luncheon is $10.

The church is at Riviera Drive and Jenkins Road.

Ticket information: 410-859-9205.

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