Historic Savage Mill ghost tours scheduled

October 16, 2005

Howard County Tourism Inc. has launched its second season of the "Ghost Walks in Historic Savage Mill" tour during which historic characters haunt shops at the mill at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights this month and next.

A tour guide tells the stories of four or five ghosts, including Rebecca King, who worked at the mill attending to workers' children and fell to her death from the mill's bell tower, said Deborah Ing, assistant director at Howard County Tourism. More than 1,000 people attended the inaugural tour season last year.

The cost is $8 for adults, and $6 for seniors and children. Private tours are available for groups of 15 or more.

Reservations are recommended. Information: 410-313- 1900, or 800-288-8747.

Around town

Fall fundraiser -- The Jim Rouse Entrepreneurial Fund will hold its fall fundraiser at Artcraft Collection in the Old Weave Building of Historic Savage Mill through Friday. Artcraft Collection, a contemporary American craft gallery that offers painted furniture, decorative home accessories and gifts, will donate 10 percent of each sale to the fund when shoppers mention the fund's name. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Rouse fund is a private, nonprofit funding source for Howard County start-up companies.

Savage mill -- The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Faith & Ministry Center of Savage United Methodist Church, 9032 Baltimore St. Those who attend should use the side entrance, off Foundry Street. The Rev. Galen R. Menne, the society's president, will speak about "Savage Mill: From One Owner to the Next." Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. 301-725- 1241.

Favorite games -- The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will offer "Games Galore," an afternoon of favorite games (Scrabble, Life, Monopoly, Clue and others) at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Registration is not needed. Those who attend can bring games to share. The Howard County Library Chess Club will be at the Savage branch at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome, but they must know how to play. Registration is not needed. 410-880-5980.

PACE -- The Savage Senior Center will offer an eight-week PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise) class on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The class uses gentle activities, performed in sitting or standing positions, to increase joint flexibility, range of motion and maintain muscle strength. The technique can reduce pain and stiffness and improve quality of life. The cost is $20. A release form is required. The Savage Senior Center is at 9525 Durness Lane. Edith Bennett, 410-880-5915.

At the library -- The Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, will sponsor a meeting of its Third Wednesday Book Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday to discuss Searching for Yellowstone by Paul Scullery. The group reads issues-oriented nonfiction and contemporary fiction. Registration is not needed for the book clubs. Books are available at the branch. 410-880-5980.

Backyard tour -- The Laurel Historical Society will begin a new series of "In Our Backyard Tours" with a Tour and Tea at Poplar Hill on His Lordship's Kindness, a historic Prince George's County mansion in Clinton. The trip, from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, includes a guided tour of the mansion and gardens. The group will be served tea after the tour. The cost is $20, including tea. Reservations are required. 301-725-7975.

Final wishes -- Johanna Klema, staff attorney with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau and a member of the Civil Justice Network, will discuss ways senior citizens can ensure that their final wishes are carried out. She will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Savage branch library. Registration is required. 410-880-5980.

Fall classes -- South Laurel Recreation Council is offering classes for all ages. Fitness, dance, craft and homemaking classes are offered. Classes are held in elementary schools in the south Laurel area or at the Montpelier Neighborhood Park on Route 197. 301-776-2805.

Volunteers sought -- Montpelier Mansion is seeking volunteers who love history, beautiful homes or gardening and would like to meet interesting people. 301-953-1376.

Fishing -- Fishing is open to the public at Cash Lake at Patuxent Research Refuge and will continue through the middle of this month. Anglers also can fish at the refuge's North Tract entrance. Permits are available from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, 301-497-5763, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Patuxent North Tract Contact Station, 301-776-3090, or patuxent.fws.gov.

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