Fall Festival to be held Saturday in Woodstock

Western Howard

September 30, 2007

The Howard County Conservancy will hold a Fall Festival, with live music, a working blacksmith shop, a plant sale, art show, children's activities and celebrations, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine, at Mount Pleasant Farm, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock.

Visitors can listen to a hammer dulcimer, watch a blacksmith work, try spinning with raw wool and see a display of quilts and an art show. Presentations on the history and archaeology of the 400-year-old farm are also planned. Goats, guinea fowl, Leicester long-wool sheep and a craft activity area will be available for children.

The conservancy will dedicate the Jean and Elmer Worthley warm-season grass and wildflower meadow in the Honors Garden. Miss Jean, former host of the Maryland Public Television program Hodgepodge Lodge, will be on hand for the dedication.

A "gathering circle" in the Honors Garden, featuring an arbor, stone wall and plantings in memory of Sen. James and Lillian Clark, will be opened. The memorial area was donated by past and present members of the conservancy's board of trustees.

A ceremony will also celebrate the Montjoy Barn, which dates from about 1798. The barn was disassembled in 2003 and is being rebuilt on the conservancy's grounds. The English-style wheat barn is to be used for educational programs.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5 a car.

Information: 410-465-8877, or www.hcconservancy.org.

City youth club to tour county farm

The Club at Collington Square, an after-school educational program for youth ages 8 to 14, is to take its second trip to Waterford Farm Saturday for an afternoon in the fields and barns of the 500-acre working farm.

Collington Square is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, said Peter Dunn, major gifts and marketing officer for Episcopal Community Services, which sponsors the club.

The Dunn and Sharp families own Waterford Farm, which has been in the Dunn family for about 80 years, and the Sharp family for about 10, Peter Dunn said. The farm produces pumpkins, corn and soybeans, and the Baltimore youths can also expect to encounter goats, pigs, chickens, cows and other animals.

The club, which is adopting an arts-based curriculum, serves as a haven for about 25 East Baltimore youths whose daily lives are surrounded by poverty and its associated challenges, Dunn said.

Glenelg PSTA sets dinner, show

The Glenelg High School PTSA's after-prom committee will sponsor a dinner and performance, "The James Munsey Comedy Hypnosis Show," at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria and auditorium.

The show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $19 for the dinner and show; $12 for the show.

Information: Georgea Moore, 443-812-9293.

Around Town

Roundabout -- Construction of a roundabout at Brighton Dam Road and Ten Oaks Road in Clarksville is to begin this week. Traffic on both roads will be maintained during construction, with flagging operations to direct motorists. Message boards and signs will be posted to advise motorists about the construction. The project is expected to be completed by spring, weather permitting.

Web tips -- Web designer Eileen Buckholtz, president of Technology Concepts, will offer tips for creating Web sites for small businesses, organizations and individuals at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Glenwood library, 2350 Route 97, Cooksville. Participants will learn how to register a domain name, conduct e-commerce and e-market products and services. Registration is required. 410-313-5577.

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