Don't be alarmed if you hear steam whistles and other loud noises on Saturday, May 4 — they will be emanating from the Fire Museum of Maryland's 36th annual Steam Show.
Along with the steam fire engine demonstrations, the show features Dalmatians and draft horses, demonstrations of late-1800s horse-drawn fire engines and rides in an 1899 hose wagon.
There will be firefighting contests for the kids, steam engine models to examine and a magician performing inside the museum. Enjoy a day full of family fun when children and adults can run under the cascades of water as a 65-foot water tower shoots water up to 100 feet, or try their hand at operating the 1853 hand-pumped fire "enjine".
For more information about the museum, which is open May 4 through December, call 410-321-7500, Ext. 102, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our garden clubs are wrapping up another busy year before their summer hiatus, which I'm sure members will spend working in and enjoying their own gardens.
The Lutherville Garden Club is holding a luncheon and installation of officers at the Baltimore Country Club on May 2; meetings will begin again in September. The club usually meets on the first Thursday of the month at Providence United Methodist Church in Towson at 11 a.m. If you'd like to learn more about the club, give membership chairman Carol Kakel a call at 410-252-8662.
Betty Reeves, my longtime contact with the Lutherville Garden Club, reminds us that MayFair is early this year, on Saturday, May 4, at the Shops at Kenilworth.
Eleven garden clubs, including the Lutherville Garden Club and the York Manor Garden Club, are participating this year. MayFair is sponsored by the District III Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to purchase plants culled from members' gardens, garden-related items, and gardening advice from these experienced gardeners. I always enjoy picking up some new varieties for my garden, and I'm sure you will too!
Members of the York Manor Garden Club will go on a field trip to One-Straw Farm in Whitehall for its May 16 meeting, with the group's annual picnic on June 20 closing out the year. The garden club generally meets on the third Thursday of the month in members' homes at 7:30 p.m. Give Ann Collins, president, a call at 410-918-0028 for more info about the club.
If you enjoy Basket Bingo, the youth group at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church has one for you! The youths are holding a Basket Bingo Friday, May 3, in St. Paul's Spangler Hall on Kurtz Avenue in Historic Lutherville. Doors open at 6 p.m., with bingo starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact Sara Brown at MDBasket@aol.com to get your tickets.
Congratulations to the winners of the Baltimore Music Club's 2013 competition, who performed at the club's final concert of the year on April 14 at the Peabody Conservatory in Towson. They are: Student Division, ages 17-21, Jordan Thomas, harp; Anais Naharro Murphy, soprano; Dasha Bukhartseva, piano; and Maki Kubota, cello. For the Senior Division, ages, 22-26 winners are Keun Hwa Kim, piano; Hyun Jee Chung, violin; Robert Sirois, bassoon; and Keely Bosworth Borland, soprano.
This is my last Lutherville column. Many thanks to all the folks who have read and — I hope enjoyed — my column over the years, as well as those who have shared their family and neighborhood news with us.
I began writing this column 29 years ago and someone told me once that they've watched my kids grow up in my column. I suppose you have, as I have watched yours. I've enjoyed sharing milestones in our lives with our neighbors.
We've seen changes within our community —- the reopening of closed schools as more young families moved into our neighborhoods. We've welcomed new neighbors and said farewell to old ones, celebrated births, weddings, and special anniversaries, and mourned the loss of longtime friends.
I have gotten to know so many of you over the years and will miss chatting with you. It's been quite a ride!
Carole Peterson will be covering Lutherville starting with the May 8 issue and I know she'll enjoy the experience as much as I have!
Good-bye and good luck!