Tucked alongside 8270 Edwin Raynor Blvd. is a menagerie of barnyard animals owned by Connie Frazier. Her wooded property houses an array of animals including donkeys, ponies, goats, chickens, rabbits, cats and one plump pig.
Up until a few years ago, she also had turkeys, llamas, and an emu, but they passed away from old age. She says there's a possibility she may purchase more llamas in the future.
About eight years ago, Frazier and her husband, Bob, decided to post signs stating "free animal viewing" due to the overwhelming number of people who knocked on their door asking if they were allowed to visit and feed the animals.
After installing the sign, Frazier says she was amazed by the number of people who began visiting her animals. The location has become a popular stop for Pasadena residents who enjoy observing wildlife. Her busiest days for visitors are weekends when the weather is warm and sunny.
During an unseasonably warm Saturday in late January, Frazier arrived home to find 15 cars lining her driveway.
"It makes me happy that people like animals as much as we do," she said.
Over the years, Frazier has had neighbors who regularly stop by to feed her animals fruits, vegetables and other scraps; in addition to the hay and water she always provides for them.
Recently, a Pasadena resident named Ron Stephens passed away after faithfully feeding her animals daily for seven years. During his memorial service last month, his family spoke to guests about his dedication to feeding Frazier's animals and the joy he felt while doing it.
"Ron really loved these animals," Frazier said, "he will be well missed."
Frazier says as soon as the animals saw his vehicle approach, they would gather by the fence in anticipation of their snack. During the summer, he would bring ears of corn, shucking each one for the critters. He even took time to remove kernels from the ears for the chickens and rabbits.
She plans to install a metal plaque honoring Stephens and place it on the fence near the animals.
"He was wonderful," she said.
Another neighbor stops by regularly to feed the animals food scraps like carrots, apples, and bread. Since the neighbor brings food for her animals, Frazier allows him to collect eggs from her chicken coop.
Helping Frazier with regular care of her animals is a friend who stops by most evenings to feed, water and clean-up after them. She says caring for her furry friends can be hard work.
The animals live in three separate enclosures along the dirt road leading to Frazier's home. On one side are two ponies, a donkey and the pig — who was abandoned in a cage on Frazier's property about six years ago.
Across the dirt road is a tall metal fence housing several goats, two female donkeys and another pony. The newest addition to the herd is a white baby goat born in December.
A sign hangs from the fenced-in pen suggesting visitors feed the animals bread, rolls and green grass. Frazier says the animals also enjoy munching fruits and vegetables.
For as long as she can remember, Frazier has been an animal lover. Growing up in Arizona, she enjoyed visiting her grandparents' farms.
When asked if she has a favorite animal, Frazier said, "they're all my favorite in different ways, they all have distinct personalities."
However, she says she has a special place in her heart for two of her ponies.
The only thing Frazier asks of visitors is that they be considerate: don't open the rabbit cages or leave trash in her driveway. Rabbits are fast, she doesn't want them to escape. Furthermore, she has trash cans next to the animal enclosures if people need them. She revealed, "most people are really considerate when they come."
Visitors regularly knock on Frazier's door to tell her they appreciate being allowed to spend time with her animals. The feeling is mutual; Frazier says she is grateful for those who visit her animals.
"The people are great," she said.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2462, 1720 Bayside Beach Road, will hold a sweetheart dance and karaoke party 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 per person. Light refreshments and draft beer included.
For tickets call Sue Parrish at 410-437 -7315.
- Orchard Beach VFD Ladies Auxiliary will host a bingo luncheon at the station, 7549 Solley Road, Sunday. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., early bird games start at 11:30 a.m. and regular games start at 1:15 p.m. Admission is $20 per person, includes lunch. Kitchen is open during intermission. No checks accepted. For details, call Janet Aro, at 443-798-8434.
- Orchard Beach VFD, 7549 Solley Road, is partnering with the Fighting for Kaiden Foundation to host a vendor bingo fundraiser Feb. 17. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Vendor fee is a $50-$75 basket of products and an additional item worth $20 for the jackpot. Games are $25 per sheet, extra sheets are $5 each and specials are $1 per sheet. Vendors include Lularoe, Thirty One, Scentsy, and handmade crafts. Kitchen will be open for refreshments. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road, will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Menu features pancakes, sausage, apple sauce, beverages and desserts. Carryout also available. Prices are $8 per adult and $3 per child 10 and younger.
Proceeds benefit North County Emergency Outreach Network, or NCEON and others. For details, call the church at 410-255-8236.
Pasadena Sportfishing Group meets Monday at Earleigh Heights VFC, 161 Ritchie Hwy. Doors open at 6 p.m., meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month.
Pete Dahlberg, of Four Seasons Fishing, will discuss his 2017 fishing season. Food and beverages are available, children receive a free ice cream.
For details, visit www.pasadenasportfishing.com
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