Time for Heritage Days again at farm museum [West Friendship]

o need to leave town this weekend. The gang at the Living Heritage Farm Museum have a weekend full of family fun in store at the West Friendship location.

The 19th annual Farm Heritage Days will be held at the Farm Museum on Sept. 27 and 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. The two-day celebration includes a Bull Blast and Rodeo Extravaganza, tours of the museum's Hebb House, Dairy Barn, One Room School House and McCracken House, which features life before electricity.

A fall consignment auction will be held on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. There will be vintage farm equipment demonstrations, old time blacksmith demonstrations, wagon rides, flea market, food, crafts, tractor pull and lawn mower races and hiking on the nature trails. Pony rides, a straw maze, scavenger hunt, rope making, corn play pit, moon bounce and a pedal tractor pull are planned for the younger set.

In addition, live country and bluegrass music will be performed on Sept 27 and 28. Something for everyone is the aim of the organizers and this they have pulled off to perfection. If you would like more detailed descriptions of the varied activities, go to the Farm Museum website at http://www.farmheritage.org.

If ever there was an opportunity to show the children in the community a glimpse of what rural life in West Friendship used to be, this is it. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road (Route 144) in West Friendship, just across from the Howard County Fairgrounds. Admission is $5 for the event with the Bull Blast, set for Sept. 27, at 6 p.m., requiring tickets.

Dateline San Diego. The "Philtrons," Jason Bostron and Daisy Phillips, have now logged over 5,500 miles on their amazing bike trip titled The Philtron's Pedal South. The newlywed couple began the journey in Alaska in the spring and are now practically south of the border.

Jason Bostron's folks here in western Howard County are delighted to know that the bikers received a ton of packages in San Diego including maps of Central America. Daisy posts on the blog journal that kind "warmshowers" folks in California, afforded them an overnight in a tree house, hot fudge sundaes and the great luxury of hot showers.

Still receiving rave reviews from 4-H Club members regarding their collective experiences during the Howard County Fair in August. Kendra and Audrey Bower, first year 4-H members of the Hare Raisers club, enjoyed showcasing their projects and making new friends.

Kendra won Best of Variety with her Mini-Rex rabbit as well as landing a first place for her crocheted afghan. Audrey won Best of Variety and Best of Breed with her Mini-Rex rabbit. Audrey also took a First Reserve award in the Open Rabbit Show and First in the Junior Division for Rabbit Showmanship and Rabbit Judging, as well as an award for 4-H Junior Flower Division. Audrey and Kendra were delighted when their older sister Miranda won Best in show in the teenage division in the Open Needle Arts with her award winning macrame friendship bracelet. A busy fair week for the Bower girls.

Don't forget the monthly dinner at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. The proceeds from the Italian feast will benefit the House of Ruth of Maryland. It's $9 per person or $30 for the entire family. Eat in or carry out. St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood post office. The Italian dinner is donated by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille.

St. James United Methodist Church is holding the annual Red Cross blood drive on Sept. 29, 2:30 to 8 p.m. To schedule an appointment time, call the church office at 410-442-2020. St. James is at 12470 Old Frederick Road (Route 99) in Marriottsville.

Bette Hoover of Eden Valley invites community members to attend drop in yoga sessions on Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. The fee for each session is $13. The classes are for all levels, beginner to advanced. Interested? Call Hoover at 410-531-5610 or 202-329-4667. Eden Valley is at 5085 Green Bridge Road in Dayton.

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