Get your country on at museum's Farm Heritage Days [West Friendship]

No 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 18th annual Farm Heritage Days will be held at the Farm Museum on Sept. 28 and 29, 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. 28 at 9 a.m. There will be vintage farm equipment demonstrations, old time blacksmith demonstrations, wagon rides, a 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 28 and 29.

If you would like more details, go to the Farm Museum website at 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.

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School junior Katie Ogorzalek recalls a youth where hiking was a passion. "Outdoors in nature, I learn things without even realizing it," she said.

Indeed, Ogorzalek's love of nature has inspired her as a Senior Ambassador Girl Scout to create an American Indian trail at the Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship. She has placed rock markers along the trail in the way of early American Indian trail blazers.

As part of her Scouting Gold Award project, the member of Troop 1899 researched American Indian stone signs and has created a true American Indian trail at the farm. She has also produced a brochure that maps the trail and offers explanations of the nature markers along the trail.

The trail is open to the public and is located at the Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship.

Ready, set, go. That's the word at West Friendship Elementary, where the renowned performers of the Blue Sky Puppet Theater are set to entertain local students during a cultural arts program on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Puppet theater founder Mike Cotter knows what kids love and how to hold their attention. The result is seen with puppet shows that always end with roaring applause from the youngsters. Lively, enthusiastic, educational and loaded with music, the Blue Sky Puppets are a favorite at West Friendship.

No need for cooking on Sept. 26. Instead, join the community at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood for the monthly benefit dinner where the fare is an Italian Feast from 6 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds from the dinner benefit a health clinic in Dekapanka, Diocese of North India, which members of St. Andrew's helped to build. Some members of the St. Andrew's community plan a visit to the clinic in October.

Dine in or carry out for a family fee of $30 or an individual fee of $9. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church is at 2892 Route 97, between Union Chapel Road and the Glenwood Post Office.

Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445 or email Lynne at

You know it's fall when Brother Gerry Seipp lets us know that his annual festive Halloween Train Garden is in place. Seipp will stage a grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 29, 3-5 p.m., in the Manor House at the Shrine.

Seipp, one of the Franciscan Friars at the Shrine of St. Anthony, has been collecting trains and anything to do with trains since he was a child growing up in east Baltimore. His displays are lavish.

No charge to come out. Questions? Call the Manor House office at 410-531-2800.

The Halloween Train Garden will also be set up on Sunday, Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 3 to 5 p.m. Kids love this display. So do grown ups like me.

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