Marriottsville/Sykesville/Woodstock: Sykesville Monster part of the Ghosts and Legends Tour

The Town of Sykesville has two dates remaining for its annual fall Ghosts and Legends tours — Friday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Each tour lasts approximately an hour and will cover the Sykesville monster sightings, the Norwood jail, ethereal sightings at the cemetery, the ghost of Baldwin's Station and more.

Advance tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 8-12; the tour is not recommended for children younger than 8. Contact Main Street Manager Ivy Wells at or 410-795-8959 to reserve space in a tour; then go to to print the ticket order form.

Write a check payable to Town of Sykesville and drop it off with the order form at the Sykesville Town House, or mail it to Sykesville Ghost Tours, 7547 Main St., Sykesville, MD 21784.

If the tours do not sell out in advance, tickets will cost $15 on the day of the event. Participants are asked to meet at the Sykesville Town House 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour, with a flashlight, comfy shoes, and attire that is appropriate for the weather — the tour will take place rain or shine. Go to for more information about the tours.

What's for dinner? If you do not yet have an answer to that question, consider popping by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. The church will host an Italian community feast at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood.

The meal costs $9 per person or $30 maximum per family; kids five and under eat for free. Proceeds will support Worldwide Shelters (, a Glenwood-based nonprofit organization.

If you see creepy creatures roaming the roads this Saturday, Oct. 27, do not fret: they are merely participants of the Mustang 5K Stampede and Scream and 1-mile Zombie Walk. Runners will depart Marriotts Ridge High School at 9 a.m. and follow a triangular course west on Route 99/Frederick Road to Mt. View Road, then north on Sand Hill Road, and west again on Route 99, back to the school.

Those who have not yet registered for the event can do so at the school between 8 and 8:45 a.m. on the morning of the race. The cost is $25 per person. For more information, go to, or contact race director Rusty Allwein at

T'ai Chi Chih (pronounced tie chee cha) is a series of low-impact, meditative exercises. Although derived from T'ai Chi Ch'uan (pronounced tie chee chwan), a Chinese martial art, Tai Chi Chih is gentle and noncompetitive.

Interested in learning more? Instructor Sharon Sirkis will lead "Intro to T'ai Chi Chih" on Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-3 p.m., at the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours, 1525 Marriottsville Road, in Marriottsville. The cost is $20; participants should wear comfortable clothing.

Bon Secours will also offer "Explore Your Interior and Exterior Mask," on Friday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. The retreat runs through Sunday, November 4 at 1 p.m. and costs $240.

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, Bon Secours will host its monthly "Friends Day of Prayer" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at a cost of $30.

Bon Secours' regular community program, "Keep the Spirit Up — A Day for Job Changers and Career Seekers," is Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A freewill offering of $15 is suggested for this program.

Friar Daniel Horan will lead "Prayer as Relationship: A Franciscan Day of Recollection," on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This retreat costs $55.

Finally, on Sunday, Nov. 18, the Resurrection Brass Quintet will perform in the Bon Secours chapel at 3 p.m. A freewill offering will be invited.

Call 410-442-3120 to register, or go to for further information.

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