It's perhaps the most patriotic time of year. Between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September, the Fourth of July rushes upon us to mark the peak of summer. In Northwest Carroll, many residents celebrate and preserve the American heritage in unique ways, and you'll get to know a few of them in this and future columns.
"Don't tear it down" is Jerry Trescott's credo. Mr. Trescott is a man whose passion, vocation and avocation are happily the same -- historic preservation.
The Uniontown resident bought a run-down fright of a house in the historic village nearly 10 years ago and has painstakingly and patiently restored it to perfection. He had the vision to see a jewel of a Federal Period townhouse underneath layers of paneling, carpeting, stuccoed ceilings and collapsing kitchen walls. And, incidentally, the house had no heating and only minimal plumbing.
Mr. Trescott, who grew up in Eldersburg when it was just a quiet crossroads and had restored his first house there, couldn't resist the challenge of restoring a period house in Carroll's historic village.
He was well-equipped for the challenge. With academic degrees in history and a job as the director of Ballestone Manor Museum in Baltimore County, and as the owner of a consulting and design business for historic properties, Mr. Trescott knew where to find the historically documented wallpaper, the muralist to paint the hallway, the period colors that grace the exterior, and even the 19th-century garden flowers and shrubs.
He shares his love and expertise of historic preservation through numerous courses he teaches, as well as through the magazine articles he writes.
"There aren't that many people lucky enough to love what they do for a living," he says.
Why does he do what he does? Besides his interest in buildings and architecture since childhood, he enjoyed the thrill of discovery preservation work offered -- finding something original wonderful beneath layers of wallpaper and soot.
"Now that I'm older," he says, "it's the finished product I like most."
Information: Trescott Restoration, 840-8142.
For those of us who are still behind in spring cleaning chores this summer, we probably missed getting rid of our household's unloved and unwanted items at the church flea market or community yard sale. Chin up, though -- there's still the AA
Auction Service in Taneytown that will take your household goods any time of the year.
Consignments are accepted Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, and they're sold at auction Thursdays, starting at 5 p.m., at 253 E. Baltimore St.
Operated by Arthur Flanigan for 12 years, the auction service seeks collectibles, household goods, anything that's salable, according to Mr. Flanigan. About the only things he won't take are auto tires, clothes and jars.
Your items will be in good hands with Mr. Flanigan. He's been to auctioneers school, and has gone to auctions all his life. In addition to the Thursday night sales, he'll come to your home for an on-site auction. You keep 75 percent of the proceeds.
Many thanks from the parents of Little Leaguers to the coaches and organizers of the New Windsor Rec Council Baseball League. The season for the 9- and 10-year-olds ended Saturday. The boys and girls learned a lot about baseball, improved their skills during the season and had a great time. So did their parents.
Are you always on the prowl for a day trip from Carroll, an interesting place to get to in an hour that you've always meant to visit?
First stop: Hagerstown. We always had driven past the exits to this Washington County city on our way elsewhere. A few weeks ago we stopped there to visit good friends who had moved to the Washington County seat from Baltimore.
What a delight! Restaurants abound -- try a Bavarian restaurant, Schmankerl Stube on South Potomac Street, operated by a former chef of the German Embassy in Washington. Downtown shopping is plentiful, and if you park in one of the well-marked garages, a merchant or restaurant owner will be glad to stamp the ticket so you can park free.
A picture-perfect city park surrounds a 50-acre lake and offers the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts for browsers. The Maryland Theatre is home of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. And Hagerstown is home to a minor league baseball team, the Suns.
Overheard at the community pool, on Father's Day, a comment from a father relaxing on the chaise, as he referred to the dinner that awaited him when he got home. "It's the perfect Father's Day dinner . . . macaroni and cheese on 'time bake.' "