If you are looking for something to read this summer, I'd like to recommend to you a new book called "Baltimore's Light Rail" by Herbert H. Harwood Jr.
Although the book is about the steam trains of old and the present-day light rail, it also contains a great deal of Ferndale and Linthicum history, spanning the last 100 years.
It is liberally illustrated with scenes taken before and after the light rail began. You may recognize your house from one of the pictures if you live somewhere along the tracks. The cover even depicts one of Linthicum's landmarks -- the train station at Maple Road.
Also pictured in the book is the small bridge in Ferndale that is so familiar to residents. The old wooden trestle and its modern replacement are both depicted.
There are many historical tidbits sprinkled through the text, such as the fact that Hollins Ferry Road in Ferndale was built in 1770 as part of the route between Baltimore and Annapolis.
If you are interested, the book is available at Toomey's Bookshop in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center.
Come enjoy the barbershop singing of Sons of the Severn at the third of the Concert in the Park series at 6 p.m. Sunday in Linthicum Park.
Barbershop-style singing has been around since the end of the last century.
By 1910, whenever a few singers who loved to blend their voices gathered at church socials, on a street corner, or even in a barbershop, it was common to use the new style of singing constructed from basic chords and thereby producing the barbershop harmony.
In 1938, the style and its practitioners found a home under the ponderous name, Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
The Sons of the Severn was formed in 1949 and has remained in continuous operation.
With a current membership of about 50 men, they delight in making beautiful sounds, enjoying fellowship, and in having others enjoy it too.
They make two dozen appearances a year, performing in nursing homes, malls and outdoor venues. They compete against other barbershop groups several times a year, and in June they did a benefit for North County Emergency Outreach Network.
They have an annual fund-raising show, too.
The concert series is sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights Inc., with support from the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association, the Linthicum Lions Club, the Crestwood Improvement Association, the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum, and the Anne Arundel County Cultural Foundation.
"Sharing Our Best," a cookbook of treasured recipes from members of the Woman's Club, will be sold during the evening.
The cookbook has 300 recipes and sells for $10.
Linthicum Park is on Benton Avenue, just down from the water tower. Turn at the blinking light on Camp Meade Road (Route 170).
You are invited to bring picnic suppers and chairs or blankets. Plenty of parking is available on the Linthicum Elementary School lot on School Lane.
From there, it's a short walk across the field to the park. The concert will be canceled in the event of rain.
For information, please call 789-7546, or 859-3308.
The Anne Arundel Gridiron Rebels are registering girls ages 10 through 15 for cheerleading. The fees are: $50 for one child; $70 for two children; and $90 for three children.
For information, call Lisa, 553-9465.
* The Rebels will hold a general meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday at North County Library.
& The public is welcome.