Historical society plans festival at Benson-Hammond House


The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society presents a Harvest Festival/Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Benson-Hammond House.

Bring the family and spend the day watching farming demonstrations, listening to music, having lunch and shopping at the Country Store for home-baked goods, jellies, jams and honey. Take home some of the season's harvest from the farmers' market. There will be fruits, vegetables, gourds, cornstalks for decorating and much more.

Children will get a chance to have their faces painted and do some painting themselves. Several large wooden farm animals will be on display for the children to paint.

"Anyone who has ever been to one of our flea markets knows what a super flea market we have," said Mary Calvert, president of the Historical Society.

The usual as well as the unusual turn up at this show, "even pieces of furniture will be available," she said. No early birds, please.

The Benson-Hammond House will be open for tours from 10 a.m. The house has four period rooms, the Linda Brown Bieles Doll collection, the Dorothy Ward Doll collection and a museum of Anne Arundel County history.

The three-story brick home is a restored 19th-century farmhouse and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. C corncrib, summer kitchen, tack house, and outbuildings from area farms have been restored and furnished, creating an old truck farm.

"As money is raised, other outbuildings will be relocated on the site to preserve the lost truck farming culture of the northern Anne Arundel County," said Ms. Calvert.

Admission to the festival/flea market is free. There is a small charge to tour the house.

Reservations are still being accepted for vendors. Space rents for $10. If interested, call 255-2729. The house is at the corner of Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road.

For more information, call 768-9518 or 255-2729.


Another event to look into Saturday is the Autumn Fling/Flea Market, sponsored by the United Men and United Women of the Ferndale United Methodist Church. It will be held at the corner of Ferndale and Hollins Ferry roads. Profits benefit the group's missions and projects.

Come from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and look for "good junque," clothing and accessories, baked goods and much more. Food will be available, including pit beef and pit ham sandwiches and soup.

Table rentals are $12. For more information, call 761-4412.


Anyone interested in helping with or participating in the Linthicum Country Fair, scheduled Oct. 21, is urged to attend tomorrow's meeting at 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Fair organizers are still looking for artisans and nonprofit organizations for the parade. The best float wins a $100 prize.

The fair is sponsored by local nonprofit organizations that donate 15 percent of their profits to the North County Emergency Outreach Network.

Artisans should call 859-5160. Parade participants should call 859-5313.


Roy Pippen has been named president off the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum. He is a longtime Linthicum resident and takes over from Jerry Van Airsdale, who is now first vice president. Ginny Kuhn also has been elected to a three-year term on the board. Information: Mr. Pippen at 859-8063.


Meals On Wheels of Central Maryland Inc., Glen Burnie site, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Nov. 2. Anyone in the community who was an active volunteer in the program between November 1975 and October 1976 is asked to call Hattie Boyer at 766-1869 or Lorraine Keller at 761-6067.

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