Felicitous festivities, 5K and food to fill Ferndale


SATURDAY IS Ferndale Day. Come celebrate with a 5K race, parade, raffle, silent auction, varied entertainment, tempting crafts, pet parade, bingo and lots of good food.

The race kicks off the event at 8: 30 a.m. More than 1,000 runners are expected to leave the firehouse in Linthicum headed for the fairgrounds on Third Avenue, where the rest of the festivities begin at 9 a.m. Jim Griffin is in charge of the race. Proceeds will go to the North County High School scholarship fund.

At 11 a.m., a parade will leave the high school. The Military District of Washington will supply the color guard, followed by units from the Maryland National Guard, Coast Guard and Auxiliary, Maryland Lotto's Sultan of Scratch, Andover Equestrians, Baltimore Trolley Works, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, Anne Arundel Alarmers and others. Also participating will be area politicians, Ann Coale (Miss Maryland), Brandi Burkehardt (Miss Teen Maryland) and five previous Ferndale beauty pageant winners. The North County and Bazemor high school marching bands also are participating. Michael Holy is the parade organizer.

At the silent auction, some of what's up for bid includes tickets to dinner theaters, Baysox baseball, Comedy Factory, movies, restaurants, Adventure World, Center Stage, Maryland Science Center, Baltimore Spirit soccer games and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; certificates for Fair Lanes Bowling, Gold's Gym and A. J. Bartlinski memberships, Greenberg Jewelers and overnight accommodations and breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel.

Other choices are a case of coffee from Wagner's; fragrances from Sam Maisel & Son; a Walkman from Bryn Mawr Stereo; T-shirts from Christo's Liquors and Pier 6 Pavilion; an aquarium from House of Tropicals; wine from Doc's Liquors; flag kits from Farmers Co-op; an autographed Baltimore Ravens football; a signed Orioles photo; and a toy race-car set from Life-Like Products.

Other auction sponsors are the Maryland Lottery, Northrop Grumman, Bethesda Engravers and the Basics and Giant food stores.

"Dogs, cats, turtles, you name it -- it's for their pet," said Shirley Hurtz, organizer of the pet parade. Only snakes will be excluded. Registration will be at 1: 30 p.m. and the show and judging at 2 p.m.

The entertainment lineup includes the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipe Band, Historic Medieval Recreation Inc., karate demonstrations, jazz and stage bands.

Profits from Ferndale Day help maintain the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

Help by the yard

On Friday, 80 members of the freshman class of North County High School will turn out to rake, weed and mow yards, remove yard waste and wash exterior windows for elderly North County residents.

The students' assistance is being offered to Partners in Care, a volunteer service-credit program that helps elderly and disabled adults remain in their homes and communities. Students will work under the supervision of Sharon Stratton, chairman of the social studies department.

The students will work from 9 a.m. to noon and receive community-service credit while sprucing up north county neighborhoods in time for Ferndale Day and the Ferndale-Linthicum 5K race, to be held the next day. Donations of sodas and desserts, trash bins, cleaning supplies and rakes are being sought.

Information or donations: Sandra Jackson, outreach coordinator, 410-553-8054.

Good Scouts

Two Scouts from Troop 822, Linthicum, completed Eagle Scout projects under the direction of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society, according to Lois Ryno, the publicity chairwoman.

John Ryan Jr. painted and landscaped at the Browse and Buy Shoppe in Severna Park, and John Payne updated a booklet for a walking tour of Linthicum.

The society would like to participate in more such projects after the outstanding job these young men did.

The society is sponsoring a bus trip May 17 to Columbia, Pa., to visit the Watch and Clock Museum and Wright's Ferry Museum, then have lunch at Groff's Farm. Cost is $39. Information: Kit Walsh, 410-761-6780.

Artisans are needed for the society's June 14 Strawberry Festival. All crafts must be handmade.

Information: Cordelah Swanson, 410-859-0593.

Pub Date: 5/04/97

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