HOW DO you like your strawberries? Sliced over hot milk cake? Made into delicious wine or jam, or simply fresh from the plant? Try these specialties at the annual Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of the Benson-Hammond House at 7101 Aviation Blvd.
The strawberry wine and jam will carry the Benson-Hammond House Farm label. Hot dogs, hamburgers and pit beef will be sold as well as strawberry dishes. Handmade crafts, plants and other new items also will be available for sale.
Tours of the house will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $2 per person; children under 12 and members of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society are admitted free.
The Browse and Buy Shoppe will be open for business. Activities will be provided for children.
New parking arrangements have been made this year. Parking will be at the Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School (previously Andover High School). You can take the Berry Shuttle Bus or walk seven-tenths of a mile on the BWI Trail to the festival grounds.
The event is sponsored by the historical society, which is headquartered in the house at the edge of the Baltimore-Washington International Airport grounds.
The Benson-Hammond farm was one of more than 300 truck farms that flourished in northern Anne Arundel County from the 1860s to the 1930s.
On the grounds are antique farm equipment, a corn crib, a tack house and a summer kitchen. The society has embarked on a project to portray what life on the original truck farm was like.
The house was restored largely with funds from a grant by the Maryland Historical Trust and through private fund raising efforts. The society, a nonprofit organization that, has no paid employees and is supported through the dues of its 522 members and money earned from various seasonal events, leases the property from the Maryland Aviation Administration.
Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave. in Ferndale, offers a baseball autographed by the 1998 Orioles among the many items available for auction at its spring fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.
Information: the church office. 410-766-3283.
Flea market, auction
Imagine browsing through a flea market, enjoying a light lunch, buying baked goods, treating the children to face painting and stick-on tattoos, and listening to Greg Simmons, an entertaining master of ceremonies, conduct an auction.
You will have this opportunity at the flea market sponsored by Friendship Church of the Brethren from 8: 30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at 217 Mansion Road, North Linthicum. The auction begins at noon, and the profits will go to the church's building fund.
Table rentals are still being accepted. The cost is $10. Information: Nancy Hopkins, 410-789-1337, or the church office, 410-789-2422.
Vacation Bible School
It's time for Vacation Bible School at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church. Children from pre-school age to sixth-graders are invited to attend the sessions from 9: 30 a.m. to noon June 15 through June 19 at the church, 200 School Lane.
The theme is "God's Kids Pray: HOPE (Hear Our Prayer Everywhere)." Children will discover how prayer is a powerful part of Christians' lives. Skits, music and crafts will be provided.
Church leaders suggest a donation of $2 per child or $5 per family of three or more children.
rTC Also at Linthicum Heights United Methodist, the chancel choir will present "I Love America, a cantata by John W. Peterson and Dawn Wyrtzen, at 7 p.m. June 14 at the church.
A free-will offering will be accepted at the door and each person will receive a small flag. The youth of the church will sell ice cream sundaes and sodas in Fellowship Hall afterward.
Information: 410-859-0990 or check the Web site, http: //gbgmchurches.gbgm-umc. org/lhumc.
Pub Date: 6/07/98