ALTHOUGH IT has been opening in phases for several years, and fully opened in mid-July, Kinder Farm Park will hold its grand opening Sunday -- along with its first Fall Harvest Festival.
"Too many people who were important parts of this park coming together were on vacation during the summer," said Superintendent Bill Offutt of the delayed celebration, which will enable the park staff to "get everyone" there.
County Executive Janet S. Owens is scheduled to cut the ceremonial ribbon at 2: 30 p.m. in front of the park playground. By then, the festival should be in full swing. It will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Offutt hopes it will become an annual event.
"We'll be giving folks a glimpse of farm life, with demonstrations of how apple butter and apple cider are made, and how a blacksmith works," Offutt said. There'll also be hayrides, pony rides, scarecrow-making and pumpkin-painting.
If you plan to stop by, think about bringing some bulbs to donate. The park needs daffodil and iris bulbs to be used for a community planting program in the spring.
The 288-acre park -- named for the Kinder family, which began farming the land a century ago -- is off Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park. Information: 410-222-6115.
Events plentiful as leaves
Kinder Farm Park's celebration is one of many, as October events dot the calendar like leaves on the lawn. Among them:
A fall craft festival sponsored by the Severna Park Jaycees. It will have a two-day run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jaycee Community Center in Kinder Farm Park on Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park.
Don't miss the cloth dolls, antiques and vintage items, dried flowers and seasonal decorations. And you can buy lunch.
Ann McGraff, president of the Maryland Jaycees and first female president of the Severna Park Jaycees in 1994, said her club will use the proceeds for community projects.
"This year we ran softball games for the Special Olympics, and we'll distribute holiday meals as usual, and hold our annual Easter egg hunt," she said.
Craft festival information: Penny DeHoff, 410-544-5189. Jaycees information: 410-647-8404.
Homecoming at Severn School, where new parking lots and fall landscaping are sure to impress guests arriving for the daylong celebration at the campus on Evergreen Road.
"We're looking forward to showing off the campus' new look," said alumni director Denise Tray Rosson, "and watching the alumni rediscover that Severn School spirit."
The day begins with breakfast at 8 a.m., and continues with girls' varsity soccer and field hockey games.
At 11 a.m., visitors can enjoy a chili cook-off, as well as other family activities, or have lunch with former trustees, alumni parents and Severn friends.
Later, there are varsity football and boy's soccer games, and the Upper School's Homecoming Dance in Bauer Dining Hall.
Information: 410-647-7701, Ext. 262.
Shipley's Choice Elementary School's annual fall festival. On Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., wander among the painted pumpkins and seasonal decorations on sale.
Parents can attend a golf clinic with PGA pro John Ongert (from 1: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m.), while the kids play games and meet a clown and a talking baseball. Bring old clothes to dress your own scarecrow to take home.
You might want to have the representatives from Identa-Kid photograph and fingerprint your children.
The school is on Governor Stone Parkway. Information: 410-222-3851.
Pub Date: 10/14/99