IT'S BEEN A BUSY first season at Hancocks Resolution, the 18th century farmstead in Pasadena.
More than 600 visitors, some from as far as Hawaii, California, Arizona and Colorado, have stopped by the old stone farmhouse to see the restoration that is under way. The number is impressive because the site has been open only from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays since March.
"We are very pleased with the number of visitors we have had," said Jim Morrison, president of the Friends of Hancocks Resolution volunteer group. Despite limited advertising, a wet spring, a hot summer and its rural setting, the farmstead has averaged 22 visitors each Sunday.
To celebrate its first successful season, the volunteer group is sponsoring a special event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Jared Denhard, a Highland piper and Celtic harper, will play. Robert Zuern will offer old-fashioned buggy rides, weather permitting. Ed Calvert, a direct descendant of the Hancock family, will display a 1750 Brown Bess musket, and answer questions about several artifacts, including American Indian items unearthed during the restoration.
Admission is free, but donations to help the farmstead's restoration will be accepted.
Hancocks Resolution will close to the public Nov. 1. More archaeological research is planned for the winter.
Further restoration of buildings on the site should begin by early next year, based on a number of detailed architectural plans on the drawing board, Morrison said. "Altogether, the next several years at Hancocks should be full of historical research, active restoration, and, we predict, interesting surprises."
Hancocks Resolution is at 2795 Bayside Beach Road, 2 1/2 miles off Fort Smallwood Road. Information: 410-437-3169 or 410-360-3913.
Annual park craft fair
Bring the family to Downs Park for a day of food, fun, activities and shopping at its annual autumn craft fair, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow
More than 80 craft vendors will have handmade items for sale. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., children can play games, paint a pumpkin, make a scarecrow, or have their faces painted.
A children's costume contest will begin at 1 p.m. at the bay-side amphitheater area.
Food and drinks will be available at the park concession stand, and Friends of Downs Park will sell baked goods.
Admission to the park will be free during the fair.
Church health fair
Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway, will hold its second health fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in its fellowship hall.
Connie Bright, church fair coordinator, said the community is invited to visit health care professionals taking part in the event, and take advantage of free screenings and information.
"Our fair was such a big hit with the public last year, we decided to do it again, Bright said. "We are happy to have the local medical community join us again this year."
North Arundel Hospital will provide screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, colon cancer, pulmonary function and pulse oximetry. Information will be available on diabetes, Healthline phone service, sleep disorders and Baltimore-Washington Hip and Knee Center. Visitors can also pick up a cholesterol screening coupon redeemable for a free test at the hospital.
Helix/Harbor LifeCourse Center will offer bone density screenings, information on breast cancer and $3 flu shots. Medicare participants should bring their cards to arrange direct Part B billing.
Dr. George Burley, a dentist, will perform oral screenings.
Dr. Brian Dragan will offer scoliosis screenings for adults and children.
Information on alternative health care methods, including acupuncture and magnet, massage and herbal therapies, will be offered.
Focusing on children's health and safety, the fair will have several kid-friendly activities and programs including a teddy bear clinic, a talking school bus, a fire safety house, and gun and bicycle safety presentations.
Door prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded.
New church building
The congregation of Jenkins Memorial Church in Riviera Beach invites the community to an open house Sunday to celebrate its new building, immediately after the 11 a.m. worship service.
There will be tours of the building, lunch and a chili cook-off.
"Our new church is awesome, and we're proud to show it to the community," said Donna Allen, a congregation member.
The church is on Riviera Drive at Jenkins Road.
Pasadena Christian Teens, a local organization of church leaders and parents, will sponsor a rock-'n'-bowl for middle and high school-aged youths Oct. 29 at Riviera Bowl on Fort Smallwood Road.
The cost is $10 per person and includes three games of duckpin bowling, shoe rental, a slice of pizza and soda. Games and prizes will be featured, and Christian rock music will play throughout the evening.
Reservations are required, and preference will be given to church youth groups that reserve lanes. Individual teens attending must have chaperones.
The group is also planning a teen dance for early December, and looking to broaden its scope and sponsor activities for young adults that would be an alternative to bars or nightclubs.
Fresh apple pie
Apple pies created by the United Methodist Youth fellowship group at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church are on sale again this year.
Pies chock-full of fresh apples, with a tender, flaky crust, are $6 each and can be ordered baked or unbaked. Orders must be picked up at the church, 4760 Mountain Road, between 9 a.m. and 11: 30 a.m. Oct. 31.
Proceeds will help UMY activities at the church.
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association is sponsoring a preteen dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Lake Shore fire hall, 4498 Mountain Road.
Admission is $4 per child. Games, face painting, music, food and photos will be featured.
Children must be signed in and out by a parent or guardian, and parent chaperones are welcome to stay and help.
Information: Jane Huffman, 410-255-0921.
Running (or trotting) event
The Annapolis Striders and the county Department of Recreation and Parks will sponsor the annual Downs Park five-mile race, fun run and tot trot Nov. 6.
The five-mile run starts at 8: 30 a.m. at Downs Park, near the eastern end of Mountain Road.
Advance entry fee, received by Nov. 1, is $3 for Striders members or $4 for nonmembers. The fee will be $5 the day of the event.
The one-mile fun run starts at 8: 05 a.m., and children age 6 and younger can participate in the 100-yard tot trot at 8: 20 a.m.
All five-mile entrants will receive a T-shirt. Participants in the fun run and tot trot will receive ribbons.
Hams and plaques will be awarded for the overall male and female five-mile winners.
Refreshments will be served.
Information: Don Higdon, 410-266-0561; Mike Busch, 410-222-7300; or the Striders hot line, 410-268-1165.
Pub Date: 10/22/99