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Hancock's Resolution to demonstrate 19th-century crafts


HANCOCK'S RESOLUTION, Pasadena's unpolished link to post-Revolutionary America, will present an 19th-century craft day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8.

Peggy Hanna, a longtime volunteer docent at the park, says the idea for the exhibition surfaced last year at a Friends of Hancock's Resolution volunteer meeting.

Through her involvement at Magothy United Methodist Church - where Hancock family members have been members since the church's founding in 1777 - she was familiar with many crafts hobbyists who have carried on traditional arts that would have been part of daily life at the farm more than two centuries ago.

"The crafts being demonstrated would not have been something the Hancock family would have done to have fun, but items or skills needed for daily living," Hanna said.

Those expected to participate in the event include Chris Crawford, with basket making; Linda Brown, quilting; Alex and Marie Lovelace, beekeeping; Gordon Hanna, decoy carving; and Paul Hogge, woodworking.

There also will be a display and demonstration of antique firearms by Robert Cheel and tours of the property conducted by docents.

Friends spokesman Jim Morrison says the property is halfway through the basic phase of a $340,000 restoration begun nearly two months ago. "We have finished quite a bit of stone work in the 1785 part of the house and milk house, as well as structural and plaster work done throughout the property."

Hancock's Resolution is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. The rain date for the crafts event is Oct. 15.

Admission is free, but donations to help the restoration are accepted. The park is on Bayside Beach Road, about 2.5 miles from the intersection of Fort Smallwood and Bayside Beach roads.

Information: 410-255-4048 or web.aacpl.lib.md.us/rp/parks.

Midweek church fete

Continuing its tradition of midweek festivals, Solley United Methodist Church, 7600 Solley Road, will have its second apple festival from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the church grounds - rain or shine.

Visitors can dine on pit beef or ham, beef barbecue, homemade crab soup, hot dogs, beverages, and - of course - apple desserts.

Tickets for the apple dessert and drink package include a helping of homemade apple crisp served with ice cream and a beverage. Tickets cost $3.50 for adults and $2 for children younger than 12. Carryout is available for $3.50.

Church spokeswoman Margaret Phelps said the midweek festival seems to be popular with neighbors and businesses in the Solley area. "Our festivals seem to attract the community as well as commuters stopping by on their way home," she said.

Church volunteers also will be selling homemade baked items with an apple theme, as well as jellies and preserves.

Proceeds will benefit church projects. Information: 410-255-2750.

Firehouse shrimp

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company is sponsoring a shrimp feast from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 7 at its fire hall, 4498 Mountain Road. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and food will be served from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. In addition to all-you-can-eat steamed and fried shrimp, pit beef and turkey, salads, vegetables, cheese, desserts, beer and soda will be available. Information: 410-255-6099.

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