Flea market, dinner raffle Saturday to benefit Benson-Hammond House


THE BENSON-Hammond House, at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road, is a reminder to all of us that northern Anne Arundel County was once a farming area. The owners of the house, built about 1820, employed European immigrants during the growing season to pick vegetables and small fruits that were trucked to Baltimore markets.

Today, the house and grounds, on Baltimore-Washington International Airport property, are leased from the Maryland Aviation Administration as the headquarters and museum of the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society.

To maintain the historic house and support other works of the society, funds are raised at two Browse and Buy Shoppes, and fund-raisers are held throughout the year.

One of those events is a flea market held on the grounds from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Homemade baked goods, hot dogs and cold drinks will be sold.

Tickets will be available for a raffle of an old-fashioned farm dinner Oct. 20 at the Benson-Hammond House. The winner will win a dinner for eight people. The winning ticket will be drawn at the flea market. The consolation prize will be a bracelet made of the bronze tokens - pickers' checks - that farmworkers were paid with a century ago. Tickets are $5 each.

The Browse and Buy Shoppes in the Benson-Hammond House will be open for business, selling glassware, jewelry, ornaments and other collectibles from a bygone era.

Docents will conduct tours of the house for a nominal fee. The museum includes local memorabilia, an antique doll collection and a collection of pickers' checks.

For free parking, follow the directions of Scouts from local Troop 857, who will be helping as part of their community-service effort. Parking will be available for people with disabilities.

Information: Joan Cunningham, 410-544-4715.

Genealogy workshop

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society will be host to "Discovering Your Colonial Ancestors" from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, Crain Highway and 1st Avenue S.E.

Topics include marriage records, Robert Barnes, instructor; probate wills, accounts and distributions, Vernon Skinner, instructor; clues and analysis for genealogy, Betty deKeyser, instructor; and evidence and documentation from Colonial times, Allen Niles, instructor.

Bring your lunch or eat at a nearby restaurant. Registration is $30. Payment will be accepted at the door by check only.

Information: Mark Schatz between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at 410-760-5205.

The event is sponsored by the Order of the Founders & Patriots of America, Maryland Society.

Class officers

Dan Ritz takes well to responsibility. He likes to know what is going on in his school, needs to be involved and says he will live up to the trust fellow students have placed in him as president of the sophomore class at North County High School.

The process began for Dan at the end of his freshman year, when students were asked who would like to run for president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. He was one of 12 students who responded for the office of president.

The were asked to write speeches telling why they wanted to be president. The speeches were reviewed by the faculty, which narrowed the list to six students. Those six videotaped their speeches, which were shown to their fellow students.

"I talked about how I am going to carry the responsibility and why I feel I can do that," Dan said. A few days after the presentation, Dan said, he was notified that he had been elected by his peers.

Dan said he had one meeting this summer and that the officers did a lot of brainstorming. They will meet or twice a month during the school year to plan fund-raisers for proms and homecoming, and to address any problems students have in school and other things that affect the sophomore class.

Other officers for the sophomore class are Lindsey Crosier, vice president; Abdul Wahab, treasurer; and Hannah Karaszkiewicz, secretary.

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