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Visitors flock to 'Birds of Baltimore' corn maze [Perry Hall]

The annual corn maze is now open at Beachmont Christian Camp and ministries in Kingsville. Beachmont hit a home run in itsr choice of a sports theme for its third maze. "The Birds of Baltimore" celebrates Baltimore's home teams, the Orioles and the Ravens! Designed after their bird logos, (with use permission from both teams), the interactive maze takes up six acres with more than two miles of pathways. According to volunteer General Manager Glen Newmann, "A GPS and computer were used to guide the cutting of the logo into the cornfield." It is a beautiful and complicated design as shown on their corn maze brochures.

"The idea for the maze came from Director Paul Twining as an outreach ministry to share their religious heritage," Glen said. "Our desire is to reach out and have an event featuring great family fun and Christian values." The attendance at the corn maze has increased each year and Glen estimates the 2013 count should increase as well. "The first year approximately 4,500 people attended; the second year about 6,500 visited and then Hurricane Sandy blew it down the last two weeks. This year, 2,400 people already have reservations. Based on last year's numbers and growth, we expect about 10,000 to attend!"

Visitors enter the corn maze through what appears to be a brick building, Orioles Park or Ravens Stadium. In reality, it is a hand-painted wood front made to look like bricks by talented volunteers. A total of 155 volunteers plus staff produce and keep the corn maze and events operating smoothly. Divided into four sections, you can play a maze game on your walk and have a chance to get into the Hall of Fame. Friday and Saturday nights are flashlight nights with victory celebrations around a blazing bonfire.

In addition to the corn maze, there's lots of game day activities to enjoy, including a hayride, giant ball slinger, Baltimore Birds express, rubber ducky race, straw bale maze, pebble beach play box, baseball throw, football follies and corn bag toss.

The corn maze and realted activities run through Nov. 9 (closed on Sunday and Monday). Admission includes all activities. Adult admission (12 and older ) costs $10, kids ages 3 to 11 are $8 and kids under 2 are admitted free. Visitors younger than 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Everyone wearing any Birds team attire receives $1 off admission. Pumpkins, food and refreshments will be available at an additional cost.

For more information on Beachmont Ministries, visit or, for reservations, call 410-592-3648. School. Beachmont Christian Ministries is located at 6433 Mt. Vista Road, Kingsville, Maryland 21087.

The Perry Hall Improvement Association along with Chapel Hills Farm and Nursery present the second annual Perry Hall Apple Festival on Saturday Sept. 21 and Sunday, Sept .22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chapel Hills Farm, 4350 Chapel Road in Perry Hall. This is a great small town event..

Jerusalem Mill Village is offering perhaps the next best thing to a meet and greet with the real Benjamin Franklin in the upcoming "Benjamin Franklin as Interpreted by David Fisher." As Franklin, Fisher tells Dr. Franklin's story, relates the history of his times, and gives the listener a glimpse of his personality and humor. "Benjamin Franklin" is scheduled for Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 from 1 p.m .to 4 p.m. and is recommended for adults and children 10 and older. The program takes place at McCourtney's Store at the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village, 2813 Jerusalem Road, in Kingsville. For more information about the events, call 410-877-3560 or 410-877-0080.

Don't forget to stop by the Avenue at White Marsh for the White Marsh farmers' market, open every Friday through October from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Also, make plans to attend the Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday, Oct 5. Enjoy a magic show at 3 p.m, a musical performance by Lawnchair at 5 p.m. and a fire performance at 7 p.m. There will be food and activities for all ages – including a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating and crafts for kids. All craft supplies and giveaways are available while supplies last.

A free, walk-in community flu vaccination clinic will be held at White Marsh Mall, Center Court on the lower level, on Friday, Oct 25 from noon to 7 p.m. Vaccination is recommended for everyone over 6 months of age. University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center will provide vaccination to anyone age 9 or older. Ages 9-17 require parental/guardian signature. High-risk individuals are especially encouraged to be vaccinated. This event is sponsored by the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. For more information, call 410-337-1479.

FYI: All Baltimore County public libraries will now have Sunday hours!

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