Farm Machinery Club invites you to Cutting of the Wheat [West Friendship]

It's all about the wheat up at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club campus on June 22.

The club, which holds as its mission the preservation of an agricultural way of life primarily through the club's Living Farm Heritage Museum, will host the annual Cutting of the Wheat on June 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the community is invited.

The action takes place at the Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship, which is located just across from the Howard County fairgrounds on Route 144. The wheat, which club members planted last fall, is ready for harvest. This annual cutting of the wheat ritual provides an up close glimpse of agriculture in the community for youngsters and oldsters alike.

Demonstrations on cutting, threshing, baling, wagon rides, bluegrass music and even horse pulls are all part of the days events. Tractor displays and food concessions will round out the family fun.

Organizer Virginia Frank mentions that if there is a rainfall the previous evening or the morning of June 22, it is wise to give a call to 410-489-2345 to make certain that the wheat is dry enough for cutting.

Don't forget — the Howard County Farmers' Market at Glenwood sets up shop each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Featured local farmers include R.J. Caulder of Breezy Willow Farm in West Friendship, with her berries, vegetables, honey, herbs, soaps and jam.

TLV tree farm is offering fresh eggs, beef, poultry, pork and a variety of hanging baskets and herb plants. Other vendors include Great Harvest Bread with signature hearty breads, scones, granola and sandwiches. Of note is a special June 22 appearance by vendors from Elk Run Vineyards. The Mt. Airy winery has been noted as the "best winery in Maryland." The market is located in the parking lot of the Glenwood library.

Lynne Quinn, head honcho of all things public relations at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, announces another feast in the making. The monthly dinner for charity is set for June 27, 6-8 p.m., provided by Smokin' Hot Bar and Grille.

Proceeds from the May dinner allowed the church mission group to purchase building supplies for the July housing rehabilitation in a most desolate area of Appalachia. St. Andrew's is at 2892 Route 97 between Union Chapel Road and the post office. It's $9 per person or $30 per family, no matter the size. Questions? Call Lynne at 410-292-8202.

Seven hundred pounds of food. That's what was collected by the members of Boy Scout Troop 707 during April. The Scouts collected the nonperishable food for the pantry shelves of the food bank at the Glenelg United Methodist Church. Paper goods were supplied by the Glenwood Leos, a service club out of Glenwood Middle School. Leos president Mitchell Feaga and members of the team organized a paper product drive.

Participants in the drive to fill the shelves at the food pantry included Boy Scout Troop 794, Girl Scout Troop 1899, Boy Scout Troop 007 and individually Boy Scout Zach Drake of Boy Scout Troop 793, who collected an additional 151 pounds of food as part of his Eagle Scout project.

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