Loop briefs

January 10, 2008

Maryland House
and Garden Pilgrimage
announces 2008 tour schedule

TOWSON, Md. ? The 2008 Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage will feature a lineup of more than 60 of Maryland's most fascinating and noteworthy properties.

The tours will be held in Talbot County on Saturday, April 26; Kent County on Saturday, May 3; Mount Vernon in Baltimore City on Sunday, May 4; Calvert County on Saturday, May 10; Washington County on Saturday, May 17; and Oella in Baltimore County on Sunday, May 18. Proceeds from Pilgrimage ticket sales will support designated preservation projects in each host community.

The 2008 tour program includes urban mansions, restored farm homes and log cabins, historic landmarks, modern design masterpieces, lavish and whimsical gardens, and homes in almost every architectural style found between the 17th and 21st centuries, including a restored 19th century hilltop farmhouse complete with working llama farm.

Background and historical facts on each tour site will be posted at this month.


The Washington County tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, provides a glimpse into Maryland history. Many of the tour sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and are examples of restored and preserved homes. This tour includes the 1803 house built by Col. Frisby Tilghman, designated an official site of the National Underground Railroad Network; a circa-1800 house attributed to Benjamin Henry Latrobe; as well as properties that overlook Antietam Battlefield and the Cumberland Valley. One site features an 1830s farmhouse with the original barn that served as a hospital after the battle of Antietam. Tourgoers will see private homes with collections of American and European antiques and artwork, Colonial Revival and wildflower gardens, and rooms that combine the new with the old. Washington County tour sites are: Rockland (1803), Rose Hill (circa 1800), Twelve Oaks Farm (circa 1850), Good-Reilly House (circa 1780), Black Walnut Farm (late 19th century), Antietam Overlook Farm, Seven Gates Farm (1830s), and Searchwell (circa 1800).

Tickets for each day's tour are $30 if purchased in advance and $35 if purchased on the day of the tour. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Each tour participant will receive a Pilgrimage tour book, which provides detailed information on routes, parking, background on properties, lunch reservation/costs, logistics and overall event facts.

Tour books may be purchased in advance beginning the first week of March, by sending your name, address and $5 to Pilgrimage Headquarters, 1105-A Providence Road, Towson, MD 21286-1790. Pre-event tour books picked up in person at the Pilgrimage Headquarters are $1. For information, call The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage at 410-821-6933, fax 410-821-7620, or e-mail

Call for artists

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. ? Artwork depicting identifiable Morgan County, W.Va., sites, sights, people and activities, created between June 1, 2007 and May 2008 will be featured in an upcoming exhibition in June at Morgan Arts Council's Ice House Gallery. Artists are invited to submit art in all media except photographs.

Contact curator Mary Klotz at or call 301-845-4447 for details, maps and special arrangements to paint in places not normally accessible to the public.

Cardboard sled derby

WILLIAMSPORT ?  Cedar Ridge Ministries of Williamsport announces its annual Wild & Wacky Cardboard Sled Derby to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Co-sponsored by Whitetail Adventure Tubing, this event is a day of competition on the tubing slopes as participants bring their own cardboard sled creations and race them down the hill.

Participants may be as creative as they like in making their sled; however, the only construction materials allowed are cardboard, paint, glue and tape. Each design and build team may have an unlimited number of people. Race day hill crew is limited to two riders and one pusher. The registration fee is $15 per team. Prizes will be awarded in several competition categories such as most original design, most creative, fastest sled, and best of show.

For information or to register, call 301-582-0282 or go to Registration on the day of the race will be $20 per team, $15 in advance. Proceeds benefit Cedar Ridge Adventures.

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