Events mark Brook Lane's 60th year

June 11, 2009

LEITERSBURG -- Brook Lane Health Services is celebrating 60 years of service with several events this weekend.

The events coincide with The Wicket Affair Garden Party and Scoops & Wickets Family Fun Day, both annual events.

The Wicket Affair Garden Party will be today from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Rockland Manor at 9030 Sharpsburg Pike near Fairplay.

Activities include tours of the three-story Federal-style house, built in 1803 by Col. Frisby Tilgham. It is listed on the Maryland Inventory of Historic Sites and is designated an official site of the National Underground Network to Freedom.

There also will be food, refreshments and an auction, with proceeds benefiting the Brook Lane Foundation.

Scoops & Wickets Family Fun Day will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Brook Lane campus

The event will include ice cream, children's games, a petting zoo, moon bounce, a clown making balloon sculptures, croquet and bocce games, and an auction. There also will be food concessions available at old-fashioned prices.


A 60th Anniversary Reunion Picnic is scheduled for Saturday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the Brook Lane campus. The event is for everyone connected to Brook Lane through the years.

The event is a chance for the Brook Lane family to catch up with Brook Lane happenings and meet with old and new friends. There will be photo albums and scrapbooks to share Brook Lane's history.

A Sunday Worship Service and Luncheon will be Sunday at 11 a.m. on the Brook Lane campus. A tree dedication honoring Brook Lane's 60 years of caring will follow the service. Lunch and campus tours are planned from noon to 2 p.m.

The idea of Brook Lane Farm grew out of the experiences of young Mennonites who worked in mental hospitals during World War II. The Mennonite Central Committee opened the hospital in 1948 on a farm used by a Civilian Public Service unit during the war. The committee owned and operated the facility until 1958, when the hospital incorporated with its own board of directors.

The hospital was established for the benefit of patients requiring immediate relief from acute emotional or mental disturbance.

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