Trains, cookies featured at museum’s open house
WEST FRIENDSHIP, Md. — Even though the rain postponed the Lighting of the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum Christmas Tree to the last evening of this year’s Open House and Train Garden, “300-plus people showed up to greet Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said John Frank, president of the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, the organization whose members are responsible for the Museum’s operation.
The joyous evening of carols, cookies and Claus capped yet another successful open house for the Club’s members and the museum.
Spread over the first two weekends of December, the Open House featured the Museum’s Hebb House fully decked out for the holidays.
Generous red stockings hung from the mantle of one of the front rooms, and a lighted Christmas village, complete with a house resembling the Hebb House itself, sprawled across its width.
Yet, the highlight of the home’s decorations for many was the train garden spread over two of house’s first floor rooms.
“It took us three days to set up,” said Judy Singly, one of the club members involved in the open house. According to Singly, the “us” consisted of her, and club members Maggie Landon and Anne Carpenter.
“The train garden shows for the four days of the Open House,” continued Singly, “and then it takes us three days to take down.
“We’re hoping that we can find a permanent home for it on the campus within the next few years to leave it up year round.”
This year’s open house also featured the club’s first ever Cookie Walk held Saturday evening during the event’s second weekend. According to club member Sarah Cullison, “we’re always looking for different ways to raise funds for the museum.”
Inspired both by the homemade cookies offered to the event’s guests through the years and the success of similar holiday events held by churches, the club decided to give it a try, especially since “people seem pretty happy to donate cookies for it,” said Cullison.
Coordinated by Cullison, her two sisters, and her mother, Virginia Frank, the Cookie Walk had 17 club members and three community members donate at least one batch of homemade cookies, including nut-free, gluten-free, and even one batch of vegan cookies.
“Some,” said Cullison, “donated more than one batch, and Abe McCracken (a Club member in his 90s and who is the Club’s baker extraordinaire) donated four different kinds for the Cookie Walk plus the ones he usually makes for the Open House.”
Selling around 30 boxes of about two dozen cookies each, the Cookie Walk was deemed a yummy success.
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