Jerusalem Mill the place to be to meet Benjamin Franklin [Column]

Benjamin Franklin was certainly one of the most gifted and resourceful of our country's Founding Fathers

Jerusalem Mill Village is offering perhaps the next best thing to a meet-and-greet with the real Ben in the upcoming "Benjamin Franklin as interpreted by David Fisher". On three separate dates, Fisher will bring Benjamin Franklin to life in the first person at the historic village. Fischer, as Franklin, tells Franklin's story, relates the history of his times, and gives the listener a glimpse of the personality and humor of this great man. Fisher will be doing two programs and will cover the following aspects of Franklin's life:

"The Constitutional Convention" (approximately 25 minutes) covers the events leading up to the call for convention, Dr. Franklin's involvement in the writing of the Constitution, and the major issues debated during the convention. "Scientist and Inventor" (approximately 45 minutes) takes an in-depth look at Dr. Franklin's more well-known inventions and experiments, beginning with his childhood through his final days. Time permitting, a brief question-and-answer session will be held after the presentation.

"Benjamin Franklin" is scheduled for Sept. 1, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 from 1 p.m . to4 p.m. and is recommended for ages 10 to adult. The program takes place at McCourtney's Store at the Historic Jerusalem Mill Village, 2813 Jerusalem Road, in Kingsville.

Also, a "Kid's Crafts — Make and Take" program is now offered at the villagefor children ages 5 to 12. The craft sessions take place on the 2nd Sunday of each month at McCourtney's Store from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (if supplies last). On Sept. 8, kids can make a Bookworm Book marker, on Nov. 10, they can make a Thankful Turkey and on Dec. 8, they will make a Candy Cane Christmas Mouse. For information about any of the events, call 410-877-3560 or 410-877-0080.

Attention nature lovers! Marshy Point Nature Center. located at 7130 Marshy Point Road and sponsored by Baltimore County Department of Recreation & Parks, is seeking volunteers interested in learning about nature who will then teach children about nature. The staff of the center will teach you about the environment around Marshy Point. Training includes where to guide the school children, plant and animal identification and techniques to share more and teach less. We want you to help us nurture the sense of wonder that all children have. Each day features new subjects and new techniques for enjoying the great outdoors. Please note breakfast, snacks and coffee are provided during training. New guides pay a tuition fee of $5 to cover all material and handouts. Training is scheduled for Sept 4, 5, and 6 (Wednesday Thursday and Friday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The agenda is as follows: Sept 4 – Project Wild, Aquatic; Sept 5 – butterflies at Marshy Point and on Sept 6 – Canoeing the Dundee. Kirk Dreier, director of Marshy Point Nature Center, says, "We encourage anyone interested to register as soon as possible and we look forward to meeting you!" If you'd like to train to be a field/trail guide and want to get more information, please call 410-887-2817.

A free fall concert, sponsored by the Perry Hall Rec Council with the support of the Perry Hall Improvement Association and Woman's Club of Perry Hall, takes place on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Baltimore Symphonic Band, under the direction of Chris Wolfe, will perform "Peter and the Wolf" for all ages at 7 p.m. in the Perry Hall High School Auditorium, 4601 Ebenezer Road in Perry Hall. Don't miss out! For information, call 410-256-1766.

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 annual Bel Air Corvette Club car show on Saturday, Sept 21.

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