County historical society holds annual fall fundraiser Dec. 2
Special to the Whig
— It’s that time of year again! The Historical Society of Cecil County will celebrate the end of another successful year during Elkton’s monthly First Friday on Dec. 2.
From 5 to 8 p.m., the historical society will celebrate the last First Friday of 2016 with delicious food and drink. Boxturtle Bob, the historical society’s favorite one-man band, will perform. The celebration also features a raffle of three fabulous prizes and a silent auction of items donated by our local merchants and society members. The winning tickets will be drawn at 7:30 p.m.
This year’s first prize is a hand-carved wooden bowl created by John Styer, aka the “Lathe-Meister.” The bowl is truly a piece of Cecil County history! It was carved from a piece of the Holly Hall Oak, which was believed to be over 437 years old when it collapsed of old age and decay in April 2010. The champion tree stood at the entrance to the Big Elk Mall, and was designated as a Bicentennial Tree in 1976. Styer carved this unique bowl from the wood that remained after the tree toppled.
The second prize winner will receive a copy of the 1877 publication “An Illustrated Atlas of Cecil County, Maryland.” This atlas was generously donated to the historical society by Lorain E. Alexander-Maurer. This atlas is much sought after by those interested in Cecil County history. It was originally “compiled, drawn and published from actual surveys by Lake, Griffing, and Stevenson” of Philadelphia. The atlas not only contains maps of Cecil County towns, it also contains pencil drawings of businesses and homes of 1877 Cecil County.
Third prize is a set of spices from the Spice and Tea Exchange. This prize was generously donated by Jo Ann Gardner, a member and volunteer at the historical society. The set contains recipes and spices to help make your holiday cooking even tastier. The Coastal Blend Seasoning and the Chesapeake Bay Spice Blend should accentuate your delicious Maryland recipes!
This bowl, hand-carved by local artist John Styer out of wood from the famed Holly Hall Oak, is the first place prize in the historical society’s raffle.
There will be many items up for bid at the silent auction. Bids will be accepted until 7:30 p.m. Winners will be contacted by phone if they are not present. A black duck Robert Litzenberg decoy, an autographed book about Robert Litzenberg, an Ironbirds fan basket, a map of the Brick Meeting House area (beautifully framed by Picture it Framed), antique sleds, a Ryan Howard signed baseball bat and a signed print by Richard Bollinger are just some of the items that will be in the silent auction. Donations are arriving every day from local merchants such as State Line Liquors and Sentman Distributors.
The celebration begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Admission is free. Raffle tickets will be sold up to the time of the drawing. Tickets cost $5 for six tickets. Don’t miss this event!
This basket from the Spice and Tea Company is the third place prize in the historical society’s raffle.
This Robert Litzenberg decoy is among the items in the historical society’s silent auction.
This 1877 illustrated county atlas is the second place prize in the historical society’s raffle.
This baseball bat signed by Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is among the items in the historical society’s silent auction.