County his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety holds annual fall fundraiser Dec. 2

Cecil Whig - - OURCECIL - By BETH BOULDEN MOORE

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!

ELK­TON

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.

PHO­TOS COURTESY OF THE HSCC

This base­ball bat signed by Philadel­phia Phillies first base­man Ryan Howard is among the items in the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety’s silent auction.

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