A-maize-ing Mazes & Pi­rates

Beach­mont’ s Corn Maze is all about Bea pi­rat es

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Har­low

S hiver me tim­bers! Noth­ing says fall fam­ily fun like a visit to the Beach­mont Corn Maze in Kingsville. Grab your eye patch and plas­tic sword and get ready to search for buried trea­sure in Beach­mont’s six-acre in­ter­ac­tive corn maze.

While the maze is an ad­ven­ture by day, you can also try to find your way around the more than two miles of path­ways in the dark dur­ing Flash­light Nights ev­ery Fri­day and Saturday. Af­ter the maze, vis­i­tors can warm up around the bon­fire.

The corn maze di­vided into four sections, each named af­ter a fa­mous pi­rate: Long John Sil­ver, Cap­tain Jack Sparrow, Cap­tain Hook and Black­beard. In each of the sections, which are des­ig­nated by dif­fer­ent col­ors, vis­i­tors will need to search for clues such as the pi­rate flag, ship wheel, trea­sure map and the rope bridge to get to the buried trea­sure. Be sure to ex­plore the se­cret pas­sage­ways along the maze for spe­cial sur­prises, and keep an eye out for your fa­vorite pi­rates.

Ev­ery year, Beach­mont cre­ates a grand new en­trance to the corn maze, and this year is no ex­cep­tion.

“This year we got all of our wood from Sec­ond Chance in Bal­ti­more City. They al­lowed us to go through their scrap pile to get wood for the ship we wanted to build at the en­trance,” said General Man­ager of the corn maze Glenn Neu­mann. “So it was fit­ting we named the ship the Sec­ond Chance af­ter them.”

Sec­ond Chance is a 501(c)(3) non­profit that pro­vides peo­ple, ma­te­ri­als and the en­vi­ron­ment with a sec­ond chance. They de­con­struct build­ings and homes, sal­vage us­able ma­te­ri­als and make those avail­able to the pub­lic for re­use.

Af­ter en­ter­ing the Sec­ond Chance, vis­i­tors will watch a pro­fes­sion­ally pro­duced video that will ex­plain the quest for the buried trea­sure and the pi­rate code that must be fol­lowed in the maze. No wor­ries if you get lost, be­cause you can wave your white flag to call on the Maze Masters who will quickly guide you back on track or take you to the near­est exit. Ac­cord­ing to Neu­mann, the maze should take 45 min­utes to an hour to com­plete.

In ad­di­tion to the corn maze, ad­mis­sion price in­cludes all ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a hayride, pi­rate ship play­ground, in­flat­able joust­ing, skee ball, gi­ant ball slinger, rub­ber ducky race, straw bale maze, Pebble Beach play box, foot­ball fol­lies, base­ball throw and corn bag toss.

Pump­kins and sea­sonal con­ces­sions, such as cider, hot choco­late, pret­zels, burg­ers and other snacks, are avail­able. You can even pur­chase items to make s’mores in the fire pit.

To cre­ate the maze, the corn was planted in June, and a week and a half af­ter plant­ing when the corn was one to three feet high, Beach­mont cut the corn maze us­ing spe­cial

GPS tech­nol­ogy. This past July, the corn maze was hit hard by a hail storm that did some dam­age to the corn and the pump­kin patch, but they were able to sal­vage the maze.

This is the sev­enth year that Beach­mont has op­er­ated the corn maze on its prop­erty. Last year the maze brought more than 15,000 vis­i­tors. Past themes in­clude Sher­wood For­est, Star Wars and Superheroes. Dur­ing the week, Beach­mont hosts school field trips, scout troops, birth­day par­ties, sports teams, churches, youth groups, home­school groups, and co­op­er­ate groups.

“This year we have had about 30 dif­fer­ent spe­cial needs groups,” said Neu­mann. “We bring in ex­tra vol­un­teers and take spe­cial care of the guests.”

Pro­ceeds from the corn maze help sup­port Beach­mont Chris­tian Min­istries. Min­istries in­clude bi­ble study, Sum­mer Fam­ily Nights, Sum­mer Teen Nights, a prayer min­istry and a live na­tiv­ity. Beach­mont also runs a sum­mer camp for 1,800 chil­dren each year and var­i­ous sports and other ac­tiv­i­ties such as dodge ball through­out the year. For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.beach­mont.org.

Beach­mont Corn Maze

6433 Mount Vista Road, Kingsville, Mary­land 21087 Open through Novem­ber 4 Wed­nes­day-Fri­day: 9AM3PM (ad­vanced reser­va­tions re­quired)

Saturday 11AM-10PM: (maze closes 5PM-6PM but all other ac­tiv­i­ties re­main open)

Fri­day & Saturday Flash­light Night: 6PM-10PM

Pub­lic School Hol­i­day: October 20

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday: CLOSED

Ad­mis­sion

$11 for all par­tic­i­pants ages 3 and over, while chil­dren 2 and un­der are ad­mit­ted for free. Mil­i­tary and se­nior cit­i­zen dis­counts are avail­able upon pre­sen­ta­tion of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Any­one 14 and un­der must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult at all times.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://www.beach­mont. org/corn-maze-2/.

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