Farm museum gets splendid for the holidays [West Friendship]

The annual Holiday Open House at the Howard County Living Farm Heritage Museum in West Friendship is decked out in splendor for Dec. 13 and 14, noon to 4 p.m.

A train garden, refreshments, tours of the museum, antique displays of Christmas time in days gone by and festive decorations are all part of the fun.

The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road. No admission for this family friendly event.

Back in 1958, television's top rated show was "Wyatt Earp." Young girls of my generation loved the program not so much for the gun slinging bar room brawls as much as for glimpses of its star, the wavy-haired, tall in-the-saddle actor Hugh O'Brian.

During the height of Wyatt Earp's success, O'Brian traveled to Africa, where for nine days he met and observed Dr. Albert Schweitzer. Schweitzer told the young actor, "The most important thing in education is to teach young people to think for themselves."

Thus was born the Hugh O'Brian Youth Foundation, an organization dedicated to the recognition and development of leadership potential in high school sophomores. A group that O'Brian calls, "the best of the best," participants are called ambassadors. Student leaders are nominated by their principals, guidance counselors and teachers.

Congratulations to Glenelg High School sophomore Gregory Brock, who has been selected as the leadership ambassador. Megan Pittas has been named as alternate ambassador.

Brock and Pittas will attend a Hugh O'Brian Youth leadership conference in the spring of 2015. The foundation is funded entirely by the private sector and the seminars are cost free to the students and the schools. The single goal of the O'Brian Youth Foundation, commonly referred to as "HOBY," is to encourage active participation in designing the world of tomorrow. Congratulations to Gregory and Megan.

More kudos for our local youth, in particular Matthew Hulett, a Glenelg High School freshman and a long time member of the Hare Raisers 4-H Club. Matthew was part of the National Rabbit Judging team representing Maryland at the American Rabbit Breeders Association convention held in Fort Worth, Texas, in early November. The Maryland team of judges finished in the top twenty for all of the United States.

As a contestant, Matthew and his team had to judge eight classes of live rabbits, identify 25 different breeds of rabbits and cavies (guinea pigs), as well as respond to a series of interviews. Aside from his busy 4-H schedule, Hulett manages to find time for the track team at Glenelg, church activities, soccer, Key Club and choir. Matthew's parents Lloyd and Laura Hulett, of West Friendship, are proud of his accomplishments.

A Christmas Noel is to be performed by the Columbia Pro Cantare Chamber Singers at the Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia on Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. For ticket information go to To request a ride from the Free Seniors Events Shuttle, call 410-715-3087.

The Pink Cabbage at the intersection of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road is decorated from stem to stern for the holidays. The community is invited to enjoy a discount on the holiday goods at the festive emporium when a new toy is brought in for donation to Toys for Tots.

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