Jun 2012

Barnstormers Tour 2012, Rain Garden Seminar, Green Homes Challenge

2012 Barnstormers Tour-Barns of Buckeystown


en plein air painting, 2012 Barnstormers Tour, Frederick County, MD
This year’s annual Barnstormers Tour held by Frederick County Landmarks has now come and gone. The weather last Saturday was great - sunny with lots of bright fluffy clouds and a slight breeze. The day was actually quite nice despite earlier predictions of rain.

An en plein air Artist paints near Chick Road.



Lorraine Imwold, block print, carving, artist, 2012 Barnstormers Tour,

Artist Lorraine Imwold carves a block
which will later be inked and printed
during the Barnstormers Tour. Lorraine’s “Kickstarter” site and info can be found
here.











Carol Shry, Docent, 2012 Barnstormers Tour, Frederick County, MD Tour docent Carol Shry had an intimate
knowledge of the architecture of this barn since he grew up on this farm.


Alpacas, alert, herd,
Alpacas on the alert!! This group is watching two very small
dogs nearby either for amusement or to determine if they are
a threat to the flock



A number of
en plein air artists were out at the various locations creating new paintings and prints for display and purchase at the end of the day. The immediacy of this art discipline is quite interesting to observe first hand. The docents stationed at each of the barns were quite knowledgeable about the history and architecture they were describing to visitors and in some cases even had a personal connection to the farms.


Jim Bricker, Landscape painter, en plein air, 2012 Barnstormers Tour,


Artist Jim Bricker of Gettysburg, PA works on his painting of one of the tour barns while nearby we see his whimsically renamed paint tubes - made especially for this event! His finished painting will be exhibited at the reception to be held later in the day along with the works of the other artists participating in the event. Here’s a link for more of Jim’s various works.

Jim Bricker, Landscape painter, en plein air, 2012 Barnstormers Tour,



Barn architecture, post and beam, mortise and tenon joints, pinned wood joints, history, 2012 Barnstormers Tour,

An example of mortise and tenon framework in one of the old barns. Despite the age of this barn and the onslaught of the elements and Mother Nature the sturdy post and beam frame continues to hold up well.







animal skull, cattle tag, old chain,

It would appear 128 was NOT this animals lucky number...


wooden silo, historic, 2012 Barnstormers Tour,









The last known wooden silo still existing in Frederick County. Newer silos are usually made of concrete “boards”, either beveled or tongue and groove, stood vertically with cables around the silo locking them into place.









Many of the Barnstormers Tour participants we spoke with are already making plans to take part in the event next year.



Installing a Rain Garden in Frederick County


Early Saturday morning we attended a presentation at Camp Round Meadow in Catoctin National Park. Sponsored by the Frederick County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Resources and organized by Ms. Nicole Robinson the event focused on the design and construction of a residential rain garden. This event was held as part of the Frederick County
Green Homes Challenge.

Terry Welsh, soil conservation, rain gardens, Frederick County, MD
Terry Welsh, soil conservation technician, explains the various layers making up typical Frederick County soil to participants of the Rain Garden presentation




















After a few hours of presentations and discussions about the various design factors to consider the group went outside to learn first hand about the proper planting procedures they would later use in their own rain gardens.
planting, rain gardens, volunteers, Catoctin National Park, Camp Round Meadow, Frederick County, MD planting, rain gardens, volunteers, Catoctin National Park, Camp Round Meadow, Frederick County, MD

planting, rain gardens, volunteers, Catoctin National Park, Camp Round Meadow, Frederick County, MD planting, rain gardens, volunteers, Catoctin National Park, Camp Round Meadow, Frederick County, MD, Park Ranger,
Even Park Ranger Becky Loncosky
got involved with the planting.

planting, rain gardens, volunteers, Catoctin National Park, Camp Round Meadow, Frederick County, MD


One of the Master Gardeners present helps this young future gardener ensure his plant will grow well.














Ruth Axelrod, volunteers, discussion, plant list, rain garden,





While Master Gardener Ruth Axelrod
discusses the plant list with other
participants.















Nicole Robinson, rain gardens, Frederick County Office of Sustainability, Chesapeake Conservation Corps, voluteer, Catoctin National Park, Camp Round Meadow, Frederick County, MD

Presentation creator and organizer Nicole Robinson (r) breaks from planting to pose with one of the seminar participants for a photograph.










Becky Loncosky, park ranger, volunteer, Catoctin Mountain National Park, Frederick County, MD, rain garden,

As the final step to ensure a
healthy rain garden Ranger Becky
Loncosky waters the new plants.




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