"It's going to be insane," said Athan Demetrides, owner of ParTee Golf on East Joppa Road. His newly renovated course will host a golf tournament which will benefit the Ed Block Courage Award Foundation, an organization which promotes the prevention of child abuse. For a fee of $180, a foursome of golfers will get to play with a local yet-to-be-announced media or sports celebrity. The event also includes a crab feast, provided by Bill's Seafood and Catering in Perry Hall.
Although the event does not officially begin until noon, attendees will most likely begin arriving around 9 a.m., said Demetrides.
"I thought it was an excellent way to give back to the community," he said. "But they forgot all about the tournament when they scheduled the flea market."
The Perry Hall Presbyterian Church and ParTee Golf have a special land sharing relationship, explained Sandy Loughlin, who coordinated the flea market. The church owns all of the land from its front entrance on Belair Road to ParTee Golf's front entrance on East Joppa Road. The church leases about half of that land to the golf course.
Between them is a shared parking lot.
"It's going to be one happening place," said Loughlin. At least 30 vendors will participate in the flea market. Their wares will range from gently used around-the-house items to new items to what Loughlin described as "goodies and treasures." It will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until about 1:30 p.m. Money raised by the market will help the church pay for a badly needed new roof, as well as other charitable endevors, said Loughlin.
Both Loughlin and Demetrides laughed when they considered the hundreds of people who will soon descend on the shared property. Neither felt slighted.
"People could attend both," said Loughlin.
Upon hearing about the upcoming events, local businesses, including Weis Market and Baltimore County Savings Bank, offered to provide overflow parking.
"Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for good weather," said Demetrides.