It's a brand new ballgame for the Historical Society of Cecil County.
The group is hosting its first wine and cheese reception featuring a guest speaker.
The program, "Root, Root, Root for the Home Team!", is billed as a "brief and entertaining look at Maryland's sports heritage."
It will take place Friday, November 14, at 6 p.m., at the Historical Society of Cecil County, 135 E. Main St., Elkton.
"Our bylaws require an annual meeting," said the organization's president Paula Newton. "In the past we've held it at a church or restaurant and had a dinner. As more of our social members age, we're trying to do something to encourage younger people to become members."
The historical society will display its sports collection which includes bats, caps, photos, and uniforms.
Dean Krimmel, a museum consultant who specializes in exhibit and interpretive planning, is the featured speaker. Krimmel served as project director for Sports Legends Museum, the state's sports history headquarters, located next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
In addition to the wine and cheese the program includes a newsflash report to members and a silent auction and raffle. The event is open to the public.
Cost is $10 for Historical Society of Cecil County members and $15 for non-members.
"This is the first time we've tried a Friday night wine and cheese event combined," Newton said. "Hopefully, it's the right recipe. If this works, we hope to have future meetings at different venues around the county."
Newton said the historical society conducted a survey and discovered many members were more interested in a program than a fancy dinner.