Time to take pen in hand and mark our calendars for more holiday happenings.
Continuing a 15-year tradition, the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will present its 16th "Holly Mart" from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec.
7, at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane.
Tables at the mart will feature fresh Christmas arrangements, crystal and china attic treasures, used books and puzzles, and baked goods -- including home-made cakes, pies and Christmas cookies.
Fresh-cut greens and swags will be available for decorating. These clusters of pine boughs, about 3 feet long, are centered with an arrangement of pine cones and finished off with a large red velvet bow.
They have been a popular item, hung over door frames and fireplaces, and make an appropriate memorial remembrance for the cemetery.
The women of the club will help with culinary ideas for the holidays, too. Their traditional "Taster's Table" will again be filled with samples and recipes.
Everyone looks forward to the "Country Kitchen" table. This year's will offer home-made jams and preserves, herb vinegars, spiced peaches, apricot butter and 10-bean-soup packets.
The Woman's Club also would like to see the community aglow with the warmth of flickering candles during the holidays -- so they're offering luminaria kits. For $3.50, you get 10 candles and bags, along with cups to hold the candles. They can be very attractive when used to line driveways or along property fronts and porches. The candles burn for approximately 10 hours. They can be purchased at the Holly Mart or orders can be placed by calling 969-7506.
Plan on staying for lunch. A delicious hot chicken salad, cranberry mold and rum sauce dessert will be served. Tickets are $4.50 and must be purchased in advance by calling 789-6143. Seating for the luncheon will be at 11:15 a.m., noon and 12:45 p.m.
Regardless of when you eat, be sure to be there at 10:30 a.m. when the Linthicum Elementary School Chorus will entertain. This is the 12th year the children have sung for the Holly Mart. After lunch at 1:15 p.m., the St. Johns Lutheran Church and the YWCA pre-school children will entertain.
While at your calendar, be sure to save either Saturday, Dec. 8, or Sunday, Dec. 9, for the Christmas Open House at the Benson-Hammond House. A Farmhouse Christmas Celebration with refreshments and music is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. Look for additional information on this event in next week's column.
Another affair to consider, especially if you have children, is set for Overlook Elementary School, where the Parent-Teacher Association is having a Christmas Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8.
Santa's Secret Shop will be featured. Children can shop for gifts for their family and friends with the help of parents from the PTA. Children can also have their picture taken with the jolly old elf himself.
While children are doing their shopping, Mom and Dad can browse among the 20 local crafters' tables or buy poinsettia plants and home-baked goods.
Plenty of free parking will be available, and everyone in the community is invited. Overlook Elementary is located at 401 Hampton Road, off Nursery Road.
For more information, call Laura Vykol at 789-5818.
Have you ever smelled a particular flower or herb and been transported back in time? Sue Latini, of the Ferndale Garden Club, will speak at 8 p.m.
tonight on the sense of smell and how it can evoke memories of past events, people and places. Her talk, "Old-Fashioned Scents," is planned for the club's regularly scheduled meeting at the Ferndale/Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard.
An old-fashioned Christmas ornament exchange also is on the agenda.
Santa and his helpers, Clown Alley, will make their annual visit to Ferndale aboard the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad's Engine No. 87 at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
As Santa arrives, a switch will be thrown to light simultaneously a 25-foot Christmas tree, a quarter-mile of railroad track and decorated trees lining Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard and Broadview Boulevard.
Children can visit with Santa inside the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad's caboose.
The Ferndale Garden Club will serve hot chocolate, coffee and doughnuts.
Families are asked to bring a bag of non-perishable food items, a new toy, or a clothing item to be given to needy families at Christmas.
This 12-year-old tradition has proven to be one of the best-attended community events in the county. Everyone is invited.
For more information, contact Carol Wagner, president of the Ferndale Garden Club, at 761-6335; Leo Harnen, president of the Ferndale Linthicum Area Community Council, at 761-5754; or Ken Pippin, President of the Greater Ferndale Community Civic Association, at 859-1414.
Linthicum Chapter No. 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will have its Christmas luncheon and meeting from noon to 3 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 6, at La Fontaine Bleu.