One of this column's aims is to acquaint you with some of the less-obvious activities taking place in the area. As an example, the YWCA of Greater Baltimore organizes luncheon groups in order to promote adventures in ethnic and gourmet dining.
Since 1973 I have been a member of one of these groups and I'd like to tell you something about it. We call ourselves The Gourmet Club, and it is composed of 12 members who meet once a month from September through May.
Each month, a menu is researched and prepared; each member is responsible for preparing a part of the menu and bringing it to the hostess' home.
This month, the group met at my home for a Lucia Day Meal. This is a traditional Swedish Feast that celebrates the opening of the Christmas Season.
The highlights of the menu were: Julglogg (Spiced Wine), Risengrod (Swedish Christmas Rice Porridge) and Swedish Lucia Buns. The history of the different foods and customs of the country were discussed during the meal.
At this time, the group has reached its limit for members. However, you can call the YWCA at the Friendship Center in Ferndale, 768-2500. They will assist you in joining an existing group or put you in contact with others who may want to start a club.
The YWCA Clerical Training Program will be host to an alumni reunion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at Ferndale Elementary. All graduates of the Federally Funded Clerical Programs are invited to attend.
Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be offered. R.S.V.P. to 768-2500. The snow date will be Dec. 18.
Last night, troop leader Kathy Tormollan took Brownie Troop No. 1588 Christmas caroling around the Ferndale Community. Afterward, they conducted their weekly meeting in the Ferndale Elementary School. Part of the evening was spent completing a craft gift they had been making for their parents' Christmas present, followed by the troop's Christmas party.
Six new members were accepted into the Brownie Troop at a recent investiture ceremony. Each of the following girls received their Brownie pin: Melinda Petile, Stacy Biggs, Julie Kreiger, Laura Lane, Jamie Gardner and Deana Korb. The official Girl Scout pins and patches in Girl Scout Ways and Dancercize were also awarded to Brownie members.
The troop chose to clean the grounds of Ferndale Elementary in November as part of their involvement in the Arundel Beautification Program. The girls earned "Looking Good" patches for this, and the troop leader received a certificate of appreciation from the county. Fourteen girls belong to troop No. 1588. Tormollan said she was very proud of them, and praised their parents.
"My support parents help me a lot," she said. "They are there when I need them."
Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the cafeteria of Ferndale Elementary, 105 Packard Ave. at Hollins Ferry Road. For information, call 787-9708.
Congratulations to the following athletes honored last month at the North County High School's Fall Sports Banquet at Michael's 8th Ave.
The Parents Club-sponsored event was proud to recognize:
* For Volleyball: Most Valuable Player -- Elsie Maccubbin; Unsung Hero -- Kerri Weidner; Best Defensive Player -- Stacy Robinett.
* For Field Hockey: Best Offensive Player -- Elizabeth Kenny; Best Defensive Player -- Teresa Donohue; Most Improved -- Karen McConnell.
* For Golf: Coaches Award -- Bobby Wolfe; Most Improved -- Jude Buquid; Birdie Award -- Jeff Danvis, Unsung Hero -- Hwa Park, Most Valuable Player -- Chris Birely.
* For Cross Country: Most Valuable Runner -- Tanya Hecox; Most Improved Runner -- Adrienne McCray; Unsung Hero -- Craig Cadd.
* For Football: Silver Knight Award -- Shawn McCord.
* For Girls Soccer: Most Valuable Player -- Tonya Kolodziejski; Most Improved -- Kristen Godfrey, Unsung Hero -- Christy Griffith.
* For Boys Soccer: Pride Award -- Karl Wick.
The monthly meeting of the Linthicum Shipley Improvement Association will take place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Linthicum Elementary School Media Center, 101 School Lane.
To be discussed is a petition to install four-way stop signs at three intersections: Edgewood and Wilben streets, School Lane and Sycamore Road and School Lane and Homewood Road. The feasibility of changing Edgewood Road to a one-way street is also on the agenda. Other issues to be covered include fences and their placement so as not to obstruct visibility at intersections.
All in the community are encouraged to attend.
The Sunday School children at Peace Lutheran Church will participate in the 11 a.m. Dec. 16 Worship Service to celebrate and reflect on the meaning of Christ's birth. A birthday party for Jesus will follow the service.
Refreshments and surprise entertainment will be provided by the teen-age youth group.
The church is located at 416 Wellham Ave. in Ferndale. Call the office at 766-3283 for more information.
The Linthicum Heights Homemakers will be having a Christmas Party at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Jonathan's Restaurant, formerly the Crab Cove, 5622 Belle Grove Road. The cost for the crab cake lunch is $9.25 for members, $10.25 for guests. Those attending the party are asked to bring a $1 gift for exchange with another guest and a toy for either a boy or a girl.
For reservations, call Ruth Gray at 859-1947.
The Linthicum Elementary PTA is having a Holiday Program right after a very short meeting at 7:30 this evening. Musical director Judy Jacques will be leading students in grades three through six for the entertainment.
Three different groups, the school chorus, band and string, will be featured.
School cookbooks will be on sale for $10.
Rosalie M. Falter