Isn't Severna Park beautiful?
Three weeks into November and our community is still the picture of autumnal glory: lush, dark evergreens punctuated by red-berried dogwoods and the occasional gold or purple chrysanthemum.
Mother Nature may still be wearing her fall finery, but the calendar says it's holiday bazaar time. And Severna Park has the best.
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* The women of Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church will have their Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to2 p.m. Saturday instead of early in December, breaking an almost half-century-long tradition.
That's right. This is the 50th year members of Woods have brought their handmade crafts, foods and decorations to the church to sell to an eager public.
Little children will have fun reaching into the special apron pockets to discover surprise packages. In the Just for Kids booth, youngsters may shop for presents for family and friends. And don't miss Granny's Table, with its homemade jams, jellies, pickles, relishes and salad dressings.
To have your selection of gourmet nuts, dried fruits and chocolate chips set aside, call 647-4479 or 647-4109.
You'll find me at the Book Table with my arms loaded. Besides old best sellers, previously read books for children and cooks, history buffs and do-it-yourselfers will be available.
Chairmen are Judy Hubert and Jean Parker.
* From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, plan to attend the annual Anne Arundel Community College Holiday Crafts Fair.
Sponsored by the Student Association, this fair features pottery, silk and fabric flowers, handcrafted items, T-shirts, Victorian ornaments and, as they say, much more.
Refreshments are available.
For more information, contact Peg Swartout from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at 541-2480.
* For the best selection of primitive country crafts and holiday decorations, visit the Miniature Sleigh from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 165 Boone Trail.
This annual event features the work of 10 noted Severna Park craftspeople, as well asjams, jellies and, this year, ceramics, says Ottilie Habercam. She and her husband, John, teach art and crafts in the county and began this show.
This is a waterfront neighborhood with narrow, curving streets. Parking is at a premium, so be sure to watch for driveways when you park.
* Saturday, Dec. 7, is the date for the popular St. Martins In The Field Christmas Bazaar scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This fair has grown so large that it occupies space in the new sanctuary building, Parish Hall, and even spills over, filling Heck Hall,the original chapel, upstairs and down.
Downstairs in Parish Hall, parents may drop off their little ones at Santa's Workshop, where the children can make presents and be entertained while mom and dad shop.
Six small quilts for hanging on the wall will be raffled off. Lunch and snacks will be available.
Co-chairmen of this fair are Judy Banano and Lynn Helder. For further details, call the church at 647-9230.
During its annual meeting at the Annapolis Yacht Club, county Clerk of Circuit Court Mary Rose installed the new officersof the Severna Park Republican Womens Club: President Rita Blair Brandon, First Vice President Janet Bauer and Treasurer Nellie Healy.
The December meeting will be a Christmas Tea.
For further information, call 987-0391.*
If all Americans don't love animals the way Europeans say we do, then it's safe to say our children do.
Kids of all ages will make edible wildlife decorations using all-natural materials when they attend "Make it a Wildlife Christmas" from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis.
There isa $3 fee for supplies. For more information, call the park at 222-1777.
In one of the largest math competitions ever held in the county, Severna Park High School stretched its lead over second-placeNortheast High School Nov. 9.
Conducted at AACC, the second roundof this five-round contest open to public and private schools attracted 130 participants.
Severna Park scored a perfect six in team competition, with junior Adam Myerson among three who turned in perfectpapers in individual scoring.
Teams and individuals must completesix problems in 30 minutes.
Team leaders are seniors David Bartolomeo and Cynthia Symancyk and Myerson. Team sponsors are math instructors Patricia Latham and Joe Dunn.
Cumulative scoring after two rounds: Severna Park, 20.67; Northeast, 14.67; Broadneck, 13.33; Old Mill and Meade, tied at 13.
Of the eight other participating schools, the scores range from 12 to a low of three. Round three is set for Saturday, Feb. 8.
Speaking of successful youngsters, two weeks ago, the Severna Park YMCA swim team (SPY) defeated Catonsville, 462 to 253, chalking up its 106th straight victory.
Under the leadership of Coach Ken Barsa, SPY is in its 13th year of competition.