Capture the feeling of bygone days at the Candlelight Christmas OpenHouse at the Benson-Hammond House 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8.
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society invites everyone to share in a 19th century farm house Christmas with refreshments and music. Festivities include decorated rooms, music and refreshments.
A special exhibit, "Pickers and Pickers Checks, A Lost Culture" will be on view in the museum on the third floor. A $1 donation is requested. Fresh greens and gifts will be for sale.
The Benson-Hammond House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is on Aviation Boulevard at Andover Road near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The house also will be open to the public 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 through Dec. 21. The Browse and Buy Shoppe in the house will be open the same hours, featuring antiques, gifts and collectables.
Call 768-9518 or 859-0298 for more information.
The Overlook Elementary School PTA is getting ready for a Christmas Bonanza 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7. A day of fun is being planned for students, parents and the community.
Children can do their own Christmasshopping for family and friends in Santa's Secret Shop. Adults will be available to help them with their selections, which will be resonably priced. Young and old can have their picture taken with Santa for$1.50.
Twenty-two craft tables will be set up in the multipurposeroom.
Some of the special tables will display porcelain dolls, stained glass, wooden crafts, handmade items and many Christmas articles.
Look for mouth-watering goodies at the bake and candy tables. Boxes of Hallmark Christmas cards will sell for $1 and $2.
Coffee and doughnuts will be available, and a light lunch will be served in the Christmas Cafe.
There are a few table spaces left to rent to crafters for $10. Ifinterested, call 636-6678. This event is under the direction of PTA president Dominick Morea and event chairwoman Laura Vykol.
Attend St. Philip Neri's annual Christmas Dance on Dec. 7 in the school auditorium. Dinner will be served 8 to 9 p.m., withdancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Tickets are $12 and include a platter, beer, soda, chips and pretzels. Music by Joy.
For information or tickets, call 761-4079.
Overlook Elementary School is participating in a national program sponsored by Scott Paper Co. called Learning Tools for Schools.
This program enables the school to obtain free educational equipment: software, audiovisual equipment, reference books and more.
The equipment will be provided to the school in exchange for the apple seals found on the back panels of Scott products: ScoTowels, Viva Towels, ScotTissue, Cottonelle, Family Scott, Scott Napkins, Viva Napkins, Scotties, Wash-a-bye Baby, Baby Fresh and Sofkins.
This is an excellent way for the school to obtain teaching aids. The deadline is Feb. 29.
The school also is saving the green register tapes from the Giant Food Store. School administrators hope to collect enough tapes to earn two Apple computers.
Give theGiant register tapes and the Scott apple seals to a student, or sendto: Overlook Elementary School, 401 Hampton Road, Linthicum 21090.
Advent, the season of preparation before Christmas, will be cele
brated 4 p.m. Saturday at the Ferndale United Methodist Church,117 Ferndale Road.
The Advent celebration will have something of interest for everyone.
Young children will make special crafts. Activities suitable for older children are planned and youths will be invited to help with the craft tables and decorations.
Adults will be able to make ornaments and prepare and hang greens in the sanctuary.
Every household may make an Advent candle wreath to take home.
The choir will lead the congregation in singing as the greens are being hung. Symbols of the season -- holly, evergreens, wreaths and poinsettias -- will be explained as the sanctuary is being decorated.
The United Methodist Men are providing a light supper. Child care will be available.
Members of the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department are asking for help. They need donations of canned goods, toys and cash for the 15 families and seniors living alone that the department will help this Christmas.
The volunteer fire fighters are working with the county Department of Social Services in the Holiday Sharing program to provide assistance for these needy people.
Donations can be dropped off at the fire house any time. Also, on Dec. 15 and 21, fire fighters will be at the Giant supermarket at the Cromwell Shopping Center to accept donations.
Jackie Olson, chairman of the fund raising committee, said that the families being helped are from the Glen Burnie, Ferndale and Linthicum areas. Baskets will be filled with a complete meal.
For more information, call Olson at 255-7745.