Service firms will do it all for customers
No time left in your busy day for planning a birthday party, let alone shopping or running errands?
There's a growing number of companies that want to make life easier for you. Costs range anywhere from $5 for a shopping service plus 15 to 20 percent of the purchase price to $60 per plate for a seven-course gourmet dinner served in your home.
Associated Staffing and Personnel, at (410) 659-5775, for instance, caters to people who need temporary servers such as bartenders and kitchen help for special functions.
While much of their business is with caterers and country clubs, they will also send a cook into private homes to prepare everyday meals and clean up, too.
Then there's Second Set of Hands in Annapolis, at (410) 266-3031, which specializes in organizing events for all occasions. From balloon sculptures to entertainment, they will plan and staff corporate or private parties, charity golf tournaments, theme parties, model home openings, holiday parties and weddings.
On a more personal level is Yvonne's Shopping Service, at (410) 483-5331. For a fee, Yvonne Dupree's 3-month-old business offers pick-up and delivery of groceries, dry cleaning, shoe repairs, prescriptions and last-minute gift items. She also will run errands for schools, corporations or charitable organizations.
@ Art lovers can view floral interpretations of art masterpieces this week during "Art Blooms at the Walters."
Sponsored by the Women's Committee of the Walters Art Gallery, the event takes place Monday through Wednesday at the gallery, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore.
Fresh flower arrangements that complement or interpret many works of art in the museum's permanent collection will be created by members of the Federated Garden Clubs of America.
Lectures on tablescapes using fruits, vegetables and flowers as well as floral ideas for home entertaining, will be given by Californian Ron Morgan.
Special guided tours of the museum and a fashion show also will be featured.
Tickets are $45 for lunch and lecture or $10 for lectures only. An opening reception tomorrow night with silent auction and hors d'oeuvres is $50. Proceeds benefit the gallery. Call for reservations, (410) 547-9000, Ext. 305.
Jill L. Kubatko Drive away children's summer boredom by encouraging them to plant their own garden using kid-size tools. Learn how to attract butterflies to the yard or discover delicious meals made -- from a garden's harvest.
These topics and many more how-to ideas are on "The Victory Garden," public television's Emmy-award winning gardening series.
Beginning Saturday, catch 30 new programs and nine encore episodes at 12:30 p.m. Saturdays on Maryland Public Television.
Now in its 17th season, the half-hour program will feature severaspecial series;viewers can also see "Ameriflora '92," the first international floral and garden exhibition ever held in the United States.
Jill L. Kubatko Bill McGee of Alexander Baer Associates in Baltimore sees himself as a guide, putting together elements to create a comfortable home environment that is fresh and individual.
His recent design effort for Leroy and Donna Shapiro put him on the pages of Traditional Home's May issue. He was among five designers honored with the "Design Innovators Award." Each winner will also create showrooms this April at the Southern Furniture Market in High Point, N.C.
Mr. McGee was lauded for creating a pale, simple backdrop for his clients' distinctive furniture and collectibles and his skillful use of such elements as a sisal rug to take the formal edge off the couple's dining room.
Jill L. Kubatko