Autumn: time for fairs and flourishes ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

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November 09, 1992|By LYN DEAN

I was taken to task once for seeming to be overly enamored of the seasonal display of a place I had left rather than enjoying the place I found myself. There's no danger of that here, folks!

Never, in many years in New Hampshire or the Arizona desert or the Sierra foothills in California, have I seen fall colors like this . . . so intense, so varied, so lush and so lasting.

And now, with the leaves finally dropping, it's exciting to see the "bones" of the land for the first time and the very different vistas being unveiled. If fall didn't presage winter (I've been unable to develop a taste for frozen fingers), it could easily become my favorite season . . . after spring. I'll wait with barely bated breath to see if the promise offered by the myriad dogwoods here is fulfilled.

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Meanwhile, it is fall, with its anticipation of the holidays and all the fairs and flourishes that go with them. The sixth annual Christmas in the Country takes place Saturday at Hillsmere Elementary School, Arundel-on-the-Bay in Annapolis.

The juried show, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., features the handmade items of professionals. Refreshments and baked goods will be available, and children can be entertained by craft activities and face painting while their parents shop.

The show is a fund-raiser for the school PTA and is chaired by Cathy Maggio, 263-7106, and Diana Paladino, 269-0252.

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Just before or after your visit to Hillsmere School, stop at Quiet Waters Park for the second annual Fine Arts Festival.

More than 36 artists will exhibit and sell their works at the Visitor and Blue Heron centers.

The show, sponsored by the Friends of Quiet Waters Park, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The organizers have arranged for musical entertainment, raffles, great food and special children's attractions. Park entry fees do apply.

A third holiday bazaar occurs Saturday morning at the Annapolis Senior Center, 701 Glenwood St.

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Another sort of Christmas shopping and Thanksgiving preparation is being coordinated by Holiday Sharing, a joint project of the county Department of Social Services and the Auxiliary of the Anne Arundel Medical Society.

Auxiliary spokeswoman Imelda Herzinger says this is the 13th year that Holiday Sharing has matched needy families and individuals, often senior citizens, with churches, schools, service clubs and luckier families who want to share their good fortune and holiday feeling.

Individual cards are filled out by the client families, detailing children's names, ages and interests, and the number of family members.

Donor organizations and families shop for food and presents for their clients and deliver them just before the holidays. The program has grown from a 1,200-client base 13 years ago to an anticipated 4,000 people who will be helped this year. Donors number more than 700.

If you would like to share your holiday spirit with someone less fortunate than you, please call Herzinger at 974-8711.

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Toys for Tots, sponsored by the Kingsman Motorcycle Club Inc., opens its holiday drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Londontowne Clubhouse. Only brand new clothing and toys will be accepted. The drive benefits the Salvation Army.

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A Pre-Veterans Day Salute to African-American Soldiers is planned for 7 p.m. tomorrow at Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church. Special honoree will be William Snowden Keys. A fellowship gathering follows at American Legion Post 141.

And on Veterans Day, a commemoration will be held at 11 a.m. at Memorial Circle in Annapolis, sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association.

Information: 267-0621.

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Compassionate Friends, a self-help group offering support and understanding to bereaved parents, meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the basement of Calvary United Methodist Church on Rowe Boulevard.

The group is open to anyone who has lost a child or an adult, whether recently or years ago. The participants know from their own experience how hard it often is to reach out for help and go to that first meeting. They promise understanding, solace and first-hand recognition of a parent's stages of grief.

For more information, call 757-3293.

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And finally, a cheer for everyone who created the lines, traffic jams and excitement at the polls last Tuesday. Whatever one's feelings about the many (and often contradictory) election results, it was exciting to see the process really working and to hear about people casting their first ballot because it was the first time they felt their vote would count.

Now if we can just keep on our own toes and keep our elected officials on theirs.

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