In war on leaves, some battle, some refuse to fight SOUTHEAST -- Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

NEIGHBORS

November 17, 1992|By MAUREEN RICE

This fall I have decided that the world must be divided into two types of people: those who rake, blow and dispose of their leaves, and those who don't.

Being one of the latter, perhaps because of the lack of leaves worth caring about from the baby trees in my yard, I am given to marvel at the perseverance of those who do. I see them madly raking, the wind blowing their piles as fast as they create them. Yet somehow they win. On garbage pickup day there are bags and bags of leaves.

Then there are the leaf "leavers," those who like the natural look of a brown carpet in the front yard. If there is a "raker" next door to a "leaver" are we looking at the beginnings of a Hatfield-McCoy relationship? Do the "rakers" ever feel tempted to dispose of their leaves on the neighbor's lawn? I can hear their chortle of triumph. Would the "leavers" then decide to retaliate?

I love fall.

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Mrs. Butterworth is getting dressed up for Christmas. Myra Hopkins is creating marvelous designs for her new look, including gas and lamp carolers, pilgrims and Indians, even the three wise men.

"People can't believe it's a syrup jar when they see these," said Ms. Hopkins, "and they rave about them. Some people are working on collections!"

Ms. Hopkins paints the faces so that the jars look like porcelain dolls, then dresses them in one of the outfits she painstakingly trims to the finest detail.

"I took some of these into a craft shop to see if they wanted to sell them," she said, "and they wanted to do it, but they thought they should be priced a lot higher than we sell them for at the church [Wesley Freedom Methodist]. So if I sold them through the craft shop, I couldn't allow the church to sell them cheaper, so I decided to skip the craft shop."

Ms. Hopkins says she is now making a business of selling the patterns to other churches.

You can see, and perhaps obtain, one of these interesting creations at the Wesley Freedom Methodist Church bazaar Saturday.

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The Wesley Freedom Methodist Church is sponsoring its annual craft bazaar, "Holiday Traditions," this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church's new facility. Get there early, as the early birds will snatch up the best and brightest, including those fantastic Mrs. Butterworth jars.

"We expanded our hours last year and made three entrances," said Sherri Perryn, bazaar coordinator. "This helps a lot, because in the past people were lined up waiting to get in when we opened and practically fell through the doors."

Ms. Perryn said that she knows people from Columbia who visit the bazaar each year because they say it's the largest craft bazaar around.

"The quality of merchandise is great, too," said Ms. Perryn.

"We work on the crafts year-round. There are a large number of very talented artists in this congregation."

The Methodist Men have made their suet bird feeders, Faye Worley has coordinated a beautiful greenery room; Cheryl Rule is organizing a fantastic holiday room; and the bell choir has dressed its angel tree.

The oyster and barbecue luncheon begins at 11 a.m. if you miss the cafe refreshments.

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