Grasshopper mood gives way to ant's providence for winter NORTH LAUREL/SAVAGE

NEIGHBORS

September 24, 1993|By LOURDES SULLIVAN

Here it is, officially the end of summer. Drat! It's time to behave like a responsible adult again.

Gone are those carefree days, when laundry was a pair of shorts and a bathing suit, when dinner was barbecue on paper plates, or tuna fish sandwiches with watermelon for dessert.

TC It's time to leave our grasshopper existence and behave like provident ants. I don't mind, really. It's just that winter preparations take so much time for results that only become apparent in deep winter.

I'm trying to feel smugly virtuous as I put up the storm windows (why didn't I label them in the spring?), have the furnace checked, clean out the gutters, bed down the garden, plant raspberries, and plan my gift list.

And it's almost working. I know I'll feel better next January in a warm, draft-free, dry house than in a damp, cold one. But I need a little sweetener for my labors now; January is so far away. I therefore am declaring cocoa and mulled wine season "open," as of today. Likewise the opening of cookie season.

I may behave like an adult, but I eat like a child.

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Among the better things about fall, other than the wonderful but discouraged smell of burning leaves, is Halloween. Any holiday that encourages juvenile extortion can't be all bad.

Savage Mill, the restored weaving mill now converted to an antiques and crafts mall, caterer and artists' enclave (it's a very big place), is sponsoring a scarecrow-building session just in time to decorate your porch for Halloween.

The nominal fee of $2 per scarecrow goes to Bollman Bridge Elementary PTA to support all kinds of programs. The mill provides the stuffing and space in which to make the scarecrow. Bollman Bridge PTA volunteers will demonstrate the fine art of "Being Your Own Doctor Frankenstein."

Bring old clothing that's too worn out or too ugly to donate to charity. You know the kind of clothing I'm talking about -- the lime and fuchsia ties, the orange polyester pants, the beer-can hat, the plaid shirt from four sizes ago. Haul it all to the mill Oct. 9 and 10, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leave with a sight to scare the neighbors.

Information: Vickie Traber, (301) 776-0599.

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St. Mary of the Mills' CYO plays host to its first Shrimp Feast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Pallotti High School in Laurel. Feast on spiced shrimp, coleslaw, corn on the cob, hot dogs, beer, soda and dessert, all for a good cause. There will be raffles, games, music and fun for all. Call Roger Lambert at

490-1870 for tickets. Cost is $16 for those 12 and older, $10 for those younger. Call for more details and to help support the CYO's programs.

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For the last few weeks I've been complaining that all I see in stores are sweaters, while it's still summer. Well, summer is over, I guess I can fall in love with wool again.

While passing the Savage Mill, I noticed some magnificent coat-length sweaters in a formerly empty window. That space is now occupied by Vibrant Knits, USA. This shop is owned by Joan Becker and Lee Anderson, the designer of the coats and sweaters.

Ms. Anderson was a knitwear designer in her native New Zealand. She opened a gallery there that sold sweaters of her design. Each sweater was a collaborative effort between Ms. Anderson, who designed the motifs and color schemes, and the person who did the knitting.

The gallery was wildly successful, selling about 800 of these one-of-a-kind knits to such luminaries as the Queen of Spain, the Crown Prince of Thailand and Bill Cosby (who may be single-handedly responsible for the revival of sweaters in the U.S.)

While on a book tour of the United States, Ms. Anderson met her husband, Al Scolnik, a native of Columbia. It took a few years, but Ms. Anderson finally moved to Maryland. She kept her gallery and shop in New Zealand, but now visits it yearly, rather than every six weeks as she used to.

She's been looking to open a shop in the United States ever since and finally has done it. The sweaters and coats are gorgeous creations of intense color, flowers and natural motifs in bright hues. The mohair coats are particularly lovely.

Miss Anderson designs about 1,000 sweaters a year, sending original color paintings back to New Zealand, where local women hand-knit the designs into sweaters. She also creates designs for cotton sweaters knit in Bolivia in limited additions of 100 or so.

Do stop by to welcome a new Howard countian and to see magnificent handiwork. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week in Savage Mill, 8600 Foundry St., Savage.

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The Antonio Lodge of the Laurel Sons of Italy in America offers a lasagna dinner from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Breen Room at St. Mary of the Mills parish in Laurel. The $5 admission gets you a lavish dinner of lasagna, Italian sausage, garlic bread and drinks.

Proceeds benefit the St. Mary of the Mills Education Center. Information: Nina Scardina, (301) 776-5290.

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