Seniors holding annual sale Food, crafts were made in center's classes

November 10, 1993|By Katherine Richards | Katherine Richards,Staff Writer

The welcome mats are out -- literally -- this week in the normally staid ground-floor corridor of the Carroll County Office Building, where members of the Westminster Senior Citizens' Center's Lunch Bunch are holding their annual holiday craft and bake sale.

Hand-stenciled welcome mats, hand-woven baskets, hand-printed note cards and other items made in senior center classes will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Friday in the County Office Building.

The sale will move to the Westminster Senior Citizens' Center Nov. 22-24.

"All this is made by the seniors," said Mary Owens, 75, of Westminster. She is president of the seniors' Site Council, which organized the sale and oversees the spending of the proceeds. "It all goes back to the seniors."

Site Council co-treasurer Ethel Smith said the annual sale usually raises $800 to $900 for the seniors' travel and craft supply funds.

L About 30 to 35 seniors attend the Lunch Bunch program daily.

Ms. Owens said the Lunch Bunch went to Hagerstown for lunch last Thursday.

In October, she said, the group visited the Amish country of Pennsylvania.

The next trip, later this month, will be to the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Proceeds from the craft sale help pay for a "scholarship fund," which allows seniors to participate who otherwise might not have been able to afford the trips.

The profits also are used to buy craft supplies for the coming year, such as yarn, clay and wood shop materials.

For the sale, the senior center's cooking class contributed such goodies as jams, chutneys, zucchini loaves and banana bread. The sewing club made scented coat hangers and Christmas ornaments. Craftsmen in the wood shop built magazine racks.

"The bird houses were made by the developmentally disabled in their therapeutic art class," said Olivia Schrodetski, assistant coordinator of the Carroll County Bureau of Aging resocialization program.

She said some of the seniors in the Tuesday crafts class were "thrilled" to learn the stenciling techniques used to decorate the welcome mats.

"They kept saying, 'We're too old to learn anything new.' I kept saying, 'Oh, no, you're not,' " Ms. Schrodetski said.

Ms. Owens said she has enjoyed working on the Site Council and its projects because, "I've really gotten to meet a lot of people."

"I wouldn't be without the senior center for anything," she said. "I wouldn't know how to act if I stopped coming to this."

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