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November 21, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Holiday homes benefit BSO

The Baltimore Symphony decorators' show houses have delighted visitors each spring for 17 years. Now there's a Christmas version. Five private homes in the Greenspring area have been decorated for the holidays by five local floral designers. They'll be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4. A courtesy shuttle leaving from the Maryland National Bank at Greenspring Station will transport visitors from house to house.

The decorations will be in the spirit of the ambience of each house. The designers will create mantel decorations, wreaths, Christmas trees, table settings and vignettes (gift wrapping, leaving cookies for Santa and so on).

Tickets for the symphony's Homes for the Holidays tour are $15. They can be bought at the Meyerhoff Hall and other locations around Baltimore, or on the day of the tour at Greenspring Station. For ticket information call (410) 783-8000.

Proceeds will benefit the youth programs of the symphony.

"I have this warehouse," Leonard Jed told his friends Gary Cole and Ed Fuhr. "Let's do something with it." The something turned out to be Warehouse at 1300, a decorative arts and antiques center, which opened in Federal Hill this month with over 40 dealers. Most of the building is filled except for a small amount of space being kept open for out-of-state antique dealers.

Here you can get gifts, home accessories, crafts and much more. "One lady makes screens," says Mr. Cole. "We have a carousel-horse carver. There's a railroad buff, art glass, Chinese accessories."

Mr. Cole and Mr. Fuhr manage the property with Mr. Jed's wife Bluma, who also has an antiques shop in the complex. The building, filled with colored booths, is still recognizable as a former plant. "We want it to have a warehouse look, not a design center," says Mr. Cole. "We don't want to scare people off."

Warehouse at 1300, located at 1300 Jackson St. near the harbor, is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is (410) 659-0665.

Even if the weather outside is frightful, there's still plenty to be done to get your yard and garden ready for winter. Ray Bosmans, regional extension specialist for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service, suggests this checklist:

* Keep your leaves. If you don't have many, mow them into your lawn. If you bag your leaves, use them as mulch for your garden.

* Lawns can still be fertilized and limed if necessary. To see if your lawn needs lime, call the Extension Service at (800) 342-2507 to get a soil test kit.

* Fertilize your trees. Garden centers and nurseries will give you detailed instructions.

* Prune problem branches and shape trees and bushes.

* Clean out all debris from your garden. This will help control disease, and your landscape will look tidier.

* Plant bulbs through the month of November. "But get to it pretty soon," urges Mr. Bosmans.

The 1994 Mid-Atlantic Weekenders Calendar is packed with information about nearby events, but what sets it apart from other guides to leisure activities are the dream-like hand-colored photographic illustrations of local scenes by artist Victoria Blewer.

The calendar recently won a silver medal for Most Original Calendar in the United States from the National Calendar Awards. From its pages you'll learn about pig roasts and oyster feasts, air shows, jousting tournaments, steeplechases, festivals, fairs, auctions, flea markets, concerts, museums and much more. At the center is a guide to events by subject; season-long festivals are listed separately.

You can order the Mid-Atlantic Weekenders Calendar from Kanin Press, P.O. Box 1174, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03802 for $11.95 per copy (plus $3.50 shipping and handling for the first copy and 50 cents for each additional calendar). Or call (603) 433-4775 for a store location near you.

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