Turkey apples, church bazaars ring in the holiday season

NEIGHBORS

November 25, 1993|By SALLLY BUCKLER

Happy Thanksgiving. My family and I hope you enjoy a feast with friends or family.

This is such a gloriously traditional holiday, and each family has its evolving customs.

Our turkey apples (made from apples, toothpicks, raisins, and stuffed green olives) have graced many of our Thanksgiving tables, and they do this year, too. It's the beginning of a wonderful holiday season, when we not only give thanks, but take time to be with people we love.

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Luckily there are many fine church bazaars in our area to add to our holiday pleasures. One of my favorite is the Holly Bell Christmas Bazaar at Lisbon United Methodist Church.

This is the church's 13th Christmas fair, and it will have a festive atmosphere and an assortment of wares that will take your breath away.

At last year's fair, church members sold stained glass, dolls, wooden toys, dried flower arrangements and wreaths and food.

The goods are mostly handmade, and they are priced below what they might cost at a commercial craft show. I really wish I could have taken home much more than I did last year.

Folks search out the silent auction here, which features substantial articles made or selected just for the bazaar by church members.

This year the auction includes stained glass by Roland "Doc" Swanson, Mullinix beef, a counted cross-stitch baby blanket, and a one-of-a-kind handmade doll with a handmade wardrobe. Even if you don't care to bid on these items or the many others in the auction, you'll want to see them.

The people who organize this bazaar think of everything. They have a project room set up, so that, for a small fee, your children can make gifts to go while you shop. The project room is staffed by adult volunteers who enjoy helping children.

When you are hungry, you'll want to stop at the country kitchen. There you'll find sweet rolls, coffee, tea, and fruit punch early. Later there will be plenty of homemade food for lunch. Choose vegetable, chicken corn soup, or bean soup to go with your sandwiches, hot dogs, chili dogs, or chicken salad. New this year at the bazaar are oyster sandwiches.

Top off your feast with homemade desserts.

Stop in the food room to purchase homemade candies, fudge, jams and other goodies to take home.

The Holly Bell Christmas Bazaar is Saturday, December 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lisbon United Methodist Church is on Route 144 in Lisbon at 15875 Frederick Road next to the Lisbon Elementary School.

Call 489-7245 for information and directions.

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Cub Scout Pack 702 gave merit awards to Scouts at their last pack meeting.

Alan Arndt received his Webelo badge. During a traditional candlelighted log ceremony, scouts Patrick Arndt, Russell Bumgarner, Troster Byrne, Michael Clements, Michael Jacobson, Andrew Leishear, Devin Rhoad, Jack Wilson, Daniel Stahovic and Dustin Smith received their Bobcat badges.

The Bobcat badge is the first step in cub scouting. In this active Pack, other scouts received belt loops, arrow points, and Webelo pins in recognition of completed Cub Scout activities.

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Glenelg High School's "It's Academic Team," led by Raymond Walker, Sarah Ramirez, Emily Reinke and Daniel Gaffney, played four 30-minute rounds at the Maryland Trivia Club's match at the University of Maryland College Park last Sunday. The team won two of their rounds, with strengths in history and literature. Team members are grateful to Emily's father, Tom Reinke, for providing transportation to and from the match.

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Famous Reader Day is an annual event at which parents and community members visit Bushy Park Elementary School to read to the children. You can hear a pin drop anywhere in the building, as readers share favorite books, and children sit and listen attentively. Readers can sign up now to participate in Famous Reader Day on Jan. 28 in the morning or afternoon. Call the school at 313-5500.

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Administrators from three local middle schools attended the National Middle School Association Conference in Portland, Ore. recently.

They were part of a contingent of about 50 people from Howard County Public Schools who attended the conference at their own expense. Many of the sessions on effective middle school administration and the unique needs of middle school students were attended by: Principal Marion Payne and Assistant Principal Gary Pryseski of Mount View Middle School, Principal Frank Scrivner and Assistant Principal Harriette Greenberg from Clarksville Middle School, and Assistant Principal Albertha Caldwell of Glenwood Middle School.

The Howard County group was the largest group of middle school administrators outside Oregon to attend the conference of about 9,000 people, according to Middle Schools Director Alice Haskins. Ms. Haskins reports that the Howard County Middle School program is a model for other school systems in the country.

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