Seasonal shopping is good in moderation, but please, avoid extremes

NEIGHBORS

December 01, 1993|By BONITA FORMWALT

With steely-eyed determination, she advanced into the mall. She did not glance at the carolers. Santa Claus was dismissed with a shrug. This was a woman on a mission.

This was a woman with a Christmas shopping list.

In one deft movement she snapped open her purse and removed the alphabetized, color-coded file. I saw columns of names, sizes, stores and -- my personal favorite -- "maximum spending amount."

As she set forth on the shopping challenge I knew our paths would cross again.

* 10 a.m.: Shopper noticed calmly explaining to confused cashier that the Susan B. Anthony dollar is really American currency.

* 11:15 a.m.: Commotion in Walden Books. Shopper in heated discussion with N.O.W. member over decision to buy Howard Stern's latest literary effort. Eventually gives in, buys "Bridges of Madison County" for father-in-law. Observed rubbing feet.

* 3:15 p.m.: Long line at Arby's. Shopper observed squirting ketchup packets at customer trying to pay lunch tab with traveler's checks. Noticeable limp.

* 6 p.m.: Shopper discovered leaving Hecht's wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

* 7:15 p.m.: Follow mall security to second floor. Shopper dangling empty stroller over balcony screaming, "Haven't you people ever heard of a playground!" Former occupant of stroller crawls over, spits up Juicy-Juice on closest bunny slipper.

* 9:02 p.m.: Exit mall. Shopping complete. One slipper missing.

Wrap on, Glen Burnie.

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If you want to avoid the crush of mall shopping, you may want to stop by one of the many craft fairs scheduled Saturday:

* One hundred and seventy artisans will be on hand for the Glen Burnie High School annual holiday craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair is sponsored jointly by the Class of '94, the Class of '97 and the Glen Burnie High Key Club.

One of the largest shows in the area, shoppers can expect to find a gift for every name on their shopping list.

"We have someone selling Santas made from picket fences, some lovely animal jewelry and personalized storybooks for children, to name just a few," said freshman class faculty adviser Mary Huey.

Other student organizations will be represented as well. The Glen Burnie High Boosters and the Class of '97 will be selling sweat shirts, and members of the Foreign Language Club will sell holiday cookies. The Key Club will sell cassettes for $4 featuring 17 holiday songs by well-known recording artists and sweat shirts silk screened with maps of Glen Burnie.

Members of the freshmen class will be serving doughnuts and hot cocoa in the morning and a luncheon menu of hot dogs, hamburgers and tuna croissants.

Glen Burnie High is at 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. The media building is in the center of the campus.

For information, call 761-8950.

* Santa is expected to visit the Marley Elementary School Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the school's multipurpose room.

In keeping with the spirit of giving, admission is one canned food item. Donations will be distributed to area food banks.

Holiday crafts will be sold, including ornaments and gift items.

Several activities and games have been planned for the children. Area merchants have donated prizes for winners of "Santa's Secret Game."

Santa Claus will visit, taking requests for presents. Photos of your child with Santa can be purchased for $1.

Volunteers will be available to help children create cards and ornaments to give as gifts.

Baked goods and other refreshments will be sold.

The school is at 201 Marley Station Road.

* At Marley Methodist Church, shoppers can enjoy a pancake breakfast before checking out the assorted craft and bazaar items, 7:30 a.m. to noon.

Members of the United Methodist Men will make and serve breakfast all morning. The menu consists of pancakes, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee. A free will donation is welcome.

Christmas crafts and homemade baked goods will be available for sale.

;/ Marley Methodist is at 30 Marley Neck Road.

The holidays will be celebrated a little early at Arthur Slad Regional Catholic School with "Christmas at Slade" from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

A variety of crafts have been made by the families of Slade students and donated to the craft show. Items for sale include grapevine wreaths, ornaments and doormats trimmed with holiday ribbons.

Admission is free.

Slade's Book Fair is operating from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. A selection of books will also be on display at the Christmas fair.

The school is at 120 Dorsey Road.

D8 For information, call the school office at 766-8614.

An evergreen tree at Logo Park will become a Christmas tree thanks to the efforts of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company, the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and a few volunteers.

Armed with ornaments and lights, the volunteers will decorate the tree at Ritchie Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Tom Nevin III and members of the volunteer fire company will offer their assistance.

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