Rain doesn't faze Crofton Christmas tree lighting

NEIGHBORS

December 07, 1993|By SUE HALLER

Can you believe it, two weekends in a row and it rains cats and dogs? But even the rain and wind Sunday did not stop the lighting of the annual Crofton Christmas tree.

To provide more space, this year's festivities were moved to the front of the Crofton County Club, thanks to club owner Bill Berkshire.

The program opened with traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs sung by the Crofton Community Singers, under the direction of Marilyn Miles.

Santa made an appearance, arriving via transportation courtesy of the Anne Arundel Volunteer Fire Department. Santa later moved inside for photo sessions with children young and old. The photos cost $5, with proceeds from the sales going to help in Crofton's 30th anniversary celebration.

The old tree at Town Hall was still decorated, with ornaments made by the children of the open door program at Crofton Woods Elementary, residents of the Crofton Convalescent Center and Crofton's New Comers Club.

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The Crofton Association of Retired Persons will tour the White House's holiday decorations tomorrow. The bus will leave Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton at 8:30 a.m. and return to Crofton County Club for lunch. The cost of the trip is $22. To reserve a spot, call Howard Cobb at 721-5324.

Three Crofton-area businesses are serving as drop-off points to help the less fortunate during this holiday season. Long and Foster's new office in the Priest Bridge Overlook is accepting donations of nonperishable food items.

Mary's Consignment Shop on Route 450 has a Salvation Army Adopt-An-Angel Tree in its shop. Patrons may select an angel bearing the name of a child needing gifts, purchase the items and return them to the store all gift wrapped.

Crofton Kmart also has a tree in its store, but this one will benefit residents of the Crofton Convalescent Center who have no family. You may pick up a tag at Kmart and return your presents gift-wrapped and ready to make some resident's day a happy one.

The Crofton Kiwanis holiday gourmet gift basket raffle will be going strong until the big drawing on Christmas Eve. Local Kiwanis members will be selling tickets in front of Giant, 424 Liquors and Staple's Corner shopping center each weekend until Christmas. All proceeds go to local community service projects.

How many of you who drive by Crofton Middle School have noticed that the school sign was painted recently?

It was painted by John Verde, a former Crofton Middle student who now attends Arundel High School. Responding to a plea for someone to paint the sign, John and his brother Joe, who is in the seventh grade, got their paint brushes ready and went to town.

The look has greatly improved the outside of the school.

* Crofton Middle extends an invitation to hear the music of the school's chorus and string orchestra and band. The orchestra will perform Dec. 15, followed by the band concert on Dec. 16. Both shows at the school will start at 7 p.m.

Donations will be accepted at the door to help support Crofton Middle's music programs. If you would like more information, call the school at 793-0280 or 858-1989.

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The Crofton Athletic Council is still looking for a girls' lacrosse commissioner. No one has stepped forward in the months it has been looking, and the CAC may not be able to offer a girls' lacrosse program this year unless someone steps forward right now. If you don't want to see the program fold, please call CAC President Dorie Folstein at 261-3402.

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The Rotary Clubs of Bladensburg and Bowie-Crofton are joining forces to sponsor an indoor golf tournament Feb. 26 to fight off the gloom of winter.

Proceeds will go to two charitable projects of primary benefit to children.

One is Opportunity Park, a Bowie playground fully accessible to children with disabilities.

The other recipient will be a foundation supporting the work of Dr. Thomas Koury, a prominent Maryland surgeon who makes trips twice a year to donate his skills and those of his staff to preform reconstructive facial and hand surgery for disadvantaged children in Ecuador.

The club is looking for participants and for area businesses to donate items to give away as door prizes.

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The weekend rains may have put a damper on plans to put out your holiday decoration for the annual outdoor illumination contest, but don't despair -- the deadline for entries is Sunday, with judging beginning Monday.

The contest is open to anyone living in the greater Crofton area. Residents may nominate themselves or a particularly creative neighbor.

Judging will be done in three categories: most traditional, most creative and best townhouse.

Winners in each category will receive $25. To enter, give your name, address, telephone number and the category best fitting your decorations to Carol Sands at 261-3925.

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