If the shoes fit, or not, they're cheap by the dozen and most useful as gifts


June 08, 1994|By BONITA FORMWALT

Following the snip, snip sound of scissors, I found her surrounded by cards, bows and tubes of wrapping paper.

"Quick! Get me a calendar. I need dates," she cried.

Ripping the calendar from the wall, she began furiously circling dates with an old eyeliner pencil muttering "graduation, shower, wedding . . ."

I gently pried the Maybelline from her fingers and led her to a chair. As she slumped into the chair, "pop, pop, pop" filled the room.

"Bubble wrap," she said meekly. "I'm shipping."

Looking at the array of wrapping she sighed, "In three weeks I have bought a baby shower gift for a woman having her fourth child by her third husband. A wedding gift for a couple renewing their vows 20 years into a marriage that makes Burt and Lonnie look cozy."

She held up an accordion of computer paper.

"My niece -- who got a D in computer science -- graciously wrapped her high school graduation announcement with a printout of suggested gifts from the bookstore of the college she hopes to attend in the fall."

This must be hard on your budget, I offered.

Blushing, she lifted the lid one of the many boxes on the table to reveal . . . shoes.

"When Leedmark went out of business, I bought a shopping cart full of Keds tennis shoes for $13.17. I've been giving them as gifts ever since," she explained. "Of course, lately I've had to limit my attendance to parties for people who wear a size 9 or bigger."

As I left she pressed a shoe box into my hands. Inside, one size 8, the other a 7 1/2 .

Bunions ho, Glen Burnie.


Shoppers looking for unique gift ideas should check out the craft fair, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Glen Burnie Improvement Association's carnival grounds.

The fair, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glen Burnie, will feature a variety of artists and their work.

"One of the crafters makes footstools and magazine racks that would be a great gift for Father's Day," said event coordinator Mary Huey.

Other crafts include hand-painted vests, shirts and hats, fannie packs and Native American Dream Catchers.

Spaces are available for a $25 fee. For more information or to reserve a space, call Huey at 766-8128 after 5 p.m.


Preschool childrens ages 3 to 5 are invited to spend part of their summer at Camp Littlehawk at the Glen Burnie YMCA, 8 Central Ave.

The camp offers five sessions, each operating five days a week )) from 9 a.m. to noon for two weeks. Session I begins June 20.

Camp activities include arts and crafts, music, games, drama, stories, outdoor play and swimming.

Registration: $75 for Y members and $95 for nonmembers. Information: Terry Oswald, 761-1251.


Can you write your name in the road salt still caked to the side of your car? Are small maple trees sprouting in the dirt on your bumper? Do you have to roll down your window to see if it's clear to make a left turn? Perhaps it's time to wash the car.

Boy Scout Troop 780 is having a car wash 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday in the parking lot of Arundel Federal Savings Bank, 655 Crain Highway.

There is no charge for the service, but donations are welcome to help offset the cost of the Scouts' high adventure scuba trip to the Florida Keys.

Bad weather will push the car wash back to June 25.


Plain, with ice cream or smothered in whipped cream over shortcake -- the Strawberry Festival at Messiah United Methodist Church promises something to please everyone's taste, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the church hall.

In addition to serving up the berry treats, the United Methodist Women are offering a menu of barbecue, hot dogs and beverages.

For information, call Virginia Hann, 761-3575.


The sounds of swing will fill the streets of Glen Burnie at 7 Friday night when the Bayside Big Band kicks off a free outdoor music concert series at the Arundel Center North.

The concerts will showcase different music each Friday through July 15.

Seating is limited, so lawn chairs are suggested.

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