Herbs flavor club's annual luncheon

NEIGHBORS

August 15, 1994|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

It was "Picnic Thyme" for the Friendly Thyme Herb Club on Aug. 5. Forty-five members and guests attended the club's annual luncheon at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

A lazy scarecrow lounged on a wicker chair, his picnic basket beside him. Baskets of fresh herbs and flowers decorated the porch. Accents of checkerboard ribbon, plastic cutlery and paper plates set the scene.

No picnic would be complete without a straw hat. So, at each place setting, luncheon guests found a straw hat decorated with ribbons and dried flowers.

This lovely luncheon was planned and executed by Chairwoman Helen Patterson and committee members Marion Adams, Lenora Ferrin and Judy Widlake. Richard Hood helped by arranging fresh herbs in garden baskets for table centerpieces.

Jennifer Cromwell, an herbs specialist at Valley View Farms in Cockeysville, was the guest speaker. Her slide presentation was about some of the most popular herbs and the problems of growing them. She talked about what happens to some herbs during a drought and those that are affected by excess rain. She offered many hints on how to repel harmful insects, one of which was placing a citrus peel around the herbs. Florida citrus growers discovered this technique, she said.

Hot and cold dishes, drinks and desserts, all with herbs, were contributed to the luncheon by members.

The herb club will have its next meeting Sept. 2. Anyone interested in learning more about the organization is invited to attend or call Mary Goode at 437-4120.

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A Close Knit Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Linthicum Library. According to Helen Holden, president of the knitting group, members will work on individual projects and put together afghans for the Warm Up America project.

"This will probably be an eternal project for us," Ms. Holden said. "The squares keep coming and coming."

The squares are donated by many different sources. The afghans are given to the homeless through charitable organizations. Ms. Holden said most of the squares are knitted, but some are crocheted. The crocheted squares give the afghans a different texture, she said.

Members will enter some of their own knitting projects in the state fair. This will be discussed at a short business meeting.

The regular program and presentations will resume with the September meeting.

For information, call Ms. Holden at 837-2970.

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St. Philip Neri Parish will conduct the Rite of Christian Initiation For Adults, a course of study for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or for Catholics interested in updating their faith. The course will begin this fall.

For more information, or to register, call the rectory at 859-0571, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

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