Candlelight walking in ChestertownThe 25th annual...

ON THE HOME FRONT

September 04, 1994|By Elizabeth Large

Candlelight walking in Chestertown

The 25th annual candlelight walking tour of Chestertown's HTC historic district features so many charming 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century homes and buildings you can't possibly visit them all in the time allotted. But if you call (410) 778-3499 for a brochure, you can pick the houses you're most interested in, visit them first, and see the others as time allows. The tour will be held on Sept. 17, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15 each, and can be purchased by sending a check and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Historical Society of Kent County Inc., P.O. Box 665, Chestertown, Md. 21620.

Goodwill sale

Each year the Annapolis Goodwill store's Labor Day sale gives people the chance to do good -- while they're picking up one-of-a-kind antique bargains. Collectors come from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania to comb through the 2,000 or so items for sale.

Sale coordinator Archie Hickerson has had more than 30 years' experience spotting antiques among the piles of furnishings and collectibles donated to Goodwill. They are cleaned and in some cases restored, then sold each Labor Day at the store at 176 West St. Hours of the sale are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (410) 247-3500 for more information.

Peak season for yardwork

This is the best time of year for landscaping, according to the Landscape Contractors Association. Here are its tips on what to do this month for your yard and garden.

* Control spider mites and lacebugs with Isotox or Orthene according to manufacturers' instructions.

* Fertilize your lawn using 50 percent organic 10-6-4 fertilizer.

* Do not prune spring flowering shrubs.

* Plant trees and shrubs now.

* Seed your lawn this month.

* Plant spring flowering bulbs.

* Lime should be applied to turf areas during fall.

* September is a great month to apply broad-leaf weed control.

Gifts are in the stars

Occasionally books come along that I have to have. Such a book is "Stars: The Art of Making Stellar Gifts and Radiant Crafts" (Simon & Schuster, $23) by Katy Brown. I may never get around to making any of the 40 or so projects, which range from a starry mobile to a screen-printed duvet cover. But I love the concept and the pictures are gorgeous. There's even a special section on Christmas stars. This is the time to be thinking about making celestial holiday cards, gifts and wreaths; "Stars" will tell you how.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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