Time for foliage and house tours


September 25, 1994|By Elizabeth Large

This weekend take the time for a leisurely drive to enjoy the fall foliage -- and a house tour. Here are two suggestions:

* The 39th annual Potomac Country House Tour will showcase five exceptional homes next Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call (301) 365-2055 for information.

* The Harford County Chapter of AMC Cancer Research Center's decorator show house will be open through Oct. 2. The Homestead, located at 221 Linwood Ave. in Bel Air, features the work of over 20 designers and artisans, including such well-known ones as Alexander Baer and Associates. Call (410) 893-4337.

In the bag

If you're like me, you stuff all those plastic bags you get at the store into another plastic bag, and then you have to figure out where to store a big plastic bag full of plastic bags. Enter the Tupperware Bag Saver, a container that can be mounted inside a cabinet. It's neat, it's compact, and it holds dozens of plastic bags. At the bottom is a half-circle opening for removing bags neatly. Call (800) 858-7221 or your local Tupperware representative to order the $9.95 Bag Saver.

Painted furniture

Native Baltimorean Trina Lion will be returning home from New York next month to exhibit her vivid painted furniture and bowls at Tomlinson Craft Collection in the Rotunda. A graduate of the Maryland Institute, College of Art, she describes her creations as "utilitarian murals of primitive figures and abstract emotions." You can see for yourself at the solo show, which runs Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.

Sales and appraisals

The storefront window was intriguing, especially because there was no sign above it. Here were wonderful examples of '50s-modern and period-American furniture, silverware, glassware and paintings. The door was locked, so I stuck a business card with my phone number in the door and waited for a call to find out just what this shop was.

By now, though, Paul Gore Hall and Associates' new sign is up, so his eclectic mix of antiques and decorative accessories will be easy to find. Don't be surprised if the shop at 11 and 13 W. Mulberry St. is closed, however. When he called me back, Mr. Hall explained that he does appraisals and estate work; and in spite of his business' name, he's the only one minding the store. Your best bet is by appointment, (410) 332-1106; but the official hours are Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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