Teddy Bear Christmas show a good way to start holiday shopping

NEIGHBORS

November 10, 1994|By JUDY REILLY

Ah, teddy bears. My daughter and her girlfriends collect them and dress them up for any occasion. My son won't go to sleep without his father's old, worn, stuffed bear tucked under his arm.

One year, as a budding entrepreneur, Ellie dressed up like

a teddy bear and offered a "photo with the bear" for 25 cents.

Ms. Turner's son Willie wants to show customers the miniature antiques this year, and her mother, Petey Hager, has traveled from Pittsburgh to help decorate and set up shop. "I couldn't do this event without her," Ms. Turner says.

Laura Turner's Teddy Bear Christmas is held at 1940 Old Taneytown Road in Frizzellburg (look for the house decorated like a Currier and Ives painting) from noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.

Park at the Frizzellburg Bible Church. Information: 875-2850.

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Budget some time this weekend to attend another popular annual event -- the Early Bird Craft Fair at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in New Windsor. The event is from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday. Don't miss it.

"Homemade" and "handcrafted" are watchwords of the day, whether you're shopping for gifts to buy or something wonderful to eat. Wooden crafts and toys, oak rocking horses, dried flowers, lamps, dough ornaments, wreaths, children's paintings and potted plants are among the many offerings to purchase.

"You can buy items from 25 cents on up," says Regina Roop, co-chairman of the event.

The Methodist women are cooking their famous mouth-watering chicken corn soup and crab cakes, plus homemade pie. You can also purchase mincemeat for $3.50 (I've been trying to get this secret recipe since I moved to Carroll County) and other preserves and goodies from the bake tables.

Mrs. Roop is one of the vendors sharing the bounty of her summer garden.

"My husband and I had a garden out at my son's this year, and though I got it in late, the cucumbers got the rain, and I had picture-perfect vines. We were getting a half-bushel of cucumbers every other day."

Mrs. Roop will be selling pickles and relishes made from those cukes.

More than 20 women from the church work on the event, and the money raised goes back to the church.

Last year, the women purchased a vacuum cleaner, something they need when they take turns cleaning the church on Thursdays.

If you would like to be a vendor, tables are still available to rent at $1, and you'll donate 10 percent of your receipts to the church. That way, emphasizes Mrs. Roop, "if you don't sell anything, you're only out a dollar."

St. Paul's United Methodist Church is at 200 Main St. in New Windsor. Information: 635-2519 or 635-2442.

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Congratulations to Marston resident Mark Cherry, whose one-man show of twig furniture opened at the Meredith Gallery in Baltimore last weekend. The show, "Modern Rustic" runs through November at the gallery, 805 N. Charles St.

"This has been an exciting year for me, a banner year," says Mr. Cherry, whose handcrafted furniture is seen in galleries and shops along the Eastern Seaboard, including the Sansar Galleries in Washington and the Main Street Gallery in Chincoteague, Va.

"I hit the right type of furniture people are ready for."

Information: 875-2309.

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