Finding the remedy for panic as the holidays rush merrily at us

NEIGHBORS

November 18, 1994|By PEG ADAMARCZYK

"Thanksgiving is next week," she bellowed as she barged in the back door. "That means Christmas. Shopping and money. Cookies and money. Cleaning and money. Money and money!"

I calmly directed my distraught friend into the nearest chair and offered a soothing cup of tea and a heavy dose of empathy.

Not wanting to admit that I, too, had been caught unprepared again this year, I let her ramble.

"Where have I been?" she asked. "I distinctly remember getting back-to-school stuff, but then it gets a little hazy."

She stared off into space and sighed.

For the next few minutes the soothing quiet of our shared failing was a small comfort. United in our shortcomings again, I thought.

"Maybe we should stop trying so hard," she said.

We then spent the next few minutes happily remembering a few of our past "let's do something new this year" escapades.

"Remember our gingerbread house phase?" I asked. "And how about the killing we were going to make selling handmade teddy bears at craft shows? We would have done well if those snow storms hadn't wiped out every show we signed up for."

With our spirits lightened and our cups emptied, we suddenly realized that over an hour had passed.

"Don't forget about the cookie exchange next week," I reminded her as she dashed for the door."

"I've got it under control," she said with a knowing smile. "It's slice and bake all the way."

Enjoy your Thanksgiving, Pasadena. Don't let the holiday crush get you down.

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Smart holiday shoppers have already filled requests on their Christmas wish lists. But the rest of us will be shopping right up until the last minute, searching for that perfect gift.

If you are looking for something a little different, visit one of the granddaddies of local craft fairs tomorrow.

The Northeast High School Athletic Boosters 16th annual craft fair runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow in the school cafeteria on Duvall Highway.

The handiwork of more than 60 artisans will be featured: home decorator items, Christmas decorations, stocking stuffers for all ages.

L Cakes, homemade candy and refreshments also will be on sale.

"While admission is free, we're asking shoppers to donate a canned item that will be distributed to a local pantry," said Dottie Kemmerer, the longtime craft show chairwoman.

Proceeds will benefit sports, music and other programs at Northeast.

For more details, call the school, 437-6400.

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With Christmas right around the corner, so are the New Year's Eve parties.

* The Stoney Creek Democratic Club will have its bash from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Tickets are $20 per person and include an open bar, hats, noisemakers, hot and cold buffet, music for dancing and a continental breakfast.

For reservations or more details, call Stokes Kolodziejski, 255-2043, or Evelyn Sommer, 255-4611.

* The Knights of Columbus, Council 10966 will have its get-together from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at St. Jane Frances hall, 8513 St. Jane Drive in Riviera Beach.

Tickets are $30 per person and include an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a hot dinner menu with veggies and dessert, champagne toast at midnight and a continental breakfast.

Music will be provided by Inner Realm.

For reservations or more details, call Rick Brager, 437-2913, or Duane Johnson, 360-5575.

If you would like to have news about your organization or event published in this column, call Peg Adamarczyk, 437-6343.

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