Clothes of Christmas past, present to be shown Shepherd's Staff benefit to put families on runwayy to raise money for needy

November 03, 1995|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Shepherd's Staff, the cooperative ministry of Westminster churches, is plunging into the holiday season with its third annual fashion show, plus a new fund-raiser to help busy adults prepare for their entertaining.

This year's "Fashions and Memories" show will recall past

Christmases as several generations of families model today's and yesterday's styles from Leggett's of Westminster.

"This is our event of the year, the biggest thing we do to raise

funds," said Kathy Brown, director. "We need the money. It takes lot [to help the needy]."

The fashion show is an event that takes a lot of hard work by many volunteers.

"With this old-fashioned, down-home look we are trying to stress, Leggett's has helped us find several Carroll County families who will be modeling together, some four or five generations," Ms. Brown said.

"There also will be caroling and all kinds of festive, fun, old-fashioned foods," she added. "The ornaments were made by several Girl Scout troops, local church youth groups and some West Middle School children."

Christmas trees in the hall decorated with the handmade ornaments and gingerbread, homemade cakes and cookies will add to the theme of days gone by.

The Adeline quartet, Mirror Image, will sing. Door prizes, donated by local businesses, will be given away.

Shepherd's Staff is branching out this season into another fund-raiser, which will be announced at the fashion show. The organization will sell gourmet cookie dough for a shortcut for holiday baking.

"We're selling tubs of cookie dough," Ms. Brown said. "We all tasted it and it's great. You can even freeze it and pull it out of the freezer and bake a little at a time."

Samples and information will be handed out at the show. Six kinds of cookie dough can be purchased. Cookie dough orders must be received by Nov. 16 and will be in the first week of December.

In return for this evening, Shepherd's Staff is asking those attending to bring a donation for its "Blessings Closet." Nonfood items, especially paper products, toiletries and cleaning items are needed. "We really need these types of things," Ms. Brown said. "These are items that people can walk in and let us know they need. These are items they can't buy with food stamps."

"Fashions and Memories" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers, Route 140, Westminster. Tickets are $11 and for sale at the Treat Shop, Stu's Music, Ain't That a Frame, the Hickory Stick and Shepherd's Staff office (30 Carroll St.), as well as at the door. Information: 857-5944.

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