Re-creation of Santa from 1862 to make bookstore appearance

NEIGHBORS

November 20, 1995|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SANTA CLAUS will visit Toomey's Bookshop in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center Dec. 2, but this is no ordinary Santa. It is a re-creation of Thomas Nast's 1862 Santa Claus who first appeared in the pages of Harper's Weekly to bolster the morale of Union soldiers during the Civil War.

This Santa is played by Kevin Rawlings, the author of a new book entitled "We Were Marching on Christmas Day, A History and Chronicle of Christmas During the Civil War."

Mr. Rawlings has spent years researching the evolution of Christmas in America. He has collected a tremendous amount of material on how the holiday was celebrated by both the North and the South during the war.

The book contains more than 50 illustrations of life in camp, on the march and on the home front from 1861 to 1865.

The author will autograph his book and give out candy canes from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 850-0831.

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Residents in Ferndale and Linthicum who are members of the Linthicum and Brooklyn Lions clubs have been collecting eyeglasses for the needy.

Linthicum resident Earl Furrow, who is publicity chairman for the Brooklyn Lions Club, said they collected 380 pairs of glasses and five hearing aids from local businesses, churches, senior citizens centers and personal donations.

Harry Brown, of the Linthicum Lions Club, said the club also collected eyeglasses and helped sort them at the Ellicott City Lions Hall.

"The glasses will be distributed through relief organizations and given to eye doctors that travel to Central and South America to provide personal fittings to people in outlying communities," Mr. Brown said.

For information, call Mr. Brown at 859-8899.

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Ferndale United Methodist Church joins Peace Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer for a Thanksgiving Eve Community Service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The service, including a combined choir, will take place this year at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Road.

A representative from Habitat for Humanity will be guest speaker, and an offering will be given to Habitat.

If you plan to attend, please bring a gift of nonperishable food for North County Emergency Outreach Network to help stock its pantry for the winter.

There will be a fellowship hour after the service, and plates of cookies would be welcome.

For information, call the Ferndale United Methodist office at 761-2880.

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Robin Gilman and Eloise Vaughan, members of A Close Knit Group, will be showing and discussing knitted Carpet Coats at the 6:30 p.m. meeting tomorrow at the Linthicum Library.

Publicity Chairwoman Helen Holden said Ms. Gilman and Ms. Vaughan have been working on these coats for a year.

"The coats are very beautiful and very unusual. They have somewhat of an Aztec print and are long, to the ankle," Ms. Holden said.

For information, call 837-2970.

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