Arrival of another holiday means it's time for a little pep


November 29, 1995|By Bonita Formwalt hTC | Bonita Formwalt hTC,Special to the Sun

"HAPPY, HAPPY holidays," my neighbor called from the top of her house.

Squinting into the sun, I located her amid the plastic elves, reindeer and snowmen populating her roof.

"There's a short in one of the extension cords," she explained. "Last night only Dasher and Dancer were illuminated."

Staring at the garish display, I decided the electrical problem was probably a gift from BGE to the rest of Glen Burnie.

"Do you need any help putting up your Christmas decorations?" she asked. "I only mentioned it because your Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations didn't have the same pep of previous years."

Pep? I don't do "pep." Anyway, my decorations were fine. Our lives have been somewhat chaotic lately, and decorating was not a priority.

"Yes, you could say that," she said. "For Halloween, you wrote 'BOO' on 25 Post-It notes and stuck them on the front door. Thanksgiving morning you filled your mailbox with canned corn and tried to pass it off as a cornucopia. Frankly, I'm a little concerned about your Christmas efforts."

I thanked her for her concern and went home, determined to face the challenge of tinsel and garland with more pep.

Just as soon as I finish carving my jack-o'-lantern.

Boo, Glen Burnie.

Local authors at signing

Local authors will be on hand to discuss and autograph copies of their books at a book-signing, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kuethe Library, 5 Crain Highway S.E. The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society and the Genealogical Society are sponsoring the event that offers a variety of fiction, reference works and children's books.

"We're very excited about this," said coordinator Betty deKeyser. "This is a chance for people to find out more about the history of the area and do some Christmas shopping at the same time."

Ten authors have been invited. Rosemary Dodd and Pat Bausell, for their three-volume work, "Anne Arundel County Land Record Abstracts." Ann D. Jensen, "The World Turned Upside Down" and "Chesapeake Bay Schooners." Jane W. McWilliams, who edited "Doing Good to Posterity" with Ms. Jensen. Peter Heyrman, "Annapolis Stairways." Al Luckenbach, "Providence 1649." Jane McWilliams and Carol Patterson, "Bay Ridge on the Chesapeake." Donna Ware, "Anne Arundel's Legacy." Marrion Warren, "Bringing Back the Bay" and "Annapolis Adventure -- Past and Present."Copies of the 1878 Atlas of Anne Arundel County as well as the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society's publication also will be on sale.

For more information, call the Kuethe Library at 760-9679 during regular business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Chow down with St. Nick

Freetown Elementary School will hold "Breakfast With Santa" 9

a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the school's multi-purpose room, 7904 Freetown Road.

Members of the Baltimore Spirit soccer team and the county sheriff's department will be special guests.

Tickets for the breakfast can be bought at the school office through the end of the week. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The $4 admission includes a photo taken with Santa and a breakfast menu of doughnuts, juice, milk, coffee, tea and a candy cane. Local merchants and artisans have contributed gift certificates for a silent auction. Items include "get away" weekends, haircuts, manicures and sporting equipment.

Prizes also will be awarded for a coloring contest for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

There also will be grab bags for the children, a duck pond and a bake table.

Parents wishing to donate crafts for the auction or baked goods can leave them at the school office on Friday.

Proceeds will be used for the school's cultural arts program, computer equipment and help in offsetting the cost of field trips.

For more information, call the school at 222-6900.

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