A warm afghan and a good book

ON THE HOME FRONT

January 28, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Snuggle up with a handsome, cranberry-colored afghan and a good book and benefit the Enoch Pratt Library as well. The coverlet features illustrations of the central library and its Canton branch (the only one of the original branches still in use), the Washington Monument, the Shot Tower, the Bromo Seltzer Tower and other historic landmarks. It's 100 percent cotton and measures 48-by-65 inches.

The afghan is available exclusively in Pratt Place, the library shop at 400 Cathedral St. It costs $50.

Breath of spring

Hang on just a little while longer. Sure, the weather out there is frightful, but coming up is one of the area's most spectacular garden exhibits, the Maymont Flower and Garden Show in Richmond. You have plenty of time to set aside Feb. 22-25 and get a hotel room -- after all, Richmond is three hours away. (The Richmond Marriott is offering a rate of $69, which includes

breakfast for two.) The exhibit is worth the trouble: It's been named one of the top flower shows in the country by the New York Times and Travel & Leisure magazine. More than 60,000 square feet at the Richmond Centre will be devoted to flowers, shrubs, trees and home-landscaping ideas. For more information, call (804) 358-7166 or (800) 370-9004.

Piles of treasures

The Consignment Shop defines the word eclectic. At 15 E. Patrick St. in Frederick's historic district, the showrooms are filled with vintage furnishings, decorative artwork, garden pieces and architectural artifacts, all in as-is condition. Here you'll find Victorian gilt frames with flaking paint, aging garden pieces with moss still growing on them, kitschy furniture from the '50s and '60s, Edwardian mantles and much more.

"Customers may have to spend a little more time looking because of the piled-up nature of the inventory, but it allows me to take in more merchandise," says owner Ted Busch.

For further information, call (301) 695-9674.

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