Designer's art graces hallway at show house


September 17, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN THE DOORS OPEN to the 12th Decorator Show House this weekend in the Mount Hebron area of Howard County, there will be a Carroll County connection. Eldersburg resident Lydia Baker is one of two dozen Maryland decorators who brought their talents to the project.

Baker was invited to participate in the Decorator Show House, sponsored by Historic Ellicott City Inc., after visiting a Mount Hebron home and submitting her ideas.

She was chosen to decorate the upstairs hallway. She named her area "The Wallflower Collection" and incorporated precious personal mementos into her decorating scheme.

She used a collection of wildflowers that her father had gathered, carefully pressed, mounted and labeled as part of a high school science project many years ago. The antique look of the flowers was perfect for the Victorian style of the house, and the collection brought some of nature's more somber colors into focus.

"I found this collection of flowers after my dad died and I thought they were so beautiful. They have all the colors of nature, just aged," she said.

The wildflowers have been specially framed for use in the decorator show house. Baker covered one wall of the hallway with the flowers and repeated their coloring with her choices in wallpaper, paint and fabrics.

Although this is Baker's first involvement with a decorator house, decorating has been her passion for some time. A former software engineer, she began seriously pursuing her dream of interior design nearly 10 years ago.

You can see her passion in the show house from Sept. 21 through Oct. 20. Proceeds from the event benefit restoration projects.

& Information: 461-0696.

And the band plays on

Anyone who lives near Liberty High School, as I do, knows that the 1996 fall marching season has begun for the Liberty High School band. I can enjoy their music from my front porch almost any evening.

The Lions will hold their annual Liberty Extravaganza at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature our own Carroll County high school marching bands, as well as bands from Maryland and surrounding states.

Liberty will perform its field show, "Of Sailors and Whales," with music based on the novel "Moby Dick." Drum major Kari Halvorsen directs the 78 musicians and 14 color guard members. Brian Eber is the school's instrumental music instructor.

The Lions captured first place Saturday in Group III at the Cavalier Classic at nearby South Carroll High School.

Admission to the Liberty Extravaganza is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Information: 751-3560.

Basketball registration

Calling all basketball players.

St. Joseph's Athletic Association will hold registration for its 1996 season on Sept. 22 and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at St. Joseph's Church.

Registration also will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Community Room in Carrolltown Center.

The cost is $50 for the first child and $30 for each additional family member. A $5 late registration fee will be charged after Oct. 1.

For more information, contact Steve Lyons at 549-0642.

Freedom carnival

The Freedom Area Recreation Council is sponsoring a carnival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Center Court at Carrolltown Mall.

Volunteers will transform the mall into a carnival atmosphere with games and prizes. Several of the mall's businesses plan to participate.

All proceeds from the event will be used for improvements at Freedom Park.

Information: 781-7070.

Church cookout

If stereotypes hold true, you won't often find men who enjoy cooking. But there is a group of local men who will be cooking up a storm this Saturday.

Members of the Men's Chorus at White Rock United Methodist Church will be offering their pit beef and ham sandwiches, along with other goodies, at the church on White Rock Road from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Information: 795-2125.

Sherry Graham's Southeast Carroll neighborhood column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 9/17/96

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