November: Pumpkins, crisp air, time to do Christmas shopping


November 04, 1996|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S HARD TO believe it is November. The air is getting crisp, the pumpkins are piled on the porches, the leaves are on the ground, but it can't be November already, can it?

November signifies the start of the Christmas shopping season, but I can't even think of Christmas yet. Can you?

I talked to folks around central Carroll County about what November means to them.

From the leaf-laden glen of Smallwood, Linda Auerback said: "It's unbelievable. Usually I'm finished with my Christmas shopping by now, but this year I haven't even started. I saw the lights in a Wal-Mart store, and they reminded me. It's too early for lights in the stores."

In Finksburg, Cathy Gist told me: "It's so hard to believe it's November because of the weather we've been getting. It seems like summer has just dragged along. Now, we get a few cold days, and we realize that Christmas is just around the corner."

Guy Brewer of Brewers Market in Silver Run said: "I just told a fellow, 'I hate to see winter come.' But November is my favorite month because it is the month my birthday is in. I like the change of seasons."

Margaret Bell of Westminster agreed: "I love it. Fall is one of my favorite seasons!"

Whether we like it or not, it is November. Let's make the best of it. Here are some fun fall happenings to help you enjoy the first week of November.

Church bazaar

Mistletoe Mart, one of the best-known Christmas bazaars in Westminster, begins this week at Ascension Episcopal Church, 23 N. Court St.

Just about every handcrafted item you could imagine will be offered by 35 of the area's finest artists and craftsmen.

The specialties include wooden items, intricately designed stained-glass creations, woven baskets, jewelry, fabric art, floral arrangements, herbal items and homemade dolls.

As every year, lunch and dinner will be sold. Admission will be $2 for adults and $1 for children younger than 12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local outreach programs.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Bazaar to benefit infants

Deerfield Senior Center at Carroll County Airport Business Park on Route 97 also brings us a crafts bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

"There will be some craft vendors, and we will be selling things we have made here at Deerfield," said Darlene Goodnow, admissions director.

Items from the center include birdhouses, whirligigs for the yard, wooden and Christmas items, arts and crafts, and decoupage.

"The money we make at this event will go to the Raising Hopes Infant Center, an agency that offers a nursery for children whose mothers are in high school," Goodnow said.

"Our seniors visit there to help rock the babies."

A bake table will be set up, and lunch will be served. The menu includes chicken corn soup, hot dogs, barbecue and beverages.

Information: 857-0400.

Christmas farmers' market

Carroll County Christmas Farmers' Market opened last weekend and will continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 14.

More than 100 vendors offer winter fruits and vegetables, Christmas decorations, handmade crafts, baked goods and other goodies.

Breakfast and lunch are served on the premises.

Bring $50 or more in market receipts dated Nov. 2, 9 or 16 and enter a drawing for a free turkey.

Pub Date: 11/04/96

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