TOMORROW IS Dec. 1, and from the look of my calendar, I know the Christmas season is in full swing. We are invited to many events for fun, fellowship and Christmas shopping. Two groups are looking back to earlier Christmas holidays with their projects.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights' annual Holly Mart from 9: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Friday at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, offers a wide range of holiday activities with the theme "Old-fashioned Christmas." Entertainment, a bazaar and a luncheon will be featured.
Under the direction of chairwoman Mary Foster, club members have been working hard to prepare this holiday event that the community has come to look forward to.
The country store, staffed by Celeste Riddle and Barbara Anderson, will carry homemade jams, jellies, herb vinegars and gifts. Mary Margaret Shipley and Margaret Hook have collected attic treasures to tempt you at their table. Hilda Lanier and Jeanne Shaffer are setting the arts and crafts table with a beautiful selection of gifts for someone special on your list.
Fran Thomas and Carol Novak are offering books galore on the used-book table. Erna Shuley and Delores Schuman will have samples of various foods, some made with recipes from the club's cookbook, at the tasting table. The cookbook also will be on sale. Fran Purper and Dorothy Lins are offering home-baked goodies at the bake table. Buy cakes, cookies and candies to enjoy during the holidays. The Beautification and Garden Committee has made many Christmas wreaths -- no two are alike -- and swags and arrangements. Margie Boschert, Marge Booker and Marie Meredith are in charge of this table.
Sue Woehlke and Ann Hartge will have freshly cut evergreens for sale by the bag. Phyllis Johnson of Contempo Fashions returns to the Holly Mart with jewelry to tempt you for gifts or to buy for yourself.
Jo Barker and Delores Schuman are in charge of preparing a festive dining room to enjoy while you have lunch. The three luncheon seatings are 11: 15 a.m., noon, and 12: 45 p.m. The meal is being prepared by Shirley Beck and her committee. Tickets will be sold at the door, but you are encouraged to buy them in advance. Carryouts will be available.
The United Methodist Church Pre-School Chorus and the Linthicum Elementary School Chorus will entertain with holiday tunes.
To purchase luncheon tickets: Madge Hornung at 410-766-9549 or Ruth Kline at 410-859-8554.
Docents dressed in period costume, Christmas music, the smell of cinnamon, pine and holly, and lighted candles set the mood for the 12th annual Candlelight Christmas Open House at the Benson Hammond House at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road.
The event, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, is sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society. This year, the theme is "Olde Fashioned Holidays."
Enjoy a tour, the society's doll collection, refreshments and a visit to the gift shop. Admission is $2; children 6 and younger are admitted free. Parking is available on the grounds.
Overlook Elementary School puts on its annual Holiday Craft Fair and Santa's Secret Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school, 401 Hampton Road.
Shop for Christmas gifts and decorations from 30 craft vendors. Bid on the silent auction for items, including sports memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates and hotel packages. Bring the children for their own Christmas shopping at Santa's Workshop, where gifts priced under $10 are available. While they are there, the youngsters can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
Some spaces are available for craft vendors for $10. To rent a space: 410-354-8905 or 410-636-3456.
Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) is having its Christmas luncheon at noon Thursday at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The Notables, a group from AARP Chapter 3850, will provide entertainment.
Officers for 1998 will be installed. They are Bill Blotzer, president; Bob Bradshaw, first vice president; Art Cramer, second vice president; Charles France, secretary; Eleanor Veltre, assistant secretary; Doris Byrnes, treasurer; Lou Szech, assistant treasurer.
The directors are Raymond Byrne and Betty Dressel, one-year terms; Dorothy France, John Kummerlowe and Helen Szech, two years; and George Bryan, Adeline Bradshaw and Dorothy Lins, three years.
Herbs for Christmas
Members of Friendly Thyme Herb Club will gather at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center Friday for their monthly meeting, Christmas luncheon and program.
Each one attending will bring a dish to contribute to the potluck luncheon, beginning at 11 a.m. The program will be presented by member Martha Hoyer, who will demonstrate how fresh herbs can be incorporated into Christmas table arrangements and wreaths. A business meeting follows.
Information: Joan Krammes, 410-969-3025.
Pub Date: 11/30/97