North Linthicum home is a Christmas showcase

NEIGHBORS

December 14, 1997|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EVERY CHRISTMAS, Shirley Beck decorates her house to the hilt, and every year, her friends and family say more people should see how beautiful it looks.

This year, Beck is taking their advice, and, along with the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, is sponsoring an open house from 3: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 21 at 16 Coronet Drive in North Linthicum.

Admission is a $2 donation that will benefit Sarah's House, a homeless shelter for women at Fort Meade.

Beck said she chose Sarah's House to receive the proceeds.

"It is very close to my heart," she said. "I was a board member of the club when Sarah's House was trying to get started. I brought it up at a meeting that we look into it and from that grew support for the house."

The club continues to support the shelter through the Community Health and Volunteer Services Committee. Frances Purper is chairwoman and Dottie Lins co-chairwoman of the committee.

"I have been wanting to do this for several years now," Beck said. "When the Woman's Club had its tour, it was hard for me to be included in it because my house was too far away. I hope everyone will come, and maybe they will get a few tips for their own holiday decorating."

The lavish decorations started going up last month.

"I get up at 7 a.m. and work until bedtime at 1 a.m.," said Beck. "It's a labor of love."

The house is decorated from the front entrance, to the powder room, to the balcony porch. Six Christmas trees are in the house.

The foyer is a winter wonderland of silver, mirrors and red poinsettia lights.

Traditional gold and green with touches of red are on a living room tree. A white tree in a bedroom is decorated in purple. Doves and pink silk flowers on the tree, wreath and plant stand blend with another bedroom's wicker furniture.

A nostalgic touch can be found in the family room, where a tree is covered with old-fashioned multicolored bulbs, tinsel and metal reflectors. The blue and white kitchen has decorations in the same colors and a small seashell-encrusted tree.

Directions: Take Nursery Road to Mansion Road, make a left on Coronet Drive. The house is the first one on the left. Visitors are asked to avoid wearing high heels. No strollers.

Information: 410-789-1577.

Roadrunners holiday party

The Ferndale Roadrunners are having a Christmas Party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.

A buffet dinner and music by Chuck Brooks will be featured.

Reservations: 410-761-0484.

Open house for seniors

An open house will be held for Ferndale seniors and associates at 11 a.m. Dec. 29 at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Those attending are asked to bring something for the sweets table. The club will provide other foods. The schedule of activities for next year will be available.

Information: 410-761-0484.

Democratic club to meet

Election of officers for 1998 will take place at the District 32 Democratic Club's regular meeting Thursday at Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department.

A potluck dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring a meat dish, vegetable or dessert.

The meeting begins at 8 p.m.

Members and guests will be asked to donate to the club's Christmas Holiday Sharing Project. The money collected will provide food for two families for Christmas.

Information: Victor Sulin, president, 410-551-7349; Evelyn Kellner, vice president, 410-969-9325.

Community activities

Barry Catterton, president of the Crestwood Improvement Association, reports that the community is sponsoring two activities this month.

Nonperishable food and gifts are being collected for a family the association has adopted for Christmas. Donations are due by Wednesday.

Information or pickup: Doris Myers, 410-684-2143.

Children and parents should look for Santa Claus to pay the community a visit at 2 p.m. Dec. 21. Santa will greet everyone from a firetruck that will drive through the neighborhood.

Information: 410-859-8672.

Pub Date: 12/14/97

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