Slayton House transformed for Wilde Lake Breakfast with Santa


December 17, 1997|By Kathy Curtis | Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WORKING HER magic for the seventh year, special events coordinator Sharon Lea transformed Slayton House into a winter wonderland for Wilde Lake's Breakfast with Santa recently.

It took two seatings to accommodate the more than 200 children and parents who attended.

The children watched cartoons, sat on Santa's lap and bought gifts for family members in the Secret Shop, which provided free gift wrapping.

Lea and Slayton House bookkeeper Kitty Brice started decorating the morning before the event.

When they finished, the stage was arrayed with eight artificial trees, a fireplace, snowmen, soldiers and candles.

A sleigh with an image of Santa was hung in lights on the back wall. Lighting created the effect of snow and a moon.

Lea was also responsible for stocking the Secret Shop and a parents' shop that offered gifts for teachers.

She ordered some items from a catalog, but she also scoured local stores for bargains, which were sold at or below cost.

Two artisans -- Dale Brown and Annetta Jones -- offered their wares to the children, some at lowered prices.

Santa was portrayed by Tom Brzezinski, Clemens Crossing Elementary School's media specialist.

Brzezinski knows many children from his community activities, and sometimes surprised them by knowing not only their names, but the names of their parents, teachers, grandparents and pets.

Pancakes were provided by the Harper's Choice McDonald's, which helped defray the cost of the meal.

Bernice Kish, Wilde Lake Village manager, helped, as did Slayton House staffers Jeryl Baker, Ian Paris, Phyllis Kepner, Carole Black, Fran Linfield, Barbara Thomas, Yvonne Wampler and Fred Kendall.

Volunteers included Janet Blumenthal, the Wilde Lake village board chair, and Colleen Cheong, Raymond Cheong, Karen Guralnick, Natalie Harvey, Stefanie Largent, Rosemary Mick, Kari Van Nostrand, Dan Van Nostrand, Chris Van Nostrand and Shadia Smith.

Several Boy Scouts from Troop 75 helped, too. They were Brian (( Gaynor, Philip Jensen, Joseph Keller, Paul Klink Jr., Chris Klink, Jonathan Marker, David Moore, Matt Murphy, Jarod Nicholson, James Oltmanns, Charley Smith, Nick Thomas, Patrick Valdivia and Charlie Vorsteg.

Also volunteering were Paul Klink Sr. and David Moore -- both fathers of Scouts.

Women aid needy

Members of the Dorsey's Search Women's Foundation enjoyed gift shopping while helping the needy at the foundation's holiday auction, held recently at the home of Suzanne Friedman in Dorsey Hall.

Holiday crafts and gift items were sold.

Auctioneers were foundation members Anne Connelly and Ann Mowery.

The auction added $730 to the $3,900 raised by the women's group at its fall consignment sale.

Proceeds from the two events were donated to Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Christian Services of Howard County, Winter Growth, FISH of Howard County and Meals on Wheels of Howard County.

The group also provided gift certificates to Target for children in foster care in Howard County, and gift certificates to Valu Food for needy families with children at Northfield Elementary and Dunloggin Middle schools.

Gardeners sell greens

Members of the Longfellow Garden Club began working in August to create wreaths, centerpieces and other items to sell at the club's holiday craft bazaar and greens sale at Florence Bain Senior Center this month.

The group raised more than $1,800, which will be used for club expenses and for gardening projects throughout the county.

Last month, club members planted 100 red tulip bulbs at Millstone Park, Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street, in historic Ellicott City.

Two millstones, symbolizing the city's origins, were provided by the county's Department of Recreation and Parks. The stones, placed upright, were incorporated into the design of the flower beds and perennial shrubbery.

The project was part of the town's 225th anniversary celebration.

Jesselyn Johl, the club president, said the group is also planning to create a quiet sitting garden for seniors in Mount Pleasant -- a historic farm in Woodstock owned by the Howard County Conservancy.

Joint concert tonight

Music teacher Laurie Meeder is bringing together the orchestras of Wilde Lake High School, Wilde Lake Middle School and Running Brook Elementary School for a joint concert at 7 o'clock tonight in the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets, which are $3 for adults and free for children under age 12, will be available at the door.

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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