For pack rats, after holidays comes search for stashed clutter


December 26, 1997|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BORROWING FROM the opening phrases of a holiday song: "Christmas past is past." A cause for great rejoicing. The frenzy is over for another 365 days. Of course, you would never know from the masses of shoppers attacking the malls today.

Around our house, the biggest holiday headache doesn't involve shopping, presents, parties or anything remotely connected with the holiday. It's trying to find where we stuffed the junk.

Every household has a certain amount of clutter, but in a family of pack rats, there is no hope.

My husband collects nails, nuts, screws and tools. Of course, whenever the need arises, he never has the right tools, screw or nail, so he's off to the store.

Our out-of-the-house kid keeps boxes stored in our attic so she has more room for junk at her new residence. The youngest collects just about anything.

And I collect fabric and books.

Much of our stuff is semiorganized; still, it's not something you like hanging around the house when company arrives. So it all gets stuffed in strange places.

Have a safe and enjoyable new year, Pasadena.

New Year's festivities

Looking to ring in the new year close to home?

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company will have its New Year's Eve event starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $35 per person and include a packed hot and cold buffet, open bar, midnight champagne toast and a continental breakfast.

Music will be by DJ Entertainment.

Information: 410-360-6857 or 410-439-4803.

The Lake Shore Democratic Club will begin its party starting at 8 p.m. at the clubhouse at 236 Maryland Ave.

The cost is $25 per person.

The party will feature an open bar, buffet, champagne toast and continental breakfast.

Information: 410-437-4687.

The Knights of Columbus Council 10966 is holding its New Year's Eve dance starting at 8 p.m. at St. Jane Frances parish hall in Riviera Beach.

Tickets are $30 per person.

The event will feature a full buffet meal with two entrees, party favors, an open bar, dancing until 2 a.m., champagne toast, continental breakfast and a 25-inch television door prize.

Information: Len Switala, 410-437-1216.

Stoney Creek Democratic Club will have its party starting at 9 p.m. at the Fort Smallwood Road clubhouse.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $27 at the door.

The admission price includes a dinner buffet, open bar and party favors, with music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. by Pizzazz.

Information: 410-255-4611 or 410-255-7960.

Donate a car

No luck selling that old used car in the driveway? Think about donating it to the Mountain Road Optimist Youth Foundation.

The group, chaired by Jack Stephan, fixes up donated autos for resale, with proceeds used to fund a scholarship awarded to a graduating senior at Chesapeake High School each year.

According to Stephan, 100 percent of the car's final selling price benefits the scholarship fund. "The program helps us raise scholarship money and helps people with needed tax deductions," he added.

Information: 410-255-6978.

Pub Date: 12/26/97

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