Yard sales get people out and talking to neighbors


August 06, 1998|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHAT'S AS American as baseball, apple pie, and mom? Garage sales, of course.

Everyone seems to be selling cast-offs, judging from the yard sale signs sprouting around Central County like so many black-eyed Susans in a flower bed.

Display your belongings along the driveway and you'll draw carloads of the curious, strangers and neighbors you haven't seen since the time everyone got together to celebrate the country's big birthday in '76.

That's what makes yard sales so much fun. They resemble an American institution that really has disappeared: the general store, where folks shopped a little and talked a lot, and there was always a chair to drop down on, and stay a spell.

It's the old entrepreneurial spirit in action: Kids selling their duplicate Beanies, dads trading power tools, and moms making room for future bargains.

Save yourself the trouble of getting your own house ready by renting space at the YWCA's Attic Treasures flea market, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 outside Antiques to Go and Other Side of the Fence, antique dealers on Ritchie Highway (between Severna Park Bowl and Pete's Cycle).

Space for vendors is $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event.

Information: 410-626-7800.


Taking advantage of the delicious peaches being produced this summer in Maryland orchards, the Learn and Share Circle of Severna Park United Methodist Church is sponsoring its annual Peach Festival from 5: 30 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday in the church fellowship hall.

The menu includes barbecued pork, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, applesauce and ice cream with peach topping.

Peaches will also be sold by the peck and bushel. All proceeds will be donated to area homeless shelters.

Tickets are $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children 3 to 12, and free for tots under 3.

Reservations: 410-647-4909.

New athletic director

David Hooks is the new athletic director at Severn School. In July, Hooks, 41, replaced Fred Hewitt, who had headed sports at Severn for the past 21 years.

The Dayton, Ohio, native was most recently an assistant coach at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in basketball and lacrosse, and is working toward a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Penn.

Hooks received his master's in education and sports psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his bachelor's from Guilford College, also in Greensboro, where he was an all-conference lacrosse player.

Hooks and his wife, Jane, had spent their second wedding anniversary in Annapolis and fell in love with Anne Arundel County.

"I'm a history buff, so I found the attractions appealing, and we both thought this could be a place we would enjoy settling down in," he said.

They have a 2-year-old daughter.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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