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November 29, 1998|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Presents of angels

Angels are among us this season, on television, on posters and greeting cards, on plates and accessories. The Walters Art Gallery, in conjunction with the current "The Invisible Made Visible: Angels From the Vatican" exhibit, is offering an array of angel-themed gift items, from an "Angel Playing the Viola" ceramic plate ($22), to a picture of kissing cherubs in a gilt frame ($15), to a Boehm porcelain cherub figure ($37). These and other items are available at an Angels Shop in the gallery, which is at 600 N. Charles St. Shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Hours are extended to 8 p.m. Thursday. Ticket prices range from $6.50 to $12, depending on the visitor's age and the day of the week; advance reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 410-547-9000.

Crafts change

There's been a changing of the guard at Tomlinson Crafts in the Rotunda. After 26 years of selling distinctive and unusual hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, candles, toys and clothing, Ginny Tomlinson (above) has decided to retire. She has sold the store to Arlene and Bernardo Grinblat, who are also owners of the Cards 'n More shop in the nearby Greenspring Towers shopping center. "I thought it would be fun to be free," said Tomlinson. She plans to spend more time with her husband, also retired, and visit a new grandson. All the current inventory and employees will stay, Tomlinson said. Arlene Grinblat said, "We don't have any immediate plans to change anything." Tomlinson will serve as an adviser for up to 18 months. * Fourteen of Baltimore's museum shops will be displaying their wares at the carriage house at Evergreen House, 4545 N. Charles St. Dec. 5-6. Among participants at the holiday "shop-around" will be the American Visionary Arts Museum, Homewood House, the B&O Railroad Museum, the Babe Ruth Museum, the National Aquarium and the National Capitol Historical Society. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5. There will be a preview party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; admission is $10. Those who have membership cards from participating museums will receive a 10 percent discount that night. Proceeds from the sales benefit participants. For more information, call 410-516-0341.

* Cylburn Mansion, 4915 Greenspring Ave., will be showing off its holiday dress from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Victorian-style tea will be available Sunday; holiday plants for sale both days. For more information, call 410-367-2217.

* The Church of the Resurrection, at Bridge Road and Anchor Drive in Joppa, is sponsoring a walking tour of more than half a dozen homes in the waterfront community of Rumsey Island, in Harford County just across the Baltimore County line. During the event there will be a tea room, and evensong services and caroling will follow. There will also be a guided tour of the ruins of Colonial Joppa, excavated at the church. The event lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12.50 at the door. For advance tickets, send checks payable to the church to P.O. Box 222, Joppa, Md. 21085. For more information, call 410-679-6864, or 410-679-8700.

Family connections

Holidays are a time for families to get connected, and family newsletters are a popular way to keep distant branches in touch. But the news needn't be confined to one season; many families produce year-round newsletters about members' jobs, hobbies, births, celebrations and other events. If you'd like to bring far-flung family members into closer contact, a new book called "Creating Family Newsletters," by Elaine Floyd (Newsletter Resources/Writer's Digest Books, 1998, $19.95) can help. There are samples and tips on creating everything from a simple card with a single item about each family member to a carefully vTC designed, several-page folder with photographs and illustrations. There are also forms to help conduct interviews and generate features. Available at booksellers nationwide.

Pub Date: 11/29/98

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