Variety and community make craft fair special


April 27, 1999|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SATURDAY'S SPRING Craft Fair at the Crofton Village Green was wonderful, right down to the weather. Artisans displayed a variety of wares to tempt the busy shoppers. People met friends and browsed through booths.

But it wasn't the professional artisans who made the day a favorite community tradition; it was the variety of local organizations that gathered on the village green for fund raising, socializing and sharing the messages of their programs. At the Kiwanis table, Sharon Titcomb and Linda VanSickel, were selling herbs and flowering plants to brighten up neighborhood gardens. Funds earned from the plant sale will help support the club's activities from youth leadership groups to programs helping the sick and the elderly and a variety of projects helping the community.

Lana Deptula, Sasha Deptula, Alex Powell and Becky Reilly welcomed hungry visitors to their baked-goods table. The high school students, members of the Anne Arundel County Youth Group, are raising funds to support a June trip to the Youth Leadership Conference at Steubenville University in Ohio.

The youth group, comprised of youngsters from schools around the area, was organized by Crofton resident Roberta Kuzma. She reports that the teen-agers had a wonderful time at last year's conference, meeting youth from across the nation interested in sharing Christian values and developing leadership skills.

On the parking lot near the village green, the aroma of barbecue enticed lots of hungry people to two more booths. Boy Scout Troop 758 offered its traditional chicken barbecue dinners. And the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department's beef barbecue sandwiches were popular.

Cub Pack 115 sold baked goods to raise funds for its camping programs. When I stopped by for chocolate-chip cookies (my favorite), I found no little Scouts in blue uniforms. Karen Klingelhoffer and Michele Amini said the boys were at baseball practice; so the moms took over sale duties for the morning. However, they did report that the boys had "helped" bake the cookies.

Meredith Merchant, a member of Girl Scout Troop 1477, enjoyed selling handmade decorative tiles. Meredith and the other girls in her troop are preparing for a trip to a dude ranch in upstate New York.

Katie Corbin's Girl Scout Troop 2473 was also raising funds. They are planning a summer trip to Savannah, Ga., birthplace of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and home of the first troop. Katie's troop made traditional craft items, such as wreaths and soap baskets. But one of their projects was a classic sign of the 1990s -- CD clocks, built from computer CD discs.

At the Changing Focus table, scented candles were a crowd-pleaser. This program, sponsored by local Presbyterian churches, offers support groups dealing in four areas: Single Again discussion groups provide support for adults experiencing separation or divorce; Moving On to Healthy Relating offers discussion groups for adults interested in developing better communication skills and healing their relationships; Healing Journey is a discussion group for those experiencing the death of a spouse; and Parent Discussion groups provide support and information for parents of children with behavioral or emotional difficulties.

Changing Focus meetings are held at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton, Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton, Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park and Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. Information: Laura Vaughn, 410-721-0992

Volleyball tourney

The Bowie Crofton Pregnancy Center is sponsoring its ninth Spike for Life Volleyball Tournament this Saturday at the Washington Bible College Gym, beginning at 8: 15 a.m. It is a fund-raiser for the center, which uses the money to provide free counseling, pregnancy testing and related services to women dealing with unplanned pregnancies.

Volleyball teams are invited to participate, raising funds through pledges from friends and from business sponsors. If you would like to join in the fun but don't belong to a team, call Sharon Graves at 301-262-1330. She will help you get in touch with others who would like to form a team.

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Pub Date: 4/27/99

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