Pilgrimage to past



Pilgrimage to past Curious how life was lived in the 1790s? Tour Hampton Hall, home of the Ridgely family, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Georgian-style house, one of 13 on the Dulaney and Long Green valleys portion of this year's Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage, offers examples of original American and European decorative arts, plus two styles of garden, a formal French design and an English landscape style. The house is located on Hampton Lane, just off Beltway Exit 27 north. Other houses on the tour range from the 19th-century Henry's Delight on Pot Spring Road to a newly constructed villa-style house near Loch Raven reservoir. Tickets for the day-long tour are $20; a visit to a single house is $5. Tickets may be bought in advance from the Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage headquarters, or may be purchased at any of the tour houses on the day of the tour. For tickets or more information, call 410-821-6933.

Rugs for your mouse

Here's a brand-new place to make a fashion statement: Put a Pendleton-blanket-style Native American design under your computer mouse. The Lextra MouseRugs from Fiberlok (Lextra is a fiber coating) come in 11 classic rug styles, including designs from Ireland and the Middle East. There are four of the new Pendleton designs (three are pictured). MouseRugs cost $24.95 and are available at participating museum shops and on the Web at www.mouserug.com. To order by mail or to get more information, call 800-896-2314. -

Cleaning made easier

In the Clean Team catalog, you'll find products such as Tile Juice (which cleans soap scum from shower enclosures), a commercial scrub brush and a pivoting dust mop with light- and medium-duty heads. These are just some of the scores of items offered by Jeff Campbell, who runs a cleaning service called the Clean Team, based in Jackson, Calif. He has worked out solutions for all types of cleaning problems and found tools to make the work easier. For a copy of the catalog, call 800-717-CLEAN between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Or check out the Web site at www.TheCleanTeam.com.


* You can buy annuals, perennials, herbs, cuttings, seedlings, topiary frames and more at the Ladew Topiary Gardens annual plant sale from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ladew is at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton. While you're there, you can tour the 15 garden "rooms" on the estate, and the historic house, home of Harvey Ladew. Admission to the sale is free for members, $8 for nonmembers. Regular tickets for the gardens only are $8 for adults, $2 for children, and for both house and gardens, $12 for adults and $4 for children. Ladew is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 410-557-9466.

* Craft items, activities for children and a sale of annuals, perennials, wildflowers, vegetables and ferns are some of the attractions of Cylburn Market at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. There is a voluntary $2 parking fee. For more information, call 410-367-2217.

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