Greetings go ethnicHallmark has expanded its line of...


August 01, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Greetings go ethnic

Hallmark has expanded its line of greeting cards this summer with cards in Spanish for Hispanics, humorous cards marking Jewish celebrations such as bar and bat mitzvahs, and "Certainly, Lord!" cards for African-Americans who want to give greetings with a religious note. The cards cost from $1.95 to $2.95 and are available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores. To find the one nearest you, call 800-HALLMARK. -- K. M.

Got a potato of a couch?

If your sofa could use a makeover, you might want to enter the Sure Fit slipcover company's fifth annual Ugly Couch Contest. The grand prize is $5,000, and there are dozens of consolation prizes of -- of course -- slipcovers. Just send a good-quality color photograph of your sofa, along with a short paragraph about the "couch of your dreams." Send entries by Aug. 20 to Sure Fit Ugly Couch Contest, 558 W. 40th St., 2nd Floor, New York, N.Y. 10018. For every entry received, Sure Fit will donate $2 to the American Cancer Society, in memory of a beloved employee who died last year. For more information, call 888-754-7166, or check the Web site at

-- K. M.

Opening a vault of design

It started simply enough, with a few items stashed in designer John Zaucha's South Baltimore basement. But, as these things will do, the stash grew -- first into a warehouse space in Glen Burnie and then into the Vault, a 6,000-square-foot, four-level furniture, accessory and design-service store at 1010 Cathedral St. in Mount Vernon.

"It's really what our customers requested," says Zaucha (above). "They said, 'We'd love to see everything together.' "

"Everything" includes furniture, accessories, silk flowers, French prints, Greek and Roman-style statuary (height range: from 3 inches to 2 feet), lamps, candle holders (price range: $20 to $2,000), candles, rugs, cabinets and cabinet hardware. The Vault also provides full design services. For more information, call 410-783-7281.


* Search the woods for discarded "treasures" and turn them into a mosaic on a mirror frame from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Irvine Natural Science Center at St. Timothy's School, 8400 Greenspring Ave. in Stevenson. The fee for this family program is $6 ($4 for members); register by tomorrow. Recommended for children 8 and older. For more information, call 410-484-2413.

* "Larger Than Life: Inside the Mind of N. C. Wyeth" is a play in which characters from Wyeth's famous illustrations tell the story of the artist's sometimes stormy life. (N. C. Wyeth, whose work is a favorite with collectors, is the father of artist Andrew Wyeth and grandfather of artist Jamie Wyeth.) The play takes place at the Brandywine River Museum on Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pa. Times and dates are 7 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults. For more information, call 610-388-2700. --K.M.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least six weeks in advance to be considered.

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