At French tea party, hats off to the chapeau

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April 02, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I REMEMBER WHEN I was young, one of the yearly rituals was a shopping expedition to look for an Easter outfit. It usually meant a new suit, shoes, pocketbook, gloves -- and, of course, a hat.

In those days, hats were important, worn not only on Sundays to church but on other special dress-up occasions, such as a formal tea.

A hat is not a requirement to attend the "French Country Tea Party -- Featuring Chapeaux Extraordinaire," sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, but you might want to get in the spirit of those days and don a chapeau. And don't restrict yourself to a pretty hat; prizes will be awarded in several categories, including funniest hat.

The tea and hat show are scheduled for April 29 at St. John Lutheran Church, 200 W. Maple Road. Tickets are available for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. seatings. Patrons will be served teas and homemade finger foods. Old hatboxes will decorate the stage for the show by club and guest models. Stage design is by member Margie Boschert.

Tables will be filled with gifts with a hat theme as well as hand-crafted items by the club's arts and crafts committee. Workshops for members will be held by the committee at 9: 30 a.m. at the clubhouse on North Hammonds Ferry Road on three consecutive Mondays beginning tomorrow.

Information: Cecilia Dietz, committee chairman, at 410-859-1795.

Shirley Beck and Celeste Riddle are co-chairwomen of the tea.

Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance.

Tickets or information on tables for four: Carol Novak at 410-859-5020.

Club meeting change

Because some members of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will be attending the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs' 101st annual convention the second week of this month, the local club has moved its monthly meeting to 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday at the clubhouse. It will be followed by a potluck luncheon.

On the business agenda will be election of officers and five members to the board of governors, a proposed dues change, amendments to the bylaws, and brief reports on the year's activities by officers and committee and events chairmen.

Officers and board members will be installed at the annual luncheon at 11 a.m. May 13 at Rose Restaurant. Reservation deadline is May 6.

Information: Mary Foster, chairwoman, at 410-850-4630.

Art contest winners

Winners of the woman's club's Youth Writing Contest and Youth Art Contest have been invited to attend Tuesday's meeting to accept their awards.

The first-place winner of the Youth Art Contest in the senior high division is Edmond S. Praybe III, for his oil painting, "Distress." He's a 12th-grader at Glen Burnie High School.

In the middle school grades, Cathryn Doyle, a sixth-grader at Arthur Slade Regional School, won first place for her work in glue and chalk, "Haunted House." Shene C. Aviles received second place for her watercolor, "Living Room," and Natarsha Evans won third place for her watercolor, "Houses." Both are seventh-graders at Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School.

The winners' works were entered in the Youth Art Contest sponsored by the Southern District of the Maryland Federation of Women's Clubs, in which Cathryn and Shene received honorable mention. Natarsha was one of six students to receive a savings bond, and her painting goes on to the state level.

Winners of the writing contest were announced in this column March 5.

Pilgrimage to Seton shrine

About 700 parishioners of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church are making a pilgrimage Friday to the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

The Catholic Church has proclaimed 2000 a jubilee year, a time to renew minds and hearts in Christ. The pilgrimage is a demonstration of faith for forgiveness of sin, appropriate in the Lenten season.

Sixteen buses and cars will transport students and faculty of the elementary school, the administrative staff of the school and rectory, two parish priests and a deacon to the shrine.

Rail speaker at AARP

Paul Bridge, a docent and lecturer with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, will be guest speaker at Thursday's meeting of the American Association of Retired Persons' Linthicum Heights Chapter 2244.

Bridge will show slides of the museum and answer questions. Refreshments will be served at noon, and the program will begin at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church.

Tickets for a May 25 luncheon at the Rose Restaurant will be available at the meeting from Evanelle Fox or Dorothy Adamski. The cost is $14.

Information: Mary Foster at 410-850-4630.

Garden history program

Tom Martin, German culinary historian, hearth cook and gardener at Landis Valley Museum in the Lancaster, Pa., area, will be guest speaker at Friday's meeting of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club. His topic will be "History of the 4-Square German Garden."

The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. A social time will start at 9: 15 a.m.

After the meeting, members will drive to Benson-Hammond House on Aviation Boulevard to place a plaque at a tree planted in memory of Richard Hood, immediate past president of the club. Information: Barbara Sparks, program chairman, at 410-761-2118.

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