Quilt part of fund raising for bay charity regatta

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April 01, 2001|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MAKING A TRIP to the post office? Need something at the drug store? Going out for milk and bread? Whatever your reason for stopping at Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center this month, you might find something unusual happening on the sidewalk in front of Charlene's Hallmark store.

For seven days this month, Marlene Stivers will be sitting there, working on a queen-sized quilt - joined by volunteers from Hospice of the Chesapeake selling chances to win it.

"I will just sit and sew, and I hope a lot of my Linthicum friends will stop by to say hello and buy a chance," Stivers said.

The quilt is part of the fund-raising efforts for the Hospice Cup XX Charity Regatta on the Chesapeake Bay on Sept. 15, according to Sylvia Mitchell, volunteer chairwoman for the event.

Among its programs, Hospice of the Chesapeake operates Creston Tate House in Linthicum, Anne Arundel County's only hospice residence.

Mitchell said this is the second year that Stivers has donated a handmade quilt. The one she made last year brought in almost $7,300, the most money made from a donation by an individual. Stivers' goal this year is $10,000.

Mitchell said Stivers approached the hospice two years ago with her idea of making a quilt to raise money. "She is very giving," Mitchell said.

Stivers is excited about the quilt's design and feels it is appropriate. A lighthouse is the logo for Hospice of the Chesapeake, and her quilt features a large center panel of lighthouses from various places. Around that panel are mariners' compasses, clipper ships and other nautical symbols, all intricately quilted. The dominant colors are red, white and blue.

"I have a good bit more sewing to do, but I decided, why should I sit home and work on it alone? I could have company, talk to old friends and make some money at the same time. Also, the public can see the quilt grow and develop," Stivers said.

This will not be the first time Stivers has camped outside Charlene's candy, card and gift shop. Several years ago, as a member of the Linthicum Lions Club, she met store owner Charlene Tenney and arranged to use the spot to sell raffle tickets for a club fund-raiser.

"She has a good personality and she talks to people," Tenney said. "She was always very appreciative and would stop in to see me and say hello when she arrived, and goodbye when she would leave. I don't mind having her outside my shop at all. I'm glad to help."

"Have quilt, will travel," said Stivers - and travel she will. She plans to spend 21 days this month taking her sewing to five areas of the county.

She will be at the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center on Camp Meade Road from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow through Thursday, and again for the same hours April 17-19. Stivers also plans to attend the meetings of area quilt clubs and "present the challenge to them to take up the cause for next year."

A volunteer from the hospice will accompany Stivers to the locations to accept money for the chances, so she will not have to stop sewing. "I need to get this finished and turned over to hospice in time," Stivers said.

Chances cost $2 each or three for $5. Mitchell said the tickets, donated by Pizza Hut of Maryland Inc., have a beautiful picture of the quilt on the front.

Asked why she was doing this, Stivers replied, "It warms my heart dearly to do this for hospice." With a little laugh, she added, "And it keeps me from cooking and cleaning."

Music and an auction

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, at 116 Marydell Road, will present its monthly First Sunday program at 1:30 this afternoon, featuring the St. Thomas House Band, members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church-Providence near Towson.

The church also is planning a fund-raising auction in its hall Saturday.

The auction will include antiques and collectibles. Doors open at 4 p.m. for food, beverages and desserts. An auction preview begins at 4:30 p.m. and bidding at 5 p.m. A 50-50 raffle will be held.

The auction will raise funds for Arundel Habitat for Humanity. The church and Habitat for Humanity are helping to build a house for Tammy Hooper and her 17-year-old son, Jeffrey. The Hoopers are helping to build their home and other housing projects and have earned 194 hours of the necessary 350 hours in "sweat equity."

"They are living in a one-room basement that frequently floods," said Jackie Kelly, administrative assistant at St. Christopher's. "Their new home will be one of seven houses, either built or that will be built on Hilltop Road in Annapolis. The community carries the name `Hope Rising,'" Kelly said.

To donate items for the auction or for more information, call Eloise Vaughan at 410-859-8047 or the church office, at 410-859-5633.

Genealogy seminar

The Ann Arundell County Society and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society will sponsor a seminar for the intermediate genealogist from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday at the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Highway.

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