Market features crafts and community

NEIGHBORS

October 30, 2001|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DIANNE DEZIO HAS a delightful problem. People want to buy her inventory before it's even for sale.

"People see the stuff and want to buy it," she says with a laugh.

But they will have to wait for Saturday, when Community United Methodist Church in Crofton will hold its Community Country Market.

For more than a year, Dezio has been coordinating the development of the market, working with steering committee members Pam Schweitzer, Sue Berman, Carol Moore and Jean Tate to organize an event that reflects the church's sense of community. Hundreds of church members have been quilting and crafting, sewing and knitting, in group workshops and at home. Now they are ready to present more than a dozen little "shops" full of holiday gifts and goodies.

Dezio says the event is a "fun-raiser," not just a fund-raiser.

"The most important thing is not just the day. It's a way all year long for people who are new to the church to get to know people," she says.

She has been especially touched by the warmth and openness shown by the crafters. More than once, someone has given her beautiful handwork for the sale. And when Dezio offers her thanks, the response, she says, has sometimes been, "No, thank you for the chance to do this."

People have enjoyed the social nature of the crafting workshops. And they have found pleasure in spending long winter evenings making something beautiful to help out their community.

Many of the items at Saturday's sale have meaning to people in the local church. One shop will feature wooden cutouts of the church building. In another shop, dolls will be sold, made from fabric brought home from a springtime mission trip to Zimbabwe.

Scented candles will be available, made from candles that were used during the church's memorial service for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. And those with a sweet tooth can head for the baked goods shop for buckeyes, a traditional candy at the church's festivals.

Marie Shepherd won a second-prize ribbon at the Anne Arundel County Fair for her crocheted baby afghan. She has donated the blanket, along with the ribbon, to the sale.

Children will have plenty to do, too. A Secret Santa shop will provide the perfect opportunity for little ones to shop for their parents. No parents will be allowed in that shop and someone will wrap up the goodies to help keep the secrets safe.

At activity tables, children can make crafts to take home or donate as gifts for residents of Crofton Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

Money raised at the market will be used to buy a new multimedia system for the church sanctuary and to support United Methodist Women's mission activities.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of Community United Methodist Church at Reidel Road and Route 424 in Crofton. Information: 410- 721-9129.

English country tea

Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton will offer a traditional English tea from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The full tea will include scones, tea sandwiches, trifle and a variety of teas, served in the restful atmosphere of the church's historic World War I Chapel.

Epiphany Episcopal Church is located at Morgan and Odenton roads near the Odenton MARC station. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Information: Elva Cox, 410-674- 4144.

Safety seat check

MOMS Club of Odenton will sponsor a car seat safety check from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Odenton fire hall on Route 175. Checks will be performed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. An accompanying bake sale will raise money for the American Red Cross.

Information: Christine Connally, 410-674-9772.

Quiet Day

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church will offer a quiet day of spiritual discovery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, on Crofton Parkway. Times of silence and rest will be interspersed with reflective reading, prayer and conversation. The church and its grounds will be available throughout the day for participants.

Information: 410-721-2313.

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