Having twice the fun in a rocker made for two


July 28, 2002|By Sara Engram | Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The only thing better than rocking away a summer evening may be rocking it away together. The HammockSource makes that easy with its Original Pawleys Island Rocker in a double size for about $300. The single version sells for around $185. The chairs are crafted according to a century-old tradition with curved oak arms and rockers and a sling seat.

Pawley's Island products are available at Stebbins Anderson in Towson (410-823-6600), Watson's Fireplace and Patio in Lutherville (410-321-5855), Crate & Barrel in Towson Town Center (410-296-8282), and Fawcett Boat Supplies Inc. in Annapolis (410-267-8681 or 800-456-9151). Or visit www.thehammock source.com.

Yes, your couch is ugly, but is it ugly enough to win a contest?

There's still time to snap a picture of that ugly couch you'd like to replace and submit it to the eighth annual Sure Fit Ugly Couch Contest. Sure Fit Slipcovers is in the business of solving ugly couch problems, but it has discovered a fun way of doing it.

The company held the first ugly couch contest in 1995, and received a lot of entries and plenty of publicity. No matter how dreadful your sofa, you'll have lots of competition. The company usually receives thousands of entries, which are judged on a number of criteria, including hideousness of pattern, shape and color, uniqueness of design and the quality of a written entry.

The deadline is Aug. 15, and the top 10 entries will be placed on the company's Web site, where the public can vote for the top three. First prize this year is a $10,000 living room makeover. Nine runners-up will have to make do with Sure Fit Slipcovers.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.surefit.com.

Give your kids wings

If the lazy days of summer are getting a little too long and lazy for your kids, help introduce them to the daily drama in their own backyards. Whether birds, bats or butterflies, the winged creatures just outside the window are a boundless source of entertainment and a source of firsthand education about the natural world.

AllAboutBirds.com, a Maryland-based online retail store, has launched a Kids Club to give them the tools to explore the outdoors. Membership is $34.95 and includes a Minimag bird feeder, a colorful guide book, a birding poster and a quarterly Creature Feature Newsletter.

Members and their families also receive discounts on AllAboutBirds merchandise, from bird and bat houses and feeders to birdbaths, water fountains and garden decor. The Web site also offers information on attracting and caring for birds, bats and butterflies. For more information, click on www.allaboutbirds.com.


* Explore the Irvine Nature Center's Caves Valley site with a naturalist and learn about the uses and folklore of summer wildflowers, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. For ages 12 and up. Fee is $8, $5 for donors. Register by Wednesday by calling 410-484-2413. Also on Aug. 4, enjoy Nature Storytime by the Pond from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Fee for this children's program is $2, $1 for donors. Call to register.

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

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