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October 06, 2002|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

That Tiffany glow on Halloween

If you would like to decorate for Halloween, but pumpkin guts and fake spider webs aren't really your style, Meyda Tiffany may have a solution.

The retailer, America's largest manufacturer of Tiffany lamps and decorative lighting, has created the Lighted Jack-O-Lantern Tiffany Sculpture, standing 7 inches tall and 6 1/2 inches wide. The sculpture doubles as a decorative accessory and a table lamp and is crafted with the same copperfoil processes invented by Louis Comfort Tiffany more than 100 years ago.

The company's lighted sculpture line also includes such Christmas items as Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Christmas Tree, as well as more general decorations like the Rooster and the Teddy Bear.

The Jack-O-Lantern retails for $100 to $150.

Local dealers include Jones Lighting Specialists at 1010 York Road (410-828-1010). You can also call 800-222-4009 or send e-mail to info@meyda.com

Itching to shop at flea markets

Flea markets can be intimidating to the newcomer, but even the veteran deal-seeker can use all the information available to track down that long-wanted item.

A new book aims to make the treasure-hunting process a little easier. Country Living's Guide to the Best Flea Markets lists the best markets in almost every state in the country, plus some in Canada. The Maryland markets getting the spotlight are the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the Bonnie Brae Flea Market in Edgewood, Indian Head Village Green Flea Market, North Point Drive-In Indoor / Outdoor Flea Market in southeastern Baltimore County and the Columbia Market. Bonnie Brae gets extra attention, making the book's Top 100 list.

In addition to the state-by-state breakdown, the book's Flea Markets 101 section gives tips for the rookie, including these suggestions for what to bring:

* clothing you don't mind getting dirty

* comfortable shoes

* tape measure and dimensions of your front door

* bungee cords to secure the trunk lid closed or items to the roof of the car

* sunglasses and sunscreen for an outdoor market in the daytime and a flashlight for arriving before sunrise

Country Living's Guide to the Best Flea Markets costs $20 and can be purchased by calling 800-805-5489 or at www.amazon.com or www.bn.com.

Lutherville, age 150, gives a tour

In 1852, Lutheran ministers John Gottlieb Morris and Benjamin Kurtz purchased a 2,000-acre farm for a little more than $7,000. To finance the creation of the Lutheran Female Seminary, Morris and Kurtz surveyed and divided the land into lots, giving rise to the town of Lutherville.

Next Saturday, the community celebrates its 150th anniversary with a house tour. Included on the walking tour is the Troy home at 112 Melanchton Ave., which was built in 1877 for $2,750.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and available at Watson's Garden Center (1620 York Road) and Consign by Design (1432 Front Ave.) The day of the tour, tickets cost $14 and will be available at area churches. Tickets come with a map that details the home tour route. For more information, call 410-558-4529 or visit www.luthervillecommunityassociation.org.

Events

* Maryland Historical Society Antiques Show runs from Friday through Saturday at Rainbow Hill, 10729 Park Heights Ave. General admission is $12, and hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Special events are scheduled throughout the weekend. Call 410-685-3750 or visit www.mdhs.org for more details.

* Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., will hold an exhibit, Raven Revel, featuring works in clay from 12 artists inspired by Baltimore's favorite bird. The exhibit runs Saturday to Nov. 9, with an opening reception Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit is curated by California artist Donna Billick, sister of Ravens coach Brian Billick. For more information, call 410-578-1919.

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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