West Friendship: Pieceful Quilters do their part to ease the pain of Missouri tornado victims

For Glenelg Postmistress Marcia Worrich, packages come and packages go. But few bring as much satisfaction in readying for transit as the two huge boxes bound for Joplin, Mo., which crossed her counter at the post office last week.

The boxes contained 12 handmade quilts stitched with love by the quilting ladies of The Pieceful Quilters, a group of artisans who meet at the Glenelg United Methodist Church.

One of the members, Sally Stone, recalls last May when a tornado devastated the Missouri community of Joplin. Stone said she wanted to do something to help the people in Missouri and made a call to a Methodist church in the Joplin area. Sally talked to a church member who told Stone that "anything" would be helpful. Thus began the first stitches by Sally and her fellow quilt makers which ultimately ended with a dozen beautifully and artfully made quilts. The seven sewing whizzes stitched baby quilts, single bed quilts, full size quilts, each unique and lovely.

When the sewing project was coming to a close, Stone telephoned her contact at the church in Joplin who explained that "Welcome Home" baskets were being prepared for some of the more than 85 families whose homes were lost in the tornado. The quilts from the Glenelg United Methodist Church's Pieceful Quilters" will be among 12 of those welcome home baskets.

Each of the local Howard County women signed the quilt which she had so lovingly labored over. Several of the quilt club members have been sewing at Glenelg Methodist for more than 20 years. According to Sally, this project gets a hands-down consensus as one of the best endeavors the club can recall.

f you are a quilt enthusiast and would like to join this group, call Sally at 410-531-2064.

Donna Lucas, one of the members of the quilting group, reminds the community that Glenelg United Methodist Church is now a satellite location for the Howard County Food Bank. The satellite location will be open on the third Saturday of each month, the next time being Nov. 19. The "store" is open from 9 to 10 a.m.

If you would like to donate items for the food donation collection, bring the items which can also include sundries such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, hair and toothbrushes and the like, to the church lobby. The church is open during the week, those bringing donations need only push the buzzer on the front door and someone will respond.

Here's a family friendly activity set in West Friendship which promises lots of fleecy fun. Just before Thanksgiving, the Maryland Alpaca Fleece Festival will visit the Howard County fairgrounds. Holiday shopping, kids events, seminars on alpacas, knitting and fiber demonstrations, alpaca yarns and fleeces for sale, and of course the fleecy animals themselves, make for a perfect nearby wintry outing.

R.J. Caulder, of Breezy Willow Farm in West Friendship, will be among the vendors, with her signature soaps and felted items. Caulder will be a shopper at the Alpaca Festival too, in search specifically for alpaca, angora and sheep wool for her hand made scarves and socks. Dozens of Maryland alpaca breeders will exhibit their beautiful, fleecy animals.

The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Organizers do request that visitors leave their dogs at home.

Need more information? Go to the website at http://www.marylandalpacas.org.

Congratulations to the members of Boy Scout Troop 007 who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society at Glenelg High School. The National Honor Society members are Paul Alden, Zach Wright and Alex Wright. All of the members of Troop 007, which meets on Monday evenings at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Route 97, are immensely proud of the three fellow scouts, all of whom are juniors at Glenelg High.

This active boy scout troop has had a busy fall with a hiking and camping outing to Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia. In October, the boys backpacked along the Appalachian Trail during a weekend in Virginia.

November has found the scouts team building, rock climbing and zip lining at Genessee Valley, in Baltimore County. December is shaping up as the month when the members of 007 will camp on the grounds of the Franciscan Friars property along Folly Quarter Road. During the local campout, the scouts will welcome local Webelos, (fifth-grade Cub Scouts who are ready to bridge to Boy Scouts).

Any Webelo Scout or older boys who are interested in Boy Scouts are invited to this open house campout Dec. 3 at noon. If you would like to participate, contact Troop 007 Scoutmaster John Alden at jralden@comcast.net.

Don't forget. Neighbor and friend Dennis Whittaker alerts the community that the West Liberty United Methodist Church, on Sandhill Road in Marriottsville, will be the site of a food distribution point Saturday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. In conjunction with the Maryland Food Bank, members of West Liberty United Methodist church members will distribute food for those in need. Participants are urged to bring their own bags.

St. Nicholas is headed to Glenwood for a little morning snack. Breakfast with St. Nicholas is set for Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Route 97. This holiday event is also including craft and gift sales vendors and tables are still available for those who would like to participate as a vendor.

If you are interested, call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445.

Holiday bazaars are up and running. Mark your calendar for Dec. 6 when the Mother's Club of Mount St. Joseph High School will present the seventh annual holiday bazaar and Christmas service project. Chairwoman Shyami Codippily Murphy, of West Friendship, whose son, Taylor, is a student at Mount St. Joe's, will not only organize the event, but will be on hand to sign copies of her art books Farms Never to be Forgotten and Churches Never to be Forgotten, both which depict the rural past of Howard County.

Shyami's cards will be on sale as well, along with a host of holiday gifts provided by the Mount St. Joseph's women-owned businesses group. The bazaar is set for Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m The school is at 4403 Frederick Ave., in Baltimore.

Questions? Go to the website at http://www.msjnet.edu.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the monthly feast at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 this month. Take a break from holiday meal preparation and come out to St. Andrew's for a family dinner from 6-8 p.m.

It's Fall Feast night with all the trimmings from 6 to 8 p.m. when the meal donated by Smokin' Hot Catering of Glenwood will be held at 2892 Route 97, in Glenwood. Dine in or carry out. Organizers will post balloons to guide the way to the church which is between the Glenwood Post Office and Union Chapel Road.

Cost is $9 per person or $30 per family. Proceeds from the November dinner will fund the St. Andrew's Music Program.

Questions? Call Lynne Quinn at 410-292-8202 or email Lynne at lynnequinn@comcast.net.

Hoping to avoid the rush of holiday shoppers at the malls? Head on over to Greenbridge Pottery in Dayton Saturday, Nov.19, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. for its holiday opening with special musical guest April Vega on classical harp from noon to 2 p.m

The holiday schedule at Greenbridge Pottery has begun and will include musical guests and refreshments, in addition to Rebecca Moy and the artistic team at Greenbridge's signature pottery and ceramics and new items like handcrafted soap and leaf shaped dishes.

Questions? Call Greenbridge at 410-531-5920 or go to its colorful Web site at http://www.greenbridgepottery.com for the full lineup of holiday festivities. The pottery barns are open weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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