Here it is Thanksgiving, but the members of the Sunshine and Clovers 4-H Club are still recalling all the fun they experienced during the annual Halloween Bonfire Party. Scary games, Halloween lighting, fog machines, costumed club members, snacks galore and ghost stories by the fire made for a howling good time.

The club members were proud, too, during the Howard County 4-H Achievement Night at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The theme of the event was carnival thus beautifully decorated tents with popcorn, cotton candy and hot dogs seemed just right. Sunshine 4-H reporter Rebecca Miller said the games portion of the evening fell to the Sunshine members. Ring toss, football toss, scooter races and more were organized by the 4-H kids.

Members of the West Friendship Elementary PTA Hospitality Committee celebrated Thanksgiving early this year. Marni Cestone, Darline Hettinger, Theresa Yodzis and a host of parent volunteers prepared their own personal favorite Thanksgiving specialty for the teachers at West Friendship to savor during breaks in the parent teacher conference sessions last week.

Mark your calendar for an opportunity to visit our own version of Williamsburg in early December. Local garden clubs, including the Cattail River Garden Club, have joined forces and garden clippers to decorate the Waverly Mansion, in Marriottsville, in a splendor of magnolia leaves, boughs of greens, pine cones, and holly.

Historic Waverly is the setting once again for a two day open house, one of the few times when area residents can freely roam the house and surroundings of this wonderful historic treasure which is situated practically in our backyard.

Waverly, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in the mid 1700s. Nathan Dorsey was the first occupant, later the home was owned by Col. John Eager Howard, who was governor of Maryland in the late 1700s. A beautiful example of 18th century architecture, Waverly, although now surrounded by suburban sprawl and the Waverly Woods Shopping Center, surely is an historic and architectural gem which should be treasured by all in our community. Festive, elegant, charming ,seasonal and certainly not to be missed.

The Waverly Holiday Tours are set for Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. and Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-noon and 6:30-9 p.m. Madrigal singers during the afternoon and evening tours, refreshments during all the tours, and most splendid of all, amazing, fantastical greens arrangements provided by the members of the Howard County Council of Garden Clubs. Holiday greens, wreaths, arrangements and crafts will be on sale.

Proceeds from the sales tent are used by each of the garden clubs for the purpose of community projects, scholarships, community beautification, junior garden clubs for youngsters in the community and garden therapy for seniors.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children ages 12 and younger. The mansion is at 2300 Waverly Mansion Drive, in Marriottsville.

Questions on the tours? Call 443-812-2410 or call Lisa Capps at 410-489-4040.

St. Nicholas is headed to Glenwood. Breakfast with St. Nicholas is set for Dec. 3, 9 a.m.-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 so, call Lynne Quinn at 410-442-5445.

Holiday bazaars are up and running. Mark your calendar for Dec. 6, 6-9 p.m., when the Mother's Club of Mount St. Joseph High School will present the seventh annual holiday bazaar and Christmas service project. Chairwoman and West Friendship neighbor Shyami Codippily Murphy, 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 will be at the school, 4403 Frederick Ave., in Baltimore.

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

Did someone say fragrant soaps made from pomegranates, almonds, anise and other exotic botanical delights? Nestled in a handmade leaf shaped soap dish created by the artistic hands of the potters at Greenbridge? With a percentage of the profits headed toward an international charity? That's what's on top of the leaf pile in Dayton this weekend.

The holiday season has begun at Greenbridge Pottery where music, cider, wood burning in the fireplace and neighbors chatting is the weekend scene from now through Christmas. If you go out of your way to avoid the rush of holiday shoppers at the malls, then head on over to Greenbridge Pottery, in Dayton, Saturday, Nov.26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., for holiday cheer.

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 the 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.

Suzy Hill has designated her Curves Fitness Center in the Ten Oaks Shopping Center location as a drop off point for Toys for Tots. The bin is filling with toys, dolls, bears and games by the hour.

Special thanks go out to the gang at the Pink Cabbage who collected all the fixin's for a full Thanksgiving dinner for a Howard County family in need. The Pink Cabbage shop is always involved in community outreach as well as celebration in the best way. Mark your calendar for Dec. 4 when the shop at 11707 Frederick Road will kick off the holiday season with a "fun and fabulous" holiday open house

Sales galore, delicious desserts, appetizers, holiday spirits and beautiful vintage and hand crafted items for sale. The shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.