Mention autumn to some people and they will gush about harvesting pumpkins with Grammy and Grampers, decorating the door to their home with corn husk do-dads and uncontrollable urges to do domestic things with apples. Although I have read about things like this, I must admitthat this time of year touches me on a somewhat different level.
While others may listen for the crunch of leaves under their feet, I listen to the whooshing sound of corduroy-encased thighs -- a subtle reminder that three leg lifts a month may not be quite enough.
As my friends are making up spooky stories for their children's Halloween party, I am thinking up a story to tell the spooky lady at the dry cleaner's. After all, I don't want her to think I left my winter coat there all summer because I have no closet space.
Autumn isthe thrill of putting away the lawn mower for the next seven months.It's no longer having to explain why all my flowers are dead -- they're supposed to be dead!
So check out the trees on the B & A Trail, pick up a pumpkin at Papa John's or a new sweater at Macy's. I may see you there while I'm looking for a new winter coat.
Make ascarecrow, take a ride in the hay or enter Spot in a pet show. Theseare only a few of the activities planned for the St. Paul's Church and School 24th annual Autumn Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdayon the school grounds, 308 Oak Manor Road.
The fair offers something for everyone, including a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Prevention Dog and Michelangelo of Ninja Turtle fame.
Even the family pet is welcome. A pet show is scheduled for 10:30, andany kind of animal can be entered.
Music by Page One Dee Jays will entertain the crowds throughout the day.
Shoppers may want to check out the flea market area for some bargains.
"We added a few new things this year," fair coordinator Pat Reese explained. "We've added the flea market and the pony rides, and the Ninja Turtle is new."
This is the third year Reese has organized the fair with the help ofShirley Robinson. Together they have watched the fair grow in popularity within the community.
"Last year it was unreal. I never saw so many people. It just seems to get better every year," she said.
Other members of the Autumn Fair committee are Bev Wick, Lois Craig,Ellen Seymour, Betty Roesler, Mary Hancock, Nancy Hoover, Karen Franklin, Thelma Bishoff, Jeannette Latzo, Bill Roesler, Marilyn Seen andJohn Latzo.
Crabs and baseball. What more do you need to guarantee a good time?
The Greater Glen Burnie Jaycees will be combining the two at
a crab feast from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160, 2597 Dorsey Road.
Tickets for thefeast are $19 for adults and $12 for children under 12.
A big-screen television will be set up to show the Baltimore Orioles' last game in Memorial Stadium.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat-crabs, shrimp, clams, hamburger barbecue, crab soup, corn-on-the-cob, cold salads, beer and sodas.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the community activities of the Glen Burnie chapter,including the Arundel Hospice Center, Johns Hopkins' Children's Center, holiday food baskets and other projects.
For ticket information, call 766-0378.
The Glen Burnie Civitan Club helped make 7-year-old Melissa Callis a star Friday. Melissa, a primary student at the Ruth Eason Special School, was selected from an audience of 150 children to be a magician'sassistant at the Civitan's third annual Magic Show.
Each year themembers of the club organize a show for the developmentally disabledchildren at Ruth Eason and Marley Glen Special schools. The club provided the school bus and lift bus for the youngsters to travel from their schools to the Elks Lodge in Severn, where the show was staged.
Nursery school pupils from the First Lutheran Church of Odenton were also invited to the show. Michael Johns, a student at First Lutheran, made his way onstage to assist magician John Dodge.
Dodge was the final act of the show, which included sleight-of-hand, rubber chickens and an improvised band of tambourine players.
The show opened with a visit from Chuckles the Clown.
"He wouldn't tell me his name -- just Chuckles the Clown," laughed Sue Fye, one of the show's organizers. Others included her husband, Jim Fye, and Ron Sams.
BobDevlin and his one-man band -- cymbals, a guitar, drums and harmonica -- brought an interesting twist to familiar songs.
Paul Ballanger brought his unicycle, bowling balls and rubber chickens to put on an unusual display of juggling.
"It was just a fun afternoon for the children," Fye said. "We just wanted to help them with some entertainment."
When Bob Watts was 12 years old, his friend, Wayne Downey, introduced him to military history board games. Now, almost 20years later, Watts is the founder of the Glen Burnie Gaming Association -- a group that enjoys re-enacting battles using either board games or miniature lead figures representing armies.
Following rules that suggest the basic guidelines for the battles, the players can either re-enact an historic battle or try different strategies to develop a new conflict.
The miniatures range in size from 5 millimetersto 54 millimeters and cost anywhere from 25 cents to $3 each. Soldiers from all periods of history are available. Watts' personal collection is around 9,000.
The group also enjoys role-playing games suchas Dungeons & Dragons, where characters are designed by choosing attributes suggested in the rule set. The player then role-plays that character through various situations.
"I consider it theater of the mind," Watts said.
The Glen Burnie Chapter has about seven core members, with another 20 or so who participate in larger games.
"We're looking for more members who are interested in gaming. Our plans include a local convention in October 1992," Watts said. "We're also interested in contacting other clubs for challengegames."
For more information, call 761-4376 after 5 p.m..
With blood donationsat a serious low, members of the community are invited to join the parish of the Church of the Good Shepherd for their semiannual blood drive. Donations will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1520 Furnace Ave.
Donors as young as 17 (with parental permission) can give a pint of blood. Blood can safely be given every 56 days.
Donations given at the church site will be credited todonor programs at various businesses.
Area crafters will display their talents at a craft fair from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Messiah United Methodist Church, Furnace Branch Road and Country Club Drive.
Wood carvings, dolls and floral arrangements are some of the crafts expected to be on display.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.
Tables and spaces are still available forthe Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School Community Indoor Flea Market, set for 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the school, 120 Dorsey Road.
The cost is $8 per table; $6 for a space. Registration fees should be paid before Oct. 4. An additional $2 will be charged forlate registration.
An Early Bird Shopper fee of $5 will allow admission prior to 8 a.m. Admission is free to the public after 8 a.m..
For additional information, call the school office at 766-7130 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sports, games, arts and crafts, camping, merit badges, trips and the ever-popular pinewood derby -- these are just a few of the activities a boy can enjoy as a Scout.
The Four Rivers District of the Boy Scouts of America will be host for a special sign-up night at area elementary schools for boys in grades onethrough five. School Night For Scouting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow at the following Glen Burnie elementary schools: Glen Burnie Park, Woodside, Point Pleasant, Freetown and Marley.
Potential Scouts and their parents are invited to attend and discover what scouting has to offer.
There is a $7 annual registration fee; additional fees may be charged for certain activities. A subscription to Boy's Life magazine also can be purchased for $2.60.
For those unable to attend the meeting, call 338-1700, Ext. 1000, between 7 and 9 p.m.Tuesday.