It's almost November, the season for holiday bazaars and fall activities. (Some, like Barbara Barnett of Elkridge, want to spend their evenings cuddled up next to the wood stove.)
Our community has been most responsive in letting me know about forthcoming events. Please keep calling. I do everything I can to help your groups get publicity. My phone number is 461-4513.
The Mount Hebron Neighborhood Association is not simply a quiet group that plants flowers around the development's sign. No, indeed. This group, serving 750 families in developments along Route 99 in Ellicott City, is active in planning social events and crime prevention programs, and participating in county hTC zoning issues.
Community members have been particularly active in the Waverly Woods issue.
Vandalism has been a problem in Mount Hebron in recent months, so the Neighborhood Association formed a Crime Prevention Committee headed by Bill Voltnick.
The committee has placed neighbors on the watch, and has been instrumental in nabbing two juvenile suspects.
Socially, the Neighborhood Association is planning holiday festivities. A Halloween parade, complete with Mount Hebron High School Marching Band, will take place later this week.
Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, located in Mount Hebron, is also giving a Haunted House from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The cost per person is $2, and the community is invited. The haunted house is appropriate for ages 7 and up; preschoolers should attend with a parent.
In December there will be a lighting of the community Christmas tree and carol singing.
Later this fall, a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 14 will offer community residents an opportunity to sell their beloved reusables. The rain date is Nov. 15.
The effectiveness of the Neighborhood Association is primarily due to the efforts of the officers: Debbie Fieldhouse, president; Cathy Angell, vice-president; Cathy Keagle, treasurer; Laurie Dixon, recording secretary; and Donna Brown, corresponding secretary.
The support of Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church is also an important strength. A community swimming pool is its rather ambitious five-year goal. The next general meeting of the association is at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, at the church. Residents of the Mount Hebron area are urged to attend and support this vital group.
Call Cathy Angell at 313-8626 for details.
One of the major antiques events in the Baltimore Metropolitan ++
area, the 37th Annual St. John's Episcopal Church Antiques Show and Sale will run on Nov. 5, 6 and 7 at the church on Frederick Road near St. John's Lane in Ellicott City. Hours on Thursday and Friday are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The show involves almost all of the church's parishioners. Mrs. Robert Frey, chairman of dealers, has signed up more than 30 dealers from Maryland and adjoining states. Their displays will include china, books, furniture, jewelry, linens, silver, prints, and much more.
Mrs. Allen Driver, chairman of meals, has planned lunches and dinners to be served Thursday and Friday, prepared by the parish women. Lunches are from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and dinners are from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Brunch will be served by the men of the parish on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mrs. Drew Carlson and her committee will offer afternoon tea where the weary shopper can enjoy a spot of tea and a cookie.
James G. B. Moore, a gemologist and certified appraiser, will be available all three days to furnish written appraisals of jewelry and silver, accepted by insurance companies. The fee for this service is $7 for the first item and $5 for each additional item, with a limit of five articles at each interview.
Admission is $3.50 per person or $3 with a courtesy card or an antiques show ad from a newspaper. Proceeds from this project are used for charitable purposes, including a $1,500 scholarship for an outstanding student in the culinary arts program at Howard County School of Technology.
If you have a small child, please understand that strollers are not permitted on the show floors.
Because of my little genealogical history on myself in my first column, I have had the pleasant surprise of finding that one of my favorite neighbors, Pat Timm, is actually one of my favorite cousins.
It seems that her grandmother, Mabel Pfefferkorn Renner, was the elder sister of my grandfather, Samuel Pfefferkorn. Doesn't this make us second cousins? What a small world.
Amy Plotnik of Elkridge Elementary School has announced the beginning of the "Elkridge Election Extravaganza," on Thursday.
Students will take part in a mock election, complete with speeches giving mission statements for each candidate, polling on ballots, and a statistical analysis of the voting results.
Staff and parent volunteers will be involved in a day which will surely educate the children about the privilege and right of voting.
On a crisp fall day, what better activity could there be than hiking?
The Columbia Volksmarch Club will meet this need by sponsoring a 10-kilometer (6.2 miles), marked trail walk through Historic Ellicott City from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
Volksmarchers, who may hike at their own pace, will register at the Howard County Government Center.
Call Bruce Taylor, club president, at (410) 997-4803 for specifics.