In the 1990s, most of us don't remember the days when there was no ready-to-wear clothing in department stores. To get a new shirt, all we do is take out the wallet and give the sales clerk our plastic card. Two hundred or so years ago, it was a bit more involved.
The Baltimore Weaver's Guild, a 40-year-old group of more than 100 fiber artists, does not want us to forget those days.
While the artists work on different phases of the textile arts, many members weave cloth on the the same kind of looms and spin yarn for knitting on the same type of spinning wheels as were used by Americans colonists.
Member Margaret Stalman emphasizes that "they are doing what they can to keep these crafts alive that they need to be remembered."
They are celebrating the year of American Crafts with a juried show of textile arts featuring works of its members.
Interestingly, although the Baltimore Weaver's Guild draws members from all of Maryland, more than a quarter are Howard County residents.
The show runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 31 at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City.
XTC The show will celebrate its opening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 with a gallery talk by Leora Smith, HCCA resident artist and member of the Guild.
For more information, call the arts council office at (410) 313)2787.
Cub Scout Pack 360, chartered by Trinity Episcopal Church, participated in the National Pike District's Bicycle Ride on Aug. 28. Twenty Pack 360 Cubs were among the crowd of hundreds who were challenged by a safety course.
The course was set up to teach the children bike safety and to test their knowledge of hand signals, safety rules, and speed. Points were awarded according to the individual boy's performance on the course.
Two boys from Pack 360 accumulated enough points overall to place for prizes on the district level. Pack 360 is happy to announce that Jimmy Sutton took the first place trophy for first-year Webelos, and Lucas High took the second place trophy for the Wolves.
To prepare the boys for the meet, the pack held a practice session on Aug. 23. A mock safety course was set up on the parking lot of Deep Run Elementary School to give the boys a chance to review hand signals and safety rules.
Joyce Miguel, committee chairwoman for the pack, said that "the boys had as much fun at the mock-up as they did at the Bike Rodeo."
After the safety course, each boy had a chance to race through the BMX dirt track in Harper's Choice in Columbia.
The day was a beast with its heat and humidity, but each Cub, prize winner or not, went home with a small trophy and a smile on his face.
Ninth-graders at Howard High School get a boost toward success in high school, because the guidance department and the ninth-grade team have planned for it.
They've created Project Success, a comprehensive program that helps the new high school students make the difficult transition to high school. Part of the program is to give parents some tools to use in supporting them.
The first meeting of Project Success, an orientation to high school for parents, takes place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium.
At this meeting, each parent will receive a handbook on effective parenting for high school students, in which parents are helped with such important issues as understanding the credit system, encouraging high school study skills, and finding help when the student needs it.
Also included is an orientation to Howard High and an overview of the "Project Success" program. Sounds like an important way to spend Wednesday evening if you have a Howard High freshman.
There will be five more meetings throughout the school year. The next meeting on Oct. 20 will be of much interest, as it will cover freshman adjustment to the four-period day.
For further information, call the school's guidance department at 313-2871.
To see the first of this year's long-awaited apple cider, be on hand from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cider Mill Farm's Early Press Day.
Celebrate the beginning of Howard County's most beautiful season by watching the mill's first press while drinking a free sample of cider. The farm will provide a hay ride and a petting zoo.
You'll find the Cider Mill Farm on Landing Road in Ilchester. For directions, call (410) 788-9595.
Every 10 years Wiley Purkey invites his friends and collectors to his solo exhibit. That time will come on Saturday when "Wiley Purkey: by Himself" opens at Margaret Smith Gallery in Historic Ellicott City. An opening reception will be held from 4 p.m to 7 p.m.
Wiley has shown his work at Margaret Smith Gallery for the last four years, but has been a professional artist for 27 years. His watercolors and prints of Ellicott City depict a quiet town, often blanketed with snow to slow the pace of time.
In oils and acrylic, he lets loose with color, making these impressionistic works very popular with his collectors.
For information or directions to the Gallery, call Margaret Smith at (410) 461-0870.
OK, let's get the story on Rockburn Elementary's playground fence and guardrail straight.
It seems that members of the Rockburn Township Homeowners Association approached the association's executive board last spring, concerned about the children playing so near Montgomery Road.
The association wrote to the Department of Public Works. In addition, Rockburn PTA contacted Principal Earl Slacum to discuss the situation with the Department of Education.
Unfortunately, there was little response.
Finally, the homeowners learned that the fence had been approved. The Board of Education's student member, Jamie Kendrick, hails from Elkridge and supported the fence.
After County Councilman Darryl Drown and Jim Irving, Department of Public Works chief, met with members of the PTA and Mr. Slacum, a fiscal compromise was reached with the school board paying for a guardrail and the public works department erected it.
Now, the school needs flashing lights and school signs to alert drivers to the children's presence, reports Michael Swetz, a member of the PTA and Rockburn Township Homeowners Association.
0 Last week, I ran a request for a host family to share its home with Daniel Sueiras of Cadiz, Spain.
This week, I'm happy to tell you that a temporary home has been found for him, but the Spanish Cultural Exchange is still searching for a permanent home. Call Judy Stephenson at 461-6675 for more information.