Seasonal festivities abound, inside and out, this weekend


Savor the sights and scents of the Christmas season, have something to eat and shop for gifts and goodies at the "Gingerbread, Brunch & Branches Holly Mart" Saturday.

The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, sponsor of the event, has turned the hall at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church Saturday into a world of gingerbread.

Everyone will enjoy the skillfully decorated houses on display and have the opportunity to bid on them in the silent auction. Individually decorated gingerbread men will be for sale. Take some home for the young and the young-at-heart. Make your holidays a little less chaotic by shopping at the bakery for breads, pies, cookies, cakes and other homemade items.

An a-la-carte brunch menu will be available all day. Bagels, pastries, homemade vegetable and bean soup, barbecue, hot dogs and drinks will be sold. Carryout is available for soup.

The "branches" portion of the title refers to this year's emphasis on live greens and arrangements. Use them to make your own decorations or buy them ready-made. The traditional fresh evergreen swags accented with pine cones and red ribbon make a perfect decoration for mantle or doorway. Wreaths and other arrangements using dried materials will be available as well.

Stop by the confectionery shop for your holiday candy. Buy delicious homemade chocolate peanut butter candies and fudge, as well as candy by the pound.

The boutique will be filled with handmade and homemade items, ornaments and crafts. Expect to find some unusual presents at the gift shop as well as boxed greeting cards. The crystal and jewelry shop will feature old linens, glassware, jewelry and decorative ceramics for sale. The book shop will have a nice selection of used books and magazines available.

Club members are offering three 15-to-20 minute free mini-demonstrations: "How to make a holiday swag using fresh greens" at 11 a.m.; "Tips on making a gingerbread house" at 11:30 a.m.; and "How to make delicious, easy holiday candy" at noon.

While moms and dads are shopping, children can listen to a storyteller who will entertain all day.

Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The church is at 200 School Lane. Plenty of parking is available in the front and back of the building.


The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of St. John Lutheran Church are presenting a Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 300 W. Maple Road.

All are invited to shop for Christmas gifts and enjoy a good lunch.

Some of the craft items include tree ornaments, painted sweat shirts and aprons. Crochet and other needlework pieces will be for sale. Expect to find home-baked cakes, rolls, cookies, pies, brittle and potato candy. The Fancy Table will sell homemade jams, jellies and much more.

After shopping, stop by the luncheonette for delicious vegetable beef soup, beef barbecue, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and drinks. Assorted desserts will be available at the bake table. Lunch will be available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* The eighth annual Christmas By Candlelight Open House will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Benson-Hammond House.

The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society invites the public to share in a Christmas celebration at the 19th-century farmhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Decorated period rooms, museum exhibits and costumed docents interpret Christmas traditions in Anne Arundel County. Holiday foods and beverages will be served in the parlor. Holiday gifts will be available in the Browse and Buy Shoppe.

Admission is $2 for adults, senior citizens and children 6 and under free.

The Benson-Hammond House is at Andover Road and Aviation Boulevard.

The house will remain open to the public for tours from Wednesday, Dec. 8 through Saturday, Dec. 18, Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Browse and Buy Shoppe will be open the same hours and features antiques, collectibles and gifts.

For more information, call 768-9518. On weekends, call 768-9518 or 859-0298.


Sunday, Ferndale and Linthicum will light their community Christmas trees, sing holiday songs and enjoy the fellowship of family and neighbors.

This year, Santa Claus will travel to Ferndale at 6 p.m. on an MTA trolley bus and meet youngsters at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center.

After the tree-lighting ceremony, everyone can join in singing carols, and share hot chocolate and doughnuts. Members of the Clown Alley troupe will accept donations of canned goods, which will be distributed to needy families in the area.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Ferndale Garden Club, the Ferndale-Linthicum Area Community Council (FLACC) and the Greater Ferndale Community Association.

A special guest will light Linthicum's Christmas tree in the Community Garden, Camp Meade and Maple roads at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The ceremony will include singing by the St. John Lutheran Church Youth Orchestra, the St. John and YWCA pre-school chorus and a visit from Santa. Refreshments will be served.

Donations of nonperishable foods for North County Emergency Outreach Network will be accepted. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to Linthicum Elementary School.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony is sponsored by the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association and the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights.


The Anne Arundel Alarmers Association begins its annual Christmas tree sale on Friday at two locations, the parking lot next to the Ferndale firehouse and the Millersville Supply Co. parking lot on Veterans Highway, across from the Northway Shopping Center.

Seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Alarmers will sell Scotch pine for $20, Frazier fir for $35 and balsam pine for $15.

Purchasers will receive coupons for a drawing for a $25 certificate to Giant Foods. All profits will benefit Alarmers' projects.


Linthicum Chapter 2244 of the American Association of Retired Persons will install the new officers for 1994 at a noon luncheon on Thursday at La Fontaine Bleu. They are: Efton Meridith,

president; Dorothy Lins, first vice president; John Benke, second vice president; Bill Fergusen, treasurer; Mary Foster, secretary; and Emma Graham, assistant secretary.

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