New Year's parties for those who don't have plans


New Year's Eve is only a few days away, and for those of you who don't have plans, there are a few options available in Crofton.

The Crofton Country Club is holding a New Year's Eve celebration, featuring music by Gene Vincent and the Cadillac Cruisers, with guest star Mike El, an Elvis Presley impersonator.

Dinner will be served from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dancing will be from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. The club will offer an open bar before dinner, and a cash bar afterward.

The cost is $55 per person for club members and $65 per person for nonmembers. For information, or to make a reservation, call the club at 261-6500 or 721-3111.

If that isn't quite what you had in mind, the Arundel Volunteer Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary is sponsoring a dance at the fire hall on Davidsonville Road, at Bell Branch Road, from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. A disc jockey will provide music.

The auxiliary will provide party favors, hors d'oeuvres, setups, champagne for a midnight toast and a continental breakfast. The cost is $25 per person, or $45 per couple. For more information, call 261-0676 or 721-3454.


Here are the winners in the Greater Crofton Newcomers Club annual outdoor illuminations contest. If you get the chance this holiday season, take the time to drive by the winning houses and see for yourselves.

The prize for best traditional decorations went to Edward and Kaye Callahan, 1519 Crofton Parkway, with John and Joyce Maloney, 1781 Torrington Place, as the runners-up. The decorations of William and Ellen Hainsworth, 1729 Urby Drive, were chosen most creative, with Carol Powell, 1710 Usher Place, as the runner-up in that category.

The best townhouse prize went to Ray and Barbie Gill, 1706 Waldorf Court, with Sylvia Vigderhouse, 1708 Golden Court, as the runner-up. Robert and Ann Gaia, 1721 Urby Drive, were awarded an honorable mention.

I've driven by most of these houses and can attest to the beautiful displays.

The club will hold its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Route 450. The speaker will be from Partners in Care, a volunteer group that helps less mobile senior citizens remain as independent as possible.

The club, being lead by President Brenda Reiber, has several other subgroups that meet each month. For more information on other groups, such as the gourmet, book or mom and tots clubs, call 721-3463.


Parents and Children Together (PACT) is beginning another session of classes next month at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, 1657 Crofton Parkway.

Preschool discussion groups for parents of children from 18 months to 3 years old will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Mondays from Jan. 10 through March 14. Early childhood step-parenting classes will be offered for step-parents of children from 18 months to 5 years old from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28.

The care-and-share discussion group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 18 through March 8. A winter discussion group for expectant parents will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 19 through March 16.

A discussion group for parents of older babies from 8 months to 18 months old will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays from Jan. 19 through March 16.

Supervised play groups are provided for children while parents are in meetings.

Registration forms are available at the Crofton Library or can be obtained by calling 721-7719.

With registration only a few weeks away, the Crofton Athletic Council's girls lacrosse program could be doomed next season because no one has stepped forward to take over as commissioner. If you can help save this program, please call council president Dorie Folstein, at 261-0196, or any other board member. You even could call me. I'll get the message to the right person.

The council also needs volunteers to help with the ever-popular basketball tournament. Janet Delaney has volunteered to take over the massive job of tournament director, but she needs lots of community help to pull it off. Please call Janet at 721-9249 and help her make the tournament a success.


The American Cancer Society offers Reach to Recovery to help breast cancer patients meet the physical, emotional, and cosmetic needs related to their disease. Women who have had breast cancer surgery bring each patient a free kit containing a temporary breast form, a bra, a pillow, manuals of information and literature for family members. Visits may be made before or after surgery. For information, or to volunteer, call 261-6000, 721-4304 or 793-3989.


The Greater Crofton Jaycees say their inaugural Holiday Sharing program was a success. The county Department of Social Services provided the chapter with the names of 10 needy families in the Crofton area. Chapter members supplied toys and food baskets for those families and one more they learned about through an anonymous letter.


I hope that 1994 is all you wish it to be.

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