"Come in!" my friend called out in response to my knock. "I'm in the kitchen dyeing eggs."
Fascinated, I watched as she hot-glued odd pieces of gingham and cotton balls to what, just hours earlier, could have easily been breakfast, or a farm animal.
"I'm going for a Beatrix Potter theme this year," she explained.
I nodded, recalling last year's successful, albeit ironic, egg tribute to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Her use of faux bunny fur had been inspiring.
My friend relishes all holidays, any reason to decorate. In past weeks her yard has become home to a family of plastic blow-up bunnies, each holding plastic blow-up carrots, all in varying degrees of deflation.
Plastic eggs in colors not readily found in nature adorn her trees. In the corner of her living room, the Easter Express train set circles a ceramic village inhabited by still more bunnies in suits.
"My only regret is the company that produces jack-o'-lantern lawn and leaf bags does not distribute a white bunny style," she said sadly. "I believe that would just bring the entire display together."
Later that night, I looked out my window to find her wrestling with a white plastic bag, a black marker and a fistful of rubber bands.
Happy Easter, Glen Burnie.
A celebration of Easter will be staged at two area churches this week.
"Go Change The World" will be presented Friday, Saturday and Sunday by the cast of Purest Praise Production of the Abundant Life Church, 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for each performance.
Highlights of the musical drama include the Annunciation to Mary, the birth of Jesus, the Sermon on the Mount and the death and resurrection of Christ.
Complimentary tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call the church office at 761-9075.
The congregation of Christ Lutheran Church will present a passion play at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Friday in the sanctuary, 8245 Jumpers Hole Road.
The play includes the cucifixion of Jesus and his rsurrection.
Free nursery service will be provided for young children.
Admission is free. A goodwill offering will be taken and donated to local charity.
For additional information, call 647-0340.
Tickets still are available for the 26th annual "Salute To Seniors" Tuesday at the La Fontaine Bleu, 7514 Ritchie Highway.
Sponsored by the Community Advocates for Senior Opportunity and Services (CASOS), the luncheon will honor past presidents of 40 CASOS clubs throughout the county. A group of seniors also will be honored for their contributions to the community.
The advisory board's new officers also will be inducted.
Admission for the luncheon is $8 for seniors, $10 for general admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance and may be bought by calling 761-1769 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Glen Burnie Park Swim Club has started its annual membership drive.
The club, at 500 Everett Road, offers members a four-lane, 25-meter pool; baby pool; snack shack; covered pavilion with grill; bathhouses; picnic areas; and a sun deck.
Throughout the summer, members and their guests can enjoy a variety of social events, including Family Nights and Adult Nights.
The club sponsors an award-winning competitive youth swim team. Beginning swimmers can enroll in scheduled lessons. Dates and fees will be posted soon.
The club has three types of memberships: family, associate and extended guest passes.
For an annual fee of $300, plus a $50 initiation fee, the entire family and their guests can enjoy a summer of activities. Family memberships include voting privileges.
Associate memberships may be purchased for $150. These memberships are limited to one per household and do not have guest or voting privileges. Associate members also must be at least 15 years old.
Starting in August, families on the membership waiting list have first option on an extended guest pass. The entire family can enjoy the club's amenities from Aug. 1 through the Labor Day closing for $75.
For information on the swim club, call Barbara Lawton at 766-7676 or Bob Murray at 760-1979.
Another Baltimore Computer Users Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the North County Library, 1010 Eastway.
The club is open to anyone interested in MS-DOS Windows, the C64, Amiga or Macintosh computers.
For information, call Pat Anthony at 760-2047.