Instruction offered on preserving spring blossoms


After a drab, colorless winter, we are now enjoying a profusion of colorful spring blooms. These lovely flowers don't stay around long enough for many of us. But if we learn how to preserve them, we won't have to wait until next spring to see them again.

Carol Wagner of Forever Yours is offering to teach anyone who would like to master the technique. Classes will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 26.

A basic flower arrangement workshop using flowers dried in class will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6. All classes will be in the shop's new location, 1007 Crain Highway S.E.

Ms. Wagner has been drying flowers and making one-of-a-kind arrangements and keepsakes for 19 years. For many years, she had her work framed by The Little Frame Shop on Crain Highway. Ms. Wagner said she saw a chance to move her business when the shop's owner, Charles Miller, retired.

"[The] 90-year-old house seemed so suitable for what I offered," she said.

She decided to buy the equipment, hire the framer and move Forever Yours into the new location. The old house has had a complete renovation. Ms. Wagner moved in last fall.

"Now I can offer a wider range of framing selections for my flower customers and, at the same time, offer the same quality service Mr. Miller offered, adding new moldings, mat decorations, ideas and monthly sales," she said.

Those who take the class to dry spring flowers also will be able to learn how to work with other flowers and design arrangements. Antique books wrapped with dried flowers, wire decorated items and hanging bouquets will be included.

The cost for one class is $50. Sign up for two classes for $40 each. Classes include 6 pounds of silica gel and fresh flowers to dry.

For reservations, call 768-9565.


Flowers aren't the only sign of spring. The number of groups holding flea markets and craft shows also tells me its springtime. Two events are scheduled for Saturday.

Ferndale United Methodist Church, at Ferndale and Hollins Ferry roads, advertises "Good Junque" as well as crafts, clothing, accessories, a bake sale and food available at Saturday's Spring Fling Flea Market-Crafts event from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event includes a silent auction and door prizes.

For information, call 761-2880.


A Craft Show/Flea Market will take place on the field across from St. John Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, the event offers an opportunity to browse through tables offering new craft items and secondhand treasures. Refreshments, including home-baked goods, will be sold.

St. John is at 300 W. Maple Road.


Linthicum Elementary PTA will sponsor a Burger King Night at the Burger King on Nursery Road from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday. "Spring Fling" is the evening's theme. Door prizes of a "spring" nature will be given out during the evening, and "No Homework" passes will be awarded to Linthicum Elementary students. Everyone is invited to have dinner at the fast-food outlet and help the school raise money.

* The PTA is accepting nominations for the executive board for the 1995-1996 school year. President, first vice president, second vice president, treasurer, recording secretary and corresponding secretary are open for nominations. All PTA members are eligible to run for office. Elections will be held at the PTA general assembly May 17 before the Spring Concert.

For more information, or to nominate someone, call Barbara Anderson at 850-0864.


District 32 Democratic Club will have its monthly meeting Thursday at Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. for $4. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m.

Daryl Jones, chairman of the Democratic Central Committee, will be guest speaker.

For information, call Evelyn Kellner at 969-9325, or Valerie Serio at 850-0470.

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