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Friendly Thyme Herb Club plans New England tour


The Friendly Thyme Herb Club is planning a gardening vacation to Massachusetts and Connecticut for Aug. 15 to Aug. 17.

The group will travel by bus to a re-created New England farming village and several popular herb farms and historical sites.

The club's primary destination will be Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. Step back in time and explore the 200-acre living history museum where you can talk with costumed interpreters as they demonstrate the activities of early 19th century. The village contains more than 40 restored buildings, craft and gift shops, and medicinal and culinary herb gardens.

The trip also offers several stops in Connecticut. A tour of Gilberti's Herb Garden in Westport gives herb lovers a chance to see one of the most outstanding herb gardens in New England. Herbal gifts, plants, crafts and other products will be available for purchase.

Looking for rare plants? Then Logee Greenhouse Farms will fill the bill. A family-owned business for 102 years, Logee boasts a fine indoor plant collection. This will be the place to pick up unusual as well as familiar plants of all kinds both for indoor and outdoor planting.

Another stop will be the village of Farmington to visit the Hill-Stead Museum and Sunken Gardens. The museum is a country house built in 1901 and displays a collection of works of well-known artists. Gardens are featured on the grounds.

The cost of the trip is $330 based on double occupancy. A $50-per-person deposit is required for a bus seat, with the balance due by July 7.

For information and reservations, call 859-3569.


The Ferndale Garden Club will be getting ready for summer gardening during its meeting at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Maria Price-Howakowski from Willow Oaks Flower and Herb Farm will discuss planting container gardens and selecting the best herbs to plant in containers.

Election of officers will take place at the meeting, scheduled at the Ferndale Senior Center. The new leadership will be installed next month at the annual dinner.

Other business on the agenda: an outdoor plant exchange, drawing names for May baskets and discussion of the Annapolis garden tour trip May 20. The club also will participate in Ferndale Day on May 21.

Call Shirley Hertz, club president, at 761-8045, or Barbara Bernheimer, publicity chairwoman, at 859-1676, for information on any of these activities.


St. Philip Neri Home/School Association is sponsoring a Burger King Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., tomorrow at the restaurant on Nursery Road. Twenty percent of all drive-through and eat-in orders will benefit the school.

For information, call Bob Newcomer at 859-1056.


Savor the tastes of the Old World at the St. John Lutheran Church "Germanfest" from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday.

Bring the family and choose a sour beef and dumpling platter for $12 or a sausage and sauerkraut platter for $9. A hot dog platter for children under 12 years costs $3. Nonalcoholic German beverage and dessert will be available. Music and dancing will round out the evening.

The church is at 300 West Maple Road. Call the office at 859-0020 for tickets.

* St. John's is having a silent auction the same day. Items will be displayed in the library from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for browsing and bidding and will be awarded at Germanfest. Items include new appliances, a carpet cleaner, gift certificates to restaurants and books. Door prizes will be given out during the day. The auction will benefit the building fund.


Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church's flea market will offer more than 25 tables from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Lunch and a baked goods table will be available. There is plenty of free parking in the rear of the building, at 200 School Lane.

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