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Herb Day a time for advice on starting garden, making potpourri


The Friendly Thyme Herb Club has planned a wonderful day for you to immerse yourself in the fascinating subject of herbs. Get advice on herb gardens, watch demonstrations on making wreaths, potpourri, spreads and dips, and buy herbal items from the Members Marketplace. Herb Day is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore City Life Museums in the 800 block of E. Lombard Street.

Lectures will be held throughout the day in the Counting Room of the Carroll Mansion and the 1840 House kitchen. At 11 a.m., learn how to start an herb garden; at noon, how to make herbal vinegar. A session on making herbal wreaths is set for 1 p.m. and one on herbal tea and treats prepared at the hearth in the 1840 House kitchen will begin at 1:30 p.m. A lecture on making potpourri is scheduled at 2 p.m. and on making arrangements with herbs at 3 p.m.

Herb plants, tussie-mussies, baked goods and herbal items from the Members' Marketplace will be sold during the day. Punch, sandwiches and herbal refreshments will be available at The Herb Lady's Cafe.

You can participate in making marbled paper or chat with costumed characters from Baltimore's past, and children can have their pictures taken in 19th-century costume.

In addition, club member Cindy Swiss will entertain with violin music in the courtyard.

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club has been associated with the 1840 House Museum since 1990. Sue Latini, one of the club's founders, is food historian at the 1840 House and leads weekend cooking demonstrations and workshops there.

As first president of the club, she suggested that members maintain a culinary herb garden in the courtyard of the museum. Ms. Latini has volunteered at the 1840 House since the museum first opened. With her interest in the herb club and the museum, she has formed a natural bridge between the two organizations. She has compiled many of her open-hearth recipes into a cookbook that soon will be available.

The entrance fee for the day includes admission to the herb festival and the four museums on the premises. Activities will be moved indoors if there is rain. Public parking is available.

Information: 396-3523 or 766-3395.


The Fourth Annual Strawberry Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Benson-Hammond House Farm, Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road at Baltimore-Washington International Airport

Admission is free, and free parking is available on the airport employee lot with shuttle service to the festival. Directions will be posted.

The festival will offer a country store, crafts, children's activities, herbs and other plants. There also will be a petting zoo for children and demonstrations of basket weaving, blacksmith work and antique farm equipment.

The historic, 19th-century Benson-Hammond House will be open for tours.

The festival is sponsored by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday.

Information: 768-0518.

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