THANKSGIVING is now over, but in a wink of an eye it will be Christmas. Before getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, take time to enjoy a community event this weekend, the "Candlelight Welcome" in Linthicum. It will put you in the holiday spirit.
Antique dolls, tours by docents, music by the Victorian Parlor Ensemble and refreshments will be featured at the Candlelight Welcome to be presented by the Ann Arrundell County Historical Society from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the society's headquarters in the Benson-Hammond House.
The restoration of the 1820s farmhouse and its surrounding grounds, on property now owned by the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, reflects the life of a farming family in the early 1800s.
In addition to the third-floor museum of 300 dolls, the house is filled with furniture, photographs and other artifacts of the 1800s.
For the "Candlelight Welcome," the house will be decorated with the types of greens found on the grounds in the 1800s and bathed in candlelight.
The society's Browse and Buy shop and a country store stocked with homemade cakes, cookies, jams and jellies will be open for shoppers.
A $2 fee covers the festivities. There is no charge for children under 12.
Free parking will be available on the premises.
For more information, call the Benson-Hammond House at 768-9518 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays or 859-0593.
A Christmas luncheon and social will follow the 10 a.m. Friendly Thyme Herb Club meeting on Friday at the senior center, 7205 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd.
For information, call June Burton at 766-8113.
The Home-School Association of St. Philip Neri School will sponsor a Roy Rogers Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Burwood Plaza restaurant.
At this fund-raiser, 20 percent of the proceeds of all orders, both eat-in and drive-through, will be donated to the school.
For information, call Bob Newcomer at 859-1056.