THE SENSE of smell is very powerful in evoking memories.
The sharp, crisp and powerful aroma of freshly cut evergreen trees reminds me of when I was very young. A favorite childhood memory was the Christmas tree sale held by an uncle and cousins on a Baltimore sidewalk in front of grandmother's house.
It seemed like a magic world, especially at night. Illumination was bare light bulbs strung over the fragrant evergreens. Trees of all shapes and sizes standing here and there created a maze. The air was cold and crisp, and there was a crackling fire in a large drum to warm one's hands.
It is the scent of those trees that bring all the memories together for a very nostalgic holiday feeling.
This year, you can buy your fresh pine, fir or spruce at the sale sponsored by the Anne Arundel Alarmers Association.
This local public service group has two locations: next to the Ferndale Fire House, Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard; and at the Northway Liquors, Veteran's Highway north of Old Mill Road in Millersville.
You may choose from scotch pine $25; Douglas fir $30; blue spruce $35; and Fraizer fir $35.
Fill out a coupon when you purchase your tree for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Giant Food.
The Anne Arundel Alarmers, a member of the International Fire Buffs Association, sponsors the fund-raisers to help with their work of supporting the fire department when it is called to service.
The group holds monthly meetings at its hall on Glenmont Avenue in Ferndale.
Saturday will be the children's Christmas party for members of the North Glen Improvement Association.
The party for youngsters through age 8 will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The older children, ages 9 and above, will have a bingo party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
To make reservations, call Linda Lewis, 761-5391.
All are invited to join in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in front of Linthicum Elementary School.
Food, drink, a visit from Santa and music by the Benfield Brass are part of the festivities. If the weather is bad, the event will be moved to the school cafeteria. David Gormley is chairman of the event.
A day of fellowship, nostalgia and seasonal music will be part of the monthly meeting of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights at 10: 30 a.m. Tuesday.
Members who have a memento or story about a meaningful Christmas are encouraged to share it with the club.
The board members will serve lunch prepared by Lois Smith, Shirley Edmonds, Erna Shuley, Ruth Klein and Fran Thomas.
At 1: 30 p.m., members will make a visit to the residents of Allegis Nursing Center. They will sing carols, serve refreshments, and give each resident a small gift.
The meeting will start at the clubhouse on Hammonds Ferry Road. Information: Barbara Anderson, publicity chairwoman, at 859-8619.
Another Christmas party
A Christmas party will be held for the children of St. Philip Neri Church from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 at the school.
Enjoy music by the children's choir, the folk group and the school band, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus.
The party is sponsored by the Men's Club of the parish. There is no charge to attend and no reservations are required.
Pub Date: 12/08/96