The fabric of stars


Stars have come out at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where six quilts from the museum's collection illustrate one

of the most popular motifs in American quilting. The quilts on display, dating from the mid-19th century, all feature star designs and include "Blazing Star" and "Peacock and Star." They show a range of fabrics, sizes and techniques. The exhibit will run through Jan. 31, 1999, at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Regular admission (19 years and older) is $6.


* English and American formal and country furniture, silver, porcelain, glass, clocks, books and folk art are just some of the items being offered by nearly two dozen dealers at the Chevy Chase Antiques Show, presented by the Woman's Club of Chevy Chase in conjunction with Armacost Antique Shows Ltd. (Leather items from Forsyth's are shown below.) The show takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the club, 7931 Connecticut Ave. in Chevy Chase. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7. There will be a gala preview party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, plus lectures and other events during the show. For reservations, call 301-229-0730; for more information, call 410-435-2292.

* A couple of dozen nurseries, garden centers and plant specialists will be offering a variety of shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, trees, native and exotic plants, house plants and other indoor and outdoor plants at a sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Entrance free, but a $2 parking donation is suggested. There will be door prizes and light refreshments.

An artful birthday

Tired of clowns, singing animatronic critters and an abundance of fast food at children's birthday parties? The Columbia Art Center offers an alternative, with ARTful birthday parties for 10 or more children featuring an art activity - mask-making, jewelry-making, print-making and ceramics are among the choices. Children get to take home their creations. Parties are held in a decorated studio where invitations, napkins, utensils, drinks and art supplies are provided. (Parents provide cake or snacks.) For the minimum of 10 children, the cost is $115. Each additional child is $5. Parents may pick the time, date and activity. The center is located at 6100 Foreland Garth, off state Route 175 and Tamar Drive in Columbia. For more information, call 410-730-0075.

Wind-up power

Probably the last time the lights flickered in an electrical storm, you wondered where, exactly, you might have left the flashlight, the batteries, the candles and the matches. Now homeowners, campers and others who find themselves in the dark can rely on the Freeplay self-powered lantern from BayGen of Warwick, N.Y. ($69.95). The lantern uses wind-up power to provide up to six minutes of light for each 30-second wind. The lantern can also be charged electrically. There's also a Freeplay radio ($79.95) that can be powered by wind-up or by solar exposure. The lantern and radio are available at the Nature Co. and the Sports Authority, among other places. They can also be bought directly from BayGen; call 800-WIND 234.

Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

Pub Date: 9/06/98

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