WHAT'S THAT smell?" my sister asked as she entered the house.
Inhaling deeply, I discerned nothing out of the ordinary.
Wrinkling her nose, she continued to sniff.
"Oh, I get it. It's 'boy,' " she announced. "Your house smells like boy."
There was a time when this would have insulted my sense of cleanliness, but 17 years into this "Mother of Sons" job, I am no longer offended by the truth. My house smells like boys.
"It's rather like a potpourri. Not altogether unpleasant smells but I don't envision Glade selling it as a 'Stick-Up' anytime soon," she continued.
Boys. It's the sour smell of a full load of damp laundry mildewing in a laundry basket after it was prematurely removed from the drier so that a single pair of gym shorts could be dried. It's the aroma of six half-eaten bowls of macaroni and cheese partially afloat in a tepid pool of dishwater. A lingering scent of anti-fungal spray mixed with Cool Water cologne.
"Come here," my sister called out to my youngest son.
As he approached, she spritzed him with a can of Pledge.
"I can live with the new improved, lemon-scented boy," she announced.
Raceway for rowers
The waters of Furnace and Marley creeks will again serve as the raceway for the annual Ariel Head of the Patapsco rowing regatta from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Racers will begin on Furnace Creek, following the three-mile course around the Point Pleasant community to the finish line near the Country Club Estates Recreation Association. Spectators are welcome to observe the finishes at the CCERA pier at Paul Marr and Country Club drives.
With participants from Maryland and surrounding states, the environmentally friendly athletic event continues to grow in popularity. Hundreds of rowers from colleges and clubs are expected to engage in races of a single crew, doubles, foursomes and crews of eight.
The races are expected to be held rain or shine.
St. Paul's fair
Other traditional fall activities are scheduled for this weekend.
Pumpkins, scarecrows and crafts set the mood for the St. Paul's Autumn Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds, 308 Oak Manor Drive.
Activities will include a "Make Your Own Scarecrow" booth, face painting, sand art, pony rides, a water dunk, moon bounce and pumpkin decorating for the children. Adults can enjoy the crafts, silent auction and homemade sweets at the Country Store.
Refreshments will be sold throughout the day.
Lynne Kampe and Amelia Ditch served as co-chairwomen for the fair, aided by committee members Pat Reese, Mike Ditch, Bob and Marilyn Seen, Glen Stewart, Beth Felton, Matija Hoppe, Thelma Bishoff, Tara Thompson, Sue Hayward, Kurt Phillips and Cathy Kennedy.
Proceeds from the fair will benefit the church building fund and missions. Spaces with tables are available for craft artisans to rent for $20.
Fall Harvest Bazaar
Glen Burnie United Methodist Church is sponsoring its annual Fall Harvest Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall at Crain Highway and Second Avenue.
The church social hall will be transformed with a Trash and Treasure Flea Market, a Country Store with fresh vegetables and homemade jellies, jams and apple butter and handmade crafts. Enjoy a snack at the baked goods table and find a new idea for dinner at a recipe and tasting table. Young children can keep busy at the Kid's Kraft Korner.
For a donation, guests can have their cars washed by members of the United Methodist Youth Foundation while they shop.
Support for parents
Two support and information groups for parents are scheduled to begin next week at the Point Pleasant Elementary School Family Resource Center, 1035 Dumbarton Road. The groups, sponsored by the YWCA, are free.
Parents of children ages 2 to 3 are welcome to attend a 10-week class that meets from 12: 30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays starting Oct. 7. The classes will focus on the needs of parents and their preschool-age children. While parents take part in discussions with speakers selected by the group, the children will have social time under the supervision of trained child-care providers.
Parents with older elementary-age children can attend a six-week Nurturing Program from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays beginning Monday.
Preregister by calling Debbie O'Banion, 410-626-7800.
Pub Date: 9/30/98