Alexandra Stoddard, interior designer, author and philosopher of "fulfilled living," will be the keynote speaker at this year's Hunt Valley Antiques Show. The show, which takes place this coming weekend at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, will feature more than 60 dealers from around the country offering a wide array of furniture and decorative items.
Stoddard's topic will be "The Decoration of Houses: Open Your Eyes," after the title of her latest book (William Morrow, 1998, $28). The book, and the lecture, offer guidelines for helping people "see better," so they can find the beauty around them, whether they live in a penthouse or an efficiency apartment. Stoddard will speak at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets are $40 and include a Continental breakfast, book signing, show admission and catalog.
The theme of this year's show is "Scenes From Childhood." Welsh author Jo Gladstone will offer a lecture on "Victorian Children and Their Books" at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 and include show admission and a catalog.
This year's show is the 29th to benefit Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland, a private, nonprofit group that offers programs for parents and children, single parents and couples, pregnant teens and the elderly, plus programs to help victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Artifacts from the agency's 150-year history will be displayed at the show.
Other events in connection with the show are:
* Children's tour and junior antiques seminar for boys and girls ages 6-12, guided by antiques expert Thomas Bruggman, at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 and include refreshments, one adult show admission and catalog.
* Gala preview party, featuring a cocktail buffet, music, show preview and silent auction, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $85 and include show admission and catalog.
The Marriott Hunt Valley Inn is on Shawan Road at Interstate 83. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to make reservations for the preview party and lectures, call 410-366-1980, Ext. 253.
An unusual guide to gardening that includes what to do with the bounty is "A Garden of Recipes," from Country Living Gardener magazine (Hearst Books, 1999, $24.95). Cynthia Gibson offers schematics and plant descriptions for a number of gardens -- categorized by the type of fare they provide: the hors d'oeuvre garden, the soup garden, the edible-flower garden, among others. Available at booksellers.
* Home Depot holds a number of how-to clinics every week. Among offerings this week are: Staining and sealing, 1 p.m. Sunday; using Ralph Lauren paints, 7 p.m. Monday; installing hardwood flooring, 7 p.m. Tuesday; installing a lock set, 7 p.m. Wednesday; measuring and installing kitchen cabinets, 7 p.m. Thursday; finding kitchen-design ideas, 7 p.m. Friday; and using drywall techniques, 1 p.m. Saturday. These topics and times are good for every week through March 16. For more information, call the nearest Home Depot store.
Home Front welcomes interesting 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: 02/22/99