THE FERNDALE Garden Club has enlarged its Christmas Show, adding booths for information and demonstrations of various techniques for an hour before the traditional program begins.
The show is planned for Nov. 17 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. The program, "Christmas Nostalgia -- Old Ideas for New Traditions," will begin when the doors open at 6: 45 p.m. and refreshments are served.
Until 8 p.m., when the formal show begins and floral designers demonstrate their craft, experts will be offering tips in the demonstration booths.
Booths will feature Barbara Barillaro of Evergreen Gene's Garden Center, demonstrating bow-making techniques; Debbie Croghan from the Petal Pusher flower shop in Linthicum, with information on buying and keeping plants healthy for the holiday season; and Harry W. Hunter of the Maryland Christmas Tree Society, on selecting and caring for a live Christmas tree.
Also, Barbara Walters and Marie Meredith will demonstrate making a swag with pine cones; and Bonnie Lear, floral designer at A.C. Moore, will show how silk flowers can be used to create a holiday arrangement.
Ferndale Garden Club members Kathy Shatt, Lynn Bowen and Annette Thomas will have a display on holiday luminaries, including inexpensive ways to make luminaries from recycled containers.
During the formal show, floral designers Marty Baikaukas from Cedar Hill Florist in Brooklyn Park and Suzy Provine from A Blooming Basket in Millersville will create floral arrangements for the audience.
While the designers are creating, Robert Nichols, floral designer, artisan and retired art teacher at North County and Andover high schools, will provide the commentary.
Baikaukas and Provine will use fresh greens and dried materials to create wreaths, tabletop arrangements, wall hangings, mantle decorations and swags.
Linthicum resident Adeline Bradshaw will provide entertainment on the piano. She will take requests for holiday music and encourage the audience to sing along. Bradshaw is one of six county residents recently inducted into the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed for outstanding volunteer activities in the community.
Shatt chairs the Christmas Show. On her committee are Cecelia Dietz, Marge Dishman, Jeanette Lehman, Annette Thomas, Josie Blondell and Madge Hornung.
Tickets are $4, if purchased by today -- or $5 later. Call Dietz, the ticket chairwoman, at 410-859-1795, or Lehman at 410-761-1716.
Craft show a tradition
It is a tradition for many in the community to attend North County High School's Beary Best Christmas Craft Show featuring quality crafts, handmade accessories and food.
That time of year has rolled around again. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium of the school at 10 E. First Ave.
"We had great response this year from crafters. Our table space filled up several weeks ago," said Michelle Keeler, chairwoman.
More than 60 will be exhibiting, Keeler said -- with some of the more unusual tables showing driftwood wood carvings, Barbie nightlights, plate art, homemade lotions and creams, personalized mini-birdhouses and birdhouses with antique hardware.
Baby items, Victorian crafts and wreaths, candles, painted flowerpots and decorated glass will also be on display.
Food will include the show's favorites -- cream of broccoli soup and chicken salad croissant.
"We've had people come just for the food, it is so well-liked," said Keeler.
The event is sponsored by the NCHS Parent Booster Club, with the proceeds going toward the boosters' scholarship fund. Information: 410-636-5948.
Meet Marvin Bond
The featured speaker at Tuesday morning's meeting of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will be Marvin Bond, former assistant state comptroller and now chief of staff for county Executive Janet S. Owens.
Bond will discuss the rich history of the county in a program called "Celebrate Anne Arundel County's 350th Birthday." The meeting takes place at 10: 30 a.m. at the clubhouse, 110 N. Hammonds Ferry Road.
The longtime spokesman for late Maryland Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein, Bond is a 1971 graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. He and his wife, Jane, live in Linthicum with daughters Leigh and Abby.
The club's Community Health and Volunteer Services Committee is asking members to bring donations of paper products for Sarah's House and Hearth House. According to Fran Purper, co-chair of the committee, the woman's club has several activities each year to support the two homes for displaced women and families.
They include helping with Santa's workshop, running a bake sale at the homes' bull and oyster roast and turning over all proceeds from the club's prayer breakfast.
The club is preparing for its Holly Mart, set for 9: 30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The club is changing the day of the event to Saturday to accommodate those who cannot attend on a weekday.
Holly Mart workshops will be held throughout this month in preparation for the event. The Arts and Crafts Committee is meeting at 9: 30 a.m. on Mondays at the clubhouse and the Beautification and Garden Committee will gather at the home of Marie Meredith at 9: 30 a.m. on Thursdays.
Information: Cecelia Dietz, Holly Mart chairman, at 410-859-1795.
Church craft show
Come by light rail (the station is just a block away), or by car (there's plenty of parking) to the second craft show weekend at Ferndale United Methodist Church, 117 Ferndale Road at Hollins Ferry Road.
Open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the show will feature mostly Christmas items -- unlike the first show in October, when fall crafts were in abundance.
Information: Lisa Beall at 410-349-0292 or 410-279-4187.
Ketchup, but hold the onions
Mark Pallozzi, chairman of the Overlook Elementary School Burger King Night, is hoping for a big show of support for the Parent Teachers Association -- by going out to dinner Wednesday.
A percentage of all purchases between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Burger King at 718 Nursery Road will add to the PTA coffers.