BASKETS HAVE been around for a long time. They were very functional, a necessity and in use long before paper sacks and plastic bags. Baskets were used for many things -- gathering eggs from the chicken coop, carrying vegetables in from the garden and bringing purchases home from the market.
Baskets were all through the house, holding everything from sewing to potatoes.
Today, though they might not be used in the same ways, there is renewed interest in their practicality, and people are finding new ways to use them.
Baskets of all sizes and shapes -- and all manner of contents -- will be the prizes at a basket bingo sponsored by the Linthicum Lions Club on Saturday at Bingo World, 4901 Belle Grove Road. Doors open at noon, with the games beginning at 1 p.m.
The club is making the games more fun by having a theme for each of the 20 basket prizes, filling them with appropriate items. Sharon Wunder, event chair, described, for example, the "Ocean City basket" filled with such things as sunglasses, a T-shirt, sunscreen and snacks.
Others include a cake basket, tissue basket, weekender and bread basket.
"It's really interesting, when I started running this bingo three years ago, I decided I was going to fill the baskets. Now everyone is doing it," Wunder said of the popularity of basket bingos.
Wunder said two raffles and two specials will be offered, each worth more than $100. One is a laundry basket filled with cleaning products, and another a five-level metal basket rack. Forty door prizes, instant bingo and food and beverages are planned.
Many businesses have donated the baskets and some of the items that fill them.
Wunder said the Lions Club plans to use bingo proceeds for the purchase of a closed-circuit television for a sight-impaired family. The Lions Club is dedicated to helping people with vision problems. "We really try to find people who need help," Wunder said.
The cost of the bingo is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Tickets or information: 410-859-0865 or 410-859-4177.
Donations may be sent to Linthicum Lions Club, P.O. Box 267, Linthicum Heights 21090.
The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association will hold a general membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library classroom at Lindale Middle School, Andover and Hammonds Ferry roads.
Tentatively scheduled as speaker is a representative of the county school system to explain proposed changes to the middle school curriculum.
Nominations will be open for the 2001-2002 association board. Elections will be held at the June meeting. Any member in good standing is eligible to run.
Information: Mike Daniel, 410-859-8586.
Friendship Quilters will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road in Linthicum. The meeting will feature workshops on techniques, including "Redwork," a revived art from the 1930s involving squares with red embroidery.
Quilters of all skill levels and interests are invited to join.
Information: Lynne Kampe, 410-766-6010.
Craft exhibitors sought
The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society is looking for crafters for its Strawberry Festival, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 16 on the grounds of its Benson-Hammond House headquarters at Aviation Boulevard and Andover Road.
A registration fee of $18 per space, or $30 for a double space, is required in advance.
Information: Carolyn Dalton, 410-544-2616, between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights recently conducted its youth writing contest for students in area schools. About 180 entries were submitted, and the winners and their parents were invited to the club's April meeting for the presentation of awards -- gift certificates to Waldenbooks.
Winners in the poetry contest were:
High school -- first place, Cassie Phillips, a sophomore at North County.
Middle school -- a three-way tie for first, Nichole Balzanna and Ashley French, eighth-graders at Brooklyn Park, Stephanie Fromm, eighth grade at Arthur Slade; second place, Amanda Neswold, eighth grade at Slade; and a tie for third, Christina Kessler, seventh grade at Brooklyn Park, and Erin Voight, eighth grade, Slade.
Elementary school -- first, Danny Cox; second, Andrew Glossner; third, Tony DeSanctis. Each is a fifth-grader at Linthicum Elementary.
Winners in the short story contest were:
Middle school -- a tie for first, Keith D. Diehl and Abby Fisher, and second, Jaimie Macey, all seventh-graders at Brooklyn Park; third, Brandon Lee, eighth grade, Slade.
Elementary -- also a tie for first, with Kaylie Hoehl and Mike Orzechowski; tied for second, Kelly Auld and Lindsey Summers; third, Brittany Thompson. All are fifth-graders at Linthicum.
The club also announced winners in its art contest for students in grades 6 through 12, judged by former high school art teachers Hal Gomer, Robert Nichols and Olin Yoder, all of Linthicum.
For grades 9 through 12, first place, Joo Lee; second, Annalesa Tamondong; and third, Richard Nevendorf. All attend Glen Burnie High School.
For grades 6 through 8, first, Sara Neville of Slade; and second and third prizes, both to Katie Knight of Lindale Middle School.