Lions Club brings big top performances to Linthicum


IMAGINE - TIGERS, elephants and monkeys in Linthicum! The circus is coming to town, sponsored by the Linthicum Lions Club.

The Kelly-Miller Circus will set up its tent and give two performances - 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. - June 4 on the St. Philip Neri Church field, 6405 Orchard Road.

The circus is expected to roll in about 7 a.m. that day, and the public is welcome to watch its tent-raising, said Tom Durkin, club president.

Advance tickets can be purchased at Mikies, Flowers Extraordinaire and Charlene's Hallmark in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center on Camp Meade Road; at the Walt Eger Service Center, 1450 Grimm Road, Severn; or from the Lions Club by calling 410-859-8967.

Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger, those younger than age 2 are admitted free. Tickets at show time will be $9 and $6.

Strawberry festival

Supper fare, strawberries and ice cream, and strawberry shortcake will be featured at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church's 54th annual Strawberry Festival from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in its fellowship hall, 200 School Lane.

Baked goods, plants, and items at a white elephant table and children's table also will be for sale. Admission is free.

The event is put on by Evelyn Keller Circle, a women's group at the church, and proceeds support local, national and international missions and church projects.

"We also consider the festival a community service. Many non-Methodists come with their families and friends and seem to enjoy relaxing and visiting," said Marge Holmes, publicity chairwoman.

Information: Holmes, 410- 859-5939, or the church office, 410-859-0990.

PAAL discount deadline

Time is running out to get a discount on subscriptions to the Performing Arts Association of Linthicum's 2001-2002 season. Pay $29 for five concerts if you purchase by Thursday. Prices after are $34.

Information or ticket orders: Jo Barker, PAAL president, 410-859- 3308, or subscription campaign chairwoman Eloise Vaughan, 410-859-8047. Tickets also can be purchased by mail, by sending a check to PAAL, P.O. Box 321, Linthicum Heights 21090.

Herbal efforts

Just as we get our homes spruced up when we expect company, so gardeners do with their gardens.

For several weeks, five members of the Friendly Thyme Herb Club devoted countless hours to digging, weeding, planting and preparing their yards for its recent annual garden tour.

Each garden reflected the taste of the owner. The commonality, though, was the gardeners' love of growing herbs.

Some have been herb gardeners for years, others were recently bitten by the bug.

Ferndale resident Sue Latini's garden reflects her thorough enjoyment of growing herbs and it has grown and developed steadily over the years.

Set in an English style, the attractive back yard beckons from the sidewalk - its beds are filled with familiar herbs and many unusual ones such as the medicinal black cohosh, horseradish, sweet cicely and a hops vine.

Latini dries herbs and uses them for crafts, but favors the use of culinary herbs. "I have a large bed of sorrel that I use a lot in cooking," Latini said.

Her garden is made even more interesting with the addition of ornaments. There is a huge jug and miniature sala (outdoor dining structure) from Thailand and a large statue of St. Fiacre, patron saint of gardeners.

Also on the tour was the Ferndale garden of Joan Childs, who has her herbs planted in specialty beds - one that attracts butterflies, another for tea ingredients and one that is favored by bees.

The butterfly garden is outlined with bricks in a butterfly shape.

The tea garden includes mint, lemon balm and other herbs to brew up a tisane - an herb-flavored tea.

Anise hyssop and fennel are two herbs favored by bees, and that garden is placed on the lower level of the yard.

Childs said she has always enjoyed gardening but got more into herbs after joining the herb club about nine years ago. "I started to enlarge my garden then," she said.

Linthicum resident Audrey Roat took up herbs and gardening in the past two years. Most of her herbs are used in cooking. Her favorites are oregano, parsley, dill and cilantro.

A beautifully landscaped yard around her in-ground pool includes a smoke bush, peony and many unusual shrubs. Pink, red, and white dianthus provide a profusion of color throughout the garden.

June Burton's garden, 20-by-33 feet, is enclosed by a white picket fence - growing herbs and flowers, and graced by a pond and running stream.

Burton thinks about her garden all year, and with two greenhouses starts many of her plants from seed at the beginning of March.

"I have been gardening on and off all my life. When I was first married and lived in North Linthicum, I got outside with a spoon to plant some flowers," she said.

"One time my mother asked me how I got my flowers to grow so well, and I told her I kind of had a secret. I told her I dig a hole and then replace the dirt with fresh top soil, peat moss and 5-10-5 fertilizer," Burton said.

Visitors to Fran Parish's garden had a double treat. Not only did they enjoy the well-manicured herb garden and cozy back-yard retreat, they were also served a delicious lunch that Parish prepared. One of the tasty recipes she served was a chicken dish that included tarragon, thyme and parsley. Lemon thyme flavored one of the many kinds of cookies she made for dessert.

Parish and Burton live in Glen Burnie, and Roat lives in Brooklyn Park.

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club's next meeting is Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Social time will start at 9:15 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Member Adele Walter will give a short lecture and demonstration on herbals used for baths.

Guests are welcome. Information: Roat, 410-636-2151.

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