DOROTHY Warner and Margaret Bradford are great friends. They have known each other for a long time, share many interests and last month shared a milestone birthday: They turned 90 - and the occasion did not go unnoticed in the community. Families, friends, neighbors and fellow churchgoers wished them happy birthday and celebrated with them at several parties.
In talking to both women, it was obvious that they enjoyed the fuss and festivities. Bradford joked about the 90 balloons sent to Warner's home from a niece in Arizona.
"I couldn't believe the house didn't just float up in the air with all those balloons inside," she said with a laugh.
Warner was given a party by her son John Warner at his home on Bodkin Creek. It was attended by her other three children, Paul Warner, David Warner and Mary Ellen Harned, as well as many of her 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Some family members who attended traveled from North Carolina and California, and Warner was excited to see them.
Warner was born July 31, 1912, the oldest child of Seth and Mary Linthicum, descendants of the original Linthicum family for which the community is named. Warner was born and raised in the family house on Maple Road. Called Turkey Hill, the house dates from 1822 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
As a bride, she went to Japan with her husband, Paul, a Methodist minister doing missionary work. They lived in Okinawa and Nagoya.
"In those days, Nagoya reminded me of Baltimore because it was a port city," Warner said. Her husband died in 1984.
Bradford was born July 18, 1912. She lived in Brooklyn Heights until moving to Linthicum 51 years ago. She was married to Howard Bradford for 66 years. He died four years ago.
Bradford's birthday party was held at the Rose Restaurant, and the host was her daughter, Joy Gigliotti. Bradford said she thought she was going out for a quiet dinner with immediate family but walked into a big surprise party instead.
Brother-in-law Robert Bradford gave her an unusual gift. He said, "She is worth her age in gold," as he presented her with 90 $1 coins.
At a luncheon July 31, both women's birthdays were celebrated by women from the Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, who presented them with a cake and recognized the years of service they have given to the church. Warner presented a rose to each of the women who attended - she'd received 90 long-stem roses from a neighbor as a birthday gift, and she said they were so pretty that she had to share them.
Warner and Bradford remain active. Both are longtime members of the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights. A few months ago, Bradford helped club members work the registration table at the Relay for Life fund-raiser for cancer. Once a week, they swim together at the Embassy Suites hotel and meet for lunch and dinner regularly.
Both work with their church, as well as with the Red Cross bloodmobile, the Hospice Auxiliary, Meals on Wheels and Road to Recovery, driving patients for treatments. "You just can't sit and rock yourself to death," said Bradford.
The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum is beginning a new season of concerts. Subscriptions cost $34 for five performances, which are held in the theater of the Chesapeake Center for the Arts in Brooklyn Park.
The dates and artists are: 8 p.m. Sept 28, banjoist Skip DeVol; 8 p.m. Nov. 23, Kit Prothero and Sam Hagan, classically trained vocalists; 3 p.m. Feb. 16, Stef Scaggiari, jazz pianist; 8 p.m. March 29, Chorus of the Chesapeake, barbershop; 8 p.m. May 3, Chevalier: Maurice and Me, with Tony Sandler as Maurice Chevalier.
The association also will sponsor a performance by the U.S. Navy Band of Washington at 8 p.m. Jan. 17. This concert is free and open to the public.
Tickets: 410-859-3308 or at 410-859-8047.
Those who would like to participate in the Linthicum Community Fair are urged to attend a planning meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Friendship Room of St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.
The fair will be held Sept. 28 on St. John's field. The rain date is Sept. 29. Information: 410-859-0621.