RUFUS TOOMEY, a noted area artist, will offer a six-week series of art lessons at the historic Linthicum Walks property in Crofton, beginning Oct. 3.
The idea for the art lessons came up, serendipitously, at a lacrosse game.
Toomey, whose daughter plays for George Mason University, was chatting with Katie Dentler, who also has a daughter on the team. As often happens in such circumstances, the conversation drifted to the mothers' professional experiences.
Toomey recalled a series of art lessons she had taught at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. She had enjoyed the experience of sharing her love for art in a beautiful setting and wished she could do that again.
"I know just the place," said Dentler, who has been active with Anne Arundel Heritage Inc.-Linthicum Walks.
The organization's goal is to help preserve the Linthicum Walks home on Route 424 next to Crofton Middle School, to generate awareness of the historic importance of Linthicum Walks and give people the opportunity to enjoy its beauty.
Kay Callahan, president of Anne Arundel Heritage Inc.-Linthicum Walks, said she is delighted with the opportunity the art classes provide for the community to take advantage of this historical gem.
Crofton parents dropping off children at the middle school have seen the white sign in front of the property. But few are familiar with the home and its history.
The land was owned by the Linthicum family for more than 200 years. In the early 1700s, a road connected the property to the South River, where ships could take the plantation produce across the ocean.
The original house, now the north wing of the structure, was built in the 1700s. It was small, with one bedroom and a cellar for storage. The kitchen and meat house were in separate structures.
Over the years, additions provided a more comfortable living area, still reflecting the grace of the original structure amid beautiful gardens and trees.
Toomey called it the perfect setting for experiencing the world of art. This first series of classes will introduce the basics of drawing, focusing on pencil drawing. Experience is not necessary, said Toomey.
She said she especially enjoys seeing people who think they can't draw discover that they can, sometimes quite well.
Dentler said this will be the first of a series of programs offered at Linthicum Walks that combine a love for the arts with appreciation of the estate.
The classes are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, beginning next week. The cost will be $175 for the six weeks.
Information or registration: 410-451-3444.
Autumn craft fair
Crofton Town Club will sponsor the annual Fall Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Crofton Village Green.
More than 125 crafters will be on hand to sell their handmade, home-produced items. The proceeds will go to the support of local charities.
Information: Laura Rush, 410- 721-6769.
To receive an application for the Spring 2003 Craft Fair, send your mailing address to Kelly Robinson, KellyRobinson25 @comcast.net.
Women's club meeting
Four Seasons Women's Club will resume its monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with an open house at Four Seasons Elementary School.
Women in the Four Seasons community are invited to attend and learn more about the organization.
Plans for the year include a bull and oyster roast, Mother's Day and holiday basket programs, a plant sale and a blood drive.
All funds raised by the club go back into the community.
Information: Karen Bartimo, 410-672-6513.