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Crofton Holiday House Tour Tomorrow

House Tour VideoIf you don’t have your tickets yet, be sure to contact Sally Moore today at 301–261–6818.  She’ll be out and about, with last minute preparation for the Crofton Holiday House Tour on Saturday, but she’ll call you back as soon as possible. 

Sally is not only in charge of ticket sales, she has obtained donations of floral arrangements from A Blooming Basket, Homestead Gardens and The Black-eyed Susan.  In addition to handling last minute ticket-sales today, she’ll be picking up those arrangements and delivering them to homes on the tour. 

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to put this together.  As you can imagine, there’s a lot of planning and preparation involved.  I’ve already named the gracious homeowners in previous posts, so let me tell you about some of the people working behind the scenes:

Shirley Levendoski and Lorraine Gordon  (front row of the photo) are co-chairing the Crofton Holiday House Tour, as they have many previous garden club events.  These two ladies assigned committee members to various responsibilities and they have overseen every detail.  This week, they’re working non-stop at Linthicum Walks to decorate the historic home for the holidays.  I must add that anything involving these two ladies is fun for everyone around them because their positive attitude is contagious.  Great job, Shirley and Lorraine!  It’s an honor to work with you.

Back row:  Kaye Callahan, Bernie Robertson,Jane Brengel, Sally Moore, Diane Smith(Back row:  Kathryn Callahan, Bernie Robertson, Jane Brengel, Sally Moore, Diane Smith)

Kathryn Callahan – A long-time garden member and the lady in charge of Linthicum Walks, Kaye (as we affectionately call her) has worked tirelessly with others on the committee to ready this historic home for the Crofton Holiday House Tour, including co-ordination with the County (owners of the property).  She has graciously provided access to the property every day this week for club members to decorate the house, as well as hosting us for several organizational meetings over the past several months.  Thank you for being so accommodating, Kaye – everyone is so excited to see the inside of Linthicum Walks!

Bernie Robertson is the “Grand Dame” of flower-arranging in my book.  She’s in charge of all the garden club floral designs which will be placed in the homes on tour, as well as all the living decorations at Linthicum Walks.  She comes up with the amazing designs, purchases all the materials, and then teachers members how to do make them.  It’s an ambitious project that is fun for everyone involved, and you’ll be amazed at the finished products.

Jane Brengel is our Hostess Extraordinaire, in charge of refreshments that will be served at Linthicum Walks from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.  She has obtained commitments from members to provide enough cookies and treats to last all day, organized hostesses to serve guests, and obtained all the necessary platters, napkins, cups, and more…  Her planning has been flawless, and I suspect she’ll be one tired lady by Sunday, after being on her feet and keeping things under control all day Saturday.

Diane Smith is co-ordinating the hostesses who will greet visitors at every home.  With seven homes and several shifts, hostessing involves nearly every member of the garden club AND several volunteers from the community.  That’s a lot to keep track of, Diane, and you’re so organized.  Thank you.  By the way, that’s Diane’s Christmas tree in the living room at Linthicum Walks.

Margaret Woda – that’s me – is in charge of publicity.  Hopefully you’ve been inspired to attend by what you’ve read at Focus On Crofton or in the Capitol, Suburban Scene, and fliers at various places in the area.  Tickets sales have exceeded all expectations, so that’s good news for the community, since funds raised through the Crofton Holiday House Tour will be used for beautification projects in the Crofton area.

Joan Para leads the list of other Crofton Village Garden Club members working on the House Tour.  It is her Christmas Tree you’ll see in the meeting room at Linthicum Walks, and she baked the Gingerbread cookies you’ll see hanging on that tree.  Joan also created the floral design on the mantle in the dining room and she was one of many members who spent several hours stringing popcorn and cranberries for garland.  

Remember, this is the first holiday house tour the club has held in twelve years, so it’s not something you can put off until next year!  Call Sally today for your tickets, or purchase them at Linthicum Walks between 11 and 5 Saturday.
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