Spray paint can transform anything into a gilded Christmas treasure, a shimmering silver or snow-white sensation. Venture outside for some pinecones, acorns and unusual twig formations, gather a few dented and scratched up ornaments, and place them on some newspaper. Then work your magic with a can of paint.
This season, the Chesapeake Arts Center inaugurated a Wreathfest to inspire local businesses to create holiday wreaths for display at the center. The event also raised monies and awareness to support continuing e
xhibits, performances, and classes at the Arts Center located in Brooklyn Park.
If you’ve been out and about, you may have noticed something … Christmas colors are way beyond the traditional red and green this year!
The season of three-back-at-home has ended with the special significance of my 22-year-old moving to Baltimore, the 20-year-old going back to college and then studying abroad this spring, and the youngest entering the second semester of his first year of college. This is all happening the shortly after the announcement of the first grandchild being made. By my calculations that leaves me and my beloved, empty nesters, expecting.
Whether you collect items associated with vintage cars, or the cars themselves, the upcoming Concours d’Elegance event provides a wonderful opportunity to admire exquisite cars and raise money for the St. Michaels Maritime Museum. For more information, go to their website at www.smcde.org.
“We live in a throwaway society” is a statement that gets bandied about when describing the lifestyle of the late 20th and early 2lst centuries. The mantra, “Throw away the old and buy the new,” smacks suspiciously of Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Yet, in seeking to stay connected with the past, trivial items are often saved: ticket stubs, greeting cards, theater programs, etc. These insignificant mementos of everyday life can provide clues about the recent and distant past.
Are your kitchen drawers stuffed with plastic wrap, utensils, potholders, storage containers, lids, and kitchen towels, all vying—quite unsuccessfully—for a designated (and orderly) spot of their own? Is your bathroom’s medicine cabinet chock full of creams and potions that haven’t been touched in years—besides to be rescued from their occasional tumbles to the floor caused by your reaching for the toothpaste?
Slowly, and piece by piece, the traditional farms of Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been chipped away by development and the ravages of time and progress. But a few places, tucked away on creeks and rivers, have managed to survive this wear and tear.
Bayside Beach, Pasadena Primary Structure Built 2003 Sold for $840,000 Listing Price: $1,000,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5
Purchased in 2001 for $65,000 as a rehab after Hurricane Isabel, this home has been completely rebuilt. It is a boater’s paradise and waterfront living at its finest with a double lot including 147’ of water frontage and two 10,000 lb boatlifts. The sandy beach and private pier have views of the Bodkin River and are just minutes from the Chesapeake Bay. If the waterfront amenities weren’t enough, the kitchen features maple cabinetry, Corian counters, and an oversized island. Hardwood floors on the main level, a huge great room, and a detached three car garage add to the property’s charm. Though it didn’t fetch its million-dollar asking price, it is the highest sale in the community’s history. In our county there always seems to be a market for waterfront buyers.
Hazelcroft, Davidsonville Primary Structure Built 2007 Sold for $790,000
Listing Price: $895,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2.5
This home is new construction on an almost four-acre lot in a private gated community. The soaring ceilings throughout and abundant windows make it bright and airy. Kitchen upgrades include granite counters, center island, travertine tile, and a walk-in pantry. Other featured amenities are hardwood floors, wrap-around porches (adding to its excellent curb appeal), stone gas fireplace, main level study, walk-out basement, Andersen windows, and zoned HVAC. This was the first sale in a small private community.
Even with surgical advances to correct vision, and innovation such as long-wearing contact lenses, lots of people still want to wear eyeglasses. They can make a fashion statement and they can also add a new dimension to an otherwise drab appearance. Even if you don’t need prescription lenses, take comfort in the fact that with spring and sunny weather it’s important to wear sunglasses. The right pair can create an aura of mystique, glamour or personality.