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16 - CAPE GAZE'FIT:, Friday, May 19 - May 25, 1995 CAPE LIFE Designer Showhouse 111 opens this weekend "Family Reunion at the Beach" is the theme of Designer Show- house Ill, which opens with a pre- view party tonight (Friday, May 19), at 17 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. The Designer Showhouse will be open to the public from Satur- day, May 20 through Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon- day through Thursday and Satur- day, with additional hours from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 per per- son. Checks, made payable to St. Peter's Showhouse III, may be sent to Designer Sbowhouse III, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 464, Lewes DE 19958, or call Ruth Brown, chairman, at 645- 1703 for those wishing to pur- chase tickets in advance of arrival. (Tickets for the preview, to be held from 5 to 7 p.m., are $20 each.) The designers and decorators in the 18-room rambling cottage in the beach block include Mark Sbowell of Mark Showell Interi- ors, The Reception and Summer Salon as well as the Stairs and Front Hall; Rachel A. Cryne, Old Town Interiors, The Sunroom; Libby Zando, Zando Designs, The Sea Island Porch and Its Garden; Gretchen Brown of Diva, The Eatery; Bud Palmer of A Gallery by the Sea, The Anniversary Room and Its Porch; Sally Hast- ings of Silk and Sands, The Gar- den Room featuring the Laura Hickman painting raffle; Joan Sul- livan of Finds, Nanny's Room; Linda Piercy-Mansker of Sherwin Williams, Baby's Room; Carole Palmer of Carole's Country Col- lection, Cody's Room; Mary Rawl of Auntie M's Emporium, Sam's Camp; Pamela Bounds Seemans, artist, The T Gallery; Murray Archibald, artist, Summer Camp; Joe Santangelo, artist, The Collec- tor's Closet; Josette Braswell of Faux Finishes by Josette, The Bamboo Bath; Diane C. Merilla of DCM Interior Designs, The Artist's Studio; Keena Reed of Keena Reed Associates, Nancy's Place; Amanda and Bill Lucks of Sugar and Spice, The Olive Avenue Team Room and Bou- tique; Patti Shreeve, artist, The Outside Showers and Tanks; and Bill Thompson of Wicker Village, The L Porch. A 10 percent donation on any house purchases will be divided among the three beneficiaries. They include Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, Sussex County AIDS Committee and Outreach Ministries of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The painting by Laura Hickman of Bethany Beach, "Breaking Light", will be raffled off June 17 to benefit Sus- sex County Habitat for Humanity. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and available in the Garden Room or by calling 855-1153. NationsBank is sponsoring the raffle. The 1910 Rehoboth home, owned by Serop and Nancy Ners- esian, is indigenous to the beach area, while its intriguing floor plan of surprise doorways and halls lends itself to decorating. Thomas Pyle first purchased the lot in 1897 and by 1918 he had accumulated three lots known as 17 Olive Avenue. Luther Hearn and his brother's widow sold the house in 1980 to the present owners. Angle Moon photo This 18-z)om ramblb cottage on Olive Avenue in lhoboth ]acJ is the site of Designer Sowhouse HI, wbieb opens tonight (May 19) with a pzview party. Volunteers Delaware's Inland Bays Citizen Monitoring Pro- gram consists of a dedicated group of 40 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are helping to col- lect badly needed water quality data on Indian Riv- er, Rehoboth and Little Assawoman Bays. Desig- nated a "national estuary" in recognition of their environmental and economic significance, the Inland Bays are suffering from a variety of pollu- tion problems. However, thanks to the efforts of local volunteer water quality monitors, scientists and resource managers are acquiring the data they need to design better strategies to improve the bays. The monitors' help improve Del. Inland Bays data are being used by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to build a water quality data base for the watershed by the office of shellfish and recreational waters to determine areas safe for shellfish harvesting, and by the University of Delaware marine scientists to design aquaculture, nutrient and sea grass studies. The Inland Bays Citizen Monitoring Program was initiated in 1991 by the Sea Grant College Pro- gram and is managed by Joe Farell, marine resource management specialist for the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service in Lewes. For more information, contact him at 645-4250. The b,e,tt goes on every Mother's Day Mother's Day is just a week behind us and I've already made plans for next year. That's right, I'll be leaving the country. I'm flying out on a new airline called "No Rest For The Weary." It departs from an unannounced ter- minal the night before. Now don't get me wrong. I love Mother's Day with all the flowers, gifts and brunches. And it is a great day to honor the one remaining person who will still take your collect calls. But it can be a lot of activi- ty, with phones ringing, 20 pound bags of dog food plopped on your living room couch and your chil- dren writing phone numbers of friends they are talking to long distance on the back of your com- puter discs. At leasL for some rea- son, in my house, the beat just goes on. For instance, the reason I'm AROUND T0WN writing this wearing my prescrip- tion sunglasses is because I haven't seen my regular reading glasses since my daughter, son-in- law, grandson and their dog, Abbey, arrived. In fact, you can count on not finding anything you own, wear or value once this group hits the front door. Refrig- erator doors no longer close since they have remained in an open position for the last 24 hours. Pre- scription bottles with warning labels that say "If one dose is missed go immediately to the nearest hospital," are routinely pulled out of the dishwasheralong with your china. When inquiring about the letter you had on the counter from the IRS absolving you from any penalties on your taxes, the usual response is, "Oh, were you saving that7 You said the dog had to have a paper under his dish." Let's just say by the time they leave, your house will bear a close resemblance to Roseanne and Dan Connor's. Now this particular Mother's Day, we had an additional prob- lem because I had another house guest who arrived with her dog, a sleek black Labrador Retriever named Digby. This was especial- ly difficult for my daughter's dog, Abbey. First of all, no one told Abbey there was going to be some stud walking around like he owned the joint. And secondly, you've got to give a woman notice so she can at least do something with her hair, which was now mangled and smelled like some- thing that had been resurrected from the laundry hamper, because of a quick jump in the bay. The other thing about Digby was his behavior. On more than one occa- sion, Abbey heard Digby say "Mrs. Katz, I just finished eating without spilling my dog food, then I brushed my teeth, threw in a load of wash, made the beds and the angel food cake shouM be done in just a few more minutes. Oh by the way, I have a cup of double double decaf espresso with vanilla beans or a cafe latte brewing for you." Abbey watched this from a win- dow outside the house where she had been banished after upchuck- ing a lousy meat loaf the old bat had made. Or it might have been that new straw hat with the fake flowers that didn't go down so well. "Oh, Mrs. Katz," she heard him say. "I usually don't shed at other people's houses, but I must have left a long black hair on the sofa. Just let me get the Dirt Devil and I'll have that up in a jiffy." Yes, Mother's Day can bring a mixed bag for everyone. But it is nice we have it. And you can look back and laugh next year as your plane takes off for parts unknown.