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22 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 25 . October 1, 1998 CAPE LIFE Rehoboth Christmas Shop arrives early in October All of the hard work done by the ' town; Eastern Sussex YMCA; committees in preparation for the Rehoboth Christmas Shop will soon come to fruition when a holi- day-decorated Rehoboth Beach Convention Center opens its doors to shoppers with an eye for the un- usual at a good price. The show opens with a preview party from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 9- 10, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Oct. 11. Refreshments of all kinds will be available for patrons as they view the merchandise of 16 out-of- town shops and booths sponsored by the Women of All Saints' Parish, which has presented the show for 36 years. For many years, this popular show was called "All Saints' Christmas Shop," but because so many members of other churches living in the community volun- teered their services, the name was changed to reflect the com- munity effort. All of the proceeds from the show will support area charities. In 1997, the Rehoboth Christ- mas Shop gave assistance to the following beneficiaries: Adopt-a- Family, Sussex branch; Camp Ar- rowhead, a youth camp sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware and located on the west- ern shore of Rehoboth Bay; the American Red Cross; ANKH, which offers two residences in Georgetown, Houston Hall and Tau House, for women recovering from chemical dependency; Crisis House, now Sussex Community Crisis Housing Services Inc. in Georgetown; Children's Beach House in Lewes; Christian Store- house in Millsboro; Deborah Hos- pital Foundation, a facility in New Jersey specializing in pay-as-you- can treatment for heart patients; Easter Seal Center in George- Genesis, an Episcopal storefront mission in Long Neck; Gull House, respite care for elders in Rehoboth; Habitat for Humanity; Home of the Brave, a home in Milford for veterans in need of temporary housing and assistance; Kent-Sussex Industries, offering training and employment for peo- ple with disabilities; Meals on Wheels, Lewes/Rehoboth area; P.L.Active, for people living with AIDS; Presiding Bishop's'Fund for World Relief, Episcopal Dio- cese of Delaware; Rehoboth Aid Services; Rehoboth Beach Public Library Building Fund; Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company; Rehoboth Day Care Center; Re- hoboth Little League; Salvation Army; Seaman's Center, which serves foreign seamen in the Port of Wilmington; Stockley Center, a residence and training community for people with mental retarda- tion; and Sussex County Senior Services. "The realization of all of the good that we do with the pro- ceeds from the Christmas Shop keeps us going year after year, even with all the hard work in- volved," said Anne Ratledge, who was chairman of last year's show as well as of the current show. "And," she said, "our daily atten- dance has been higher than usual lately, which shows that we must be doing something right!" Ratledge added that area mer- chants appreciate the show as well, as it brings more shoppers into their stores. All Saints'. Parish is composed of All Saints' Church, Rehoboth; St. George's Chapel in Angola; and Genesis, a storefront mission in Long Neck. The women of the parish have a board of directors and four chapters. All of these are represented by the chairmen of the Submitted photos St. George's chapter of All Saints' Parish displaysome of their handcrafted items that will be sold at the Birds-R-Us booth at the Rehoboth Christmas Shop. Members include: standing (l-r) Jan Bendrick, Carol Wells, co chair.seated, Lois Nickerson, Helen Abrahms, Winnie Fullmer, Lois Johnson. Not present are Jane De Grange, B.J. Hall, Peg and Will Cathcart, Merv Fullmer, Luise Davies, Melani'e Jordan, Helen Murphy and Anne Ratledge. following committees: chairman, Anne Ratledge; parish treasurer, Jim Smith; assistant treasurer, Millie Potts; advisers, the Rev. James Manion and Gloria Sweeney; shops, Priscilla. Smith and Carol Searles; publicity, Punx Wingate and Jeanne Vest; brochure, Carol Wells; patrons, Sue Vanmansart and Anna Misen- er; hostesses, Helen Lewis; signs, Mary Lou Deakyne; decorations, Dodie Blancke and Carol Seartes; the bake shop, Peg Belt and Dede Fisher; preview party, Cat and Betsy Saffell; posters, Carol Lin- go; properties, Jay Smith and Bob Searles; booth committee, Helen Abrams and Carol Wells; sew- sews, Ella Curtis and St. Ann's ECW chapter; potpourri, Lou Taylor and St. Francis ECW chap- Sew.sews  of the St. Ann's Episcopal Women's chapter dis- ter; Christmas caf6, Anna Misen- play their quilted duck-motif wall hanging, which will be raf- fled at the Rehobeth Christmas Shop, Oct. 9-11. Tickets are $1 er, St. Boniface ECW chapter; each or 6 for $5, and may also be purchased in advance by Birds-R-Us, Betty Jane Hall and calling 227-7202. Shown are (l-r) Ruth Runge, Marie LeSeur, St. George's ECW chapter. Rose Carr, Ruth Morris, Lorraine Lackman and Amy Sloan. Mistaking a tree for a full-service gas station The fall is definitely a time of year that leaves a rather colorful mark that sends many mixed sig- nals. It's one of my favorite sea- sons. Oh, it's not just because I can go out and buy a giant orange pumpkin, place it on my front lawn and watch it slowly rot into the ground. Eventually, as the sun beats down on this gooey mess, noxious fumes seep out to target any UPS deliveryman that sets foot in my driveway, so that he al- so will collapse and decompose into the earth; which is why they always wear brown uniforms. No, the fall season is really en- joyable because Mother Nature has a sense of humor and enjoys those little tricks she takes out of her bag aroundhis time of year. For instance, many people take great pleasure in the change of AROUND TOWN colors in the foliage. But it is a lit- tle cruel for people like myself who are legally blind, but still re- tain a driver's license, because I am able to fork over $25 to a clerk, who is busy on the phone placing a takeout order, and hasn't looked at me since she told me to read the bottom line. More than once I've mistaken a tree, decked out in fall yellow leaves, for a full- service Shell gas station. Yes, I've sat there and waited like a moron, which comes natu- rally to me, for someone to come out and check the oil. Of course, all,the while, I'm honking my horn, Mother Nature has her head thrown back laughing like some banana republic dictator stacking boxes of pure heroin in his base- ment. Believe me, it's taken me several hours and many trees be- fore I realized that not many peo- ple can spell the word foliage. But this season is a little differ- ent. Instead of getting your kicks from sitting on your back porch and listening to some insane cricket screeching a mating call all night long, when he could just as easily walk. across the street and do it in person, people have abandoned their rocking chairs and hammocks and are now glued to the television for "The Great Confessions, Part II." You know the kind where some congressman, who can barely stand because of all the illegal campaign contributions stuffed in his pockets, gets up and says he also had an inappropriate relation-  ship, a long time ago, with some- one like Gabby Hayes and wishes to apologize to his country and all the families involved. We know this is a baldfaced lie because Gabby Hayes is dead and his only relative is probably a horse any- way. And it's not just the human species that have been taken up in this phenomenon, but Mother Na- ture's biggest joke, the fall bee, has deserted its post by the front door to spend hours watching CNN. Now, instead of feasting on the flesh of mailmen and small help- less children, the bee family is too busy, waiting to see if they will be identified on television, all the while gorging on those small hot dogs wrapped, in little-pieces of dough and those phony-baloney Mrs. Pafil's Fishsticks. So, it is up to us to get back to the business of enjoying the fall season. For me, it means leaving my car for hours in front of a park- ing meter without checking my purse for change. Of course, sometimes it turns out to be a tele- phone pole, but you get the idea.