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22 - CAPE GAZETFE Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 , . , , ';i ' ;' i  '- -i -. : CAPE LIFE 2 Rehoboth 00Christmas Shop offers old and new 00Oct. 9-11 ' From a church basement bazaar lish garden tools, French wire ac- 36 years ago, to a packed conven- tion center in 1998, the popular Rehoboth Christmas Shop, pre- sented each Columbus Day week- end by All Saints' Episcopal Parish churchwomen, has grown into a local tradition. A preview party open to the public signals the beginning of the annual event from 6 to 8:30 p.m,, Thursday, Oct: 8. A $15 admis- sion at the door also entitles the bearer to daily admission, which is otherwise $1 each day, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11. Chil- dren under 12 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 9-10, and I 1 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 11. The unusual combination of goods offered by the women's church groups and the shops and boutiques that come from outside the area keeps shoppers coming back year after year. Three new shops make their de- but at this year's Christmas Shop and are eagerly anticipated. "We've heard great things about the French Shoppe that's coming and expect it to be an outstanding addition to our other shops," said Anne Ratledge and Carol Wells, event co-chairs. Designer cloth- ing and gifts by The French Shoppe of Nashville, Tenn., will fill the side meeting room at Re- hoboth Beach Convention Center, and owner Col. James Dismuke promises "clothing with a flair for discriminitting women at bargain prices." Experienced needleworkers will welcome Julia Hickman Stitchery " from Shayma, who brings canvas- es from the Jack Kohler Estate, in- cluding trammed canvas for mgs upholstery and pillows. The Mar- ketplace from Princeton, N.J., will make all garden and flower buffs happy with their selection of Eng- . cesories, baskets and country ar- tifacts. Micki Altschuler Designs from Wit,miagton, returns with her handmade designer necklaces "with a difference," while Borror and Brand from Marshfield, Mass., will again have unique jewelry and accessories at great prices, while also presenting an array of'gifts from around the world. Virginia Monroe of Chateau Monroe, New Bern, N.C., is re- turning with her line of classic, ca- sual ladies w.ear, and Pat Spallone of Cherchies Ltd. has the longest record of attendance with the Christmas Shop, which wouldn't be the same without their gourmet mustard, dips, soups, sauces and, as always, new surprises. They are always situated as one enters the hall from the reception area and offer free Beyond the Garden Gate from Princeton, N.J., will feature deco- rative decoupage home acces- sories for adults and children and includes the Rogue Gallery, a shop for gentlemen. Diane Wood's Dewcraft, a longtime fa- vorite, will be showing her whim- sical handmade Christmas decora- tions and gifts, hailing from Hous- ton, Texas. Finishing Touches by Liza Jar- rett of Owings Mills, Md., returns with hand painted home furnish- - ings to delight the eye and deco- rate the home. Antique lovers with a taste for the unusual will welcome the return of Jailhouse Antiques and Christmas Gifts of Milton, owned by Don Post. JCR Impoits/Exportsretumsaf- ter a two-year absence with their handbags galore and much more from Mt. Vernon, Vt. Kitty Swingle of Kitty's Ltd.of Mills- Continued on page 24 Jen EIIingsworth photos Getting ready for the upcoming Rehob0th Christmas Shop, All Saints' Episcopal Parish members take a break in the Christmas Caf. Shown standing are (l-r) Priscilla Smith, Debbie Robertson, Punx Wingate, Sue Vanmansart, Carol Searles and the!ev. James Manion. Shown seated are Christmas shop co-chairs Anne Ratledge and Carol Wells and chair Anna Misener. The Potpourri Table, always a hit at the Rehoboth Christmas Slaop, includes a medley of items for sale. Pictured with some of the items you can expect to see are (l-r) Gloria Sweeny, Marjorie Mason, chair Lou Taylor, Helen Lewis, Anne Embert and Carol Wells. Reminiscing back to real meaning of 'call waiting' All parents dread that phone call at night. It always happens when you have settled in for the evening and are sitting around in your un- derwear quietly watching a show on the Discovery Channel. You know where some rare myna bird in the Amazon jungle is sitting on a nest ready to hatch a thousand il- legitimate myna birds into an al- ready infested disgusting rain for- est, when the phone tings and it's one of your children. Any parent getting a voluntary phone call from a child over the age of 21, who is not being held for ransom, automatically kicks in what is known as a "Panic Hor- mone." Within seconds, you've got your clothes back on, purse in hand and are out the door heading for your car, where you keep a 24- AROUND TOWN Nancy Katz hour selection of maps to any lo- cation in the United States. You went through a lot of these calls when they were teenagers. There was the studying at the li- brary night, which turned into a rock concert they accidentally were forced to stop at, which was then raided by a SWAT team and you could pick them up at some police precinct in a neighborhood you'd just seen go up in flames on the 6 o'clock news. Still you were prepared, having bought that asbestos suit at a back-to-school sale and having the foresight to keep it under the front seat with the McDonald's wrappers. Back then, if you resided in a home with a teenager, as soon as night fell, your car was always in a state of readiness. It couldn't be more primed if it was sitting on an aircraft carrier, with its nose in the air and jet fuel streaming out the back. On weekends, parents walked around like zombies from a sleep the middle name "Anna." deprivation condition so severe But now you get the most dis- they would meet in coffee shops tressing phone call of all. They on Sunday mornings to help feed say 6y are "Just checking tO see each other and to keep food from how you are." Talk about your falling out of their mouths. There i sleepless nights! Your last lab is a lot of tossing and turning tests and x-rays were all normal. when your child calls to tell you At least that's what they told you. they are going mountain climbing OK, maybe you shouldn't have for the weekend, where they will sent that photo, where you looked carry stoves on their backs like a like you had put on a few extra bunch of pack mules, 40,000 feet pounds and had shrunk several in the air and exist off berries and inches, giving the impression that the bark of trees, the person next to you was stand- But that was back then, when ing on a rock. call waiting really meant, "waiting I tell you, it,s a cruel, ,cruel for a call." You said good-bye to world when a mother has to stand all of that, because now your chil- outside at night, fully dressed, dren are adults. You have some with purse in hand, gas in the car idea where they live from the last and no place to go, after receiving Christmas card address and have a a phone call from one of her chil- vague notion that one of them has dren. Foiled again!