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The Antiques and Makers Market is our major fundraising event. For almost 50 years, this event has been a part of Autumn Glory weekend. We welcome Antique dealers and Makers of finely crafted items to join this successful event.
Please contact Jean Tumbarello at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We will be awarding funds to local non-profit organizations in 2023. Request for funding is made in writing and needs to be postmarked by December 31, 2022.
Please use the link below to find out more information and request an application.
We have just published a NEW cookbook with some of the 1914 recipes along with updated versions. BONUS! We have included some of our famous Antique Show café recipes.
Copies of the cookbook are available at the Book Mark't in downtown Oakland or use the link below to contact us.
The Quick Guide is a directory of services and sources of help available in or near Garrett County. We provide the guides to local organizations FREE of charge for distribution to their clients. Many people do not have internet access and rely on this guide for important phone numbers and other information. The Guide is updated every 2-3 years. Please let us know if your organization needs copies
Each year an outstanding Club woman is named Woman of the Year. She is chosen by the three previous WOTY based on her contributions to the club and community. The 2021 recipient is Darla Soles.
When the untimely death of a board member left a position open in 2020, she stepped in to fill it. When we had unexpected board vacancies this summer, she once again didn’t hesitate to step in to fill one of the positions. Darla plays an active role in preparing for the Antique and Makers Market, Café and bake sale. She shops for Warm the Children, helps with the spring flea market, sells Rotary fries at the Garrett Agricultural Fair, and is always ready to help with a smile on her face.
But her most important contribution has been to our community. When COVID vaccines became available to the general public last winter, she quickly volunteered to administer vaccines through the Health Department. She gave over 200 hours of her time to this activity, no doubt helping to save lives and slow the spread of the pandemic.
Each year an outstanding Club woman is named Volunteer of the Year. She is chosen based on the number of hours she spent devoting volunteer time to club activities. Board members are not eligible for this award. Past winners are Karen Lauer, Betty Ellington and Jean Skinner.
In 2021, Sue McQuaid devoted 157 hours to club activities including writing thank you notes for Warm the Children, baking for the flea market and antique show, knitting blankets for the Veteran baby shower, and purchasing gifts for nursing home residents. All this in addition to the volunteer work she does at the Nearly New Thrift shop in Oakland and teaching yoga.
All work and no play? Not this club! Sure, we work but we have fun getting the job done! Participating in the Autumn Glory Parade (and meeting Maryland Governor Larry Hogan) is just one of the happy things we do!
Check out our photo gallery page for pictures of all our activities and events!
Four times a year, the craft group makes 300 'tray favors' for clients and residents of local assisted living, nursing homes and Meals on Wheels. The favors reflect a holiday season and are cherished by recipients. The group meets two Thursdays a month to get the favors made. It's a great way to get to know each other and make new friends while having fun being artistic. No creative experience necessary - if you can use scissors and a glue gun/stick, you will be able to make a favor.
The Book Club is back! The book club meets from January through October at a local restaurant (third Friday) to plan reading material and discuss the current book selection. Members rate the books on a 1 to 5 scale.
Monthly meetings always result in stimulating discussions with special emphasis on how readers related to the book’s characters.
Linda Herdering is the leader of our Environment Committee. Our Club has adopted a portion of Highway 219 in McHenry to keep clean and free of trash. Three times a year we gather to walk along the road to pick up trash - just like our founding members did in Oakland back in 1911. Next 'trash day' will be in Spring 2022.
The International Outreach Committee introduced a new initiative in 2021, one which focuses on improving gender equity, health, and educational outcomes by supporting menstrual health programs in developing countries. For millions of young girls and women in developing nations, their monthly period is met with community and family ostracism, absence of health education, and lack of proper, clean, and affordable hygiene products. Availability of hygiene supplies and health education can provide significant improvements in girls’ classroom attendance, academic achievement, self-image, and in avoiding early pregnancy. Kim Maffett has made traceable patterns, fabric kits, and instructions if you are interested in cutting or sewing pads. Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated.
The next box of pads will be mailed in spring 2022.
Warm the Children is a national initiative that benefits our local community. We work with Garrett County schools, the Department of Social Services and the local newspaper to purchase warm clothing for families in need. Members notify selected families and take them shopping at our local Walmart.
In 2021 we shopped for over 239 children. Club members wrote over 250 thank you notes to donors who generously gave over $30,000 to the program. We can never have too many shoppers or note writers for this worthwhile program.
This article about the 2021 campaign appeared in the Garrett County Republican on Jan 21, 2022
Founded about 12 years ago by Civic Club members, the Treasure Chest is a thrift store accessible only to clients at the Lighthouse. Clients are able to shop for personal and gift items in a controlled and supportive atmosphere. The money raised at the Treasure Chest is set aside for clients who need emergency financial support for medication co-pays, car repair, rent and other needs. Clients look forward to Tuesdays when the store is open for browsing.
Christmas in July will be the next sale - we are looking for holiday donations. Please bring them to the May or June general meeting or contact Karen, Lisa or Melissa to arrange for pickup or delivery to the Lighthouse