Golden Oldies

Handmade quilts, children’s books, and lots more will be on sale at the fourth annual Senior Citizens Craft Fair, sponsored by the Junior League. Richard Block will be there with his fine stained glass pieces, Mrs. Clara Cowan with 200 doll outfits, and Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Huffines with quilts and “quiet” books, books for small children made from fabric. Hundreds of entrants, all 60 years and over. Admission and parking are free. Senior Citizens Craft Fair, Fair Park Women’s Building, November 3-5. Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5:30 pm.

Monkey See, Monkey Dough

The undisputed queen of monkey bread is 72-year-old Ann King of Albany: 400 loaves of her bread come to Dallas markets every week. Cecil Fisher at Oak Lawn’s Fisher Food Store says Ann’s cornered the market because, even for confirmed bread bakers, making monkey bread is a tedious process of buttering and stacking tiny triangles of dough. Her monkey bread costs $1.29 per loaf; or try her cinnamon, garlic-cheese or whole wheat breads. Ann King bread is available at Fisher’s, Goodies from Goodman, Sample House and Wall’s.

Setting Pretty

Guess what’s coming to dinner these days? Fashion. Perfect Setting, a table-setting boutique, will use your table service or sell you something exquisitely offbeat to achieve a new look. The staff delights in breaking all of Emily Post’s rules. Ernie (Mrs. Bradley) Wayne, world shopper extraordinaire, and Rick Cook, taste master, advise in all price ranges. Rick even makes house calls to study your china cabinet. Consultation fees are $25 the first hour. $15 thereafter. Perfect Setting, 123 Preston Royal Center, 696-1100.

Getting Down to Brass Plaques

In the British tradition, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Lancaster has opened a brass rubbing center. A church member who had seen busloads of American tourists making rubbings from the beautiful commemorative brasses at Westminster Abbey suggested that St. Martin’s buy brass facsimiles; now local hobbyists will be able to transfer the engravings to paper as part of a church fund-raising project. The rubbings cost between $2.50 (6 x 15 inches) and $16.50 (24 x 70 inches). You can stop there, or have Ed and Fran Monogue, who formerly owned the brasses, dry mount and heat seal your rubbing for $7.25 to $109.25 for the same sizes. St. Martin’s Brass Rubbing Center, 700 Westridge Avenue, Lancaster, 227-1311.


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