|A sitting room all spruced up for the holidays|
The Springhill Center for Family Development is a Regnum Christi
center in Baltimore that hosts a wide range of activities
and ministries for families, married couples, and children of all
ages. Some of its apostolates include FAMILIA, K4J,
ConQuest and Challenge, and the Leadership Training
Program. The Alpha and Omega Clinic for individual, marriage,
and family therapy offers its services there as well. So,
the halls of the Springhill Center are usually fairly busy.
at Christmas time, the stately Springhill mansion gets even busier.
For the past three years, the Springhill house has hosted
its annual Christmas Decorator Show House, in which local decorators
adopt a room of the house and spruce it up
with holiday splendor.
This year, one of the Regnum Christi
women who helped organize the show was nominated as “Volunteer
of the Week” in The Capital, a Baltimore area newspaper.
Nancy Smith is not only active in her Regnum Christi
section, but also gives her time generously to her parish,
her community, and her children’s school. As she herself says,
“Time is a gift. I use it positively to help
To get a glimpse of present and past
Christmas Decorator Show House displays at Springhill, visit the photo
albums, created by Bob Gibson, at these links:
Springhill Christmas Decorator
Show House 2007:
Springhill Christmas Decorator Show
House 2006: http://www.shutterfly.com/pro/RGibsonJr/ChristmasHouse06
Springhill Christmas Decorator Show House 2005:
The following article is taken from The Capital, reproduced
Volunteer of the Week
Rounding out the Christmas Show House
By LORI PHELAN, Staff Writer
Published November 27, 2007
To help turn the mood toward Christmas, the Springhill Center
for Family Development is holding its third annual Christmas Decorator
Show House. The two-week event begins Saturday.
center is housed in the stately 1850 Civil War-era home
seen off Interstate 97 in the Crownsville area. The nonprofit
organization addresses the needs of the modern day family through
quality programming such as marriage preparation classes, parenting workshops, a
speakers series, junior leadership program for boys, a "Challenge" program
for teenage girls and a moms´ morning out.
group of about 150 women who are part of the
Baltimore women´s section of Regnum Christi, a lay Catholic faith
movement oversee the programs.
The group, which owns the
property and opened its doors in 2002, has held various
galas through the years.
|Time to celebrate… and time to give.|
"Eventually it seemed they had
run their course and we needed to come up with
something else," said Nancy Smith, The Capital´s Volunteer of the
Week and an integral part of the event planning.
plan to create a decorator show house seemed a perfect
match and the group went to work.
is co-chairman for docent scheduling, she oversees the cafe and
assists in securing the various vendors necessary along with her
mother, Becky Bond.
"Nancy, always with her lovely Southern
charm, spends countless hours helping out with every aspect of
the Christmas Decorator Show House from organizing the cafe, working
with the docents, assisting with the boutique to decorating for
the Preview Party," said Kohlhafer, the center´s business manager.
"I do wear a few different hats," admitted Mrs. Smith.
The event usually draws about 1,000 people and raises
more than $30,000 each year. Crowds this year are expected
to number more than 2,000 during the two-week period.
"The generosity and talent the designers lend to the project
each year blows me away," she said.
time and money spent at the house to create everything
is just amazing."
She puts in numerous volunteer hours
toward the event. "I don´t know how it happens, but
the more I´m there, the more time I seem to
have. It´s as though God expands my time. I have
no other explanation. It´s just amazing," Mrs. Smith said.
Her schedule is full outside the event as well. She
works part-time for the Renaissance Festival on the human resources
staff and helps with the food and beverage vendors.
It´s a job she´s had for the past two decades
and where she first met her husband, Justin Smith, who
serves as director of the food and beverage service at
The Arnold couple have been married for
19 years and have two daughters; Ivy, a ninth- grader
at Severna Park High School, and Mary, a fifth-grader at
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Elementary School.
also volunteers her time at the elementary school and through
her church, St. John the Evangelist, in Severna Park. There,
she is active with the summer Bible school, religious education
programs, Eucharistic ministry and the home health care ministries.
"My time is very full," she said. "Time is a
gift. I use it positively to help other people."
The Christmas House Designer Showcase 2007 will be open from
Dec. 1-16 at the Springhill Center for Family Development, 1134
Bacon Ridge Road in Crownsville. Times are 10 a.m. to
Tuesday through Friday; and from noon to
5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other hours are available for
organized tours. Admission is $20. For more information, call 410-923-8900
or visit www.springhillcfd.org.
Send your nomination for "Volunteer
of the Week" to Lori Phelan, staff writer, at The
Capital, PO Box 911, Annapolis, MD 21404; fax it to
her at 410-280-5953; call her at 410-280-5920; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.