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Hagerstown gearing up for holidays

November 21, 1998|By JULIE E. GREENE

It's not even Thanksgiving yet and the City of Hagerstown is gearing up for the Christmas holiday.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II will light the city's Christmas tree in Public Square at 6 p.m. on Monday, said Karen Giffin, the city's spokeswoman.

Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Magic Rabbit from "Frosty the Snowman" also will be on hand, Giffin said.

Carriage rides through downtown will be offered for a small fee between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m., she said.

Hollyfest will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Maryland Theatre. Admittance is free.

The event features the Clear Spring Reflection Show Choir, the North High Jazz Band, the Smithsburg High School Jazz Ensemble, the Highland View Academy Hand Bell Choir, the Smithsburg High School Orchestra, City Ballet School and magician Dean Burkett.

The annual Rose Hill Cemetery Candlelight Walk to City Park will be at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 after the lighting of the Remembrance Tree at the cemetery.

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City Park's holiday lights will be lit at 7:30 p.m. followed by receptions at the Mansion House and Hager House until 9 p.m., Giffin said.

Carriage rides starting at the Hager House will be available for a small fee between 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

That weekend the Potomac Classical Youth Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker" at the Maryland Theatre. Shows are at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and at 3 p.m. on Dec. 6.

Several downtown businesses will hold open houses on Dec. 4-6 and offer special discounts, Giffin said.

Carriage rides will be offered for a small fee, starting at Public Square, on Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first annual Choirfest in downtown will be held on Dec. 11 between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Choirs include the Clear Spring Reflection Show Choir, the Little Heiskell Bell Ringers and the Otterbein United Methodist Church Choir.

The choirs will be spread out around downtown before joining to sing together at Public Square, Giffin said.

All of these events are sponsored by the City of Hagerstown. The Downtown Assessment District is also sponsoring the downtown holiday open house and Hollyfest.

The City Farmers' Market is having special hours and events for the holiday season.

The market will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., Giffin said.

A holiday craft bazaar will be held at the market on Dec. 6 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Holiday children's crafts demonstrations will be offered at the market for a small fee on Dec. 12 between 8:30 a.m. and noon.

The market's holiday open house will be on Dec. 19 between 5 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The market will be open on Wednesday, Dec. 23, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The market's regular hours are on Saturdays between 5 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The market will be closed on Saturday, Dec. 26.

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