Martinsburg hopes to bring Christmas cheer to downtown

November 27, 1998|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - The model train ferrying candy canes around the front window display of Rockwell's is only part of a larger effort to restore the glory of years past to downtown Martinsburg.

Main Street Martinsburg is using the holidays to try and bring the Martinsburg community together and bring Christmas shoppers to downtown merchants.

"We wanted to take it a step further and help the revitalization of downtown," Main Street Martinsburg executive director Tracie Ford said.

The city will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in Public Square. The evening festivities will include caroling, church and children's choirs, free carriage rides and visits with Santa Claus.


This year will be the first time the city's Christmas tree has ornaments to complement its lights, Ford said. James Rumsey Technical Institute students have created horticultural ornaments including pine cones with ribbons to adorn the tree, Ford said.

Ford said a tour of 18 downtown churches set for Dec. 20 from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. will feature music, refreshments and plenty of holiday decorations.

A Christmas carousel will be set up Dec. 4-6 near the One Valley Bank branch on King Street and children will have the chance to eat breakfast with Santa Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. until noon at Fannies Restaurant on Queen Street.

Other holiday events include:

* The Berkeley County Council of Garden Clubs will offer a Christmas boutique Dec. 4 and 5 at 131 N. Queen Street.

* The Boarman Arts Center will continue its Christmas show and sale until Dec. 23.

* The Belle Boyd house has been decorated with a old-fashioned Victorian theme that will be on display through Christmas.

* The Boomtown Inn on King Street will host Civil War Christmas dinners Dec. 9 and Dec. 18. Tickets are $30 for each dinner and proceeds will go to Main Street Martinsburg.

As an added incentive to bring people downtown, the City of Martinsburg will offer free parking the day after Thanksgiving and from Dec. 7 until Christmas Day.

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