Martinsburg plans holiday celebration

November 23, 1999

Apollo Civic TheatreBy JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Downtown Martinsburg streets will have much for wide-eyed children next week as the town holds its first old-fashioned Christmas parade in several years.

After a successful Christmas tree lighting last year that attracted more than 1,500 people, a three-day weekend full of holiday activities has been planned, said Main Street Martinsburg Executive Director Tracie Ford.

The short parade on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 5:30 p.m. will start at the corner of Martin and Queen streets and proceed down to Stephen Street, Ford said.


The Martinsburg Jaycees, the Martinsburg Journal and the Lions Club are sponsoring the parade, she said.

The second annual tree lighting will kick off the weekend in Town Square at 6 p.m. on Friday when Mayor Earnest Sparks will illuminate the tree, Ford said.

Santa will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage and lead a citizens parade down Queen and Race streets to the train station, where a reception will be held. There will be music, dancers and gift bags for children, Ford said.

After Saturday's parade the Rohrersville Band will perform at Town Square around 7 p.m. That concert is sponsored by the Jaycees and City National Bank.

On Sunday night, Dec. 5, the Apollo Civic Theatre will host a fund-raiser for the roundhouse featuring a live broadcast of Mountain Stage, West Virginia Public Radio's flagship music program.

The New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha-Chas, Fred Eaglesmith and Scooter Scudieri from Shepherdstown, W.Va., will perform, said David Blythe, director of the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Contact the visitors bureau at 304-264-8801 for tickets to the 7 p.m. show or pick up tickets at One Valley Bank, Patterson's Drug Store, Blue Ridge Bank, Huntington Bank or at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, Blythe said. Tickets are $35 for reserved and $20 for general admission.

The Christmas carousel is returning to downtown for the three-day weekend. It will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Ford said. There is a 50-cent charge per ride.

Also returning is the model railroad showcase competition. Some models are up in storefronts already.

At least 16 exhibitors are participating, with displays worth a total of $36,000, Ford said.

Community members can vote on who has the best model railroad display by picking up a ballot in downtown stores. Voters will have a chance to win a drawing for two tickets on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.

The grand prize for the model railroad display contest is two round-trip tickets to Chicago via Amtrak, Ford said. The winner will be announced at the Dec. 28 awards reception at the train station.

This year Santa Claus also will be available on three Saturdays for children to visit at Santa's House near One Valley Bank on Town Square. Santa will be available between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, 11 and 18.

The Herald-Mail Articles