Funkstown marks Christmas
By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer
Luminaires lit the sidewalks and friendly voices filled the air as hundreds of people came to Funkstown Friday night for the annual Olde Tyme Christmas.
"It pulls everybody together," said John Harrison Moore, 89, of Funkstown.
"People that don't speak to me, tonight they do," said Moore, the event's official greeter at Town Hall. "And you don't see anybody mad at each other."
"It's wonderful," said Janet Durbin, 50, of Hagerstown.
"I like all the friendly people and all the luminaires and everyone's real kind like Christmas should be. It's the spirit of Christmas," Durbin said.
Rich Gaver, co-chair of Olde Tyme Christmas, said the event has been held for about 10 years and drew more than 650 people last year. Gaver said the event costs between $1,400 and $1,600, which is paid for with contributions from the town and private donations.