All decked out for Old Tyme celebration

November 12, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

FUNKSTOWN - Luminaires, greenery and decorations will once again deck the streets, homes and businesses of Funkstown in early December during the town's 10th annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration.

The event will be Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m.

"It keeps getting bigger and better every year," said event co-chairwoman Kelly Vance, owner of A Place For All Seasons in Funkstown.

An additional wagon has been added for town tours, and more food is planned for the roast beef dinner at the fire hall to meet the needs of a crowd that grows with each passing year, Vance said.


Homemade apple dumplings, hot dogs, steamers and french fries will also be sold at the fire hall throughout the evening, she said.

Members of the event committee will soon gather around a huge pile of sand in co-chairman Rich Gaver's mother's garage to put together the more than 4,000 luminaires - candles placed in sand within paper bags - that will line Funkstown's streets, alleys and cemetery.

Councilman Bobby Rodgers and his family will tackle its tradition of placing 1,000 of the luminaires throughout the historic graveyard, Gaver said.

Mayor Robert Kline and Councilman Richard Nigh will serve as narrators on open wagon rides past the cemetery and throughout the town. Wagon riders will hear the songs of carolers and a barbershop quartet, ride past a Civil War encampment and see many festively decorated homes and doorways that will be judged during the celebration, Vance said.

County Commissioner Bill Wivell, School Board member Herbert Hardin and Miss Western Maryland Nikki Gouker will choose the top three cash winners in the contemporary, old tyme and doorway decorating categories, Gaver said.

Wivell, Hardin and Gouker also will judge homemade ornaments that will be displayed on the Christmas tree at Town Hall, Gaver said. Children 12 and younger are encouraged to submit an ornament no larger than 3 inches in diameter to Town Hall Dec. 5 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

All entrants will receive a free movie rental coupon from Blockbuster Video, and three winners will earn prizes donated by Prime Outlets at Hagerstown, Vance said.

Area businesses and individuals have given generous donations for the contests, poinsettias and gift baskets to be raffled at Town Hall the evening of the town celebration, Vance and Gaver said. Funkstown resident Irene Owens also made and donated a holiday-themed, cross-stitched wall decoration framed by Paisley Print owner Liz Stanley, Vance said.

Also at Town Hall, children and adults will enjoy a visit from Santa Claus, face painting, live music and refreshments. The Olde Tyme Christmas Committee is asking the public's help in providing the hundreds of cookies needed for the celebration, Vance said. Please bring batches of at least one dozen cookies to Town Hall on Dec. 6 by 5 p.m.

Glass ornaments decorated with a picture of the grist mill that once operated beside Antietam Creek in Funkstown will be sold for $7.50 at Town Hall and at retail stores along Baltimore Street, which will remain open Dec. 6 until 9 p.m., Vance said.

Christmas shoppers can also visit the fire hall for a 14-vendor arts and crafts show, and pick up a $7.50 copy of the new Funkstown Olde Tyme Christmas Cookbook, Vance said.

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