Garden club plans tour

November 12, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

CLEAR SPRING - Santa Claus will stop in Clear Spring Dec. 14 as part of the Clear Spring Garden Club's first-ever "Christmas in Clear Spring" celebration.

The 50-member club has planned the free townwide event with live music, refreshments, decorative displays and contests for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. It is not a fund-raiser, said garden club founding member Kathleen King, who came up with the idea earlier this year.

"This will be just a totally nice Christmas evening in town," King said.

The event, which the club plans to host every five years, will run from 6 to 8 p.m., kicking off with a brass trio in front of the Verizon building at 202 Cumberland St., club President Cindy Downs said.


Maps and schedules will be available at the building's outdoor crescent burner.

Other music will include a 6:30 p.m. performance by the Clear Spring High School Chorale at St. John's United Church of Christ, a 6:55 p.m. performance by soloist Colleen Clark at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, a 7:15 p.m. harp music recital by David Karstaedt at St. Michael's Catholic Church and a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Clear Spring High School show choir at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Downs said.

Santa Claus will give goodies to young visitors in front of 145 Cumberland St., and HENN Pottery & Baskets at 169 Cumberland St. and The Cellar Door at 166 Cumberland St. will offer a unique selection of gift items.

Bob's Automotive at 12828 S. Mill St. will host a vintage car show and offer refreshments to visitors, Downs said. Fresh greenery will also be sold and refreshments available at the nearby M&T Bank at 121 Mulberry St., she said.

Many homes and businesses throughout downtown Clear Spring will be decked out with decorations for a self-guided walking tour down alleys and past porches, windows, yards and gardens, King and Downs said.

The hand-built garden shed behind avid gardeners Denny and Diana Crosby's historic home at 19 Cumberland St. is sure to be a highlight of the tour. Denny Crosby spent the past year building the shed from a design he created by piecing together favorite aspects of several outbuildings featured in magazines, he said.

"It's been a labor of love," Crosby said.

Garden Club Christmas cards and special cancellation stamps with the event's logo will be sold at the town's old post office building at 106 Cumberland St., Downs said.

Winners of the town's Christmas lighting contest will be announced during the evening, as will winners of the gingerbread house contest, Downs said.

People of all ages are encouraged to bake, build and take gingerbread houses to the town's new library by 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Garden Club members will judge the entries, which will then be displayed at the library during the celebration the next evening.

Refreshments (not including gingerbread houses) will be provided at the library on Broadfording Road.

The "Christmas in Clear Spring" celebration will take place the same evening as the Clear Spring District Historical Society's annual holiday open house at the historic Plumb Grove mansion and a live nativity planned for the nearby Bragunier Farm.

The Plumb Grove open house will run from 6 to 11 p.m., and the nativity can be seen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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