Olde Tyme Christmas events set for Dec. 5

November 11, 2003|by PEPPER BALLARD

FUNKSTOWN - Santa Claus, the Cub Scouts and Bobby Harmon head the list of those set to appear at the annual Olde Tyme Christmas celebration to be held Dec. 5 in Funkstown.

Rich Gaver, chairman of the Olde Tyme Christmas committee, told the Funkstown mayor and two members of the Town Council Monday that many of the traditional festivities will return this year, but at least one staple has been modified.

This year, only three prizes will be given to Funkstown residents who decorate their houses, a change from years past when houses were judged in categories.


"The town gets decorated pretty good, but it gets confusing for the judges when they've gotta pick six winners," he said.

The first-place prize will be $75, the second-place prize will be $50 and the third-place prize will be $25, Gaver said.

The Cub Scouts will sing at 6 p.m. and Bobby Harmon will sing at 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will come to town at 7:30 p.m., he said.

Winners of the decorating contests and raffles will be announced at 8:15 p.m., he said.

Face painting and wagon rides for people of all ages will be offered throughout the night. Adults and children will have a chance to ride on wagons pulled by two tractors, Gaver said. Tickets - $3 for adults and $2 for children - for each of the 12 rides offered that night will be sold at Town Hall beginning Dec. 1. Wagons are limited to 20 people per trip.

About 1,000 luminaires will be placed in the Funkstown Cemetery, which will be a featured sight on the wagon ride as it passes through Green and Cemetery streets.

Gaver said most of the shops in town will stay open throughout the evening.

"The fire hall has got their dinner ready and the craft show will be held down there," Gaver said.

A glass ornament with a hand-drawn picture of the Funkstown School and The Olde Tyme Christmas Cookbook will be sold at $7.50 each at Town Hall, he said.

The committee wants to collect old Funkstown pictures to compile into a compact disc. Gaver said the committee would like to sell the CDs to raise money for the next Olde Tyme Christmas, he said.

"We're trying to get these together at least for posterity's sake," he said.

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