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Holiday happenings plentiful in Berkeley Springs

November 15, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - December is a busy month in Berkeley Springs.

A celebration of holiday events starts the first weekend in December - Yule Weekend - with a kickoff of "First Friday." On that day each month, town shops extend their hours.

Holiday events include:

· Friday, Dec. 2 - Kerry Noon, owner of Sleepy Creek Tree Farm, will present a workshop on selecting the right Christmas tree from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nature Niche, 50 N. Washington St.

Judy Webb, Nature Niche owner, said about 30 people attended Noon's workshop last year. They learned about the advantages of the different types of Christmas trees that can be chosen for the home, she said.

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Noon also will demonstrate how to make ornaments, such as roping, wreaths and table decorations made from live trees, Webb said, and they will be on sale at the store.

Noon will field questions on how to care for Christmas trees during the holidays, Webb said.

"We also send people to Noon's Christmas tree farm to purchase their trees," Webb said, if they inquire where to buy one.

· Friday, Dec. 2 - Tari's Caf and Gallery, 33 N. Washington St., will offer Christmas gifts and ornaments from $8.95 to $21.95. Many items will be available on a "buy three, get one free price," owner Tari Hampe-Deneen said.

She also is debuting Hillbilly Bean Soup that comes in a jar, complete with recipe, dried beans and a spice bag.

"We also have mailable art cards that can be sent to friends and family with a Christmas pin or ornament attached to the card," she said.

· The Ice House Gallery will be the site of the Almost Heaven gallery show of local artists and their holiday creations.

On Dec. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., artists will serve hot cider and tea while helping guests choose gifts. Free gift wrapping will be provided.

· Friday, Dec. 2 - The opening show of two weekends of "The Hanukkah Goblins," the Ice House Theater Project's holiday production, will be at 7:30 p.m. The show features a cast of nearly 50, including dozens of children posing as goblins. An original play based on a folk tale, "Goblins" is filled with laughs, music and dancing.

"The Hanukkah Goblins" will be presented Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 3 and 10 at 1 p.m.; and Dec. 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 304-258-2300.

· Saturday, Dec. 3 - Tari's Cafe will host a book signing by local author Jeanne Mozier of her latest book, "Wonders of West Virginia," from 2 to 5 p.m. The oversized volume features more than 160 color photos by photographer Steve Shaluta. Mozier's captions for the images lend another dimension to the state's scenic, botanical and wildlife splendors.

· Sunday, Dec. 4 - Yule Tea at Berkeley Castle, produced by the Museum of the Berkeley Springs, complete with silver tea service and tours of the Victorian structure that overlooks the town. There are seatings at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. and limited space is available. Call 304-258-9147 for reservations.

· Friday, Dec. 16 - The Healing Waters Ensemble, the Community Choir and the Presbyterian Church Sacred Arts Program will present Musical Prayers for Peace at Berkeley Springs Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m.

· Saturday, Dec. 17, and Sunday, Dec. 18 - The Community Choir will stage two additional concerts of sacred classics and holiday favorites, including Hanukkah songs, at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church and at 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Union Chapel.

· Thursday, Dec. 22 - The musical celebration concludes at 7:30 p.m. at Berkeley Springs High School with the annual concert of band and seasonal holiday music by the Morgan Community Concert Band.

For more information about activities in Berkeley Springs, call 1-800-447-8797 or go to www.berkeleysprings.com.

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