Town set for holiday event

November 15, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Even though Christmas comes every year, Christmas in Clear Spring - as a garden club event - only happens every three years. And 2005 is one of those years.

"It's just a very nice evening, renewing acquaintances," said Kathleen King, chairwoman of this year's triennial event.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., festivities will be held throughout the town and at Plumb Grove near the school complex west of town. The kickoff location is at the Verizon building on the east end of town.

One of the main events is a Christmas decorating contest sponsored by the Clear Spring Town Council, which will award prizes.


There will be a gingerbread house display at the Washington County Free Library, L.P. Snyder branch, in the school complex. Refreshments will be available.

A model train display will be set up at Town Hall, where refreshments will be served and bathroom facilities are available.

From 7 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a demonstration of how to make a Christmas swag with fresh greens by Carol Belz of Gibney's Florists, also at Town Hall. Greens will be on sale at Town Hall.

Antique toys will be on display in the window of Clear Spring Hardware.

Santa Claus will make an appearance on the side porch at 145 Cumberland St.

Luminaria will be displayed that night at Little Rose Hill Cemetery east of Clear Spring, thanks to the Senior Citizens of Clear Spring and Boy Scout Troop 117.

Among the buildings open during the evening are the David Wiles home at 160 Cumberland St., the Dorley House at 155 Cumberland St. and the Crosby home at 19 Cumberland St. Plumb Grove will be open until midnight.

A special "Christmas in Clear Spring" cancellation will be available at the old post office, which now serves as the headquarters of the Clear Spring District Historical Society.

Notecards showing a Christmas in Clear Spring scene will be on sale.

A live nativity sponsored by the Bragunier family is planned at the Bragunier Farm just outside Clear Spring on Mill Street at 7, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m.

A chicken and waffle dinner at St. John's UCC Church begins at 4 p.m., sponsored by the Clear Spring Lions Club.

There will be music by Duo Classico (Susan Mott, flute, and Sandice Mowbray, classical guitar) at St. John's; David Karstaedt, harpist, will perform at St. Michael Catholic Church; and the Clear Spring Middle School chorus is scheduled to perform at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

The brass quintet from the high school will also be performing in the town, said Clear Spring Garden Club President Cindy Downs.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church will play Christmas carols throughout the evening and will host The Madrigal Singers from Clear Spring High School.

Schedules and maps will be available from docents dressed in Santa Claus hats and at several locations throughout town.

The town spring will be decorated.

"Everyone has loved it before," Downs said. "All of our members are involved in this."

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