Shepherdstown celebrates with six days of revelry

November 24, 2005|By KRISTIN WILSON

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherdstown's Mayor Peter Wilson is brushing off his top hat and bringing out his Victorian-era finest, in preparation for Friday's Christmas in Shepherds-town opening ceremony.

The mayor will welcome townsfolk to the holiday celebration that includes a week worth of activities - many reminiscent of old-time Christmas traditions.

A town crier and chestnut roasters will greet visitors on George Street and carolers, Victorian food and music will be in abundance.


"It's a wonderful tradition," says Lynn Wilson, coordinator of the Christmas in Shepherdstown team and Mayor Wilson's wife. "We're hoping to get lots of visitors."

Trolley bus tours will be available Saturdays, Nov. 26 and Dec. 3.

"The trolley tour is designed to get people around to different events in town," Wilson explains. There also will be added commentary from a Jefferson County Commissioner. "Jim Surkamp is going to be offering some historic highlights of the town" during the trolley rides, Wilson says.

A new feature this year is a gospel music performance by Mighty Men of God from the Asbury United Methodist Church. The group is scheduled to perform at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Shepherdstown Opera House on German Street.

Schedule of events

Christmas in Shepherdstown runs for six days at the end of November and the beginning of December.

Here are some highlights:

Friday, Nov. 25

5 to 8 p.m.: Kiwanis chili and cornbread supper and bake sale, War Memorial Building, German Street. Also, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26.

5 to 7 p.m.: Bonfire on King Street, sponsored by Shepherds-town Fire Department.

7 to 8 p.m.: Tree lighting, in front of McMurran Hall on German Street. Santa arrives. Includes holiday skit and town crier.

Saturday, Nov. 26

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Holiday Marketplace, at the War Memorial Building, German Street. Also, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

11 a.m.: Mighty Men of God, gospel music, Shepherdstown Opera House, German Street.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Trolley bus tours of historic Shepherdstown. Also noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

12:30 p.m.: Children's Wonderment Puppet Show, sponsored by Shepherdstown Public Library, at the train station.

1 to 4 p.m.: John Durant, singing troubadour, strolling German Street.

7, 7:30 and 8 p.m.: Live Nativity at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of Church and German streets. Followed by caroling. Also, 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Sunday, Nov. 27

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Farm Market, behind library on German Street.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Brunch with Santa and children's crafts at War Memorial Building, German Street.

1:30 p.m.: Holiday tea to benefit The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation at the War Memorial Building. Call 1-304-264-0787 for reservations.

2 to 4 p.m.: Christmas music at O'Hurley's General Store.

Thursday, Dec. 1

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Victorian meal at Shepherd University Dining Hall.

Saturday, Dec. 3

11 a.m.: Christmas Parade along German Street.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Holiday organ music at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on King Street.

12:30 p.m.: Children's story hour, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Public Library at the train station.

1 p.m.: Shepherdstown Elementary School Chorus at McMurran Hall, German Street.

2 p.m.: Advent tea at Christ Reform Church, 301 E. German St. Call 1-304-876-1167 for reservations.

7:30 p.m.: Shepherd University's eighth annual Holiday Gala Concert, Frank Arts Center Theater.

Sunday, Dec. 4

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Farm Market, behind public library on German Street.

Noon to 2 p.m.: Free community Christmas dinner and open house with Santa at Shepherdstown Fire Department.

2 to 4 p.m.: Christmas singalong at O'Hurley's General Store.

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