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It's almost Christmastime in Shepherdstown

November 23, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -When Christmas in Shepherdstown started more than 15 years ago, it was a Victorian-style celebration with carolers dressed like Charles Dickens characters.

Gone is the Dickensian apparel, but traditions such as lighting the tree and selling roasted chestnuts continue, says Donn Marshall, a member of the community nonprofit board that organizes Christmas in Shepherdstown.

Christmas in Shepherdstown is Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Dec. 1, through Sunday, Dec. 3.

The event provides a sense of community, Marshall says. Activities include a community singalong, a bonfire on King Street and Santa's arrival.

Some highlights of the town's two-weekend holiday celebration

Friday, Nov. 24:

Roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers and luminarias on German Street.

1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. - Book signing at the Devonshire Shop, 113 S. Princess St. Novelist Beverly J. Bell will sign copies of her book "Whispers: A Novel for a New Millennium." Author also will be signing books at other times.

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5 to 7 p.m. - Bonfire on King Street; organized by the Shepherdstown Fire Department.

5 to 8 p.m. - Kiwanis chili and corn bread supper with baked goods, at War Memorial Building on German Street (second floor).

7 to 8 p.m. - Mayor's holiday welcome, town tree-lighting and Santa's arrival; on McMurran Hall lawn.

Saturday, Nov. 25:

Free parking, roasted chestnuts, strolling carolers, and luminarias along German Street.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Holiday Marketplace (greens, handcrafted gifts, and baked goods) at the War Memorial Building on German Street (first floor). Marketplace also will be open Dec. 2.

11 a.m. - Dr. David Gonzol leads children in a holiday singalong at the Entler Hotel, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Public Library.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Dominic Valentine will give Model "A" Ford rides through town, free of charge. Rides will leave from the library. Sponsored by the Shepherdstown Observer. Rides also will be given at other times both weekends.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Kiwanis chili and corn bread supper with baked goods, at War Memorial Building on German Street (second floor).

7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. - Live Nativity scene at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of West German and Church streets.

Sunday Nov. 26:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Brunch with Santa and crafts for children at the War Memorial Building on German Street.

2 to 4 p.m. - Christmas concert in the Great Hall at O'Hurley's General Store (hot cider and cookies included), 205 E. Washington St.

Friday, Dec. 1:

Victorian Christmas Dinner at Shepherd University Dining Hall. Time to be announced. See www.christmasinshepherdstown.com for details.

Saturday, Dec. 2:

11 a.m. - Christmas parade on German Street.

11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Cookie Walk in the new Fellowship Hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of West German and Church streets. Warm up with cider and coffee; there will be Christmas music and cookies for sale.

Noon and 12:30 p.m. - Live Nativity scene at Trinity Episcopal Church, West German and Church streets.

12:30 p.m. - Children's holiday movies at the Entler Hotel, sponsored by the Shepherdstown Public Library.

2 p.m. - Annual Advent Tea at Christ Reform Church, 301 E. German St. Tickets are $12 and seating is limited. Lynn Applegate will lecture and give a demonstration on holiday arrangements. Call Lou Cox for tickets at 304-876-1167.

5 p.m. - Community caroling and singalong on the steps of McMurran Hall.

7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. - Live Nativity scene at Trinity Episcopal Church, corner of West German and Church streets

7:30 p.m. - Shepherd University Department of Music Annual Holiday Gala at the Frank Arts Center. Classic sounds of the holiday season featuring the Shepherd University Wind Symphony, Chamber Singers, Camerata Singers, Jazz Ensemble, Masterworks Chorale and many others. The performance is followed by the annual Friends of Music reception at Cress Creek Country Club. Tickets to the concert are $10, and reception tickets are available for $10 as well. Student tickets are $5. For tickets, call 304-876-5555

Sunday, Dec. 3:

2 to 4 p.m. - Singalong in the Great Hall at O'Hurley's General Store (hot cider and cookies included), 205 E. Washington St.

3 p.m. - Shepherd University Department of Music Children's Holiday Concert at the Frank Arts Center. A lighter and slightly abbreviated version of the Saturday evening Gala, this concert is specially arranged for families with young children. A visit from Santa will be featured. General admission tickets to the concert are $10, student tickets are $5. For tickets, call 304-876-5555.

6 to 9 p.m. - "Christmas in Bavaria," sponsored by the Shepherdstown Rotary Club, at the Bavarian Inn; a fundraiser for children's organizations Rotary supports. Participants will be able to bid on fabulous prizes while enjoying German delicacies and a variety of seasonal musical entertainment. Cocktail attire suggested. Tickets $75 per person and by reservation only. Call 304-876-6176 or 304-876-0864.

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