Parade added to lineup of Home Town Christmas

Smithsburg celebration also includes toy exhibit, breakfast, bazaar and cash giveaway

Smithsburg celebration also includes toy exhibit, breakfast, bazaar and cash giveaway

December 13, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

SMITHSBURG - When Virginia Harshman was a child in the 1920s, she didn't take any of her toys for granted.

"I think all my toys were special. I never got very many toys, but what I got was nice and I was taught to take care of them. And I didn't have any brothers or sisters to break them up," said Harshman, 88, who lived in Smithsburg for approximately 61 years.

Harshman's toys, given to her on Christmas or her birthday, are part of the "Toys of Christmas Past" exhibit at Smithsburg Historical Society Museum during Smithsburg Home Town Christmas this Saturday.

New for Home Town Christmas this year is a parade through town with Santa, carolers, firetrucks and more from 1 to 2 p.m.


The town has parades for Smithsburg Pride Days, Smithsburg Steam Engine & Craft Show and Smithsburg High School's homecoming that are quite popular. Organizers for Smithsburg Home Town Christmas wanted to add something new this year, said Town Councilwoman Shirley Aurand. The parade is expected to have 20 to 25 units.

After the parade, children will have the opportunity to meet Santa and share their wish lists from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Town Square.

Other activities during Home Town Christmas are:

· Breakfast with Santa, 7 to 10 a.m., Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Company fire hall. All-you-can-eat breakfast with pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, puddin' and sausage gravy. Proceeds benefit the fire department. Cost is $7 for ages 12 to 54; $6 for ages 5 to 11 and 55 and older; and free for ages 4 and younger.

· Christmas Bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Paul's United Methodist Church on South Main Street.

· Christmas storytelling, 11 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., 9 N. Main St.

· Free firetruck rides behind fire hall, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., for anybody who wants a ride.

· Free pastries from Hadley Farms, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and free hot chocolate and hot dogs starting at noon - both at Town Square.

· Passport to Smithsburg's Home Town Christmas throughout day with shoppers 18 and older getting passport tags at downtown shops; once they get them all, shoppers are eligible to win a cash drawing at 5:30 p.m. at Town Square. This is when the winners will be announced for Friday's house and commercial decorating contests.

· Citizens Police Advisory Commission of Smithsburg Christmas party, 5:30 to 8 p.m., at fire hall. Party is free and features photos with Santa, magic show, crafts, door prizes, gift bags and refreshments.

The "Toys of Christmas Past" exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smithsburg Historical Society Museum, 20 E. Water St.

Harshman's collection includes dolls, a baby carriage and books. Her most prized gift was a little stove that actually operated with burning wood. She would use the stove outside to bake mud pies when her aunt visited. Harshman, who now lives in Middletown, Md., also had a sewing machine she used as a child, with help from her mother, to make clothes for her dolls. The stove and sewing machine have since been combined into a lamp.

If you go ...

WHAT: Smithsburg Home Town Christmas

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 15

WHERE: Various sites in Smithsburg

COST: Most events are free. There is a fee for breakfast with Santa.

MORE: In the event of severe weather, some activities might be moved to the fire hall or canceled. For more information, call Town Councilwoman Shirley Aurand at 301-824-7635.

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