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Holidays are almost here

Tri-State area is host to bevy of seasonal events

Tri-State area is host to bevy of seasonal events

November 09, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

It's the holiday season. And Santa Claus is coming back. He'll be around the Tri-State area. So don't let that big red sleigh scare ya.

Santa was scheduled to make a stop at the Valley Mall Saturday, but if you missed him, don't fret. He and his helpers will be lending an ear to residents' holiday desires for weeks to come.

To help get you in the spirit for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, there will be dozens of holiday concerts, open houses, tree lightings and other events.

For example, for the first time in approximately 25 years, the Hagerstown Municipal Band will present a holiday concert, said Chris Stockslager, the band's treasurer.

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At another special event, Williamsport Community Band will pay tribute to Jefferson County, W.Va., resident Frank Buckles, the last known living World War I veteran, during its holiday concert.

Here are more holiday events scheduled in the Tri-State area this season:

Washington County

o Sculptures of Santa are part of an exhibit by Sharpsburg resident Terry Stone at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in City Park. "Fantasy Figures" opened Saturday and will be up through Jan. 18. Call 301-739-5727 or go to www.wcmfa.org.

o Antietam Recreation's Cowboy Christmas Dinner & Show, cowboy activities and drama featuring champion roper Andy Rotz. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 3; some Thursdays in December. 9745 Garis Shop Road, south of Hagerstown. For schedule and prices, go to www.antietamrecreation.com or call 301-797-3733.

o Greens Show, a fundraiser sponsored by Crossroads Garden Club at Women's Club auditorium, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16. $10. Holiday floral design program by Denny Warrenfeltz of Roostervane Gardens. Refreshments and door prizes. Raffle of filled gift baskets. Reservations required; call 301-739-0870.

o Trains of Christmas is a large, holiday-themed, O-gauge, model train layout at Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. 1 to 5 p.m. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Friday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, March 1. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 to 12; and free for ages 3 and younger. 300 S. Burhans Blvd, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-4665.

o Kris Kringle Holiday Craft and Gift Show with 230 vendors in Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center off Robinwood Drive. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, and Sunday, Nov. 23. Free admission.

o Tree lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square on Monday, Nov. 24, with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Santa's elves will paint faces.

o Hollyfest will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at The Maryland Theatre. Features Smithsburg High School orchestra and jazz ensemble, Boonsboro Middle School merit chorus and saxophone ensemble, Northern Middle School orchestra, North Hagerstown High School orchestra, South Hagerstown High School dancers, Dancin' Time Studios, Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company, Hagerstown Children's Theatre, Abigail Nigh and Tri-State Twirlers. Free.

o Santa will arrive via a float in a small parade at Long Meadow Shopping Center at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Santa will be in his workshop, greeting visitors, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29. Additional activities and entertainment. Additional hours will be posted.

o Lighting a Christmas tree at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29. Santa will arrive via firetruck. Free candy canes and coloring books for children. Musical entertainment, reading of a Christmas story, carol singalong. Free.

o Pet photos with Santa at Valley Mall, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, and Tuesday, Dec. 2.

o "A Holiday Story" at the William M. Brish Planetarium at 7 p.m. Tuesdays from Dec. 2 to Dec. 16. Examines seasonal customs of various winter holidays including Yule, greenery, Santa and the Christmas star. $3, adults; $2, children and students. Planetarium is at the Washington County Board of Education Central Offices, Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-766-2898.

o Downtown Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6; and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Participating downtown Hagerstown businesses will hold open houses. Music, refreshments, sales, give-aways. Lunch with Santa on Dec. 6 at the Gourmet Goat costs $10, adults, and $6, children; reservations required. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

o Festival of Trees at Robinwood Medical Center, east of Hagerstown, with decorated trees and wreaths, and train exhibit. Thursday, Dec. 4, to Sunday, Dec. 7. Admission is $5; $3, ages 3 to 12. Preview party, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, $45 and reservations required. Holiday Scent-Sations luncheon with hands-on decorating activities, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8. Luncheon costs $35; reservations required. Go to www.festivaloftreesinhagerstown.org. Call 301-790-8631.

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