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Pumper featured on newest ornament

November 11, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN -- Artist Jeff Cooper has designed the eighth in a series of commemorative Christmas ornaments for this year's Olde Tyme Christmas.

A piece of Funkstown fire equipment known as Nellie Belle, a 1935 Ford pumper that the company still owns, will be featured on this year's ornament for the Dec. 12 event.

The ornament and its display box, which costs $7.50, will be available in limited quantities at Funkstown Town Hall.

Last year, a cream-colored ornament bore the image of the two-lane stone bridge over Antietam Creek along with a trolley.

Other past designs have included Funkstown Town Hall; the old mill that used to be behind the fire hall; the old school, also gone now; a historic house at 35 W. Baltimore St.; the war memorial; and Walnut Hill.

Events scheduled for Olde Tyme Christmas include:

o A Christmas parade at 7 p.m. from the Monument of the Soldier west on Baltimore Street to Town Hall.

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o A dinner including hot, open-faced roast beef sandwiches, french fries and gravy starts at 5 p.m. at the fire hall. Tickets cost $7.

o A craft show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the fire hall.

o Wagon rides from Funkstown Town Hall will start at 6 p.m. in 15-minute intervals until 8:15 p.m. at a cost of $3 for adults and $2 for ages 11 and younger.

o St. Paul's Lutheran Church will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning with a performance by the Funkstown School kindergarten classes at 6 p.m. The church choir will present a cantata at 7:30 p.m. and organ music will follow.

o Bill and Joyce Weaver will perform Celtic music at 6 and 7:30 p.m., and the Terry Walker troupe will perform at 7 p.m.

o The E. Russell Hicks Middle School Band will play around town throughout the evening.

o Winners of the ornament and decorating contests will be announced at 8:30 p.m.

Most of the town's shops will be open throughout the evening to accommodate visitors.

The house decoration contest has three categories this year, with prizes of $50 each.

Everyone coming to Town Hall is asked to bring a nonperishable food item for needy families. In addition, there will be a collection of new hats, scarves, gloves and coats for needy children.

Rich Gaver and his wife, Rose, have co-chaired the event for the past six years.

For more information, call 301-739-4212.

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