Around Funkstown

November 25, 2008|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Happy Thanksgiving

Gosh, the electricity in the air is tangible. Thursday will be a day of overindulgence ... food and tasty desserts ... family and friends ... and hopefully that traditional Thanksgiving Day nap that marks the point at which we say, gosh, we have turned into our parents. 

I can tell you that our household will be overly joyous. The day after turkey day is more anticipated for most. Black Friday, I believe it is called. Hmmmmm ... not a single ounce of shopping for us ... Friday is the day we decorate and officially start our Christmas season. I can hardly stand the wait.

 There are holiday movies to watch ... cookies to bake ... presents to wrap ... stories to be read ... traditions to be revisited and others waiting to be created.  The day after Thanksgiving we begin our watch for elves. Behavior is at its very best because you never know when one of Santa's small spies is checking things out in your neighborhood to make sure the children stay on the "nice" list. I can already smell the oranges and candy canes and pine!


Olde Tyme Christmas set for Friday, Dec. 12

If you are a holiday junkie like our family, then you absolutely cannot miss Funkstown's Olde Tyme Christmas on Friday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 9 p.m.

There is more to enjoy than there might be time for, so don't dilly-dally and get moving. 

St. Paul's Church will be open for visitors. The kindergarten will warm hearts with their Christmas concert at 6 p.m. and the church choir will sing their Christmas Cantata in the church from 7:30 to 8 p.m. Town Hall will be decorated and alive with music and friends. At 6 p.m., Bill and Joyce Weaver will perform followed by a piano recital at 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the E. Russell Hicks Band will march through town. Santa Claus is indeed coming to town and will arrive at 7 p.m. There will be a Santa Claus parade where he will light the Christmas tree at the War Memorial and then proceed to Town Hall. Also at 7 p.m., the Hagerstown Children's Theater will perform at Town Hall followed by Bill and Joyce Weaver again. The winners of the ornament and decorating contests as well as the raffles will be announced at 8:30 p.m.

 A fabulous way to see our homes and the holiday spirit that permeates through our town is by enjoying the wagon rides. There will be a total of nine rides, each holding 20 passengers. Tickets are available at Town Hall that evening or before if you need to reserve yours early. Tickets are sold for a specific time and I know from past experience they do run out. 

 I especially enjoy the evening because dinner is done. The Funkstown Fire Hall will hold a roast beef dinner in the lower level of the fire hall and the cost is reasonable. After dinner, take a peek at the bake and craft items for sale there. While I am thinking about bake sake items, a quick reminder that town residents are reminded to bring a dozen or more cookies to Town Hall before 5 p.m. that Friday. We ran short last year and we don't want to do that again. 

 You really should check out the town's Web page at for all the details and to see what the specifics are for the ornament and house decorating contests. 

Happiest of Thanksgivings to all of you. May you truly count your blessings, not just on this day, but every day.

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