Around Williamsport

November 26, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Thanksgiving Eve service

A Thanksgiving eve service, sponsored by the Williamsport Area Ministerium, will be tonight at 7:30 at Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St.

Participants are asked to bring a nonperishable canned food item for the Williamsport Food Bank or a monetary offering for the ongoing work of the Williamsport Area Ministerium.

Community dinner

A free community Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St.

Special celebrations

Lou Brandt Harsh is celebrating her 96 birthday Nov. 29.

Lou grew up along the C&O Canal and lived at Lock 44. Her dad, Harvey Brandt, was the lock tender. She has seen many changes in Williamsport over the years but sometimes she can almost hear the jingle of the bells on the mules along the canal and the boatmen calling to her dad, "lock ready, lock ready?" as they prepared to pass through on their way to Cumberland or Georgetown.


Also, Clyde and Veronica Bragunier are celebrating their 37th anniversary on Thanksgiving Day.

Sophisti'Cats plan holiday dinner and show

The Williamsport High School Sophisti'Cats will present their annual holiday dinner show, "A Cool Yule," Saturday, Dec. 13, at the school.

A traditional turkey dinner will be served from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Reservations for dinner and show will be on sale through Friday, Dec. 5. Tickets for the dinner and show cost $14 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens, and $6 for those 8 and younger. Tickets for the show only go on sale Monday, Dec. 8. Tickets cost $9 for adults and $6 for all others. For advance reservations and information, call 301-766-8433.


Please note: The Shepherds Table held at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., will be closed Thanksgiving Day and will reopen Thursday, Dec. 4.

Town parade

The Williamsport Town Parade will be Friday, Dec. 5, starting at 6:30 p.m. If your group would like to participate in the parade, call Town Hall at 301-223-7711.

To ride the trolley in the parade, meet at Parkview Knolls between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. The trolley will join the parade, stop in Byron Memorial Park for the Town employees Christmas lighting and then take riders back to Parkview Knolls.

Williamsport Christmas decorating contest

On Sunday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., the judging of Christmas decorations and lights will be held. There are three divisions: commercial, best overall decorated house and yard, and best decorated entryway. Have your Christmas lights on if you would like to be judged.

Cinnamon rolls

KinderHaven Day Care, at Zion Lutheran Church, is selling cinnamon rolls and carrot cakes from Hadley Farms. The cost is $4 each and can be ordered in packages of 12, 24 or 36. They will be taking orders until Monday, Dec. 8. To order, call Robin, day care director, at 301-223-9122.

Memorial illumination

Riverview Cemetery's memorial illumination will be Dec. 13 (rain date is Dec. 14) starting at 6 p.m. The cemetery is at the end of West Church Street. For more information, call Osborne Funeral Home at 301-582-3311.

Cemetery says thanks

The spaghetti dinner last Sunday to benefit the restoration of Riverview Cemetery added more than $2,500 to the fund. Thanks to Tony's and Leiter's Catering for supplying the food and facilities.

Christmas dinner theater

The Christmas Dinner Theater of Williamsport United Methodist Church will present "A Christmas in Cricket County" on Sunday, Dec. 21 with performances at 2 and 6 p.m. The menu is country vittles. Tickets cost $5 per person and must be purchased in advance by calling 301-223-7040.

Christmas shopping bazaar

A Christmas shopping bazaar will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Faith Christian Fellowship, 16726 Lappans Road.

Twelve local consultants will be on hand for holiday shopping. Register to win two huge baskets filled with items from the consultants totaling more than $220.

The event will include refreshments, demos, samples and giveaways. Participating consultants include: Creative Memories - Susan Lange; Avon - Shannon Burker; Twin Moons Pottery - Pam Hall; Longaberger - Lori Miller; Pampered Chef - Sarah Derr; PartyLite - Kara Shaffer; Tastefully Simple - Erica Doyle; Quixtar - Becca Marion; Learning is an Art - Kelli Snyder; Vantel Pearls - Sherian Hose; Kathy's Little Windows - Kathy Thomas; and Tupperware - Jamie Barkdoll. The method of payment varies by consultant.

Churches open house

Booklet/tickets are now available for the Williamsport Ministerium Churches Christmas open house to be held Sunday, Dec. 28. Tickets cost $5 per person, which includes admission to all participating churches and will benefit the restoration of Riverview Cemetery.

Booklet/tickets will be available at each church during the tour or in advance at churches and Town Hall during regular business hours or by calling Joan Knode at 301-223-7229.

Country churches will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. and town churches will be open from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors will enjoy a reflection of how local churches celebrate this special time of the Christian year. Also plan to drive by the second Riverview Cemetery Memorial Illumination being held during this event. Churches participating are: Country - Downsville Christian Church, Downsville Church of the Brethren, St. James Brethren Church and St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Town - Rehoboth United Methodist Church, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine Catholic Church, Van Lear Brethren in Christ Church, Williamsport United Methodist Church and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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