Dunn gives her all to Old Tyme Christmas

December 08, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN - When Letta Dunn throws herself into something, it is never a token effort.

For the third year, Dunn has been involved with the Olde Tyme Christmas festivities in Funkstown. This year, the events are Friday.

Dunn's introduction was very subtle.

"Rose Gaver is my day-care provider and she talked me into it," said Dunn, a native of the Halfway area who has lived in Funkstown since 1987.

Rose Gaver and her husband, Rich, chair the observance every year and are always looking for new people to help with the growing festival.


Dunn set out to secure sponsors for the festival. When all the dust had cleared, she came up with 71 sponsors, including her own employer.

Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream is donating frozen treats for the event.

"I am going to be dressed as Klondike Bear and my daughter, Elizabeth, will be a penguin," she said.

Elizabeth, 7, is a student at Emma K. Doub Elementary School. She has been helping her mom plan the festival.

"My first and second years, I worked getting sponsors and I was good at it," Dunn said.

Lots of Funkstown stores have donated items and many are displaying luminarias the night of the festival.

Gift cards, fruit baskets and other items will be raffled during the evening.

Events scheduled for Olde Tyme Christmas include:

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

    For more information, call 301-739-4212.

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