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December 17, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Dinner theater to present show

The Christmas dinner theater presentation of "A Christmas in Cricket County" will be held Sunday at Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St. Performances will be 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 celebration

An old-fashioned Christmas celebration, sponsored by Williamsport's Downtown Merchants, will be Saturday, starting at 4 p.m.

The schedule is as follows: visit with Santa Claus, 4 to 8 p.m.; horse and buggy rides, 5 to 8 p.m.; carol sing, 5:30 to 8 p.m.; Mayor McCleaf will read "'Twas The Night Before Christmas," 7 p.m.

Conococheague Street will be blocked off from the Town Clock Building to West Potomac Street. Hot chocolate and snacks will be served throughout the night. A raffle drawing will be at 8 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.


Pictures with Santa will cost $5 each and the proceeds will be donated to Bikers Against Child Abuse.

Participants are asked to bring an ornament to place on the Christmas tree that will be put up in the street. The tree will be on display in town through the remainder of the holiday season. Also, merchants will be accepting food item donations for the local food bank.

Living nativity

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 10803 Donelson Drive, will hold its annual living nativity on Saturday and Sunday. Presentations will be at 7 and 8 p.m.

Community Band

The Williamsport Community Band's holiday concert will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Williamsport High School.

The band will present "The Doughboy Salute," written and composed to honor Frank Buckles, who was born in 1901 and served during World War I. Buckles is expected to attend the free concert. 

Other selections include "The Nutcracker Suite," and music from "The Polar Express" and "'Twas The Night Before Christmas."

Santa in town

Santa Claus will be in the Community Building in Byron Memorial Park, starting tonight through Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Santa will have a treat for children who bring a toy or food item. Williamsport Food Bank officials will be on hand all three nights, collecting food donations and financial contributions. A collection box for the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots campaign will be available.

The Byron Park Christmas lights were provided by the Williamsport Town Employees and Town Council. 

Please note -- Town Hall holiday hours: Town Hall will close at noon Dec. 24 and reopen Dec. 29: Town Hall will be closed Jan. 1 and 2. Officials will start accepting reservations for park facilities Jan. 5.

Williamsport grad's exhibit at museum

An exhibit of Terry Stone's creations will be featured at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in City Park in Hagerstown through Jan. 18.

"Fantasy Figures by Terry Stone" will be on display in the Fulton Decorative Arts Gallery.

Stone sculpts and designs detailed fairytale characters. She is a self-taught artist who has been creating fantasy figure scenes, using vintage fabric and appropriate antiques that complement her sculptures, for more than 20 years.

A WHS class of 1977 graduate, she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carbaugh.

Phys ed news

News from Williamsport Elementary School's Physical Ed Department:

Mr. E. would like to say thank you to all of the students in grades three, four and five who participated and raised money for the Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis on Nov. 10. The total amount collected for the Arthritis Foundation was more than $2,500.

Outstanding classes for October are: kindergarten -- Mrs. Lindner; first grade -- Mrs. Deuell; second grade -- Green Group; third grade -- Red Group; fourth grade -- Blue Group; fifth grade -- Green Group.

Outstanding individual participation: Laken Michael, Mrs. Deuell's class; and Cara Burgan, Mrs. Byrd's class.

Christmas dinner

The Shepherd's Table at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., will hold its third annual Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dinner is free.

The Shepherd's Table will be closed Thursday, Jan. 1, and will reopen Thursday, Jan. 8.

Churches' Christmas open house

Booklet/tickets for the Williamsport Ministerium Churches' Christmas open house on Sunday, Dec. 28, are on sale for $5 per person, which includes admission to all participating churches.

Proceeds 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.

Many of the churches are planning special music and refreshments. Also, the second Riverview Cemetery memorial illumination will be held during this event.

'Timeless Memories, New Beginnings'

Ruth Ridenour and the Potomac Playmakers will present their first show at the new Academy Theatre, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. 

The play, "Timeless Memories, New Beginnings," a musical revue, will be held on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to benefit the new theater. There will be no reserved seating for this show. For more information, call 301-797-8182.  

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