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Christmas in Shepherdstown continues

November 28, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. -- A salt- and pepper-colored horse pulled a white carriage through the streets of Shepherdstown on Saturday as hundreds of people gathered downtown to help usher in the Christmas season.

Meredith Wait, president of the Shepherdstown Business Association, said Christmas in Shepherdstown began about 20 years ago as a way for merchants to give back to the community.

"I believe that's still the spirit of it," she said.

Although some of the merchants enjoy a financial upturn during the event, many use the occasion to help nonprofit organizations, Wait said.

Christmas in Shepherdstown kicked off Friday and will continue today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will resume Dec. 5 and wind up Dec. 6.


Wait said people who attend Christmas in Shepherdstown also will have the opportunity to enjoy planned activities such as face painting, a live nativity scene and free carriage rides.

Lara Bromley, owner of the Lullaby Lu children's store on West German Street, said she was a little worried that sales might be slow because of the sluggish economy, but Friday and Saturday were fairly busy.

"I was really excited and encouraged," she said. "Things look great. We have a great town here. We like to show it off."

Bromley said Christmas in Shepherdstown is her busiest time of the year.

She said Lullaby Lu is working with another Shepherdstown business, Piccadilly Posh Photography, to give children the opportunity to pose for pictures with Santa Claus. One of the settings involves Santa peeking through a door as children look in the opposite direction.

In addition to the commercial aspect of Christmas in Shepherdstown, some groups use the event to raise money for charity.

Maria Howar, a Spanish teacher at Jefferson High School, said the Spanish Honor Society raised more than $75 on Friday and Saturday by selling Mexican hot chocolate to help the Hispanic community.

"Maybe we'll adopt a family," she said.

Howar said Mexican hot chocolate is made with abuelita, a cinnamon-flavored chocolate.

If you go

What: Christmas in Shepherdstown

When: Today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Downtown Shepherdstown, W.Va.

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