Home decorating contest

November 24, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

With Thanksgiving comes the opening of the preparation season for Christmas.  

Hancock in Motion invites local citizens to enter the “Christmas in Hancock — Home Decorating Contest.”

The rules are simple. Residential properties in the town limits are eligible. Fill out a form (available at town hall) indicating your interest in participating.  Forms must be turned in by Dec. 20, and decorations must be in place by Dec. 21. Judging will take place that evening. There will be a panel of three judges, and $25 prizes will be awarded in several categories.

Food drive under way

Douglas Motors is sponsoring a food and toy drive that lasts until Dec. 14. Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at the dealership, 295 Resley St., during business hours Monday through Saturday. Donations will go to the food bank at the Interfaith Service Coalition.   

Donations of toys will go to Christmas for Others.

Hunters in the woods

Beginning Saturday, there will be lots of hunters in the woods around Hancock. Deer rifle season opens in Maryland that day and will also be going on in neighboring states over the next week or so.  

Look for hunters to patronize local restaurants and other businesses as they enjoy the great outdoors, which this part of the county has to offer.  

Hunters at Hancock’s well-known Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club will welcome members, guests, local civic leaders and law-enforcement personnel to its annual banquet Thursday, Dec. 1, at its clubhouse off Long Hollow Road. Roast venison and turkey will be featured on the menu, a tradition for more than 70 years.

Fire company fundraiser

The Hancock Fire Co. will sponsor a fundraiser Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Pizza Hut on  West Main Street.

Dine in or order out and use some of the vouchers that members will be handing out at the restaurant.  Present the voucher to the waitress, and the fire company will get a percentage of the purchase any time that day.  

For more information, call Mike Stewart at 301-678-7739.

Craft and vendor show

Saturday, Dec. 3, will be a festive day in Hancock.  

The third annual Hometown Christmas Craft and Vendor Show takes place at Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   

Take Two will furnish Christmas music, and hot food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.    

That evening, the Christmas Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa Claus will take place downtown at 6 p.m. Bundle up the kids and watch Santa arrive on the big fire truck.  

Bring your cameras and get a picture of your child on Santa’s lap. The event is sponsored by Hancock in Motion.

Services planned

It’s Thanksgiving Day, and some local churches, including St. Thomas’ Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic Church, will hold worship services this morning.

Why not stop in to one of these houses of worship and offer thanks before sitting down to that big turkey dinner with family and friends.

 Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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