Hancock residents are preparing for Christmas and are encouraged to “shop local” at the many stores in town.
You can get gifts from the local florists, gift certificates from beauty parlors, special gifts for the hunters at the hunting shops and gift certificates from local restaurants.
In addition, the Blue Goose Farm Market at the spot of the former Hepburn’s Market at the east entrance of town is now open with a limited display of fruit and preserves and lots of pies. The newly built market will be open year round and feature many foods and gifts for travelers and locals.
The Hancock High School Athletic Boosters will sponsor a Christmas basket and Vera Bradley Handbag bingo Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Berkeley Springs, W.Va., American Legion. Doors open at noon.
There will be 20 games for $25, and food and other specials will be available.
Tickets will be available at the door or call Carol Willison at 301-678-5306.
Tree lighting takes place Saturday
Hancock’s Christmas tree lighting and visit with Santa will be Saturday at 6 p.m. at Joseph Hancock Park on Main Street. The event is sponsored by Hancock in Motion.
Christmas for Others
Toys, coats and food for Christmas for Others are due at Hancock churches over the next two Sundays.
St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church celebrates the season of Advent, a time to prepare spiritually for Christmas, with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.
This old English tradition features the choir and lectors of St. Thomas’ retelling the Christian story of creation, the fall, and the promise of salvation in the coming of Jesus Christ.
Youth of the church who have trained as acolytes will be recognized and installed.
The musical presentation takes place Sunday at 5 p.m. and is open to the public. Dinner follows in the Parish Hall.
The church is at Church and High streets.
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