Santa is very much in demand this weekend, and must be using some holiday magic to be several places at once.
Small children in the Marley communities should be on their best behavior Saturday. A certain gentleman in a red suit will be making the rounds perched atop a fire engine courtesy of Fire Co. 33.
It had become a tradition in the community for the volunteers from the Marley Fire Station to travel through the area gathering last-minute wish lists and handing out a few candy canes. However, when the volunteer unit left in June and scattered to other stations, the fate of the annual project was in doubt.
Three of the volunteers moved to Glen Burnie Station 33, including Chief Jim Franklin, Dawn Franklin and Gary Jennings.
"We wanted to continue the tradition for the community even though the volunteers were no longer at the Marley station," Franklin explained.
Accompanied by several volunteers, Santa will leave the station at 10 a.m. to begin his journey.
The route they will follow includes Margate Drive, Furnace Avenue, Reinhardt, Curtis Avenue, Seventh Street, Marley Avenue, First Street, Furnace Drive, Annapolis Drive, Seventh Street, Point Pleasant Road, Sunnybrook Drive, Oakdale Road, Genine Drive and back to Point Pleasant Road.
They will enter Cadillac Homes on Inglewood Drive and proceed to Juniper Drive, Hammerlee Road, Daffodil Road, Crown Road, back to Hammerlee to Sunset Drive and Point Pleasant to Furnace Branch Road.
Taking Furnace Branch to Country Club Drive, they will follow North Bend Terrace, North Meadow Drive, South Meadow Drive, Bonnie View Road, Thomas Road, Country Club Drive to Old Farm Road and back to Furnace Branch Road.
Santa will then proceed to Sun Valley on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, turning at Cedarcliff Drive, Leonard Drive, Cheverly Lane, Harriet Drive, Shellye Road, Kempton Road, Barbara Court, Kempton, B & A Boulevard and on to Phyllis Drive.
The final leg of the tour will proceed through Marley on Overhill Road, Normandy Drive, B & A Boulevard, Bertram Drive, Bertram Circle, back to Overhill, Marley Neck Road, First Avenue, Overhill to Marley Neck to McGowen Avenue, Summit Avenue, Forest Road, Ridge Road, Chain o' Hills Road, Queen Anne Road, B & A to McGuirk Drive, Chain o' Hills to Highland Road and then back to Station 33.
Station 33 will provide a similar service to Santa early Christmas Eve, when the Glen Burnie Improvement Association sponsors a visit through many Glen Burnie communities.
Somehow, Santa Claus also will manage to be at Point Pleasant Elementary School's Secret Workshop on Saturday. A chance to have your photo taken with the big guy is just one of many activities planned for the day.
Start the morning with breakfast with Santa. While the adults browse through the handcrafted gift items made in the area, the children can visit the secret workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., where volunteers will help them with their gift list.
The PTA sponsors the workshop to give children a chance to "secretly" purchase inexpensive gifts for family members and friends. Prices range from 25 cents to $5. All purchases may be gift-wrapped free of charge.
Santa Claus will pose for photos from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information or to volunteer for elf duty, call Hope Weber at 553-6504.
The cultural hall of the Church of the Latter-Day Saints will be transformed into an ancient city from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday night when a unique type of participation Christmas pageant, "One Blessed Night in Bethlehem," is performed.
Visitors will discover life-size replicas of a synagogue, a carpenter's shop, an inn and a manger. An open market will offer taste tests of a variety of foods common during biblical days. For the less adventurous, modern dining fare will be available.
Several videos of nativity scenes will play for the first hour of the pageant.
"At some point, a young woman, ready to give birth, will enter the 'town' with her husband. As they attempt to find shelter, the lights will dim and the play will begin," said Ann Chamber, chairwoman of the pageant.
Christmas carols will be performed by the 50 members of the children's Angel Chorus, and the audience will be invited to join the cast for a final rendition of "Silent Night."
Darren Chambers will narrate the story. Marianela and Michael Serabian will portray Mary and Joseph.
The pageant is open to the community.
"We're inviting everyone to come dressed in biblical attire. You may see an angel, a shepherd or a Roman soldier," Chamber said.
The Church of the Latter-Day Saints is located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Oakwood Road.
The Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce honored two area businesswomen and one of the largest employers in the state for their outstanding work on behalf of the association and the community at the group's end-of-the-year luncheon yesterday.