Christmases past and present Nostalgia is a hallmark of seasonal events around Maryland

November 29, 1992|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Staff Writer O: DAYTRIPPING

A treasury of Christmas memories -- that's what's in store for holiday trippers this season, as many of Maryland's yuletide events take on nostalgic themes. Evening walks in candlelit towns, warming toasts of hot mulled cider, horse-drawn carriage rides, and cherry-nosed carolers singing in the square -- these are the makings of memorable Christmases past.

Beginning this weekend, Maryland's historic sites are ready and waiting to present their seasonal offerings of open-house celebrations, candlelight tours, musicales, Christmas feasts and other festivities. Children, too, will have their fun with special museum programs, wagon rides, puppet shows and visits with Santa.

Be sure to set aside time now to enjoy some of these events and capture your own Christmas memories. Here's the schedule:

THROUGH DEC. 6

Christmas Theme Tours at Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. The theme of Christmas memories encourages visitors to remember celebrations and traditions in their own families as they tour the decorated rooms of the 1800s farmhouse with costumed guides. Santa pays daily visits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the museum also features open hearth cooking and gingerbread making, crafts demonstrations, wagon rides for a small fee, and holiday foods. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily except Wednesdays and Saturdays, when hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission: $1.50 for adults; 75 cents for ages 6 to 18; free for under age 6 with adult. Details: (410) 876-2667.

DEC. 4-5

Solomons Christmas Walk, Solomons. A walk through this Chesapeake Bay village is illuminated by candlelight both evenings and enlivened by carolers and a live nativity scene. Visits with Santa, seasonal music and storytelling at Calvert Marine Museum on Saturday. Hours: Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Museum admission: $5 for adults; $3 for children. Details: (410) 326-2549 or (410) 326-2042.

State House by Candlelight, Annapolis. An open-house celebration with candlelight and holiday music, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free. Details: (410) 974-3400.

DEC. 4-6, 11-13

Ballestone Manor Holly Tour, Rocky Point Golf Course, Back River Neck Road, Essex. Costumed guides lead candlelight tours through the manor house. Tour concludes with homemade cookies and hot cider by the fireside; musical entertainment; visits by Santa; and a dollhouse village exhibit. Hours: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: $2.50 for adults; 50 cents for those under 16. Details: (410) 686-5821 or (410) 887-0218.

DEC. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 AND 20

Candlelight Christmas in Fells Point, Baltimore. A town crier announces the events of the evening: a tree lighting ceremony in the village square; complimentary tea with fireside readings from Dickens at the Admiral Fell Inn; a lamp-lighter's tour; Christmas activities at the Robert Long House; horse-drawn carriage rides; pipers and drummers; the Royal Brass, a brass quartet; caroling on Market Square; a children's breakfast with Old St. Nick; and performances of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at the Corner Theatre. Daytime hours vary; evening hours: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Special events on Dec. 5 include a holiday house tour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a parade of lighted boats along the Fells Point waterfront. Most events are free. Details: (410) 327-8360.

DEC. 5

Christmas at Mount Clare Mansion, Carroll Park. Ride the special trains from the B&O Railroad Museum to Carroll Park to see the 1760 home of Charles Carroll dressed in its Christmas finery and illuminated by candlelight. There will also be 18th-century music and dancing,Christmas greens, and gourmet items and handcrafts for sale in the stable. Hours: noon to 5 p.m. Decorations remain through Dec. 31, hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Closed Mondays and Dec. 25. Admission: $3 for adults; $2 for seniors; 50 cents for children. Details: (410) 837-3262.

Museums by Candlelight, Frederick. Ten historic sites throughout the city and county offer holiday programs that recall the traditions of yesteryear with costumed hostesses, musical entertainment, refreshments, exhibits, cooking demonstrations and history presentations. Hours: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free, but donations accepted. Details: (301) 663-8687.

Antietam National Battlefield Illumination, Sharpsburg. The battlefield glows with light from 23,110 luminarias in remembrance of the casualties of the battle in 1862. Hours: 5:30

p.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Details: (301) 432-5124.

DEC. 5 AND 6

Holiday Candlelight House Tours, Frederick. Tour of eight private homes in Frederick's historic district at Frederick City Hall. Hours: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission: $15. Details: (301) 663-8687 or (800) 999-3613.

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