Community activities create lasting Christmas memories CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

December 07, 1992|By CINDY PARR

Many years have passed since I was a child, but I still remember the excitement as I counted down the days until it was finally Christmas.

Probably my best and most vivid memories of Christmas center on the activities leading up to the holiday.

Visits to see Santa Claus, community events, church plays, caroling and, of course, decorating, are among my most cherished memories. Now that I am a parent, I feel fortunate that I can share some of those same holiday traditions with my family.

Take time this week to check out some of the Christmas events in central Carroll. Bring a friend or a loved one and enjoy!

* The First Assembly Church of God on Cranberry Road in Westminster will set the stage for its production of "To All People" at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Christian family drama will focus on an elite family awaiting their son's holiday visit from college. The son brings home a female friend who doesn't meet the family's standards.

"This is a good family drama," says director Jean Pickens. "The parts are being played by members of the congregation.

"I think the play offers something for the whole family to enjoy. It's very Christmasy."

The play is free and open to the public. Information: 848-8982.

* The 22nd Annual Poinsettia and Greens Open House takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Union Mills Homestead.

Alloway Gardens in Littlestown, Pa., will decorate several rooms in the historic 1797 Homestead, which will be open for the public to tour free.

Fresh-cut Douglas firs, greens, poinsettias, wreaths, swags, garlands, holly, mistletoe and magnolias will be on sale in the Tannery Building and Grist Mill.

The chubby guy in the red suit will be on hand from noon to 3 both days in the mill.

Admission is free.

Information: 848-2288.

* Need a gift for Mom, Dad, sister, brother, grandparents or a teacher? Make a trip to Santa's Workshop at Sandymount Elementary School in Finksburg.

The workshop, sponsored by the Sandymount PTA, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

A gift shop featuring a large assortment of reasonably priced items -- 50 cents to $5 -- will be available for young shoppers.

While the little ones are checking gifts out in the children's area, Mom and Dad can sift through an array of small gifts in the Stocking Stuffer Workshop.

Santa will visit the school before he makes his trip back to the North Pole. Cookie the Clown also will be there to pass out balloons.

Baked goods will be on sale, as well as a variety of $1 luncheon specials.

Information: 848-6585.

* Good old-fashioned decorating will be the order of the day when some 50 seniors from the Lunch Bunch program meet with students from the Career and Technology Center to make wreaths from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Westminster Senior Center.

Five senior students from Roland Backhaus' horticulture class at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center will share their time and skills with seniors for the second time this holiday season.

"The first time we went out it was to do Thanksgiving centerpieces," said Mr. Backhaus.

"This time [students] will be doing a single-candle Christmas centerpiece with mixed greens and pine cones."

Materials for the centerpieces will be donated by the horticulture class.

For information on other senior programs, call 848-4049.

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