Westminster family decks the house CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

December 21, 1992|By CINDY PARR

With all the hoopla of a Hollywood movie, the Lockard family of Westminster has produced one of the county's most decorated homefronts this Christmas season.

For the past two years, the family home on Old Westminster Pike has "lit up" the neighborhood with Christmas lights and larger-than-life homemade decorations, including Santa's sleigh and his reindeer, the Snowman Family, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Christmas carolers and a covered wagon loaded with gifts.

Probably the most amazing spectacle in the yard is the huge pine tree that gets its sparkle from about 1,400 lights and a shining star at its tip-top.

"That's our pride and joy," said Mina Lockard, the family matriarch. "The tree is about 100 feet tall. My two sons-in-law got up in the tree to do the lights and the star."

Mrs. Lockard said her family has lived in the house for about 200 years, but it was her children who originated the idea of dressing it up for the Christmas season.

"We decorated last year, but this is the first year we have done this much," Mrs. Lockard said. "My one daughter saw a picture of a decorated home in a farm magazine, and we just decided to do this. It's a family thing. The family just likes to decorate."

In addition to the animated scene designed by the Lockards, a special visitor comes by each evening from 6 to 9 to greet those who pass by to take in the Christmas sights.

"With the decorations, we thought it would look good if we had Santa Claus out there," said Mrs. Lockard. "Santa even gets some help from two little elves. They all like to do it for the kids and because they have fun."

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If the true meaning of Christmas has been lost in the hustle and bustle of the season, then treat yourself and your family to a dramatic reminder.

Tomorrow, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Westminster Baptist Church will create a live Nativity walk-through. The church's youth choir will act out six scenes from the Christmas story.

"There will be a little singing, with the Angel of the Lord doing a rap song. We will try to send people through in groups of five or six," said Rae Sparrow, youth choir director. "The kids seem to be excited about the show. They are into their parts. This gives them a way to participate and gives them a sense that these were real people."

The public is invited. Information: 848-6330.

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At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Noah's Ark Children's Center will present its Christmas program for family and friends at Clearfield Bible Church on Old Westminster Pike in Westminster.

Sixteen children will perform the Christmas story in song. Following the program, refreshments will be served.

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The Carroll County Education Center will hold a Christmas Activity Day at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Working with the theme "Christmas Around The World," students will spend the morning sharing what they have learned about how Christmas is celebrated in different countries.

More than 50 students will participate in activities involving music, artwork and dance.

Robin Shamer, who teaches music at the school, said a number of different countries will be addressed through a variety of activities.

"We will be talking about Israel, and the students will do the hora dance. For Italy, we will be displaying artwork of the Madonna and child in a mosaic, and we will also be doing a mosaic of St. Nick for England," she said.

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