Gamber fire hall invites children to eat breakfast with Santa


November 30, 1993|By MAUREEN RICE

Santa Claus is coming to town, and you can find him around the Gamber fire hall over the next few weeks.

Naughty or nice, if you're up early enough Saturday, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., you can breakfast with St. Nick in the fire hall.

Since Santa likes to spread the goodwill around, the price for children is one canned food item or more, to be given to the needy. Admission for adults is $3.50.

William Bollinger Sr., who will play the role of Santa, has done it for years. He loves it and has his own Santa outfit, right down to the gloves.

Your kids are sure to be delighted and eating may make them remember exactly what it is they want to ask Santa to leave under the tree for them this year.

Breakfast will be a simple affair because Santa is obviously the main attraction, but you may expect a filling repast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.

You also may pick up Christmas trees, freshly cut and shipped from Garrett County, along with a wreath for your front door.

A variety of trees -- including white and scotch pine -- will be available, so you can dine with Santa and then go home to get ready for his visit.

Breakfast with Santa is a joint venture of the junior and senior fire companies.

The senior fire company has another wonderful visit from Santa planned, as well.

Each year, the Gamber Fire Company sends out a fire engine, sounding the strident klaxon horns, through its "first due" area, with Santa seated atop the engine throwing goodies to the crowd. Santa's trek this season will take place on the nights of Dec. 19-22.

Gamber Fire Department's "first due" area is encircled by these points: Finksburg Plaza at Routes 91 and 140, Blizzard Lane on Route 32, Klee Mill Road just past Bartholow Road, and Irving Ruby Road on Route 32.

"I've seen them [children] running out of the house with nothing on," said Ed Kreczmer, the fire company's president.

"They must have just been having a bath and heard the truck. Mom may be yelling, but they come right on out anyway. The looks on their faces make it all worthwhile, even if you're freezing. I've been here 17 years, and we've done it every year I've been here. It's a great thing to do for the kids; they love it."


After you've enjoyed breakfast Saturday, you might proceed to the Holy Spirit Lutheran Church on Route 26 in Eldersburg to do some shopping and sightseeing at its annual Holiday Craft Fair.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you may browse and purchase an assortment of handmade crafts while your children try their luck in the "duck pond" game.

Children also may have their fingerprints taken by a policeman.

Don't miss 85-year-old Glenn E. Miller, a new Sykesville resident, make stained-glass sun catchers from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many of his metal and glass creations, including wreaths, crosses, birds, butterflies, black-eyed Susans, bells, stars and candles, will be available for sale at the fair.

The crafts, as imaginative and well-made as you have come to expect at this bazaar, will include Wendy Steihl's dried flower baskets and greeneries; Eileen Jensen and crew's hand-sewn dolls, snowmen, and stuffed animals; ornaments; "Barney" overnight bags; place mats; and wooden crafts.

Ms. Steihl and Ms. Jensen made their annual trip to Williamsburg in September, and have brought the latest in crafting styles to this fair.

If all of this isn't enough, you can expect to eat well and take home baked goodies.

You may be lucky enough to win a propane barbecue grill, stained glass table lamp (made by Mr. Miller) or coffee maker in the raffle.

Information: 795-6333.

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