Farm museum ushers in the holidays with decorations, Santa, Christmas tree


November 21, 1994|By CINDY PARR

There's a chill in the air, and with it comes the first real feel of the holiday season.

On Thursday, Thanksgiving will bring many families together.

Tables will be filled with wonderful foods -- turkey, dressing, vegetables, salads, fruits, breads, pies and cakes.

Televised football games will command the attention of most sports fans, while those less interested will catch a nap or linger over a second piece of pumpkin pie.

As the day comes to an end, thoughts will turn to the beginning of the Christmas holiday.

The Carroll County Farm Museum will get us in the spirit with its Old-Fashioned Style Holiday beginning Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout the next week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 3, visitors can enjoy decorations on the Farm Museum grounds and in the farmhouse.

You won't want to miss the old-fashioned wicker sleigh full of holiday greenery on the lawn or the traditional wreaths and lighted candles in each farmhouse window.

The path to the farmhouse will be aglow as luminaries made of Mason jars and candles light the way.

In the gazebo behind the farmhouse, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree will glow with old-time seasonal lights and ornaments.

Wagon rides will take visitors on tours of the museum grounds both weekends.

The Living History Center will feature artisans demonstrating traditional skills.

The Farm Museum will welcome Santa Claus to greet visitors in the museum's broom shop.

Stop at the summer kitchen to buy holiday goodies or the bake oven room to purchase a miniature gingerbread house.

On your way out, browse the administration building, where poinsettias will be on sale.

Admission for the Old-Fashioned Holiday is $1.

Information: 876-2667 or 848-7775.


The second annual Community Thanksgiving will be held Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, on Monroe Street in Westminster.

The dinner is sponsored by Shepherd's Staff, a nonprofit organization formed by local churches to provide a social ministry in the community.

More than 23 churches and businesses in Carroll County have donated money, food and time to help make this year's event as successful as last year.

Virginia Stoner, organizer of the community dinner, said, "Last year we had between 250 and 300 people attend. This year we are preparing for 400 to 450 people."

Thanksgiving dinner will be served to anyone who wants to share the fellowship and feast of the holiday.

The dinner will include turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, yam and apple casserole, rolls, butter, desserts and beverages.

Transportation to the dinner will be provided for people living in Westminster.

Transportation pickups will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

Stops will be made at Westminster Elementary School, Union National Bank at Pennsylvania and Main streets, Timber Ridge Reception Center at Timber Ridge Drive, and the Sherwood Square parking lot at Locust House.

For information or to make a donation, call 239-3689 or 848-2659.


Sock hops are always a lot of fun and if you have a fourth- or fifth-grader who enjoys dancing, Friday from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. they will want to be at Westminster United Methodist Church.

Cadette Girl Scout Troop 502 is sponsoring the dance and a disc jockey will provide the music.

Tickets are $4 per student and can be purchased at the door.

Door prizes will be awarded, and hot dogs and sodas will be for sale.

Information: 876-8106.

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