Christmastown starts Friday in the merry town of Manchester


November 23, 1994|By PAT BRODOWSKI

Looking for Christmastown? Where Santa happily greets children and parents, where melodies ages old ascend from merry carolers, where the clip-clop of horses' hoofs strike a rhythm against the chatter of folks aboard the horse-drawn wagon?

This Christmastown is not an invention. It's Manchester, and it starts Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Seventeen Manchester merchants have formed this year's annual Christmas Open House, said Sharon Nizer of Tin Rooster, which specializes in country home accessories.

"It's a very festive time. We do this in the community spirit. Right from the start, our customers told us what fun it was," she said.

In addition to the Tin Rooster, shops open that evening:

* Straight Line Fence, which has opened a Christmas shop to complement its stock of Christmas trees;

* Flowers In Harmony;

* Dutch Corner Restaurant;

* Ken's Appliances;

* Martin's Jewelers;

* Main Street Photographics;

* Manchester Pharmacy;

* JMS Ceramics and Gifts;

* Miller's Market;

* Maurer and Miller Meats;

* Ron's Sewing Machines;

* Manchester Supply Co. and Warm Touches Crafts (in the same building);

* Rohrbaugh Charter Bus Service;

* And two new shops in Manchester, Whelan's Satellites and Lil' Rascals Arcade.

"We're offering taxi service by horse-drawn wagon. Everyone will get a nice ride all through town, with two stops, one in the town parking lot by the post office, and the other at Ron's Sewing Machines." Mrs. Nizer said.

"The horse and wagon taxi will operate even in a light snow. That makes it extra special.

"Just about everyone offers refreshments and in-store specials," Mrs. Nizer said, adding that the festive spirit remains when some merchants continue their open houses Saturday.

"Our enthusiasm springs from the community to continue this every year."

The Trinity Singers from Trinity United Church of Christ will stroll the streets, singing carols.

"These folks actually volunteer to come out," Mrs. Nizer said. "That's real nice. The sense of community spirit is what this is all about. What the open house brings to Manchester is for everyone to come out and enjoy that small-town feeling that seems to have gone by the wayside these days.

"The Open House is like having a large party and all of your friends come. People come and say, 'We're glad you're there.' The best part is, it's so much fun, it's not like work."

Information: Tin Rooster, 239-6155.


A forest of freshly cut Christmas trees will sprout this week at Robert's Field Shopping Center. For the third year, Cub Scout Pack 790 will sell the trees evenings and weekends from Nov. 26 until all the trees are gone.

Cubs and parents from Pack 790 ventured to the Taneytown-area JCK Tree Farm to select each tree Saturday. The trees will be cut this week and sold for $20 each. Proceeds benefit the pack's activities.

Look for the green shed (donated for use by Straight Line Fence of Manchester) near Ace Hardware to find the Cub Scouts and their trees, Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Even Santa Claus goes to the annual Arts and Crafts Show by the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary. The show will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Santa Claus will arrive at noon to pose for photographs.

Only handcrafted items will be sold by the 60 vendors.

"We're sold out" of spaces, said organizer Treasa Markle. "It's great for the fire company."

The sale promises unusual items. Choose from wooden yard ornaments, novelty items for golfers, stained glass, yarn wreaths and beaded jewelry, as well as quilts, wood paintings, ladies' apparel, tree ornaments, dried flowers, dolls, ceramics, china and plaster craft.

Food is served from the auxiliary kitchen all day, from hot dogs and ham sandwiches to soup and pies and cakes. Door prizes are announced every hour. Admission is free. Information: Treasa Markle, 374-5088.


Fishermen, put away the pole and pull on the work gloves to join the Reservoir Anglers Association in its annual reservoir cleanup Dec. 11.

For the third year, fishermen will clean the shores of Loch Raven Reservoir to demonstrate their appreciation that the waters remain open for fishing.

The fishing season has been extended this year until Dec. 31 at Liberty and Pretty Boy reservoirs.

This year's Loch Raven cleanup is Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet north of the Warren Road bridge, between Merrymans' Mill Road and Poplar Hill Road. Anglers will provide bags and assistance to all area fishermen who help.

According to Robert Standiford, cleanup organizer, what the group annually packs into more than 100 bags is far from just stray fishing line and bait buckets. There's plenty of fly-away trash and some incongruous items as well.

"Loch Raven seems to get the most use, but not only by fishermen. One year we took out a water heater thrown on the bank, and twice we've removed washing machines," Mr. Standiford said.

"Our cleanups have worked out real well. In the past two years, we've picked up about 100 bags each time," he said.

"The way the weather's been, we hope for a good turnout this year," he said.

Information: Robert Standiford, 876-7206.

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