To escape season's frenetic pace, visit the Christmas Open House


November 26, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THIS IS THE season when hustle and bustle seem to be the conditions of life. But not everyone enjoys the harried feeling that often goes with holiday preparations.

If you need to take some time to catch your breath and experience a slower pace -- even if only for a short while -- bring the family to downtown Sykesville for the annual Christmas Open House.

Sponsored by the Sykesville Business Association, the open house will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. The town will be decked for the holidays, and businesses will be open late for browsing, shopping or just chatting.

The Sykesville-Freedom Volunteer Fire Department will provide transportation for Santa when he arrives at 6 p.m. Santa will stroll along Main Street and assist in lighting the town Christmas tree about 6: 15 p.m.

Santa will take up residence in the town caboose about 7 p.m. and will be available for visits and photos until 9 p.m. The Sykesville & Patapsco Railway has new model train displays in the Pullman car and an expanded outdoor display. The group is raffling a Lionel train set. The drawing is set for Dec. 14.

Carolers from nearby Friendship Baptist Church and Cub Scout Troop 716 will serenade visitors. St. Paul's United Methodist Church will serve hot dogs, barbecue, homemade soup, hot chocolate, coffee and soft drinks.

Besides the open house, the business association is sponsoring a drive to collect nonperishable food, new toys and new clothing drive for the countywide "Neighbors in Need" project. There will be several designated drop-off spots around town.

Information: 781-6629.

Holiday craft show

I love holiday traditions. To me, there's something very dear about observing special events year after year. My sister, Mom and I have enjoyed a Piney Run tradition for the past five years or so.

The Nature Center at Piney Run Park is taking registration for its Country Holiday Crafts scheduled Dec. 7. These workshops and demonstrations are sure to put you in a festive mood. Members of the nature center may register beginning today; nonmembers may register beginning Dec. 2.

The morning workshops run from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. or noon. Workshops in flower pot candles, paper angels, kitchen wreath, door swag or an everlasting wreath will be led by nature center employees and volunteers.

Afternoon workshop selections include: natural ornaments, wild bird wreath, woodland garden angels, blooming candle centerpiece or a bird feeding tin.

A friendly lunch of chili or soup, along with homemade breads and desserts, is available at noon for a fee. Workshops cost $6 to $17.

To register, 795-6043.

'Babes in Toyland'

If you're looking for a family treat, look no further than the auditorium at Liberty High School on Dec. 1.

The Freedom Elementary School PTA is sponsoring a production of "Babes in Toyland." The musical presentation is performed by Theater Works of New York.

Doors open at 2: 30 p.m., and the performance begins at 3 p.m. Admission is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Information: 751-3525.

Pub Date: 11/26/96

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