Christmas to arrive soon on Main Street in Hampstead


November 12, 1997|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAMPSTEAD'S CHRISTMAS on Main Street will arrive soon.

The Christmas Village is taking shape at Main Street Memorial Park, as town employees work to set up a Christmas garden, a delicate wire forest of illuminated trees, and holiday symbols.

The popular holiday village is made of large frames, like trellises, covered with lights. Each trellis depicts a holiday symbol in green, red, and white lights. Symbols are many, including Santa in his sleigh and snowmen, all lining a winding trail in front of the former Hampstead Elementary School.

In this garden of lights, the reindeer will prance, snowflakes will sparkle and lots of colorful lights will shine at the Grand Illumination at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

Santa will arrive on a firetruck to help Hampstead Mayor Chris Nevin and Town Council members turn on the lights.

The illuminated garden was begun last year. It's been expanded, thanks to efforts of members of the Hampstead Business Association, the Town of Hampstead, and organized by Seth Shipley. Neighboring businesses have begun to decorate with an old-fashioned flair.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, played by Kevin and Helen Barber, will be housed at the end of the garden trail every Friday and Saturday night through Dec. 20.

A photographer will be available to take children's pictures.

Blood drive

Register now for a Red Cross Blood Drive that will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at North Carroll High School.

If your last blood donation was on or before Sept. 19, you're eligible to donate again. The student government at North Carroll High School typically sponsors a blood drive each May and this is the first time for a second drive.

About 15 seniors have been instrumental in organizing this drive, under the guidance of social studies teacher Mike Klingenberg. For him, organizing blood donations is almost a family matter. His wife, Terri Leatherwood, is the local organizer of Red Cross blood drives.

Information and registration: 410-374-9791.

Nature center dance

Sway to the country rock music of the Cold Cash Band at 9 p.m. Saturday, and you'll benefit the projects and programs of the Manchester Parks Foundation.

The dance, dubbed Blast from the Past, will be held at the firemen's activities building off York Street in Manchester.

Tickets are $7.50.

Information: 410-848-3783, 410-374-3395.

Pub Date: 11/12/97

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