IF YOU HAD any doubt the holiday season is upon us, today's column will set you straight. Northwest Carroll offers a cornucopia of holiday activities in the week ahead.
Catch a glimpse of the train garden built by 20 area residents, members of Trinity Lutheran Church and friends, on display from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Thunderhead Lanes, 4337 Old Taneytown Road.
Tomorrow morning, volunteers will dismantle the $1,800 display and set it up in Carrolltown Center in Eldersburg, where it will be on display through Dec. 13.
Then it will be on exhibit at Wal-Mart in Westminster from Dec. 14 to 23.
One person will win the 4-foot by 8-foot O-gauge Lionel setup, complete with buildings, mountains and accessories.
Raffle tickets are $1 and are available at area churches, wherever the garden is on display and through these sponsors: Crouse Ford in Westminster or Taneytown, Alexander Real Estate in Taneytown, S&R Home Center in Taneytown and Super 9Plus in Carrolltown Center.
The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 at Wal-Mart.
The sponsors covered almost all of the $1,800 cost of the layout, and Trinity parishioners, most of whom had little experience with model trains, constructed the set.
All of the money will benefit Carroll County Food Sunday and its food banks in Taneytown, Eldersburg and Westminster.
The Rev. John Douglas, pastor at Trinity, said the goal is to raise $5,000 for the charity.
In addition to the grand prize, winners will be eligible for a Lionel O-gauge train set, an HO-gauge train set, an N-gauge train set and two gift certificates.
Who's naughty, who's nice?
While I told you last week that Santa Claus is making several stops at Pictures-R-Us in Taneytown Shopping Center, St. Nick also plans to visit Taneytown Firemen's Carnival Grounds on Memorial Avenue at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Taneytown Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual party for area children. Santa will be available for pictures and he'll have small treats for all youngsters.
Children who can't visit Santa can send him a letter in care of Taneytown post office.
One of Santa's elves will answer any letter that includes a complete name and return address.
Looking for different holiday gifts? Here are a couple of nearby alternatives to area malls.
Piney Creek Church of the Brethren, 4699 Teeter Road, north of Taneytown, will have its Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event includes craft tables, bake tables and craft activities for children.
Refreshments will be served.
Antrim 1884 Country Inn on Trevanion Road in Taneytown will have a holiday tour and Santa's Unique Gift Shop from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Cost is $6 per person and proceeds benefit Carroll County Children's Fund Inc.
Refreshments will be served. Information: 410-756-6812.
If you want to give fruit for the holidays, Kiwanis Club of Taneytown will have its annual fruit sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Taneytown Shopping Center.
Navel and Hamlin oranges, tangelos, pink or white grapefruit and tangerines will be sold by the case or half case. Visa and MasterCard will be accepted.
Information: Gary Smith, 410-756-4673; Roger Diehl, 410-751-1400; or Donald Shantz, 410-751-1556.
Sounds of the season
Mark these concerts on the calendar.
Taneytown Community Chorus will have its annual Advent/Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St.
Taneytown Elementary School's second-grade vocal music program, "Going Buggy," will be presented at the school, 100 Kings Drive, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Runnymede Elementary School winter concert will be at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday.The school is at 3000 Langdon Drive, off Mayberry Road.
The New Windsor Middle School vocal music program will be at 1: 45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 11. The school is at 1000 Green Valley Road.
The Northwest Middle School band concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12. The school is at 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown.
Getting the business
Jack Lyburn, Carroll County's economic development director, will speak at a monthly breakfast held by local businesses at 7: 30 a.m. tomorrow at Thunderhead Lanes.
The breakfast is open to Taneytown business owners, employees and those interested in promoting economic growth in Taneytown.
Reservations: 410-756-6431 or 410-751-1100.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 12/04/97