Light shows announce holiday season

November 19, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Lights are on everywhere. Even before Thanksgiving dinner is cooked, light displays are announcing the Christmas season.

Anne Arundel Medical Center officials will flip the switch Friday to open "Lights on the Bay," a holiday light show at Sandy Point State Park with more than 50 displays on a 2 1/2 -mile drive. The displays will be lighted from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 3. The entrance is $12 for cars, $50 for buses. Information: 410-295-3161.

The Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City is already open. The display has more than 800 animated and stationary displays -- including a fishing Santa Claus -- and a train ride to view them. The show at Northside Park, Bayside at 126th St. runs from 5: 30 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 4.

Admission to the display is free, but train rides are $2. Information: 1-800-OC OCEAN.

Yacht club's parade

The Chart House restaurant in Annapolis is offering fans of Eastport Yacht Club's Lights Parade a place to watch the show, a meal and a chance to raise money for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The event, in which local boat owners decorate their vessels with holiday lights and parade along the Annapolis harbor after dark, is scheduled for Dec. 12.

The restaurant with the panoramic view of the harbor from the foot of Second Street in the Eastport section of town is sponsoring a $100-a-plate dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the night of the parade, with the money going to the foundation.

Patrons must reserve tables by Nov. 30.

Information: 410-268-7742, Ext. 208.

Crafts workshop

Families can learn how to make Christmas crafts the old-fashioned way from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday at a hands-on workshop at the Charles Carroll House, 107 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis.

The St. Mary's Elementary School Chldren's Choir will perform between noon and 1 p.m.

Children can learn to make rag dolls, tussie mussies and pomander citrus balls -- 18th-century air fresheners -- garlands and corn-husk dolls. They also can use a quill pen to sign a miniature Declaration of Independence, enjoy Celtic storytelling, music and other Colonial-era activities.

Parents can make a living wreath from boxwood prunings.

The $5 admission charge for children pays for one child's craft.

Reservations: 410-269-1737.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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