Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into Strasburg

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December 04, 2003|By Lori Sears

Thomas the Tank Engine chugs into the Strasburg Rail Road in Strasburg, Pa., tomorrow through Sunday. Visitors can climb aboard the steam engine, which has been converted into a replica of Thomas, the children's storybook train. The event, "A Day Out With Thomas," features a 25-minute ride, a meeting and picture with Sir Topham Hatt, storytelling and videos, live music, arts and crafts, face painting, games and more. Trains depart every half hour, rain or shine. The first train departs at 9:45 a.m. The last train leaves at 2:45 p.m.

"A Day Out With Thomas" runs tomorrow through Sunday at the Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741 East, Strasburg, Pa. Tickets are $14. Call 866-468-7630 or visit www.strasburgrailroad.com for tickets. Or call 717-687-7522 for more information.

O.C. parade

Catch the Ocean City Christmas Parade as it marches along Coastal Highway Saturday. The holiday parade includes more than 80 floats, marching bands, equestrian units, antique cars and fire vehicles. The annual parade proceeds from 100th Street to 115th Street at the Gold Coast Mall, where it ends. After the parade, awards will be handed out to the best marching units and bands at a ceremony inside the mall. Spectators may watch the parade from the parking lot of the mall. No spectators will be permitted to stand along the median of Coastal Highway.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at 100th Street and Coastal Highway in Ocean City. For more information, call 410-289-2800 or visit www.ococean.com.

Port Deposit Candlelight Tour

Take a holiday walking tour of Port Deposit Saturday. More than 25 notable homes, churches and businesses along Main Street will be dressed for the holidays and primped for tours, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This year, the theme of the Port Deposit Candlelight Tour is the Civil War. Living history re-enactors will portray local Civil War characters.

Also, visitors can meet Erika Quesenbery, author of Snowball's Chance, see a miniature train garden, hear seasonal music, attend the annual Lion's Club Christmas Festival, have pictures taken with Santa Claus and more.

Events begin at noon Saturday at the Paw Paw Museum, 98 N. Main St., Port Deposit. Tour tickets are $10; free for ages under 5. Call 410-378-4480.

Crystal Gayle

Crystal Gayle, the country crooner with the long locks, is presenting "A Crystal Christmas," Sunday at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick. Gayle will perform Christmas favorites as well as her pop and country hits.

Gayle, the younger sister of Loretta Lynn, hit the No. 1 position on the country charts in 1977 with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." The song also reached No. 2 on the pop charts that year. Her other hits include 1978's "Talking in Your Sleep" and 1982's "You and I," a duet with the late Eddie Rabbit.

Crystal Gayle performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Tickets are $20 and $42. Call 301-228-2828 or visit www.weinbergcen ter.org.

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