Northern Harford, Southern PA celebrates Christmas

November 30, 2011

The local Mason-Dixon Line area welcomes residents and visitors to a community-wide open house at the 33nd annual Delta Christmas Fair this weekend.

Hosted by Delta Borough, the event Friday through Sunday involves businesses, churches, organizations and an artist in Delta Borough, Peach Bottom Township, Cardiff and Whiteford offering a variety of exhibits, special rates, refreshments and door prizes.

A Delta-Cardiff-Whiteford Holiday House Tour is slated for 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, featuring five local structures.

Kick-off to the holiday festivities will be caroling processions at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, from either end of Delta, which will progress to the borough's tree site at Slate Quarry Fine Furniture, 520 Main St.

A live Nativity can be viewed 7 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 629 Main St.

Santa Claus will arrive to greet youngsters at the tree, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, people will sing holiday songs and carols and dignitaries will be present as the Delta Christmas tree is illuminated at 8 p.m.

Members of the Mason-Dixon Lions Club will provide treats for kids, and winners of the Delta Holiday House Decorating Contest will be announced.

Delta-Peach Bottom Elementary School's PTS hosts Santa's Workshop at the school at 1081 Atom Road, Delta, 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday for youngsters who wish to shop by themselves for inexpensive gifts.

Special events Saturday include Delta Area Community Senior Center's annual crafts show and pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5 Pendyrus St. in Delta, and DCW Business Organization's DCW Christmas Village, at 2419 Whiteford Road in Whiteford, where Santa, crafts-making, a kids' gift shop, vendors, food sales and live music will be presented.

"Christmas at the Firehouse" will be a flea market/crafts sale at Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company's station at 500 Main St. in Delta, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

An historic Coulsontown stone cottage at 28 Green Road, Delta, off Ridge Road, once the home of a Welsh quarryman and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to visitors 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday

From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, artist Dave DeRan opens his studio-home on Pikes Peak Road, Delta, to Christmas Fair visitors and other guests 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday to display "Spots, Dots and Pointelles," his latest watercolors, acrylics and oils. People visiting his exhibit can enjoy live bluegrass music and refreshments.

Concluding the Delta Christmas Fair weekend is the annual Christmas concert by Cor Cymraeg Rehoboth, Delta's Welsh church's concert choir. Set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the chapel at Main Street/Atom Road and Pendyrus Street, Delta, the renowned choir will sing traditional Welsh and international seasonal numbers.

Mason-Dixon Lions Club sells trees and wreaths near the Dooley Road/Route 165 intersection each day of the Christmas Fair.

During the weekend, the Old Line Museum at 602 Main St. will have information about activities, including the Coulsontown tour. In addition to its regular exhibits of local history, the museum features for the three-day fair special displays of a Plastic-ville train garden, other toy trains and Santas. Visitors will enjoy seeing an historic slate clock and other artifacts, and they may purchase and have signed Mary Boomsma's Andy's Peach Bottom Railroad Adventures.

Museum hours are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Fair brochures describing activities are available at many area merchants, restaurants and the museum.

The 33rd annual Delta Christmas Fair is sponsored by Delta Borough Council at no cost to participants.

This year's Delta-Cardiff-Whiteford Holiday House Tour is set for Sunday. Tickets are $10 per person, and profits will benefit Mason-Dixon Community Services' fuel fund to assist area people with economic need.

Guides will be at each site to check tickets and narrate details of the houses' histories and decors.

As people visit the various homes along Main and Chestnut streets in the towns, they will enjoy viewing the many structures cataloged in the National Register of Historic Places. They will also see the use of the region's slate cut from local quarries in house foundations, roofs, sidewalks, walls and gutters.

Houses included in the Dec. 4 tour include:

*1622 Main St., Cardiff—Chelly and David Weimann and their children repeat the tour hospitality of previous owners in 1990 by opening their entire home. Built in 1902, and again after a fire in 1910, the house today has country "functional Victorian" furnishings. Garland surrounds the pocket-door archway between living and dining rooms, and the tree decorated with family ornaments is near the table set for holiday guests. The kitchen, den, four bedrooms and two baths will all bear holiday touches.

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