December 26, 2008
If there is such a thing as Santa Claus, then the Ravens had better hope he delivers them the perfect late gift Sunday night. That present would be a first-round playoff game against anyone but the New England Patriots. Of course, we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here, because the Ravens haven't beaten the Jacksonville Jaguars yet to earn a playoff berth. But that's a formality. In those famous words of a song written by the late James Brown, "Please, Please, Please," don't bring on the Patriots.
December 2, 2005
Letters to S.A.N.T.A. has a North Pole setting, a missing-Santa mystery, dancing reindeer, singing elves, a glamorous Mrs. Claus and a mean mother-in-law. It also has 29 contributing writers. The play, running weekends, tonight through Dec. 17, at Howard Community College, is the latest original production by the school's Student-Alumni Arts group. As with four previous productions, the actors spent several weeks doing improvisation to develop characters and scenes. But unlike previous shows, this one started with some central themes regarding Christmas.
December 16, 2004
New York City in a day? It's hard to imagine, what with all there is to do. However, if you ride with one of several local luxury bus companies that leave from the Baltimore area, you can begin your journey stress-free. In about three hours, you will be enjoying the sights and sounds in Manhattan. Holiday shopping, fabulous shows, ice skating in Rockefeller Center and viewing the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center are a few reasons to make the day trip. What to do Rockefeller Center (Fifth Avenue to Seventh Avenue, between 47th and 51st streets)
December 22, 2003
Gene Poligardo, who has played Santa for at least 10 years, rode the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department's firetruck, with Mrs. Claus, collecting food for the needy Dec. 11-17. "It makes my Christmas season when I put that Santa suit on," he said. "To me, it puts the whole spirit back into it [to] see not only the kids but the parents jumping up and down and very appreciative." At each stop, Poligardo said, he and Mrs. Claus (Debbi Peddicord) got off the truck, talked to children and gave them candy canes.
February 19, 2003
In the Knickerbocker snowstorm of January 1922, Maryland's biggest ever until this week, Bill Jasper remembers great electric arcs flashing like fireworks when the streetcar trolley hit a patch of ice on the power line. His dad, Will Jasper, was a motorman on the No. 19 streetcar line on Harford Road from Hamilton Avenue, the city's boundary, then, to Charles and Wells streets. Bill is 87 now. He and his wife, Vi, live at Oak Crest Village retirement community in Parkville, where they weathered Maryland's biggest storm ever the past few days.
December 24, 2001
Nine reindeer wait patiently on Mark Obermiller's lawn in Scottsburg, Ind., with the whine of a jet engine rising in the background. Behind them, Santa sits on a white sleigh and can be heard running through a preflight checklist with Rudolph: "Master switch on - check." "Transponder on and set to 1200 - check." "Cloaking device set to engage on takeoff - check." "Roll turbines - check." "On Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, on Vixen, on Comet, on Cupid, on Donner, on Blitzen - and away!"