St. Nick is coming to town. Mark your calendar for Dec. 2, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., when the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Route 97 in Glenwood, will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Breakfast with Saint Nicholas and a St. Nick gift shop are on the agenda. Kids are encouraged to give their wish list to St. Nicholas and grown-ups can enjoy the holiday wreaths which are for sale. Breakfast, crafts, a Christmas shop and photo opportunities will be available. Admission is $7 for those 10 years and older and $5 for children under the age of 10.
The Pink Cabbage is the setting for a holiday Open House on Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gift emporium is at the intersection of Route 144Frederick and Triadelphia roads. The “cabbagers,” as the workers are known, work for weeks decorating the shop, which is chock full of fantastic new and vintage items. Specials of the day include discounts galore, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and spirits.
Sally and Shannon Stevens, the bead and jewelry artisans of Sunroom Studios will present a show at the Howard County Conservancy on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aside from demonstrations, Sally promises a sale table for “your shopping pleasure.” The Conservancy website, www.hcconservancy.org lists a huge array of holiday happenings.
A Holiday Open House at the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club in West Friendship will be held on Dec. 2 and 3 and on Dec. 9 and 10, from noon to 3 p.m. A train garden, refreshments, tours of the museum, antique displays of Christmas time in days gone by and festive decorations are all part of the fun. The museum is at 12985 Frederick Road. There is no admission for this family-friendly event.
Mark your calendar for Dec. 9 and 10, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., when the Greccio Living Nativity will be in place at the Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road. Join the Franciscan Friars, along with the members of the St. Louis Catholic Church Youth Ministry, as they commemorate the birth of Jesus in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi in the little town of Greccio, Italy. Legend has it that the Christmas Creche or Nativity Scene, as it is commonly called, began in Italy in 1223 when St. Francis of Assisi re-created the Bethlehem scene at Greccio. The service of prayers, Christmas carols, and a living Nativity will take place in the Red Barn (in the Chapel if there is inclement weather). Following the Nativity, guests are invited to enjoy refreshments of hot cocoa and cookies. A free event for all in the family.
The bright and beautiful and graceful members of the Ballet Mobile group will perform “The Nutcracker” for residents of Heartlands in Ellicott City on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. This traveling ballet group brings the beauty of dance and music to folks all around the county. Bravo.
Holiday Mart celebrates its 41st year with the craft event held again at the Glenwood Community Center on Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 130 juried artisans and vendors. Admission is $5. Seems like yesterday when the first Holiday Mart was held at Wilde Lake High School.