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Savage to light historic bridge for first time ever Dec. 7

By Amanda Yeager, ayeager@tribune.com

11:30 AM EST, December 5, 2013

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This Saturday, Dec. 7, Savage's historic Bollman Bridge will be decked out in Christmas lights for the first time ever, as part of the town's "Miracle on Foundry Street" event.

The lighting ceremony will begin at 5 p.m., and then the festivities will move to the Carroll Baldwin Hall on Foundry Street for refreshments and music by Hammond High School singers and brass ensemble.

There will also be carols and a community Christmas tree lighting with Santa at Baldwin Common, on 9035 Baltimore St. The event lasts until 7 p.m.

Visitors will have a chance to learn about Savage's history as the location of a Christmas ornament manufacturing plant, and can end the evening with a drive past houses decked out in lights, wreaths and other decorations as part of the town's Holiday Decor Galore contest.

The event, sponsored by the Savage Mill in cooperation with Savage Community Association, the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks and Howard County Tourism, will be held rain or shine.

Organizers urge visitors to arrive early and assemble in the small parking lot to the right of the Bollman Bridge. The police will close Foundry Street at 5 p.m. and participants will be able to move onto the traffic bridge in order to observe the lighting. Participants are encouraged to use the Mill's back parking lot and walk through the Mill to get to the assembly area on Foundry Street.

Individuals with mobility impairments can park near Baldwin Hall and can view all of the events from the corner of Foundry and William Streets.