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35th Delta Christmas Fair is Mason-Dixon Area Open House

The communities along the Mason Dixon Line in Harford and York counties are holding a community holiday celebration this weekend.

The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Friday with Girl Scouts leading caroling to the town's center at 520 Main Street, where a tree lighting is planned. That night Delta Baptist Church at 629 Main Street will present its annual live Nativity from 7 to 8 p.m.

Santa will arrive at the tree location to greet children, and Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform. The tree is to be illuminated at 8 p.m.

During the tree ceremony, prizes will be awarded in the annual community holiday home decorating contest, which is being judged the night before.

Events scheduled for Saturday include the annual Christmas crafts show and pancake breakfast at Delta Area Community Senior Center from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and an open house at Mason-Dixon Community Services from 9 a.m. to noon; both facilities are at 5 Pendyrus Street at the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center.

As part of the senior center's event, the John S. Murphy Post 7130 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Chinese Basket Auction, featuring 25 baskets filled with holiday wares, toys and other items.

Among vendors at the center's crafts show, the Old Line Museum will sell crafts and baked goods.

Also planned for Saturday is the Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company's Christmas at the Firehouse flea market and crafts show, including meal offerings, kids' activities and Santa. It runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the 500 Main Street firehouse.

A new addition to this year will be "Spirit of Christmas," a display of area residents' Nativity scenes, to be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Slate Ridge Presbyterian Church at 1630 Chestnut Street, Cardiff. The event features live musical performances.

Harford County Public Library's Whiteford Branch at 2407 Whiteford Road, will host a children's movie marathon from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, beginning with "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Baby sitting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to aid parents shopping at Christmas Fair sites, provided by the congregation of Delta Bible Chapel on Chapel Street. Parents are asked to provide bag lunches for their children and to pre-register by calling 717-456-5789.

Mason-Dixon Lions Club will again offer live Christmas trees and wreaths for sale at a site on Dooley Road near Route 165 in Whiteford and also at 520 Main Street, Delta, open each day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Old Line Museum will serve as an information center for the Christmas Fair weekend and will be open from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

During those three days, visitors can enjoy the museum's special train display by area resident Bill Buckingham, as well as exhibits of old-time toys and of local history items and photos.

The 2013 Delta Christmas Fair is organized by Mason-Dixon Business Association. Exelon Generation and its Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station are anchor sponsors of the open house weekend.

House tour details

On Sunday, the 2013 Delta Christmas Fair will feature a Delta-Cardiff-Whiteford House Tour of seven area homes as well as a historic Coulsontown Welsh cottage from 1 to 5 p.m.

At the same time as the tour, at his Peach Bottom Township home at 318 Pikes Peak Road, artist Dave DeRan will host his annual open house and exhibit, this year entitled "Farm Works."

Open to visitors during the tour will be the Delta Borough home of Angel Lavin at 307 Main Street.

In Peach BottomTownship, the Delta Ridge dwellings of Kim and John Grubb at 92 Split Rock Drive and of the Bob Ward "Chesapeake" model at 208 Misty Hill Drive may be visited, as well as the homes of Cindy and Ben Hushon at 1122 Hollow Road and of Barbara and David Stewart at 719 Slateville Road.

In the Cardiff/Whiteford are, the residences of Michelle Workman at 1606 Main Street and of Patty and Dave Hammond at 1649 Main Street will welcome visitors.

The Welsh cottage at 34 Green Road in Peach Bottom Township's Coulsontown village represents the area's history since it was built to house an immigrant family who came to work in the area quarries in the 1800s. It has architectural features found in the industrial workers' housing of North Wales.

Cost of the house tour is $10 per person, and proceeds benefit Mason-Dixon Community Services fuel fund, as well as the restoration efforts for the Welsh cottages.

Children younger than 12 will not be admitted on the tour, and people are discouraged from wearing high-heeled or other shoes that could damage floors.

Tickets for the house tour are available in Delta at Delta Discount Grocery & More, ReConnect Café, Star Printing Company and The Tea Trolley and in Whiteford at Delta Lumber. Tickets will be sold at the Old Line Museum during the Christmas fair weekend.

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