Christmas weekend in Delta, Pa.

Ahead of Sunday's snow, Delta had a big holiday weekend, with a slew of businesses, public entities and churches in the Pennsylvania village opening their doors to visitors and area residents getting into the Christmas season.

A number of businesses and institutions on the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line in the northern Harford County communities of Cardiff, Pylesville and Whiteford also had events and special sales for the 35th Annual Delta Christmas Fair.

William Buckingham of Delta set up his train garden at the Old Line Museum on Main Street, as he has done for about 15 years.

The Old Line Museum was established in a former bank building during the 1970s, and is filled with artifacts representing local and regional history, including that of the Welsh immigrants who brought their talents for mining and then making objects out of slate.

Buckingham's trains went around two oval tracks, through a tiny town with shops, a water tower and a town hall. Additional scenes, such as a farm and an airport, had been set up on a glass case next to the main train tracks.

"I try to find something a little different each year to add onto it," Buckingham said.

The borough's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony was held as scheduled Friday evening, despite rainy weather, which Buckingham said kept a large number of people from visiting the train garden.

He said attendance was better Saturday, with the weather outside being crisp, clear and cold.

Children could be seen outside on Main Street, running and riding bicycles.

"Today I've had several kids come in and look around," Buckingham said.

The eighth annual "Christmas at the Firehouse," held in the fire hall at the Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Company on Main Street, featured 31 vendors for the flea market, which Maxine Moul, chair of "Christmas at the Firehouse," called "a record for the firehouse."

Moul said the vendors, a number of whom were Amish vendors from Pennsylvania, came from throughout the region, including York County, Pa., and Harford and Cecil counties in Maryland.

"We've sold out of most of our foods," she said. "We have a couple things left but almost everything's gone."

Marie Talley, of Tastefully Simple, a direct-sales company, made the trip from Bel Air to operate a table Saturday. This year was her second taking part in "Christmas at the Firehouse."

She sold food, gift sets and "easy-to-make appetizers, deserts and soups."

"Today was fantastic," Talley said. "It was a very nice flow of people and a very nice group. Everyone's definitely holiday shopping."

Leanna Steele, of Whiteford, operated her table next to Talley's, selling sterling-silver jewelry through Silpada, also a direct-sales company.

This year was her first at "Christmas at the Firehouse."

"I'm definitely coming back next year," she said.

Lyndsay Smith, 9, of Whiteford, wandered by Steele's table with her parents, Paul and Katrina Smith.

Lyndsay checked out a variety of bracelets and earrings at the encouragement of Steele.

"Yes, a lot," she responded when asked if she liked the jewelry.

Paul Smith said he and his family checked out the Delta Christmas Fair Saturday afternoon after picking up a Christmas tree in Norrisville.

"We were just driving through, and my wife wanted to stop by," he said. "Just one of those things you do around Christmas."

Smith and his wife said they enjoyed driving through the area and visiting local merchants.

"We just moved to the area, so we're just trying to get out and see things," Katrina Smith explained. "We like going to local craft fairs and local farmers markets and supporting local businesses."

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