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North Carroll: Christmas tree lighting, other holiday events on tap

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Another month has come and gone. In two days, it will be December — the last month of the year — where did it go? Seems like yesterday I was buying school supplies and getting Mya ready for the first day of fourth grade. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and enjoyed time with family and friends — the most important thing to be thankful for.

Now that the pumpkins and scarecrows, turkeys and cornucopias have been packed away for another year, the untangling of Christmas lights, the various parties and get togethers with family and friends, lots of tasty treats, holiday music in the department stores as you try to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, commences. I must admit, I already have my Christmas cards ready to go, most of my list is completed and hopefully will be wrapped soon, and I am ready for all that the holiday season has to offer (except more snow, that’s enough for now … although a light dusting on Dec. 24/25 will be acceptable).

Enjoy your time and as your organization, church, etc., is planning their holiday and New Year events, remember to send them to me…my folder is bare! I have two events in there now and I know there is soooo much more going on.

Candlelight Service

A community Christmas Candlelight Worship Service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at Shiloh United Methodist Church.

The church is located at 3100 Shiloh Road, Hampstead and all are invited. For information, contact the Rev. Barbara Allen at 410-374-4231.

Paint and Wine Night

The American Legion Riders Post 200 is hosting a Paint & Wine Night beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4.

The organization is sponsoring a local United States Air Force Veteran and her family through the holiday season and this is a fundraiser to assist with that cause.

The painting part of the evening will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a wine tasting with pairings, from 7 to 9 p.m. You will paint a patriotic snowman on a wine glass. All the proceeds will benefit the veterans’ family. There will also be a Chinese Auction with items donated by local businesses.,

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the Legion bar for purchase; space is limited.

The Legion is located at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. For information or tickets, call Shelby at 443-904-4000; MaryAnn, 443-955-8867; or Karen, 443-744-3249.

Holiday season kicks off

As mentioned in a previous column, this Friday night the Town of Hampstead will light their town Christmas tree. In addition, the sixth annual Christmas Farmers Market will be held that night from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The tree lighting will kickoff at 6:20 p.m. with Cub Scout Pack 791 singing Christmas Carols and the Spring Garden Elementary School’s Fifth Grade Instrumental Ensemble performing at 6:45 p.m.

The Mayor and Santa will arrive in style on a fire truck at 7 p.m. and while Santa visits with the children, the Manchester Valley High School Choir will perform.

I was provided a list of vendors that will be attending, and they include but are not limited to: Friday only – Old Valley Farm, Stained Glass Your Way, and the Hampstead Police Department silent auction. For Friday and Saturday, there will be CaroLove Soaps, Country Heritage, Bev’s Nuts, Hampstead Train Station and Craft Couple Birdhouses; and for Saturday only, Hiddenvale Flowers and Greek SuperFoods.

The market will be at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1205 N. Market St., Hampstead.

That weekend will also be “Hallmark in Hampstead.” On Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., participating businesses in Hampstead will offer discounts on services, raffles or free gifts at their locations. You can pick up a punch card at any participating business; receive a punch on the card for each location visited (no purchase necessary) and drop the completed punch card in any of the participating businesses. This will enter you in a drawing to be held Dec. 2 for a $100 gift card.

For more information about the activities in Hampstead, visit

Golf Fundraiser

One of the many fundraisers being held by Spring Garden Elementary School to raise funds for a new playground will be held May 18.

A golf tournament at Oakmont Green Golf Course will be held with a 7:30 a.m. tee off and a luncheon to follow.

Mark your calendars now and information regarding cost, registration, deadlines and more will follow. The golf course is located at 2290 Golf View Lane, Hampstead.


  • A Can for the Van: Nov. 28-29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. & Nov. 30, 4-8 p.m., Matthew’s Tire, 1219 N. Main St., Hampstead. Collecting food for NESAP.
  • Hampstead Preowned: Raffle tickets being sold to win a car; proceeds benefit Humane Society of Carroll County. $25 each/limited tickets sold. Tickets available: Hampstead Preowned, the Humane Society of Carroll County, and the Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital.Holiday donations: seeking items such as food and clothing; and nominations of families in need for Christmas. Hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Hampstead Preowned, 1111 S. Main St., Hampstead. Information: 410-239-8765/
  • Christmas Craft Show: Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Grace Bible Church, 3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester. Vendors, drawings, food for purchase, and more. Information: 410-374-9306/
  • Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-noon, Manchester Fireman’s Activities Building, 3297 York St., Manchester. $8/11 and older; $5/4-10; free/3 and younger. Santa photos, $7; additional photo $5.
  • Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 8, 8-11 a.m., Upperco Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building, 16020 Carnival Ave., Upperco. $8/12 and older; $5/ages 4-12; free/3 and younger. Face painting and more.
  • Red, White and Blue Fundraiser: Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 & Town of Hampstead are selling red, white and blue lights for the Hampstead Christmas tree. $5/light to honor or in memory of someone. Forms available at the Legion, 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. Tree lighting: 7 p.m. Nov. 30. Information: Stacey Nash, 443-744-1184 or

Shiela Johnson covers Hampstead, Manchester, Lineboro, and neighboring communities in northern Carroll County. She can be reached at or 410-412-6787.

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