West Carroll: Christmas events coming up all around the area

My family has been blessed in so many ways in 2018. Most importantly, we were blessed with enough. Enough warmth so we wouldn’t be cold, enough laughter to balance out the tears, and enough food so we wouldn’t go hungry.

I know for many there wasn’t enough. Finding warmth and enough to eat was a very real, day to day struggle. Whenever we went shopping, we always bought a little extra and took it to the “little free food pantry” located in front of Taneytown Elementary School. We felt good about sharing and making a difference.

When you make your Christmas list, consider adding a local food bank. Donate what you can, it just may make your heart “grow three sizes.” Local food banks for the West Carroll area include St. Paul United Methodist Church, 200 Main St., New Windsor, open Wednesday 5:30 to 7 p.m, Food Pantry and Carpenters Table held every Thursday at St Joseph’s Church, 44 Frederick Street, Taneytown, and St. James Lutheran Church, 14 S. Benedum St. Union Bridge.

Live Nativity at Grace UCC slated for Dec.15

Grace United Church of Christ will present its Live Nativity, Saturday, Dec. 15, 7 p.m. on the church grounds, 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown. The event includes a narration of the birth of the baby Jesus with live actors and live farm animals. Music and vocals will be provided by the Grace UCC choir and children's choir. There will be a community sing-along, followed by free refreshments in the parish hall at the conclusion of the program. For more information or in case of inclement weather, call 410-908-6820.

Terra Rubra Lions Club to host Santa visit

An elf has whispered in my ear that Santa Claus is coming to Keymar! He will visit the Terra Rubra Lions Club activities building, 6300 Middleburg Road, Keymar, between 1 and 3 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 15. Bring your wish list and stop by to chat with Santa and have your picture taken with him. Treats for the kids and light refreshments will be included. This event is sponsored by the Terra Rubra Lions Club. For more information call 443-789-2694 or 410-775-7824. There is no fee for this event.

Taneytown tree lighting ceremony slated for Dec. 8

The Taneytown Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. at the Taneytown Police Station. Join us for a 5:30 p.m. Relay For Life Luminaria, a 6 p.m. surprise visitor, holiday songs performed by the Taneytown Elementary Chorus & Runnymede Elementary Chorus, with refreshments served by Silver Oak Academy.

Santa Claus is Coming to New Windsor

The sound of sleigh bells filled the air Monday when Santa Claus was sited making several stops in the New Windsor area. With the help of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, Santa Claus will be making several more stops in New Windsor communities to check in with kids, young and old!

Wednesday, Dec. 12, expect Santa to tour down Atlee Ridge, Hallowell Lane, Clear Ridge Road, and the Uniontown area. Wednesday, Dec. 19, Santa will visit one last time. Watch for him in the town of New Windsor, Blue Ridge Manor, Springdale Village, and The Reserves at New Windsor.

If any of the scheduled visits are canceled due to inclement weather (rain or snow), Santa will reschedule his visit for December 20.

Taneytown Senior Center to host annual Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas Bazaar at the Taneytown Senior Center, 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown, is now open 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, through this Friday, Dec. 7. Come out to peruse a variety of holiday crafts, yard sale items, and a Chinese auction. For more information, contact Jennifer at 410-386-2700.

Holiday of Trees runs through Dec. 15

Don’t forget to stop by the Taneytown Branch of the New Windsor State Bank, 222 East Baltimore Street, to cast your vote for your favorite tree, wreath or centerpiece. If you find an absolute favorite you must have, bid on it (kids ask your parents to bid)! Proceeds benefit the Taneytown Heritage and Museum. For more information contact Fairy Flickinger at 410-756-2245.

I am always looking for West Carroll events. If you have upcoming events you’d like to see written about in my column, send me an email!

Gabrielle Schoeffield covers Taneytown, Union Bridge, New Windsor and neighboring communities. Reach her at gabrielle.copeland.schoeffield@gmail.com.

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