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A Dickens Christmas at Jerusalem Mill Village

The quaint Jerusalem Mill Village is home to many special events which enable visitors to go back in time, so to speak, and experience a slice of life from the 1770's to the 1930's.

From historical events to everyday life long ago, JMV, as their website states, is "a perfect setting for living history interpretation and storytelling".  From Summer Picnic Concerts to Vintage Baseball to the Colonial Craftsman Weekend (and so much more), JMV visitors know the historic village to be an ideal location for enjoying and learning about the past in the present.

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Seasonally speaking, it is the perfect setting to recreate "A Dickens Christmas Village." You will be transported back to merry old England as you listen to music from Fezziwig's Ball performed by Novus Luna. Warm up by the yule log and listen to the Village Carolers.

You may bump into Charles Dickens, himself, and his wife, Katherine, at the General Store, where he'll read the well-loved "A Christmas Carol" at 2 p.m.

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For the children to enjoy, there's a Christmas make-and-take craft in the visitor's center for a small donation. Of course, the Dickens Christmas Village would not be complete without the Cratchit family. Watch them prepare a Christmas dinner on the hearth. The other favorite characters will also be on hand so don't miss getting a photo with Jacob Marley, Scrooge or the Ghost of Christmas Present!

All this and more takes place on Sun, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at JMV, 2813 Jerusalem Road, in Kingsville. For more information, call 410-877-3560.

A huge community "thank you" goes out to Boy Scout Troop 124. On Saturday Oct 25, this industrious troop planted eight maple trees along Ebenezer Road at Perry Hall Shopping Center. Their efforts help to beautify an important corridor in Perry Hall for many years to come.

The trees were purchased through a grant from Baltimore County, with the support of the Perry Hall Improvement Association and the Downtown Perry Hall Committee. County Councilman David Marks, whose son is a member of Troop 124, thanked the Scouts for their service to the community.

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If you're looking for a Toys for Tots drop off location, there are several in our community and include two Long & Foster Real Estate Offices — the White Marsh Office, 7984 Honeygo Blvd., and the Perry Hall office in the Perry Hall Crossing Shopping Center at the corner of Belair and Silver Spring roads. You may drop off a new, unwrapped toy donation from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 17 is the final day for collection at these locations.

The Seven Oaks Senior Center, 9210 Seven Courts Drive, will host its Holiday Party on Friday, Dec 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. This year marks the first holiday party ever celebrated at the senior center.

The holiday dinner, catered by Waterman's Pride, features fresh tossed garden salad with choice of dressing, cheese tray, stuffed chicken breast, roast beef and gravy, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, string beans, and dessert. Beer, wine and soda included. Dance Masters DJ provides the music. Tickets are $30 in advance. Members are welcome to bring guests. For further information, call the center at 410-887-5192.

When I count my blessings, I think of this wonderful Perry Hall/Kingsville community we live in, the amazing community members who live here and our ever present "spirit of community." Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

To share your news, event or announcement in the Perry Hall/Kingsville area, send an email to write2shell@yahoo.com or call 443-286-5881.

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