Sights, sounds and Santa mark the season [Cockeysville]

For the Towson Times
Concerts abound at our area schools and beautiful music can be heard all around town.

It's beginning to look and sound a lot like Christmas in Cockeysville as so many of our annual holiday traditions and programs are in full swing.

The Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees at the Timonium Fairgrounds kicked off the season with over 700 decorated trees, wreathes and gingerbread houses that are donated by local artists, businesses and community groups. The event raises funds to support the research, treatment and educational programs of The Kennedy Krieger Institute. Many of our Cockeysville neighbors took part this year. The teachers and staff at Warren Elementary decorated a whimsical Dr. Seuss-themed tree while the National Junior Honor Society from Cockeysville Middle contributed a beautiful Earth's Oceans tree. Girl Scout Troop 4065 offered a Holiday Baking tree while Troop 5430 was already looking forward to Spring Flowers on its tree. Finally, Troop 1640 paid homage to Walt Disney with its gingerbread TVs, which featured the Disney Princesses.

Concerts abound at our area schools and beautiful music can be heard all around town. The band, orchestra and chorus at Warren Elementary School have performed spectacularly. Particular favorites have included the Reindeer Rap and Let's Go Snow! Dulaney High School featured the concert band, symphonic winds, guitar and choral ensemble at the first concert of the season. Run Run Rudolph, with vocals and guitar accompaniment by Liam Slowey;, Please Come Home for Christmas, with vocals from Taelon Um; and All I Want for Christmas is You, featuring soloist Lily Davison were particular standouts. At Cockeysville Middle, the band concert kicked off the school's offerings for the season with performances by grade-level bands, the jazz band and the Winds of Cockeysville. All the band groups are under the direction of James Carlson, who is a product of the Cockeysville Middle School band, and was thrilled to be conducting his first band concert at his alma mater. Special recognition goes to Cockeysville Middle band members who were named to the Baltimore All-County Honor Band: seventh-graders Evie McKenney and Garrett Rivenburgh; and eighth-graders Malachi Gaines, Reshma Ganesh, Angela Qian, Brooke Rainville, Matthew Raskin, Sarah Shen, Victor Shi, Pradyun Srinidhi, Sang Min Woo and Karen Xi.

Finally, Santa Claus is coming to town, courtesy of the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Department. He's already started on his rounds with a visit to the Springdale and their community bonfire on Dec. 13th. He will continue to tour Cockeysville, with stops Dec. 20th in Hunt Valley Chase at 4:30 p.m., and Hunt Valley Station at 6:30, where he'll tour the neighborhood before ending up at their community bonfire. Santa is adding Sherwood Hill, on Dec. 18th at 6:30, this year. He will start at the foot of Sherwood Road, near York Road, and visit Montvieu Court, Powers Avenue and Wake Robin Drive, where he is sure to delight the neighborhood children. Please visit the Cockeysville Volunteer Fire Company page on Facebook for more information.

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