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Taneytown hosting elf hunt Saturday

The notice reads: "The elves have escaped Santa's Workshop and we need your help finding them again!" All are invited to join in the search during this year's Downtown Taneytown Elf Hunt, being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

As shoppers visit participating downtown merchants, they can search for the likenesses of elves hiding among merchandise. Each discovery earns a stamp, and shoppers who find them all -- and have their cards marked accordingly -- will be entered in the drawing for "a great gift basket," said Nancy McCormick, economic development director for the City of Taneytown.

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McCormick said this is the third year for the event, which "just took off" when first initiated in 2011 by Priscilla and Steve Shoap, owners of Pristine Antiques, Collectibles & Gifts at 27 E. Baltimore St., and has been "extremely successful in the past."

The prize basket is valued at $300, McCormick said, and includes gift certificates for merchandise or services from participating businesses and home decor items. Eligible card entries will be placed in a box, and the winner will be drawn at 5 p.m. at the Stone House Bakery, 12 E. Baltimore St., she said, adding attendance is not required.

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There is metered parking along the street and at City Hall and free parking behind the police station and the firehouse, said McCormick.

For more information about the Downtown Taneytown Elf Hunt, call McCormick at 410-751-1100.

Though a week earlier than Small Business Saturday being celebrated nationwide Nov. 30, in which local businesses will also be participating, the Downtown Taneytown Elf Hunt is just another opportunity to recognize -- through patronage -- the contributions small businesses make to their local communities.

"And they have the cutest little elves," McCormick said.

25th bazaar
St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Taneytown, will have its 25th annual Christmas Star Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 30 in the parish center.
Terry Smith, a spokeswoman for the church, said there will be a variety of craft items for sale, including wooden turntables, stained glass ornaments and Christmas wreaths, as well as party planning vendors, including Tupperware, Avon, Tastefully Simple, Scentsy Candles, Pampered Chef and Thirty-one Bags. And some vendors will be selling yard sale items as well, she said.
The day's menu will feature fried oyster, sausage and egg, and barbecue sandwiches as well as hot dogs, homemade soups and beverages available for purchase. The women's Sodality Group will be hosting a bake sale.
Smith said money raised from the bazaar supports the activities committee, which organizes various church events, including the annual dinner. "It all goes back to the church," she said.
There are a few vendor spots still available, said Smith. For more information, contact her at 410-756-6758 or the church office at 410-756-2500.
The church is at 44 Frederick St.

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