TANEYTOWN — The halls of the New Windsor State Bank in Taneytown have been thoroughly decked with more than 30 trees, wreaths and centerpieces.
The abundance of baubles comes as part of the annual Holiday of Trees, Wreaths & Centerpieces celebration to benefit the Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association, and they will be on display until Dec. 15 at the bank, 222 E Baltimore St.
Over the years, the event has grown to encompass a decorating contest for trees, wreaths and centerpieces, a silent auction and a holiday celebration.
Visitors can bid on the pieces during the silent auction for the chance to decorate their own homes. They can also cast votes for their favorites for as little as one penny by placing change in donation jars next to each item.
There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle, with tickets available at the bank or through association members.
Fairy Flickinger, chairwoman of the event for the sixth year, said the raffle was one of the most lucrative fundraisers for the museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is sustained entirely by donations.
A 10-person committee worked to organize the holiday event with the help of the bank and the community organizations that sent in entries for the silent auction.
Some entered unique creations this year, like the Silver Fancy Garden Club who contributed a coordinating tree, wreath and centerpiece or the matching wreath and centerpiece from the Buttersburg Inn.
One submission needed its own category all together. The decoration made of ornaments and pine branches, donated by Crouse Ford Sales, would look lovely over a doorway, Flickinger said.
The Taneytown Mayor and City Council convened Wednesday, Nov. 7 for their monthly workshop meeting, at which they commemorated late City Manager and former Mayor Henry Heine. Back to business later in the meeting, the lawmakers evaluated next steps for the proposed National Civil War Memorial.
Voting and the silent auction conclude at 11 a.m. Dec. 15. Awards will be presented and raffle prize winners will be drawn. Winning bidders must then pick up their purchases between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.