Get a taste of Christmas — German-style — on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the Union Mills Homestead holds its fourth annual Christkindlmarkt in Union Mills.
According to Sam Riley, president of the Union Mills Homestead board of directors, this historic park was built in 1797 by Germans — the Shriver family, who owned the property for six generations.
“The Shrivers, who founded Union Mills, were grandsons of German immigrants, and were leaders in the German-speaking community in Piedmont Maryland,” Riley said. “Our Christkindlmarkt event is held in recognition of the significant German heritage of our site and the surrounding community.”
Those who visit the mill will feel like they’re stepping back in time. According to Homestead volunteer, Marlene Lufriu, three rooms of the house will be decorated for the season, Victorian style, and it will be open to the public.
“Inside the house it will smell like an old-fashioned Christmas,” she said. “They will be stringing cranberries and making clove oranges. In the 1800s, oranges were stuffed with cloves, rolled in cinnamon and dried. Back then, they put ribbons on them and hung them on the trees. We’ve also decorated the house with antique balls like they used in Victorian era, and pine cones, holly and magnolia and other plants that would have been native to the area.”
Hammered dulcimer player Donna Nomick will play music in the breakfast room of the house throughout the day, and Christmas activities for children will happen on the porch.
Over a dozen vendors on the grounds will sell jewelry, woodworks, pottery, fine art renderings, and other unique Christmas themed items, many of them with a German origin. Lufriu said, shoppers will find even more inside the gift shop, including Christmassy potholders, spice mats, ornaments, poinsettias, Christmas cactus, herb planters and more. The blacksmith and wood worker shops will be open as well.
Those looking for fresh Christmas greens will find them inside the ground floor of the mill, along with fresh wreaths. Christmas music will be broadcast across the grounds and Kountry Kafe will offer plenty of good food for purchase.
“They will have food with a German flair, like German sausage, hot dogs and sauerkraut,” Lufriu said. “And he has a German potato soup that is to die for. I go [to their booth] just for the soup! There’s hot apple strudel, hot chocolate and cider, too.”
Lufriu encourages everyone to check out one of the county’s special historic landmarks, while getting into the holiday spirit.
“Union Mills has a historic presence in the community as an area settled by German families. We try to keep that whole theme going with the various things that we do. This is a natural, because the open air Kriskindle markets in Germany are such a big part of Christmas.”
For more information call the Homestead at 410-848-2288 or visit them online at www.unionmills.org.
Christmas in Shipley
Zion United Methodist Church of Shipley will hold its annual Christmas bazaar — Christmas in Shipley — on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Look for yummy homemade jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, soups, sauces, mixes, and baked goods, too. Explore all sorts of gift ideas, including flowers, and items from the church’s white elephant table. And Santa's Secret Shop will have gifts for children to select for family and friends.
Zion's Cafe will offer breakfast sandwiches for sale, followed by lunch, with oyster sandwiches and a variety of other sandwiches, soups and desserts.
Zion UMC is located just south of Westminster at 2716 Old Washington Road in the Village of Shipley — off Md. 97 at Nicodemus Road.
For more information, call 410-848-9080 or the church at 410-857-4444.
Carroll County Festival of Trees
The Shepherd's Staff will hold its annual Festival of Trees from Friday, Nov. 23 through Nov. 25 at John Street Quarters, 28 John Street in Westminster.
This is the 12th annual Carroll County Festival of Trees and admission is free of charge. Visitors will find a silent auction of over 30 beautifully decorated trees, live music by local choirs and school programs, gift baskets, baked goods, a fun photo booth, a children's craft table and more.
According to Brenda Meadows, executive director at The Shepherds Staff, some gift baskets are in the silent auction and some are cash and carry — to purchase outright.
“Other gift items [will be] available as cash and carry, too,” Meadows said.
Hours for the Festival of Trees are as follows; Friday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday; November 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The silent auction will close at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Winners may pick up their silent auction items between 4 and 6 p.m. that evening.
The Shepherd’s Staff is a Christian Outreach and Support Center at 30 Carroll Street in Westminster, serving those in need in Carroll County.
For more information, call 410-857-5944 or visit them online at www.shepstaff.org.
Masterworks Chorale Fall Concert
Masterworks Chorale's will hold their Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. inside (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster. The concert commemorates the 100th anniversary of the armistice signed on November 11, 1918, ending World War I.
Under the artistic direction of Margaret Boudreaux and with Ted Dix on the organ, the Masterworks Chorale’s Fall concert features three works inspired by the same text, Te Deum — an ancient 4th century hymn of praise.
Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door, but all students with an ID and children will be admitted free at the door.
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For tickets, please visit www.masterworksofcc.org or get tickets at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster. Tickets are also available for direct purchase from any Chorale member. For information call 410-871-3371.