Central Carroll: Deer Park UMC's annual Christmas Bazaar set for Dec. 1

Central Carroll: Deer Park UMC's annual Christmas Bazaar set for Dec. 1
Deer Park UMC's Christmas bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Breakfast, lunch, shopping and Santa. Deer Park United Methodist Church will have it all at their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church in Smallwood.

The event kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m., served downstairs in the church social hall. The breakfast is co-sponsored by Deer Park UMC Men's Group and the Deer Park Lions Club. In addition to pancakes, look for scrambled eggs and sausage, applesauce, and a choice of beverage, with prices ranging from $7 for adults to $3 for children ages 5 to 12, and free to those age 4 and under.


After breakfast, the shopping begins. Upstairs, you’ll find the Nearly-New Room, full of bargains and treasures and the Church Craft Room, with a variety of small gift items - a good place to find stocking stuffers or for kids to shop. The Bake Shoppe will have yummy homemade cookies, cakes and candy. And a silent auction will feature unique gift items as well as personal services.

Joy Grimm, a member of the church’s bazaar planning team, said this event has been ongoing for many years — over 25.

“We see a lot of the same people and families from the neighborhood every year,” Grimm said. “Visitors are often lined up at the door waiting to get into the "Nearly New" room for the great bargains to be found there!”

Among the varied items available from vendors will be collectable figurines of angels, horses, and bears, a wide range of jewelry and scarves, holiday wreaths, and other unique decorations and ornaments, both large and small. They’ll have specialty candies, coffee and teas and a large selection of new children’s books at affordable prices, along with many other returning favorites.

“Cookies & Crafts,” a free cookie-decorating workshop for children, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a quiet break, shoppers can rest body and soul in the beautifully decorated sanctuary with relaxing music and a Christmas décor – a great way to end a shopping day.

Grimm said attendees should keep an eye out for Santa and Mrs. Claus sometime around mid-morning. Then, a soup and sandwich lunch will also be offered for sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grimm said proceeds of the event will help support the missions of the church, and shoppers will find a lot to like.

“You can find unique gift items not found in stores and at bargain prices, have a delicious breakfast and lunch, and visit with your neighbors, all at the same time,” she said.

Deer Park United Methodist Church is located at 2205 Sykesville Road, Westminster.

For more information, call church office at 410-848-2313, email or visit them online at

Two Holiday Celebrations at the Carroll Arts Center

Two unique Christmas shows are coming up at the Carroll Arts Center. First, on Friday, November 30, the “Motown and More” show will celebrate the holiday season through a repertoire of Motown classics and contemporary music surprises, beginning at 7 p.m.

Led by Musical Director multi-instrumentalist Gerry Gillespie (keyboards), the six-piece musical ensemble includes recording artist and saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr. and saxophonist Eddie Baccus, Jr. - formerly of Pieces of a Dream. There are five vocalists, too, led by Gene McBride and Karen Linette. Look for favorite tunes like The Temptations "Silent Night", the Jackson's "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Stevie Wonder's "Someday at Christmas,” Nat King Cole’s "The Christmas Song" and Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."

The cost is $30 for this holiday show, one that will evoke memories of a favorite musical era.


Also, at the Carroll Arts Center, the “Walt Michael & Co. Holiday Traditional String Celebration” will resonate with traditional Appalachian music on Saturday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Hammered dulcimer virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Walt Michael and his friends invite the public to celebrate the season with them, and with the sounds of Southern Appalachian, Celtic, old-time music, bluegrass and original tunes. Michael’s past performances have ranged from the coal camps of Appalachia to the White House, to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games and his music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. Michael is the Founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill and the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College.

The cost for this show is $25 or $22 for Seniors & Students age 19 & under with ID. Carroll County Public School staff are $10 with ID.

The Carroll County Arts Council is located at 91 W. Main Street, Westminster.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit them online at or call 410-848-7272.

Big Country Breakfast with Santa

A Big Country Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 1, beginning at 7 a.m. at the Carroll County Career and Tech Center, 1229 Washington Road in Westminster.

Featuring a menu prepared by the Culinary Arts program from the Career & Tech Center, the Big Country Breakfast buffet with Santa will delight kids of all ages, as Santa and Mrs. Clause will be on hand for the kids from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

The buffet menu includes French toast, pancakes, eggs, home fries, sausage, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrapple, pudding and hominy, baked apples, juice, and coffee/tea.

The cost is $10 for adults, $6 students, and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Children age 5 and under are free. Tech Center is hoping all who attend will bring a new, unwrapped toy to fill Santa's sleigh. All donated toys will be donated to the Carroll County Safe House.

For more information, call 410-751-3669.

Masterworks Chorale Fall Concert

The McDaniel College Choir will present its Fall concert on Sunday, Dec 2, inside (Big) Baker Memorial Chapel on the campus of McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster.

The choir will perform under the direction of Margaret Boudreaux, with accompaniment by David Kreider. In addition to music from diverse locales and historical eras, the concert will feature several familiar carols during which audience participation is encouraged.

According to Boudreaux, “This concert, "Songs of Peace" commemorates the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I. One set of pieces recognizes the sacrifice of those who served in that war, and the intense desire for peace that followed.”

Pieces will include a musical setting by Paul Aitkin of the poem "In Flanders Fields," a work by Carroll County native, Garth Baxter, "The Battle," based on poetry by Thomas Hardy, a setting of "Bring Him Home" from Les Miserables, featuring several students as soloists, and a setting of the Hebrew prayer, "Oseh Shalom." Other pieces will follow, including Moses's Hogan's setting of the spiritual "Music Down in My Soul," a rousing choral version of "Africa,” and traditional sing-a-longs with the audience throughout the evening.


McDaniel students performing include Lauren Bass, Ethan Brown, Colleen Clark, Nick Cloutier, Jake Fine, Calea Gelnett, Danny Grimes, Bryant Gutlenecht, Becca Halaney, Elizabeth Hobbs, Kate Jacob, Rhema Jones, LJ Kindall, William McCarthy, Waide McComas, Liz Mince, Michael Osei, Julie Person, Julia Reznikov, Megan Robinson, Julia Roman, Sam Trapp, Arlo Vega, Jen Willard, and Jewoine Wilson.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-857-2599.