Holiday of trees returns as fundraiser for Taneytown Heritage Museum

Christmas magic has returned to the Taneytown branch of NWSB Bank, courtesy of members of the Taneytown Heritage and Museum Association and local business community members. The 12th annual Holiday of Trees, an annual fundraising effort for the Museum, now includes wreaths and centerpieces.

With 13 trees, 10 wreaths and six centerpieces, there is sure to be something to pique everyone’s interest, including toys, tools, and food.


All items will start with a minimum bid of $30, and increase by $5 increments. The community will have the opportunity to view these “works of art” and vote for a favorite (or vote for them all!) until Dec.16.

NWSB Bank entered a gingerbread-themed centerpiece that includes the “fixins” to make your own gingerbread cookies, plus two $10 gift cards to Chick-fil-A.

The Grace United Children’s Center entry includes a Dr. Seuss-themed tree decorated with felt ornaments and pipe cleaner candy canes as well as a $10 Food Lion gift card and a certificate to No Anchovies Pizza, good for a large one-topping pizza.

Silver Fancy Garden Club of Taneytown and Emmitsburg entered a tree, adorned in red and gold snowflakes and Christmas bulbs. The tree is accompanied by a variety of items including a Carroll County Flag donated by Commissioner Steven Wantz, a historical Uniontown plate, a season pass to the Carroll County Farm Museum, two nights at the Hoke Family Farm Bed and Breakfast, and a $50 gift card to DK Jewelers in Westminster.

Other entries include a Coca Cola-themed tree entered by Johnsville Auction House of Union Bridge, a Snowman-themed tree from Runnymede Elementary, and an apple-themed wreath from Crouse Ford.

Michael Sell entered a red ribbon and poinsettia wreath, Lorien of Taneytown submitted a tree decorated with silver and gold ornaments, a certificate for greens fees and golf cart at Quail Valley, and a $20 gift card to Flicks.

The Mason/Dixon Auto Parts tree was decorated with an assortment of wrenches, drill bits, a travel mug, a stuffed bear, and a $20 gift certificate to Mason/Dixon Auto Parts.

A beach-themed tree from Taneytown Exxon/Subway was decorated with beach related ornaments including starfish, shells, a Surfin’ Santa, pink flamingo garland, and anchor printed ribbon. The high bid winner of this tree will also receive a gift certificate for an oil change and four quarts of oil from Rob’s Tower Motors.

Silver Oak Academy entered a tree titled “Main Street” with ornaments representing the many businesses on Main Street, Taneytown. DeLynda Brown, who serves as the school nurse at silver Oak Academy, created the entry.

“The theme is based on the small business owners on Main Street,” Brown said. “Since the day after Black Friday is small business Saturday thanks to American Express it was only appropriate to represent the small business on Main Street in Taneytown.”

Holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces are on display at the Taneytown Branch of the New Windsor State Bank on E. Baltimore Street.
Holiday trees, wreaths and centerpieces are on display at the Taneytown Branch of the New Windsor State Bank on E. Baltimore Street. (KEN KOONS/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Silver Oak academy has participated for many years, with Brown noting that, “Silver Oak is part of the community in Taneytown, and together we all work to make our community great. We are proud [at Silver Oak] to be involved in our communities events, such as the Holiday of Trees.”

Wantz Chevrolet submitted a wreath depicting Father Time with white poinsettias and pine cones. The high bid winner of this entry will also receive a thermal bag, mug, calendar and an SS Camaro model car.

Other businesses submitting entries included JE Turnbaugh Plumbing and Heating, Carroll Vista, Bess and Ben’s Country Kitchen, Rust by Justin, Buttersburg Inn, Taneytown Library, and the dental office of Pitrone, Sorkin, and Jarvis.

Several members of the business community donated gift certificates including Kennie’s, Food Lion, No Anchovies, Flicks, and Quail Valley Golf. Evapco, Infinity Global Travel, and Stephanie Myers of Long and Foster, made cash donations.


Fairy Flickinger, chairperson of the event for the past five years, indicated this is the 12th year for the Holiday of Trees. Flickinger said the 2016 event raised more than $4,000.

Proceeds are used to create and maintain the many artifacts and displays as well as the museum building and grounds. She credits Doug and Susie Heck and Jennifer Helm who served as chairpersons in past years and were instrumental in laying the framework for the event. Flickinger also thanked the committee members.

“The committee [members] working with me have been outstanding. It could not have been done without their help,” she said. “This year, we have had more donations, which is wonderful.”

Since the museum is funded solely on donations, this is your opportunity to support the museums efforts to continue “keeping Taneytown’s history alive.”

NWSB Bank has been home to the Holiday of Trees for seven years now. When the museum outgrew their original location in downtown Taneytown, NWSB Bank offered space in the Taneytown branch to display the trees (and now wreaths and centerpieces).

Lauren Muzzy, Vice President and Corporate Relations officer said, “It is something our [NWBS Bank] customers and staff members look forward to every year.”

Muzzy added: “We do have a wonderful relationship with the museum. It’s something we want to continue with.”

Visitors can stop by to vote and bid on their favorites. Votes cost just a penny each so you can vote for as many of your favorites as you like! In addition to the opportunity to bid on the trees, wreaths, and centerpieces, there will be a 50/50 cash raffle. Tickets are on sale now and available at NWSB Bank, Crouse Ford or any member of the Taneytown Heritage Committee. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. There is also an opportunity to win one of two $25 gift cards to Sheetz by finding a coupon on literature around town advertising the event. Fill out the coupon and bring it to the bank for your chance to win! Free Raffle tickets can also be found at NWSB.

The public is invited to walk through to view the trees, make a bid, and cast your vote for your favorite(s). Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Dec. 16.

Winning bids will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 16 and will need to be picked up by 1 p.m. that day.