The annual Hampstead Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 on Main Street, behind the war memorial (next to Matthew's Tire). Live entertainment, a visit from Santa and more will be on hand.
The annual Hampstead Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 on Main Street, behind the war memorial (next to Matthew's Tire). Live entertainment, a visit from Santa and more will be on hand. (Shiela Johnson / Correspondent)

The Hampstead American Legion Auxiliary Unit 200, with the Town of Hampstead, will help celebrate the lighting of the town’s Christmas display.

The red, white, and blue lights on the tree are part of a fundraiser for the Auxiliary. For the fundraiser, anyone can purchase a light for $5 in honor of someone, or in memory of someone. If desired, cards can be mailed to let someone know that a light was purchased in their honor on the tree.


Members of the Auxiliary will be on hand the night of the lighting if anyone wants to purchase a light then; or forms are available at the Hampstead American Legion, located at 4600 Legion Lane, Hampstead. All proceeds will go towards helping veterans and their families.

The tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Santa will arrive on a fire truck, and there will be free entertainment.

For more information, call Stacey Nash at 443-744-1184 or email staceynash1@gmail.com.

Craft Show

A Christmas Craft Show will be held Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grace Bible Church in Manchester. The show will be held in the multipurpose room on the lower level.

There will be 40 vendors offering a potpourri of items including clothing, jewelry, woodwork, home décor, kitchen items and more. Food will be available for purchase.

Drawings will be held for gift certificates donated by local merchants. Vendor fees from the event will benefit the Grace Bible Church Preschool and kindergarten.

The church is located at 3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester. For information, call the church office at 410-374-9306 or email office@gbcnc.com.

Spaces still available

In October, I let you all know of a trip that is being held by the North Carroll Senior Center. They still have seats available and are inviting you to their Dec. 22 trip to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At the BSO, you will get to enjoy the Holiday Pops program, with a dinner at Friendly Farms Restaurant. The bus will leave the senior center at 1:15 p.m. and return at 7:45 p.m. The cost is $84 per person.

Seating is limited, so call Mary and Cliff Patterson as soon as possible at 410-386-3900.

A Can for the Van

Matthews Tire in Hampstead is donating space to NESAP to set up a 2-day food collection site in front of their building from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28 and Thursday, Nov. 29; and from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

The purpose is to collect donations for the Food Pantry at NESAP and is an extension of NESAP’s 2018 Giving Tuesday initiative. Canned and boxed donations of non-perishable food are welcome.

Matthews is located at 1219 N. Main St., Hampstead.

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  • Winterfest: Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Manchester Activities Building, 3297 York St., Manchester. Hosted by St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Manchester. Holiday gifts, crafts, food, and more. Santa, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; breakfast with Mrs. Claus, Nov. 18, 9 a.m., Limited seating; reserve seats 410-239-8881.
  • Raffle: Nov. 17, doors 12:45 p.m., drawing begins 1 p.m., Lineboro VFD, 4224 Main St., Lineboro. Total winnings: more than $13,550. Cost: $5/chance; don’t have to be present to win. Drawing schedule: www.lineborovfd.org.