North Carroll: Santa coming to visit kids at local fire companies

North Carroll: Santa coming to visit kids at local fire companies
Emmett Morris and sister Lainey Morris are shown with Santa at the Manchester fire company in 2014. Santa will be at the Manchester and Upperco fire companies on Saturday, Dec. 8, and then at the Hampstead fire company on Saturday, Dec. 15, for breakfast and photos with kids. (Courtesy photo / Nancy McKenzie)

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and spent time with family and friends. Our holiday weekend was a bit hectic but worth every minute of it. We not only enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving, but my daughter’s 10th birthday as well. Time certainly does fly.

My husband and I have been talking about Christmas gift ideas for her over the last two months and she doesn’t really play with a lot of toys — school, karate and cheerleading have been taking up most of her time. She is one to go out and play if she can and we encourage that. So, with that said, we’ve been trying to think of experiences rather than things to give her. For her birthday we took her to see Double Dare Live in Baltimore; and that was fun – it took me back to childhood days watching Nickelodeon with my brothers, and Marc Summers would guide families through obstacle courses of goop and slime. We had a blast.


So, for Christmas we got her tickets to an event as well, and I’m so excited for Christmas to get here — that’s my big kid moment, watching her open her presents.

Here’s a conversation starter, as your kids get older, do you focus on things or experiences? Both? And if experiences, what type of events do you get tickets for?

Breakfast with Santa

The Junior Fire Company of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company is hosting its annual Breakfast with Santa from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15.

The menu will include pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries, coffee, milk, and juice. The cost of admission is a donation to the Hampstead Junior Fire Company. Do not forget to bring your camera to capture scenes of your kids and Santa, who is scheduled to arrive around 8 a.m.

The fire company is located at 1341 N. Main St., Hampstead.


Just a reminder to all those interested — NESAP is still selling discount cards that are good now until Dec. 1, 2019 from local businesses. The cost of the card is only $5 and there are 15 area merchants that have deals listed on the card. The businesses participating include Fortune Inn, Bertucco’s Bakery, The Snowbar, Ricky’s Bistro, Greenmount Bowl, Spargos, Snickerdoodles Bakery and Coffee House, Pizza Hut, J&P, JJ Hoffman’s Ice Cream, Matthews Tire and Auto Service, Genova’s To Go, Petals Flowers and Gifts, Outlaw BBQ, and Steamin’ Mad Crabs. The cards are available at NESAP’s Thrift Store

NESAP is still collecting donations for their Christmas assistance program, which not only includes a food program, but also a gift program. You may call NESAP for additional information.

Looking forward to warmer weather already? Mark your calendars for the Taste of Spring event to be held March 21 at Crossroads Community Church from 5 to 8 p.m. More information will be in a future column.

The store is located at 1046 S. Carroll St., Hampstead. For information, call 410-374-9099.

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The weather is colder, and wetter; yet there is still a feeling of joy with the holiday season. The Halloween candy wasn’t even marked down to 90 percent off yet, the turkey roasting in the oven before we could see the bright red and green, silver and gold denoting Christmas.

I want to know what holiday events your organization, church, club, etc., has planned for the public in the next few weeks. As the winter moves in, we usually turn more into hermits than we care to and there isn’t a lot going on but please share the events you do have planned. Email me the information, or call, as soon as possible as I do work at least two weeks ahead. If you have questions about what can be included, you can reach out and I’ll guide you; and if it’s not something I can use, but maybe another columnist can, I’ll forward to them accordingly.

  • Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 8, 8 a.m.-noon, Manchester Fireman’s Activities Building, 3297 York St., Manchester. $8/11 and older; $5/4-10; free/3 and younger. Santa photos, $7; additional photo $5.
  • Breakfast with Santa: Dec. 8, 8-11 a.m., Upperco Volunteer Fire Company Activities Building, 16020 Carnival Ave., Upperco. $8/12 and older; $5/ages 4-12; free/3 and younger. Face painting and more.