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Church to have Christmas event in South Branch Park

The petting zoo was a big hit at last year’s "A Cowboy Christmas" presented by Friendship Baptist Church. This year, the church will be offering “A Merry Christmas in South Branch Park” on Dec. 6, which will include the petting zoo.

"A Merry Christmas in South Branch Park" is coming to Sykesville from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Members of Friendship Baptist Church will be bringing this family-oriented event to the park, which is just across the Patapsco River from downtown Sykesville.

Designed to complement and lead into the "Merry Main Street" activities in Sykesville on Saturday, this event offers plenty of fun for all ages. Even better, the entire event, which has a "Christmas Hoedown" theme, is absolutely free, according to Associate Pastor Mark Klimovitz, of the church.


Families will have a good time with the pony rides, moon bounce, games and face painting. Everyone can visit the petting zoo, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy the hot chocolate, hot dogs and Christmas treats.

The afternoon will include two performances of a 20-minute puppet musical, "Christmas on Red Rock Ridge." The show brings a Christmas message with a country flavor.


Visitors to the Christmas Hoedown will be eligible to participate in gift card drawings. Prizes include gift cards to Baldwin's Station, E. W. Beck's, Grilled Cheese & Company, Toys R Us and more.

"We want to engage everyone in the community and support the local businesses, as well," Klimovitz said. "As people come to our event, they're encouraged to stay downtown for the 'Merry Main Street' event."

Klimovitz went on to explain how "A Merry Christmas in South Branch Park" ties in with the church's ministry. "What we're trying to do as a church is a 'Love Loud' commitment to the community around us," he said. "We want people to get connected in the community; we want to see the love of Christ demonstrated in the community in a tangible way."

To learn more about the entertainment and other event details, call the church at 410-442-5506 or visit

If you missed last week's column with the information on "Merry Main Street" in Sykesville, you can find out the details by calling the town offices at 410-795-8959 or you can check

Bazaar at St. Paul's

Also in conjunction with Sykesville's "Merry Main Street" celebration, the United Methodist Women of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7538 Main St., Sykesville, will hold a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 6.

From 1 to 8 p.m., you can shop for new and nearly-new Christmas and winter items.


The bazaar will also have gift baskets up for silent auction, each filled with a specific theme in mind.

Plenty of treats will be available on the bake table.

Bring along your appetite. From 4 to 8 p.m., church volunteers will serve pulled-pork sandwiches, beef vegetable soup, hot dogs, sloppy Joes and beverages.

For more information, call the church at 410-795-0714.

Serving oysters, ham

White Rock Independent Methodist Episcopal Church will host an oyster and ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.


The meal offers your choice of baked ham for $10, fried oysters for $14 or both for $18. The main dish you choose will be accompanied by green beans, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, corn bread and iced tea.

Apple pie and yam pie will be available, at extra cost.

Meals are available as eat-in or carryout at the church, 6300 White Rock Road, Sykesville.

You can call the church at 410-795-1110 to get more information.

Showcasing talent

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, the Century's Got Talent competition will take the stage at Century High School, 355 Ronsdale Road, Eldersburg.


The show, sponsored by the school's Tri-M Music Honor Society and the Century High School Music Boosters, will feature 16 student acts, ranging from music to dance to miscellaneous.

Admission is $10 at the door, or $9 with the donation of a canned food item to benefit Carroll County Food Sunday.

To get more information, call the school at 410-386-4400.

Santa at fire company

Do your kids need a chance to talk to Santa?

The whole family can come out to meet him at the Sykesville-Freedom District fire company's Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 7.


Breakfast will be served in Jubilee Hall at the fire company's location at 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.

Santa will arrive at the fire company on a firetruck at 8 a.m., and then will visit with the children for the rest of the morning. Parents can bring along their cameras to get a photo of their kids in Santa's sleigh.

The meal will include scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, and biscuits with sausage gravy. You can wash it all down with milk, juice or coffee.

Breakfast with Santa will offer crafts for the kids to make. They can also watch some Christmas videos.

The price for breakfast, the visit with Santa and the other activities is: $7 for adults, $4 for 3- to 12-year-olds, and free for children younger than 3. All proceeds from the breakfast will go to support the Sykesville-Freedom District fire company.

This is also a great opportunity to bring a new, unwrapped and unopened toy for the fire company's toy drive for the Johns Hopkins Children's Hospital. If you can't make it to the breakfast, you can drop off a toy at the fire hall no later than Dec. 12.

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For more information, call the fire company at 410-795-9311 or visit

Free concerts

The Instrumental Music Department at Liberty High School, 5855 Bartholow Road, Eldersburg, invites you to enjoy a pair of free concerts next week.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Symphonic Band and the Wind Ensemble will perform a winter concert. The program includes holiday favorites like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and music from the Disney animated film "Frozen."

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, the Jazz Ensemble and the Full Orchestra will present more seasonal music, along with orchestra and jazz band favorites.

For more information, call the school at 410-751-3560.


Nancy McKenzie covers Berrett, Eldersburg, Flohrville, Gaither, Gist, Johnsville, Louisville, Marriottsville and Sykesville. Contact her at 410-848-2260 or