New Windsor open house offers round-the-world shopping


Shop around the world without leaving the county at the SERRV International Gift Shop's holiday open house from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the New Windsor Service Center.

This open house is just one of many holiday activities this last weekend before Thanksgiving, when the official shopping season opens.

In New Windsor, you can listen to holiday music from other countries; sample coffees, teas and desserts from those places; and shop for exotic gifts.

SERRV also will have a drawing for a $75 gift certificate.

Information: 635-8711.

Other holiday happenings tomorrow and Sunday:

* St. Bartholomew's Parish Center, 3071 Park Ave., Manchester, will have its annual Christmas Winter Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Handmade crafts and baked goods, Christmas ornaments, gift baskets, lots of food, religious articles, children's games and shopping, and raffles are just some of the things you'll find here. Santa appears at noon.

Information: 239-8881.

* Wesley-Freedom United Methodist Church has its popular annual Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg.

Well-known for its large variety of quality crafts, this event also offers hand-sewn, knitted and crocheted items.

The Yuletide Cafe opens at 9 a.m. and story teller Molly McEvoy will be there at 10:30 a.m. for the children.

The Evergreen Eatery serves lunch beginning at 11 a.m.

Traditional homemade goodies will be for sale as well. When you're finished shopping, visit the sanctuary for a concert by the Wesley-Freedom Bell Choir or tour the historic Wesley Chapel and original Methodist church between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Information: 795-2777.

* Manchester Elementary School's PTA will have "Christmas on York Street" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 3224 York St.

This Christmas market features a blacksmithing demonstration, displays by the Carroll County Beekeepers Association, Pizza Hut passports and free blood-pressure testing after you realize how much you've spent on the beautiful handmade crafts offered by 46 vendors.

Lunch will be sold, too, as will raffle tickets.

Information: 374-4401.

* The Ladies Auxiliary of the Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company will have "Christmas in the Valley" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the fire hall at 2030 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Along with the holiday gifts and decorations, this bazaar has a train garden set up and running.

Information: 848-0010.

* Taylorsville United Methodist Church will have its annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 4356 Ridge Road (Route 27).

Homemade foods, handmade crafts, hayrides, face painting, a children's shop and oyster platters can be found here.

The youngsters also can visit with Santa Claus.

Information: 875-2615.

* Customs Last Stand Rustic Furniture will have its annual "Touch of the Hand" open house with live demonstrations of furniture making and blacksmithing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at 2424 Marston Road, Marston (between Taylorsville and New Windsor).

This year's event has Mark Cherry showing twig furniture; Gary Anderson, master bladesmith; John Bottomley, displaying gargoyles; and crafts from Berea, Ky.

Information: 875-2309.


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