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Antrim's Christmas Candlelight Tour will feature music and two huge trees


Celebrate the Christmas season with Dorothy and Richard Mollett on Sunday.

The Molletts, owners of the country inn Antrim 1844, will hold their annual Christmas Candlelight Tour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For the $5 admission price you will enjoy caroling by members of the Peabody Conservatory. Or stand mesmerized while watching Jamie Turner perform with his glass harp. Mr. Turner has orchestrated water-filled glasses for the White House.

Two 14-foot trees in the drawing room will be dressed with crystal ornaments and white taffeta bows for a white Christmas theme.

"Every single nook and cranny of the property will be open," and docents will be available to answer questions, Mrs. Mollett said.

Author Gail Greco will sign her book, "The Romance of Country Inns," in the smokehouse. Antrim is profiled in the Country European section of the book. Refreshments will be served in the smokehouse, and a pianist will play background Christmas music.

Mary Smith's house will be added to the tour this year. Taneytown residents may remember the brick house that was moved from beside Reindollar's Hardware to the Antrim property in 1991. Now the Molletts' residence, it has been renovated in harmony with Antrim's Victorian theme.

Bub and Meg Smith of Smith Hill Farms will provide horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the day, and Antrim keepsakes will be sold in the gift shop.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Trinity Lutheran Church in Taneytown to be distributed to local charities or families in need, Mrs. Mollett said.

Antrim is at 30 Trevanion Road in Taneytown. Information: 756-6812.


Santa Claus is coming to Taneytown, and he's bringing treats for the children he meets.

Santa will arrive at the Taneytown Firemen's Activities Building on Memorial Drive at 1 p.m. The annual Christmas party is sponsored by the Taneytown Chamber of Commerce.

Any parent wanting to take a picture of a child with Santa Claus may do so.


The Taneytown Community Chorus will perform its 14th annual Advent/Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St., in Taneytown.

Under the direction of Anna Motter, who founded the group in 1980, the 32-member chorus has prepared "The Holly and the Ivy," "As Shepherds Watched" and various Christmas carols and Advent selections. The concert will conclude with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah."

Admission is free. However, an offering will be collected at the end of the concert to benefit Caring and Sharing Ministries of Northwest Carroll County.

Refreshments will be served after the event by the Lay Life and Work Committee of Grace United Church of Christ.

Mrs. Motter was highlighted in last Sunday's Carroll Sun as Volunteer of the Week for her service with the Taneytown Community Chorus.


Be a "Secret Santa" this year by dropping off a new toy or money donation to Francis Scott Key High School's S.A.A.D. chapter. The group is helping with the school's annual "Secret Santa" project to buy and wrap gifts for people who need help during the Christmas season.

If you are unable to donate merchandise, how about donating your time to help wrap gifts or assist with other duties?

If you would like more information, or would like to donate, call 775-7888 or 848-2422.


The New Windsor Post Office is collecting letters to be sent to Santa Claus.

Letters will be collected until Dec. 19.

The Pipe Creek Jaycees will help Santa correspond with his public, so please make sure there is a return address.

So far, Mr. Claus has received one chocolate chip cookie from a budding chef who wrapped it carefully in a separate envelope that she taped to her letter. Mr. Claus said to thank you, it was good. You know who you are.

The New Windsor Post Office is on Maple Avenue.


Attention all Union Bridge and Taneytown residents. Deck your homes with bows and holly, and participate in the Christmas Decorating Contests under way in both towns. You could win some money before Christmas.

All decorated Union Bridge homes on property within town limits will be judged on Dec. 11, after dark. Judges will place prize ribbons on the winning properties.

A $25 first-place prize, $15 second-place prize and $10 third-place prize will be awarded in each of four categories: Most Original, Most Traditional, Best Lighting and Best Exterior Door. Lehigh Portland Cement Co. donated the prize money.

No entry fees, or registration forms are required to compete for a prize.

The Taneytown Heritage Committee has opened eligibility to homes and businesses in the Taneytown area.

Businesses will be judged on an overall basis with a $50 first-place prize, $25 second-place prize and $25 third-place prize will be awarded. The Taneytown Chamber of Commerce donated the prize money for the business judging.

A $40 first-place prize and a $25 second-place prize will be awarded to winning residences in two categories: Best Over All and Best Doorway, as well as three $10 honorable mentions in each category.

The Taneytown Heritage Committee donated the prize money for the residence judging.

Judging will take place after 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15.

Entry forms will be available at the Taneytown City Office, 17 E. Baltimore St., until 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

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