Santa Claus will arrive by firetruck


SANTA WILL ARRIVE by firetruck at the Mount Airy town Christmas tree at 6 p.m. today to launch Christmas in Olde Town Mount Airy. This two-day event will celebrate its sixth anniversary with caroling, story times, downtown shopping and surprise activities for all ages. Festivities will continue tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas in Olde Town Mount Airy is sponsored by Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce. Terri Wichtendal is the committee chairwoman, assisted by Irene Brown.

Opening ceremonies will take place at the town Christmas tree at the municipal parking lot, off Park Avenue.

The Mount Airy Middle School choir invites the community to gather around the tree for a Christmas sing-along at 6: 30 p.m. Mayor Gerald Johnson will perform the ceremonial lighting of the tree at 7 p.m.

The celebration moves to downtown Main Street at 7: 30 p.m.

The Mount Airy Middle School band will present its holiday program next to the old Mount Airy train station.

Downtown businesses and restaurants will be open tonight and all day tomorrow for holiday shopping. The Whistle Stop Bookstore has scheduled children's story times at 7: 30 p.m. today and 11 a.m. tomorrow.

Carolers from Grace New Covenant Church will sing tomorrow from 11 a.m. to noon. Children's choirs from Mount Airy Full Gospel Church will sing from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., and from Mount Airy Baptist Church from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the downtown area throughout the festival, as will Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog. Free gift-wrapping will be available.

Church concert

"Light One Candle," a concert of Christmas harp and organ music, will be held tomorrow at 7: 30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 16151 Old Frederick Road, Woodbine.

Kris Snyder, Celtic harper, and Calvary organist Jack Lauderdale, will play carols and seasonal music. A reception will follow the concert, and an offering will be taken.

Information: the church office, (410) 489-5280

Craft show

Along with the festivities at Christmas in Olde Town Mount Airy tomorrow, stop by the Firemen's Activities Building for Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Department's second annual Craft Show, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road.

The craft show is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Information: 829-2868.

Money for stricken player

This time last year, Derek Taylor was rehearsing for his part in the Mount Airy Player's community theater Christmas production.

This season, things are very different for Taylor. After a diving accident in the summer, he is hard at work in a physical therapy program, learning how to regain the use of his arms and hands, and how to maneuver a wheelchair.

The Mount Airy Players has dedicated a matinee performance of their Christmas show to the Derek Taylor trust fund.

This benefit matinee, along with four other shows of "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley," will play at Twin Ridge Elementary School, 1106 Leafy Hollow Circle, Mount Airy. Matinee show time is 2: 30 p.m. Sunday.

The show opens tonight with Family Pizza Night. Tickets, which include the show, pizza and a drink, are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and curtain time is 8 p.m.

Saturday eveningperformances, Dec. 7 and 14, feature a chicken dinner. Including the show and dinner, tickets are $16 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Dinner begins at 6: 30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Show-only tickets for any performance are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.

Information: (301) 829-1527 or 795-0552.

Pub Date: 12/06/96

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