AN OLD-FASHIONED Christmas seems to be what many people are looking for these days.
The town of Sykesville has been doing its best to offer that to visitors for the past few years with its annual open house.
The Sykesville Business Association is sponsoring the open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Businesses along Main Street will be offering holiday cheer and sales.
Santa Claus will make his way into town on a firetruck about 6: 15 p.m. and will take up residence in the caboose car near Baldwin's Station and Pub.
Members of the Sykesville Patapsco Railway will have train displays in the Pullman car and in an outdoor garden Friday night and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 12, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 13.
A tree-lighting ceremony will take place at 6: 30 p.m., carolers will stroll Main Street, and there will be storytelling from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Light fare will be available at St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Sykesville Business Association will sponsor photos with Santa from 12: 30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 13 and 20 at E. W. Beck's Pub. The SBA is also taking orders for 24-inch balsam wreaths for $10.50, and 75 feet of evergreen roping for $20. Information: 410-549-6620.
If you could use a few laughs and a light mood this weekend, check out the Liberty High School production of "Arsenic and Old Lace."
Justin Fahey, Marisa Laur and Kristen Williamson head the cast of 14 in this comedy about two elderly ladies who invite lonely old men to dinner and then do away with them. Their shocked nephew tries to help them see the error of their ways.
This is the first full-length production directed by senior Lynn Sonnenleiter, who made her directing debut with a one-act play as a sophomore.
The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Tickets are $4 in advance and $5 at the door.
At 2: 30 p.m. today, Carrolltowne Elementary School will hold an assembly to acknowledge the students who participated in the school's recent fun run.
A record 78 percent of the students participated in the event, which serves as the only fund-raiser for the PTA and netted more than $16,225.
Top prizes of a bike and helmet were awarded to sisters Brittany and Taylor Brown, and Blake Boles-Reed. Gift certificates were awarded to Eddie Creamer, Matthew Johnson, Zachary Naylor and Caitlin Schneider.
Messiah Lutheran Church will hold its first Twelve Days of Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at 5600 Old Washington Road, one mile south of Liberty Road on Route 97.
The bazaar will feature Christmas crafts and gifts, gift baskets, candles, jewelry, decorated sweat shirts, baked goods and more. A continental breakfast and lunch will be available in the church's celebration hall.
Sherry Graham's Southeast neighborhood column appears each Tuesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 12/01/98