On Dec. 29, 1910, Westminster community leader Mary B. Shellman "supervised an annual holiday entertainment for inmates of the Carroll County Almshouse," according to a Baltimore Sun article published Dec. 30, 1910.
As we approach a Christmas observance darkened by the tragedy of a slaughter of innocents in another part of the country, it's good to reflect on the reality that there is, indeed, a Santa Claus even adults can believe in, so long as there are truths that can be revealed only by faith, fancy, poetry, love and romance.
The holidays are here before you know it and often gone before you've had a chance to sample any of the wonderful seasonal offerings. Taking a day trip to any of these destinations will provide a quick cup of cheer.
Parkton house aglow with 50,000 lights and hundreds of Christmas displays will open to the public on Thanksgiving. Owner Chuck Greason on Kitzbuhel Road only asks visitors to bring a donation of a nonperishable food item for local food banks.
For many, Christmas 2012 will not quite be the same without Stan Ruchlewicz, the City of Westminster's administrator of economic development and Main Street manager, who died of a heart attack on June 5 at age 56.
The Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners passed an amended ethics ordinance that removes members of legislatively appointed committees from the law's requirements and also exempts certain officials from filing financial disclosures. The commissioners also reminded residents that piling up leaves in street gutters can lead to flooding and hazardous driving conditions, as was seen with last week's Storm Sandy and could be seen if a nor'easter blows through the area later this week as forecast.
E. William "Bill" Scriba, a former T. Rowe Price treasurer and vice president who dedicated himself to supporting The Johns Hopkins University, died Aug. 28 at his residence in an assisted-living community in Sunnyvale, Calif., of undetermined causes.
The Arbutus Arts Festival will have more than 200 crafters and plenty of kid friendly events. The 39th annual fair takes place on May 20 and offers an opportunity for local crafters to show off their goods.
Maybe there is a TV Santa Claus. CBS Sports televised the Baltimore Ravens against the Cleveland Browns on Christmas Eve, and the network didn¿t force local viewers to endure Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf in the booth.
The end of the war in Iraq had sent thousands of military service members home just in time for the holidays. Many pass through Baltimore Washington International Airport, before returning to families and, often, babies born while they were away.
On Thursday, I asked Ravens fullback Vonta Leach if he planned on donning a Santa Claus suit for the team's walkthrough on Friday. Leach had a tradition of doing this when he was with the Houston Texans, but he told me on Thursday that he wasn't sure if he would do it this year because he was one of the new guys. I've got good news: Santa came to Owings Mills on Friday.
Burke Holbrook, 5, was adopted last year from an orphanage in Nepal, and said goodbye to one of his best friends there, a little boy who was adopted by another family. This year Burke's parents sought to find out what happened to their son's friend, and made a surprise discovery — they live less than 45 minutes away from each other, in Woodbine and Annapolis.