Get ready for pre-holiday fun
We certainly did not want our many reader-friends to miss out on all this preholiday season fun going on starting with the big Christmas Parade in Centreville, Friday, Dec. 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Lions Club had this annual event re-started many years ago, and the town council has taken over to make it most colorful parade ever. Be sure to get a good place to watch everything.
Then we have the Festival of Trains, that grand model train layout the fellows put together down at the Kent Narrows Outlet Center, which is on the other side of the Narrows on Kent Island. It seems to get larger each year, and this railroad buff will certainly want to get down there to see it. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. It will run two weekends: Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, and again on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec.11, from noon to 5 p.m. The kids will really enjoy love seeing the layouts and Santa Claus will be on hand Dec. 10 and 11 at 3 p.m. to visit with the children. The folks from the Museum of Eastern Shore Life team with the Queen Anne’s Railroad Society fellows to put on this great show.
Finally, you will want to do a lot of your holiday shopping on Dec. 3, as the Centreville business people put on their Heck with the Malls day. Besides your shopping come to the Centre for the Arts (the old Grace Church on Commerce Street, for anyone who is new in town) and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Liberty Street, where 40 some vendors will be holding court. REMEMBERING STATE FIRE VOLUNTEERS My old firefighting friend from Frederick, Clarence “Chip” Jewell, has a written a well-researched history of Maryland volunteer firefighting in the latest issue of “The Volunteer Trumpet,” a publication by Mike Dixon up in Elkton for all state volunteers that he puts out quarterly. I used to visit with Chip at the Majestic Hotel on 7th Street in Ocean City during state fireman’s conventions in June, but I seldom see him anymore as we have moved on to other lodging during the convention. Anyway, he reported in the latest Maryland State Firemen’s Association (MSFA) bulletin that the first state convention was held in Frederick, June 7 to the 8, 1893, and Charles T. Holloway, a founding member of the state association, represented the Baltimore County Fire Department in 1882.
I must make it certain to look up my friend Chip in Ocean City next June, if we go to the MSFA convention, and tell him he did a good job on histor y of our association.
HIGH PRICED TICKETS Saw a story in the sports section of “The Sun” the other day how these big-time sport- ing events “are putting the price squeeze on fans.”
Yes, the owners continue to pay millions for athletes, many of whom do not deserve it, and the long-suffering fan has to pay more for his seat in the stadium all the time.
The average ticket price in the NFL last season was $123.40 at the New York Giant games, while the leastexpensive average seat was at the Jacksonville Jaguars stadium at $57.65. I don’t know what it costs to get into the Ravens games, but it apparently is higher than the Jacksonville Jaguars. I believe we paid about $8 a seat way back when we used to go to Memorial Stadium to watch my Baltimore Colts. Oh, for those good ol’ days!
And speaking of the NFL, when are they going to get rid of those stupid Thursday night games? Sunday and Monday nights are plenty, and I am not a player, but I can’t believe those fellows can recover from injuries and tough play on the weekend to play again Thursday night. I read where fan attendance is dropping, and this is one reason — too many games!
ODDS OF WINNING Ruth continues to receive these form letters from Publisher’s Clearing House wanting her to get in on their big money giveaway. The letters say you can win $2 million plus $5,000 a week for life. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?
Then I looked at the little of piece of paper that comes in the envelope with all this. It showed the sweepstakes facts and it pointed out that your odds of winning are 1 in 2 billion, 600 million. Yes, that is billion, as in 10 figures!!!