Get ready for pre-hol­i­day fun

Record Observer - - Opinion - Dan Tabler

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!!!

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