Christ­mas Around Caro­line

Den­ton, Ridgely, Mar ydel, Greens­boro and Federalsburg to host Christ­mas pa­rades

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/Dorch­ester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @ Dustin_S­tarDem.

DEN­TON — The month of De­cem­ber fea­tures many hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties in Caro­line County with its “Christ­mas Around Caro­line” cel­e­bra­tion, in­clud­ing hol­i­day pa­rades in Den­ton, Ridgely, Mary­del, Greens­boro and Federalsburg.

DEN­TON — The month of De­cem­ber fea­tures many hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties in Caro­line County with its “Christ­mas Around Caro­line” cel­e­bra­tion.

On Thurs­days through Sun­days un­til Jan. 7, the Fiber Arts Cen­ter on 7 N. Fourth Street, in Den­ton will host a hol­i­day bazaar with hand-crafted fiber art items. Ad­mis­sion is free with the cen­ter open from noon un­til 4 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-4791009 or visit www.car­o­lin­earts.org.

Down­town Den­ton will hold week­ends of shop­ping for crafts, pas­tries, jew­elry, hol­i­day gifts and more dur­ing its Hol­i­day Mar­ket­place at 300 Mar­ket Street. The event con­tin­ues 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 1; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, Dec. 3, Dec. 9, Dec. 10 and Dec. 15.

The an­nual Den­ton Hol­i­day Pa­rade will be­gin at 6 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 1, with the pa­rade route from the HAPS Build­ing to 5th Av­enue and down Mar­ket Street to the Caro­line County Cir­cuit Court­house. Join Caro­line County Re­cre­ation and Parks for the Light­ing of the Green after the pa­rade as they light me­mo­rial trees, sing car­ols and an­nounce pa­rade win­ners.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410479-2050 or visit www.den­ton mar yland.com/events.

Due to the an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade, the next Den­ton Town Coun­cil meet­ing will be at 7 p.m. Mon­day, Dec. 5.

The Caro­line Hos­pice Fes­ti­val of Trees will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thurs­day, Dec. 1, and 2 to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 3, at the Ch­e­sa­peake Culi­nary Cen­ter, 512 Franklin St. in Den­ton. Ad­mis­sion is free.

The Fes­ti­val of Trees mixer will be Thurs­day and kicks off the Fes­ti­val of Trees with ap­pe­tiz­ers, wine and bid on the beau­ti­fully dis­played trees. Bidding ends at 4 p.m. Satur­day. On­line bidding is avail­able on­line at car­o­line­hos­pice.com. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-479-3500.

The Pre­ston His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will host its third an­nual Christ­mas Open House, “A Very Vin­tage Christ­mas,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 3, at its mu­seum at 167 Main Street, Pre­ston. Guests will see the build­ing dec­o­rated for the hol­i­day while en­joy­ing home­made cook­ies and re­fresh­ments.

They also will have a chance to win door prizes and par­tic­i­pate in a 50/50 raf­fle, and goody bags will be handed out to chil­dren.

The so­ci­ety will be sell­ing Christ­mas cook­ies as well as its sec­ond an­nual Christ­mas or­na­ment, fea­tur­ing the old Pre­ston School which stood from 1918 to 1971, the cost is $16.94. A lim­ited num­ber of 2015 or­na­ment, fea­tur­ing the Noble House, also are for sale.

Tick­ets are on sale for the Ridgely Hol­i­day House Tour that will be held Satur­day, Dec. 3.

Tick­ets are $10 and may be pur­chased on­line at eventbrite.com under the Ridgely Hol­i­day House Tour list­ing, or at the Ridgely Town Hall, 2 Cen­tral Av­enue. All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Ridgely 150th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion in 2017.

The tour will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Vis­i­tors can en­joy a nar­rated bus ride through Ridgely with stops to tour eight houses, Ridgely United Methodist Church and the Ridgely Town Hall all dec­o­rated for the hol­i­day sea­son. Space is lim­ited. This tour is not hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble.

The Ridgely Lions Club will host its an­nual pa­rade at 6:45 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 3. The pa­rade will go down Cen­tral Av­enue, con­clud­ing at the town hall. Santa Claus will visit and guests will be of­fered light re­fresh­ments. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-634-2177 or email ridge­lylions@ver­i­zon.net.

The 16th an­nual “Christ­mas in Caro­line” event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 4, at the Caro­line County 4-H Park, lo­cated on De­tour Road, off state Route 16 west, south of Den­ton.

The 4-H Park will be trans­formed into a Christ­mas won­der­land. The main ac­tiv­i­ties build­ing will fea­ture an­tiques, crafts, col­lectibles and gift mer­chan­dise ven­dors. Prod­ucts avail­able will in­clude an­tique items, hand-crafted wooden items and fur­ni­ture, home dé­cor, jew­elry and Christ­mas treats to be used dur­ing hol­i­day par­ties.

Also in the main build­ing, a silent auc­tion will be set up each day. A “Chil­dren’s Make-It Take-It Work­shop” will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Satur­day and Sun­day, as well. This craft­ing event will be open to chil­dren ages 5 to 18. A fee of $1 will be charged per each craft made.

The sev­enth an­nual Mary­del Christ­mas Pa­rade will be held at 2 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 4, on Main Street. The Mar ydel Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany hosts the an­nual pa­rade and in­vites the com­mu­nity back to the fire­house after the pa­rade for snacks and to meet Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will re­turn to Caro­line in Greens­boro at 6 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 10, for the town’s an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade and Light­ing of the City. The pa­rade route will go down Sun­set Av­enue and end at the Old Car­ni­val Grounds. En­joy lis­ten­ing to hol­i­day mu­sic and eat­ing home­made cook­ies with hot choco­late. Spe­cial ap­pear­ances will be made by Frosty the Snow­man and Ru­dolph the Red-nosed Rein­deer. Ad­mis­sion is free and a pic­ture with Santa is free. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-482-6222 or email ebra­band@greens­boromd.com.

Santa’s Magic Work­shop will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Dec. 10, and Dec. 16 and 17 at Marti­nak State Park in Den­ton. Ad­mis­sion is one canned good per per­son for con­tri­bu­tion to the St. Martin’s Barn Food Pantry.

The event fea­tures free hayrides, hol­i­day Christ­mas tree crafts, Santa vis­its, a model train dis­play and free re­fresh­ments. Santa’s Magic Work­shop is a part­ner­ship with Caro­line County Re­cre­ation and Parks be­tween Marti­nak State Park. The en­chanted il­lu­mi­nated camp­ground will be open each day from 6 to 9 p.m. un­til Dec. 31.

Federalsburg will host its an­nual Christ­mas pa­rade at 7 p.m. Mon­day, Dec. 12. The pa­rade will go down Main Street and fea­ture Santa Claus who will visit with res­i­dents at the Federalsburg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

The Federalsburg His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will spon­sor Christ­mas in the Mu­seum from 6 to 10 p.m. Mon­day, Dec. 12. This open house will fea­ture dec­o­rated Christ­mas trees and re­fresh­ments of hot cider and cook­ies. Santa Claus will be stop­ping by after the Federalsburg Christ­mas Pa­rade to greet chil­dren. Christ­mas wreaths will be made and sold.

The Ridgely “Live Na­tiv­ity” Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 17, in the lot next to Ridgely Town Hall on Cen­tral Av­enue. The free event will fea­ture cos­tumed ac­tors, an­i­mals and live mu­sic de­pict­ing the Christ­mas Stor y.

The Lions Clubs in Ridgely and Den­ton will host the third an­nual Santa Chase Sun­day, Dec. 18, at Marti­nak State Park in Den­ton. Reg­is­tra­tion opens at 3:30 p.m and the race starts at 4:45 p.m.. Pr­ereg­is­tra­tion is $15 per run­ner by Dec. 5, or $50 for a group of four.

The run will be in the dark with can­dle lu­mi­nar­ies mark­ing the trail. The char­ity run also in­cludes hol­i­day cos­tume prizes and hol­i­day glow bands. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-479-8120 or visit car­o­linerecre­ation.org.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

A young­ster from Ridgely’s To the Pointe Dance Stu­dio per­forms at the 2015 Den­ton Hol­i­day Pa­rade.

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