Holidays are in full swing in Calvert
It’s the holiday season, and nowhere is it more evident than right here in our own Calvert County. As we come off the heels of the annual parades in Prince Frederick and the Twin Beaches, we see the county lit up in decorative holiday lights from its head to its toe.
And the celebration of the season continues this weekend with a slew of events planned throughout Calvert for both kids and adults, and even for our four-legged family members. We hope those staying in town over the coming days will enjoy one or more of these holiday happenings and engage in the festive spirit with others in our community.
The weekend starts in Solomons with the annual Christmas Walk this evening, Dec. 7, as well as tomorrow, Dec. 8. The Calvert Marine Museum will be free from 6 to 9 p.m., offering musical entertainment, Santa, crafts and shopping. Santa’s Coffee House will be open Saturday with complimentary hot drinks and cookies, and a Christmas market will start at 4 p.m. both nights between Lore Oyster House and Kingfisher’s. The highlight will be Saturday starting around 6:30 p.m. when firefighters deliver Santa to the gazebo and the Christmas tree and gazebo lights are turned on, as the Lighted Boat Parade gets ready to start at the Riverwalk. A free kids’ show will start earlier at 6 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
While you’re down there in the Solomons area, visit Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center for its ongoing Garden in Lights display — always a crowd pleaser. The show runs through New Year’s Day; go to annmariegarden.org for more information.
And Santa will make another appearance in southern Calvert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon at the Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department. Kids are invited to dine with the big man in red.
For those who live further north and can’t make it to the southern tip of the peninsula this weekend, Twin Beach Players will stage the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 8 p.m. tonight and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at The Boys and Girls Club, 9021 Dayton Ave. in North Beach. Tomorrow’s matinee is by donation only. Tickets are $12 to $15. Go to http://twinbeachplayers.org for more information.
Still looking for the perfect handmade gifts for loved ones on your Christmas list? There are opportunities to shop what local artisans and vendors have to offer Saturday, starting with Annmarie Garden’s Holiday Makers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each holiday market offered on Saturdays in December features a different mix of vendors selling handcrafted and homegrown items. Admission to the market area is free.
Later in the evening Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m., calvART Gallery in Prince Frederick will host an opening reception for “A Winter Wonderland,” a show highlighting small works created by gallery artists in celebration of the holidays. Meet and talk with the artists while enjoying light refreshments, and do some holiday shopping at the gallery. Go to www.calvartgallery.org to learn more.
In northern Calvert, All Saints Episcopal Church will host its annual Christmas Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 100 Lower Marlboro Road in Sunderland, featuring crafters, music, gourmet cocoa and baked goods, while the Northern High Band Boosters will host their annual Holiday Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school with more than 80 vendors, door prizes and a visit from Santa; all ages are invited to perform in a brief holiday concert 11 a.m. at the Mary Harrison Cultural Arts Center. Go to http:// northernhighbands.com.
Or make your own arts and crafts. Kids are invited to the Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum gift shop for a free twig snowflake workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in St. Leonard; go to www.jefpat.org for more information.
Calvert Library’s Prince Frederick and Twin Beaches branches will each hold gingerbread house workshops from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday; participants should bring a bag of edible decorations to share and register at http://calvertlibrary.info.
There’s even something for the pets this weekend. The new Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter will host dog and cat photos with Santa for a $5 fee from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at 5055 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick. There will also be a kids coloring station, paw print tile making and refreshments. Proceeds benefit the shelter. Email nochained[email protected]cast.net for more information. In addition, local PetSmart stores will offer free pet photos with Santa from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; go to www.petsmart.com.
But the holidays aren’t just about celebrating the Christian faith’s Christmas. Congregation Beit Chaverim plans to celebrate Chanukah with the Festival of Lights at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. To learn the location of that event, call 443295-3369 or email [email protected]
Year in and year out, come this time of year, Calvert is always aglow, literally and spiritually.
This weekend, and all the remaining weekends in December, we hope residents will keep up that traditional festive spirit and make new holiday memories to last a lifetime right here in their own backyard.