Hol­i­days are in full swing in Calvert

The Calvert Recorder - - Community Forum -

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.

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