Cel­e­brate with Fes­ti­val of Lights, Christ­mas past, gin­ger­bread houses and more events

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Fes­ti­val of Lights at Watkins Park, in Up­per Marl­boro. Spec­tac­u­lar hol­i­day drive-through fea­tures more than one mil­lion twin­kling lights and one of the tallest tree dis­plays in the state! Hours: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Cars, $5. Re­mem­ber to bring canned goods for lo­cal food banks.

and daily, noon to 5 p.m.: The 17th An­nual Gin­ger­bread House Con­test & Show at Dar­nall’s Chance House Mu­seum in Up­per Marl­boro. Visi­tors have the op­por­tu­nity to vote for their fa­vorite en­tries — each win­ning en­try will re­ceive $200. Ad­mis­sion: $1. Info: 301952-8010.

Hol­i­day Per­for­mances at Na­tional Har­bor at 1 p.m. You can also ad­mire the 60’ Christ­mas tree, dec­o­rated with 20,000 lights.

Free healthy hol­i­day cook­ing demon­stra­tions at the Sports & Learning Com­plex, 8001 Sher­iff Rd., in Lan­dover. En­joy sam­ples, take home new recipes and learn to pre­pare de­li­cious meals for your loved ones this Christ­mas sea­son. No reg­is­tra­tion re­quired. Hours: 7 to 8 p.m. Info: 301-5832400.

The 15th an­nual Vic­to­rian Christ­mas at the Dr. Sa­muel A. Mudd House in Wal­dorf, dec­o­rated as it would have been in the Vic­to­rian pe­riod. Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, Civil War en­camp­ment, mu­sic, re­fresh­ments and a walk­ing tour of the House. Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ad­mis­sion: $8 for adults and $2 for chil­dren. Info: 301-274-9358.

Day of Prayer at Loy­ola on the Po­tomac, in Faulkner. The day be­gins with con­ti­nen­tal break­fast at 9 and con­cludes at 3 p.m. Fee: $40. Info: 301392-0800 or www.loy­olaon­the­p­o­tomac.com.

The Sur­ratt House, in Clin­ton, in­vites you to en­joy Christ­mas past with the dis­play of pe­riod dec­o­ra­tions, ex­hibits, tours and treats. Ad­mis­sion. Wed.-Fri­day, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sat & Sun, noon to 4 p.m. Info: 301-868-1121.

No-Shave Novem­ber

As he opened the town meet­ing on Nov. 15, Morn­ing­side Mayor Benn Cann apol­o­gized for not shav­ing. He’s par­tic­i­pat­ing in No-Shave Novem­ber. The goal is to grow aware­ness by “em­brac­ing our hair, which many can­cer pa­tients lose.” Money spent on shav­ing and groom­ing should be used for can­cer pre­ven­tion ed­u­ca­tion and men’s health is­sues.


Shhh! Santa will be show­ing up at Morn­ing­side’s Break­fast with Santa on Dec. 10 (but he’ll re­ally be Os­car Por­tillo).

Cpl. Con­rad D’Haiti, Sky­line’s first C.O.P.S. of­fi­cer some years ago, is re­tir­ing from the county po­lice at the end of the year. He dropped by the Sky­line Ci­ti­zens’ meet­ing Nov. 16 at the fire­house, to say good­bye. Among his re­cent ac­tiv­i­ties was tak­ing Po­lice Ex­plor­ers to Ari­zona Na­tional Park. He was given an award as a dis­tin­guished ad­vi­sor for the Ex­plor­ers.

Morn­ing­side Mayor Cann will grad­u­ate Dec. 12 from the Ci­ti­zens Po­lice Academy at Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege. The academy is a 12week pro­gram that fea­tures all sorts of po­lice ac­tiv­i­ties.

I have en­joyed hav­ing daugh­ter Therese Gal­le­gos vis­it­ing the past sev­eral weeks. I fi­nally saw her off Nov. 17, headed for a visit with for­mer class­mate Ce­celia DuMais and her hus­band Jim Ro­han in West Vir­ginia be­fore driv­ing to West Ch­ester, Ohio, to spend a week with my daugh­ter Kath­leen Shearer, be­fore head­ing home to Brownsville, Texas.

Chang­ing land­scape

Prince Ge­orge’s County Ex­ec­u­tive Rush­ern Baker III (D) de­liv­ered re­marks at the ground­break­ing of the new state-of-the-art Oxon Hill Fire/ EMS Sta­tion, at 6500 Clip­per Way, on Nov. 7. The sta­tion will be about 1 mile from Oxon Hill Fire/EMS sta­tion No. 821 and about 2 miles from Oxon Hill Fire/EMS sta­tion No. 842. Of­fi­cials hope for com­ple­tion by De­cem­ber 2017.

For the first time in its 65year his­tory, the Miss World pageant is com­ing to the U. S. — to the Gay­lord at Na­tional Har­bor. Con­tes­tants from 140 coun­tries will com­pete. The grand fi­nale will be on Dec. 18.

I make fre­quent trips into Wash­ing­ton, and for three years I’ve seen the Capi­tol shrouded in scaf­fold­ing. On Oct. 27 the last of the scaf­fold­ing was re­moved. Among the re­pairs, 14 lay­ers of paint (in­clud­ing some of the very first coat) were re­moved and the sur­face re­painted with 1,215 gal­lons of paint in three lay­ers. The top coat color is “Dome White.”

Did you know that the Capi­tol dome is the tallest cast-iron dome in the world? And it looks won­der­ful.

Suit­land Mem­o­ries: 1950

On Nov. 17, 1950, the Suit­land Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion was in­cor­po­rated by the State Tax Com­mis­sion and later changed its name to The Suit­land Ci­ti­zens As­so­ci­a­tion. By 2002, this com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tion re­vamped its name yet again and be­came the Suit­land Civic As­so­ci­a­tion, with meet­ings at the new wa­ter tower on Suit­land Road.

Noted in­ven­tor dies in Oxon Hill fire

Ge­orge Nau­flett, 84, a renowned African-Amer­i­can chemist and in­ven­tor, died in a fire at his Oxon Hill home on Oct. 28. He and his wife at­tempted to es­cape to­gether; she es­caped but he didn’t make it out.

He was born in the seg­re­gated South and left school af­ter eighth grade, but he was able to get his GED, join the Air Force, grad­u­ate from Touga­loo Col­lege in Jack­son, Miss., and go on to Howard Univer­sity for grad­u­ate school.

He worked 42 years in a Navy lab where he re­ceived more than two dozen patents for his in­ven­tions. His work was fea­tured in “The In­ven­tive Spirit of African-Amer­i­cans: Patented In­ge­nu­ity.”

He met his wife Min­nie when they were teenagers in Mis­sis­sippi and they mar­ried in 1964.

They had three chil­dren; sadly, one son died in a car ac­ci­dent in 1984.

One of the last things Ge­orge and Min­nie did to­gether was to vote early in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.


Happy birth­day to Dar­ryl Moss, Nov. 26; Arthur Rose, Nov. 27; Thomas Ship­man, Sr., Nov. 28; Devin Kane Blade, Nov. 29; Karen Wind­sor, Alexis R. Paige and Ra­mona Britt, Nov. 30; Mary Doyle, Su­san McKay and Jon Fos­ter, Dec. 1.

Happy an­niver­sary to Gary and Ivy Kline on Nov. 28.

Happy Thanks­giv­ing to all my read­ers!

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