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Christmas in Shepherdstown schedule

November 29, 2013
Shepherdstown Chronicle

Shepherdstown will kick off its annual Christmas celebration the day after Thanksgiving.

This year's celebration will include many new events and activities, especially for children.

And it will last longer than those of previous years, with events and activities scheduled for every weekend between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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As always, major events will include the lighting of the town tree and arrival of Santa the evening of November 29 and the town's annual Christmas parade the morning of Dec. 7.

These events and most other happenings in the town will be free. The full schedule follows below. Most events will be free; those that will require an admission fee are marked on the schedule with an asterisk (*).

In addition to scheduled events and activities, the town's restaurants will offer holiday fare and many shops will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays. The town's regular shops will be supplemented by two special holiday marketplaces that will be open throughout the period: one at the War Memorial Building offering art, home dcor, seasonal items, specialty foods, clothing and jewelry; and another at the Entler Hotel offering wreaths, holiday food, bird houses, pottery, soaps, clothing and candles.

There will be free parking in all the metered spaces in Shepherdstown on Friday, Nov. 29; Nov. 30 and Dec. 1; and Dec. 7 and 8. There will also be free parking from Dec. 14 through Dec. 25. In addition, free parking will be available weekends in Shepherd University parking lot "A" at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown.

Details of some activities may change and new events may be added. Please check the Shepherdstown Visitor's Center website at www.shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com for the latest schedule information. If you have questions, contact Visitor's Center Director Jan Hafer at 304-876-2786 or info@shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.

Friday, Nov. 29

4-8 p.m. Chili and Cornbread Supper* sponsored by the Kiwanis Club. War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street. (Admission $4 to $6.)

4-8 p.m. Bonfire, roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and s'mores. King and German streets.

5:30 p.m. Grinch arrives with Mrs. Santa and the Whoville residents. King and German streets.

5:30-7 p.m. Photography exhibition and reception: Hali Taylor portraits of town residents.

Butterfly.net building, 123 East German Street.

6 p.m. Mrs. Santa reads How the Grinch Stole Christmas. McMurran Hall lawn, King and German streets.

6:15 p.m. Lighting of Town Christmas Tree. McMurran Hall lawn.

6:25 p.m. Music: Flash mob singing Jingle Bells. King and German streets.

6:30 p.m. Santa arrives. McMurran Hall lawn. Afterwards, Santa and his elves entertain children inside McMurran Hall.

Saturday, Nov. 30

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

12-5 p.m. Roasted chestnuts. King and German streets.

12-3 p.m. "Unity in Our Community" Celebration for Children. Santa, face painting, a magic show, hot chocolate and cookies. War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street.

12-2 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a small limestone cottage in full detail, will be open. Princess Street, between German and High streets.

12-2 p.m. Carriage rides with Haflinger ponies. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1-3 p.m. Music: Choral Arts Society of Frederick strolling the streets.

2-4 p.m. Children's Films at the Opera House. 1960s classics: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 131 West German Street.

6, 7, and 8 p.m. Live Nativity on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church. Corner of German and Church streets.

Sunday, Dec. 1

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. On King Street behind Library.

12-2 p.m. Carriage rides with Haflinger ponies. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

12-4 p.m. Ornament-making workshop. Yarnability store, 219 South Duke Street.

1-4 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

2-4 p.m. Music: Annual Christmas Concert at O'Hurley's General Store, 205 East Washington Street.

6 p.m. Church Open House featuring an Advent covered dish supper and devotional. Christ Reformed Church, 304 East German Street.

Friday, Dec. 6

2:30-3:30 p.m. Music: Shepherdstown Middle School Chorus performance. In front of Library, 100 West German Street.

4-7 p.m. Art Market sponsored by Shepherd University's Department of Contemporary Art and Theater. Students, faculty and alumni will be selling original and unique prints, drawings, photos, crafts and more. Room 112 of the Center for Contemporary Art on the University camps.

4:30-7:30 p.m. "Old Tyme" Christmas Dinner* at the Shepherd University Dining Hall on the University campus. (Admission $4-$8.)

7-11 p.m. Annual Rotary Charity Gala.* At the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. Proceeds benefit various local charities. (Contact Rotary at 304-264-7919 for ticket information.)

Saturday, Dec. 7

10 a.m. Annual Jingle Bell Jog (Registration at 9:00 a.m.). A 5K run through town. Dress in festive attire. Fundraiser for Candy Cane Express, so bring new toy as entrance fee. Shepherd University Wellness Center, 164 University Drive.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Roasted chestnuts. King and German streets.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church Annual Cookie Walk. Includes craft Fair, soup and BBQ. Corner of German and Church streets.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bunker Hill Model Train Exhibit. Santa will be present from 12 noon-3:00 p.m. Shepherdstown Train Station, 100 Audrey Egle Drive.

11 a.m. Annual Christmas Parade. German Street, from Church to Princess streets.

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. Santa will be present, along with storytellers, from 12 -2 p.m. 129 East German Street.

12-2 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a small limestone cottage in full detail, will be open. Princess Street, between German and High streets.

12-2 p.m. Carriage rides with Haflinger ponies. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

1, 6, 7 and 8 p.m. Live Nativity on the lawn of Trinity Episcopal Church. Corner of German and Church streets.

2-4 p.m. Children's Films at the Opera House: The Snowman, The Polar Express. 131 West German Street.

2-4 p.m. Children's Tea*. For boys and girls. Bring your favorite doll, stuffed animal or action figure. War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street. (Admission $7 to $15.)

2:30-4:30 p.m. Festive Pop-Up Dances. Inside, outside, and all around town. By the Goose Route Arts Collaborative.

5:30-7:30 p.m. Art exhibit and reception. Featuring local artists. The Bridge Gallery, 8566 Shepherdstown Pike.

7:30-9:30 p.m. Music: Holiday Gala Concert.* At the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. Sponsored by the Friends of Music. (Admission $20.)

8 p.m. Contra Dance.* Sponsored by Shepherdstown Music and Dance. Preceded by potluck supper and members' art show at 6 p.m. and beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m. War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street. (Admission $4-$10.)

Sunday, Dec. 8

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market. On King Street behind Library.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bunker Hill Model Train Exhibit. Santa will be present from 1-3 p.m. Shepherdstown Train Station, 100 Audrey Egle Drive.

12-2 p.m. Carriage rides with Haflinger ponies. Pick up in front of Town Hall.

12-4 p.m. Ornament-making workshop. Yarnability store, 219 South Duke Street.

12:30 pm. Dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol, by the Genesius Players. 122 West German Street.

1-4 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

2-4 p.m. Music: Annual Christmas Sing-Along at O'Hurley's General Store. All are invited either to sing or just to listen. 205 East Washington Street.

3- 4:30 p.m. Music: Holiday Gala Concert* at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. Sponsored by The Friends of Music. (Admission $20.)

Friday, Dec. 13

10:30-11:30 a.m. Holiday Stories and Songs. Music with Chelsea McBee and Mike Tollifson, and stories with Mrs. Santa Claus. Trinity Episcopal Church Chapel. corner of German and Church streets.

Saturday, Dec. 14

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. Santa will be in residence 12-2 p.m. 129 East German Street.

12-5 p.m. Roasted chestnuts. King and German streets.

12-2 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a small limestone cottage in full detail, will be open. Princess Street, between German and High streets.

12-2 p.m. Holiday crafts, games and fun for children. For ages 10 and under. At the Train Station, 100 Audrey Egle Drive.

1-3 p.m. Music: Choral Arts Society of Frederick strolling the streets.

2-3:30 p.m. Children's Film at the Opera House: Elf. 131 West German Street.

2-4 p.m. Christmas Story Time: Mrs. Claus reading Christmas classics, festive music by Tony M, and other children's activities. At the Train Station, 100 Audrey Egle Drive. Sponsored by Shepherdstown Public Library.

2 and 7 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet* performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance. Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. (Admission $15 and $20.)

3-4 p.m. Music: Ruth Raubertas on harp. Four Seasons Book Store, 116 West German Street

4 p.m. Open House Reception with a Victorian Father Christmas. Black Box Arts Center, 113 South Princess Street.

5 p.m. Star Wars Night at The Opera House* with trivia games, impersonators and the classic film. Benefit for Toys for Tots. 131 West German Street. (Admission $5 donation or new toy.)

6 p.m. Dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol,"* by the Genesius Players. Black Box Arts Center, 113 South Princess Street. (Admission pay-what-you-can to benefit the Center.)

Sunday, Dec. 15

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market on King Street behind Library.

12-4 p.m. Ornament-making workshop. Yarnability store, 219 South Duke Street.

1-2 p.m. Music: Village Brass Quintet performing holiday jazz. McMurran Hall steps, King and German streets.

1-4 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street

2 pm. Dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol, by the Genesius Players. 122 West German Street.

2 p.m. Nutcracker Ballet* performed by The Shepherdstown School of Dance. Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. (Admission $15/$20

7 p.m. Music: Celtic Concert featuring The Sound of Sleat. O'Hurley's General Store, 205 East Washington Street

Friday, Dec. 20

6-8:30 p.m. Jala Yoga Winter Solstice Celebration.* Pot luck supper follows; bring a dish to share. War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street. (Donation requested to benefit local families.)

Saturday, Dec. 21

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. Santa will be in residence 12:00-2:00 p.m. 129 East German Street

11 a.m. Dramatic reading of "A Christmas Carol, by the Genesius Players. 122 West German Street.

12-5 p.m. Roasted chestnuts. King and German Streets

12-2 p.m. Little House. Another Shepherdstown landmark, a small limestone cottage in full detail, will be open. Princess Street, between German and High streets.

12-2 p.m. Holiday crafts, games and fun for children. For ages 10 and under. At the Train Station, 100 Audrey Egle Drive.

1 p.m. Music: Tuba Christmas performance on the steps of McMurran Hall, King and German streets.

2-3:30 p.m. Children's Film at the Opera House: A Christmas Story. 131 West German Street.

3:30-5 p.m. Ugly Christmas Sweaters. Prizes offered for wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater. Light refreshments. ReFINEments store, 123 West German Street.

8-9:30 p.m. Music: A Blues Christmas with the Billy Thompson Band at the Opera House.* 131 West German Street. (Admission $5.)

Sunday, Dec. 22

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shepherdstown Farmers Market on King Street behind Library.

12-4 p.m. Ornament-making workshop. Yarnability store, 219 South Duke Street.

1-4 p.m. Historic Shepherdstown Museum. One of Shepherdstown's major historic icons will be open. 129 East German Street.

1-6 p.m. Church Open House: Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington Street.

2-5 p.m. Church Open House: Enjoy hot drinks and cookies while you view collection of Nativity Scenes. New Street United Methodist Church, 202 West New Street.

 
 
 

 

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