Holiday calendar

CHARLES TOWN – There’s no shortage of special events to get you in the holiday mood in the weeks to come, from parades in Ranson, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown to performances of the musical “Scrooge” at the Old Opera House, plus a variety of kids’ fun offered through Jefferson County Parks and Rec, and much more.

A day-by-day look at what’s ahead:

Friday

Tree lighting: Charles Town’s tree lighting ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on the grounds of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Also planned: caroling and a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Santa Claus.

Holiday fundraiser: The Kiwanis’ annual chili and cornbread holiday fundraiser happens from 5 to 8 p.m. on the upper floor of the War Memorial Building on German Street in Shepherdstown. Adults pay $6; children 6 to 12 pay $4; those 5 and younger eat free. For details, call 304-725-8084.

Tree lighting: Harpers Ferry lights its Christmas tree at 7 p.m. in the town gazebo. The Harpers Ferry Women’s Club will serve hot chocolate and cookies.

Shepherdstown shopping: The 2012 “Christmas in Shepherdstown” spectacular kicks off at 10 a.m. with retailers across town offering deals and “sweets and sips” refreshments. Stores stay open until 8 p.m. For more details, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Santa in Shepherdstown: At 6 p.m., German Street closes to traffic from Church to Princess streets for festivities that include a reading of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mrs. Claus, a holiday greeting from Mayor Jim Auxer, the lighting of the town Christmas tree on the McMurran Hall lawn, Santa’s arrival, the chance for photos with Santa and then “Music in the Windows” at Shepherdstown Sweet Shop, Mellow Moods and Bistro 112 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Christmas Bazaar: It’s the debut of the Shepherdstown Community Club’s 2012 Christmas Bazaar, happening from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and featuring handmade gifts, crafts, art, gourmet baked goods and more. Vendors will be set up in the War Memorial Building at 102 E. German St. in Shepherdstown.

Saturday

Shop Local Saturday: The counterpoint to Black Friday, area businesses are offering special deals and other enticements to encourage Eastern Panhandle residents to shop close to home.

Tree lighting: Santa and Ranson Mayor Dave Hamill will team up to light the town Christmas tree in Lancaster Circle in a two-hour event that begins at 6 p.m. Other fun: horse-drawn wagon rides, the chance for youngsters to visit with Mr. Claus, songs from Ranson Elementary and other groups, plus more.

Shepherdstown festivities: Christmas in Shepherdstown events include stores offering specials and “sips and sweets” from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the Shepherdstown Community Club’s Christmas Bazaar with baked goods, crafts, art, wreaths and greenery, and more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Building; the “Little House” on Princess Street will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; “Unity in the Community” Christmas celebration with Santa, face painters, a magic show and more from noon to 3 p.m. at the War Memorial Building; free carriage rides from Town Hall from noon to 2 p.m. (if weather permits); and a live nativity in front of Trinity Episcopal Church at the corner of German and Church streets at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. For details, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Sunday

Christmas music: The free annual Christmas music get-together happens at O’Hurley’s General Store at 205 E. Washington St. in Shepherdstown. The Thursday musicians perform in the Great Hall from 2 to 3 p.m. For details, call O’Hurley’s at 304-876-6907.

Shepherdstown festivities: Stores in Shepherdstown offer “sips and sweets” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the Shepherdstown Community Club’s Christmas Bazaar with baked goods, crafts, art, wreaths and greenery, and more runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Building; there are free carriage rides from Town Hall from noon to 2 p.m. (if weather permits); and more. For details, see Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Nov. 30

Old Tyme Christmas: Harpers Ferry kicks off its free, old-fashioned Christmas celebration with an opening reception under a tent on Shenandoah Street at 6:30 followed by the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. Participants then gather outside for a yule log celebration and caroling up High Street. A tree-lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a live nativity starting at 8:15 p.m. Shops close at 9 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 9:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.

Christmas dinner: Anyone is welcome to come to Shepherd University’s Old Tyme Christmas Dinner at the school’s dining hall from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults or $4 for children 3 to 11. The menu includes prime rib, ham, roast turkey and fixings, seafood casserole, veggies, figgy pudding and more.

Dec. 1

Breakfast with Santa: Children and their adult companions can come out between 7 and 11 a.m. for a full breakfast and the chance to chat with Santa and take home a commemorative photo. The fifth-annual community event is put on by volunteers from Independent Fire Hall at 200 W. Second Ave. in Ranson. The cost is by-donation, with adults asked to give $6. For details, call 304-725-2514.

Parade: The Christmas in Shepherdstown parade through downtown is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. For more details, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Holiday concert: The Friends of Music’s Holiday Gala Concert features the Shepherd University Wind Symphony, Camerata Singers, Masterworks Chorale and others. A reception at the Cress Creek Country Club follows the 7:30 p.m. show at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on the Shepherd campus. Tickets cost $22. To reserve a seat or learn more, go to sufom.org.

Shepherdstown festivities: Special Christmas in Shepherdstown events include a model train exhibit at the Shepherdstown Train Station from noon to 4 p.m.; the Shepherdstown Community Club’s Christmas Bazaar with baked goods, crafts, art, wreaths and greenery, and more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Building; the “Little House” on Princess Street will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the parade through town at 11 a.m.; free carriage rides from Town Hall from noon to 2 p.m. (if weather permits); and a live nativity in front of Trinity Episcopal Church at the corner of German and Church streets at noon, 1 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. For details, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Nativity collection: Come to New Street United Methodist Church’s open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for cookies, hot drinks and the chance to look at a collection of nativity scenes. The church is located at the corner of Church and New streets in Shepherdstown. For details, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Holiday tea party: New to the Christmas in Shepherdstown celebration is a tea for “ladies, girls and their dolls” sponsored by the D’Accord Boutique and Shaharazade’s Tea Room. The event in the War Memorial Building happens from 2 to 4 p.m. and will be led by Judy Larkin, a.k.a. “The Tea Lady,” who will lecture on the tea party tradition. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the D’Accord Boutique, Bistro 112, Dickinson & Wait, and Now & Then Shop. For details, go to Christmasinshepherdstown.com.

Parade: The Charles Town-Ranson Christmas Parade starts at 2 p.m. and moves along Mildred and Washington streets. This year’s theme: “Christmas Dreams.”

Harpers Ferry Christmas: Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas starts when shops open at 9 a.m. At the same time, a bake sale/soup sale begins at Thomas Hall in the rear of St. Peter’s Church. Other fun will include an open house at the Appalachian Trail Visitor Center at 799 Washington St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free cookies, hot cider and coffee; horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; a children’s storytelling hour at the Train Station at noon; a performance by harpist Barbara Bailey Bradley at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s; ornament making at the Train Station from 1 to 2 p.m., a Wonderment Puppet Theater show at the Train Station at 4:15 p.m.; plus school choir performances, Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus strolling along High and Potomac streets and a live nativity at St. Peter’s at 6 p.m. Shops close at 9 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 9:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.

Historic program: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park offers “Prospects of Peace,” a special program on soldiers’ lives in Harpers Ferry at Christmas of 1864, in the Lower Town district. The free program may be seen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-535-6029 or go to nps.gov/hafe.

Ghosts of Christmas past: Ann Fern, author of “Charles Town, West Virginia – A Haunted History,” leads a benefit ghost tour through downtown Charles Town at 7 p.m. Half of the proceeds go to the local “Be a Santa to a Senior” program. A ticket costs $10 or $5 for those 11 and younger (although Fern notes the tour is not intended for small children). To reserve a spot or get more information, contact Charles Town Ghost Tours (304-724-6741 or Afernriver@aol.com).

Dec. 2

“TubaChristmas”: A holiday tradition that dates to 1974, “TubaChristmas” invites musicians who plays the tuba or instruments in its family such as the sousaphone, baritone and euphonium to gather to perform a free, public Christmas concert. The show begins at 1 p.m. at 175 High St. in downtown Harpers Ferry. (Interested musicians can sign up starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Town Office on Washington Street next to firehouse. For details, call coordinator Rick Reaves

at 540-751-2403.)

Parade/5K: The annual South Berkeley Christmas Parade and 5K starts at 2 p.m. at Musselman High School off U.S. 11 in Inwood. Hundreds of runners kick off the event, with the parade beginning immediately after.

Holiday Gala Concert: Friends of Music features the Shepherd University Wind Symphony, Camerata Singers, Masterworks Chorale and others. The show starts at 3 p.m. at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on the Shepherd campus. Tickets cost $22. To reserve a seat or learn more, go to sufom.org.

Carol-a-Long: Whether you love to sing Christmas carols or prefer to listen, the Great Hall inside O’Hurley’s General Store in Shepherdstown at 205 E. Washington St. is the place to be from 2 to 3 p.m. for the free annual community Christmas Carol Sing-a-long. For details, call 304-876-6907.

Harpers Ferry Christmas: Organizers of Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas invite visitors start the day at one of the town’s historic churches. Worship begins at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal; 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran; and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist and Gospel Chapel Assembly of God. Shops open at 10 a.m. A bake sale/soup sale begins at 10 a.m. at Thomas Hall in the rear of St. Peter’s Church. At the church at 4 p.m., Rick Garland of O’Be Joyfull ghost tours offers a talk. Other fun will include horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; strolling singers; “TubaChristmas” at 1 p.m. at 175 High St.; a Wonderment Puppet Theater show and other kids’ activities at the Train Station; singers and a dulcimer concert at St. Peter’s; and more. Shops close at 6 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 6:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.

Historic program: Harpers Ferry National Historic Park offers “Prospects of Peace,” a special program on soldiers’ lives in Harpers Ferry at Christmas of 1864, in the Lower Town district. The free program may be seen from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 304-535-6029 or go to nps.gov/hafe.

Dec. 4

Healthy holiday workshop: Kimberly Huneycutt hosts a free workshop, “Keep Calm and Have a Healthy Holiday,” at her business, Harpers Ferry Massage Therapy and Wellness Center at 1441 W. Washington St. She’ll provide recipes, handouts and snacks from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For details, call 304-535-1599.

Dec. 6

“Scrooge”: Tickets for tonight’s debut of the Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic are sold out, but you can reserve your seat for another performance at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Ticket prices range from $8 for students to $17 for adults attending a Friday or Saturday evening performance. Matinees and Thursday shows are discounted. To get tickets, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Dec. 7

Holiday teen dance: Jefferson County Parks and Rec offers its holiday dance for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park. The dance, happening from 6:30 to 10 p.m., costs $8. (Students must bring their school IDs or have a parent sign them in. School dress codes and rules apply.) For details, call 304-728-3207.

“Scrooge”: The Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic begins at 8 p.m. at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Ticket prices range from $8 for students to $17 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Charity Gala: The Shepherdstown Rotary hosts its annual black-tie fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Fire Hall. All proceeds go to service organizations in the area. For details, contact club secretary Rick Caruso (304-264-7919 or info@shepherdstownrotary.org).

Dec. 8

Parade: The ninth-annual Harpers Ferry/Bolivar Christmas Parade begins at 2:30 p.m. It starts at the bottom of Bolivar Heights and moves along Union Street.

Reindeer Roundup: Kids age 2 to 5 can listen to Christmas stories and make Christmas crafts with Jefferson County Parks and Rec workers while Mom and Dad leave to tackle shopping or other holiday tasks elsewhere. Class costs $12 plus a $5 materials fee. It happens at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park starting at 10:30 a.m. To sign up or get more details, go to jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207.

Elf PJ Party: Parents can drop off a pajama-clad child age 5 or older to enjoy basketball, movies, holiday songs, crafts plus pizza for dinner and festive treats from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park. The cost is $20 and pre-registration is required. To sign up or get details, go to jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207.

“Scrooge”: The Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic starts at 8 p.m. at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Ticket prices range from $8 for students to $17 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

“The Nutcracker”: Dancers from the Shepherdstown School of Dance as well as professionals from the community bring the classic holiday ballet to life at at 7 p.m. at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus. For ticket prices or other details, go to Shepherdstownschoolofdance.com or call 304-264-1832.

Harpers Ferry Christmas: Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas starts when shops open at 9 a.m. At the same time, a bake sale/soup sale begins at Thomas Hall in the rear of St. Peter’s Church. Other fun will include horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; a children’s storytelling hour at the Train Station at noon; plus performances by the Rolling Coyotes, the jazz band from Jefferson High and the chorus from Charles Town Middle School, all at St. Peter’s; Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus strolling along High and Potomac streets; and a living nativity at St. Peter’s at 6 p.m. Shops close at 9 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 9:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.

Dec. 9

“Scrooge”: See a bargain matinee of the Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic starting at 2:30 p.m. at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets cost $8 for students or $15 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

“The Nutcracker”: Catch a matinee performance as dancers from the Shepherdstown School of Dance as well as professionals from the community bring the classic holiday ballet to life at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts on Shepherd University campus at 2 p.m. For ticket prices and other information, go to Shepherdstownschoolofdance.com or call 304-264-1832.

Harpers Ferry Christmas: Organizers of Harpers Ferry’s free Old Tyme Christmas invite visitors to start the day at one of the town’s historic churches. Worship begins at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal; 10 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran; and at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist and Gospel Chapel Assembly of God. Shops open at 10 a.m. A bake sale/soup sale begins at 10 a.m. at Thomas Hall in the rear of St. Peter’s Church. Other fun will include horse and wagon rides along Shenandoah Street from noon to 5 p.m.; strolling singers; balloon sculptures and other kids’ activities at the Train Station; live music at St. Peter’s. Shops close at 6 p.m. and the final shuttle bus departs at 6:30 p.m. For details, see historicharpersferry.com.

Dec. 13

“Scrooge”: The Thursday performance of the Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic starts at 7:30 p.m. at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets cost $8 for students or just $13 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Dec. 14

Candy cooking workshop: Aunt Irene’s bakery owner Michelle Foust leads a workshop where anyone 8 or older will learn to make dipped chocolate marshmallows and pulled taffy treats. The hands-on, kid-friendly workshop will let each participant leave with a book of goodies suitable for gift-giving. The class at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park happens from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $15. To sign up or get more details, go to jcprc.org or call 304-728-3207.

“Scrooge”: The Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic begins at 8 p.m. at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Ticket prices range from $8 for students to $17 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

“Velveteen Rabbit”: See the debut of Margery Williams’ heart-warming “The Velveteen Rabbit” put on by the Young Actors Theater Lab of Full Circle Theater in Shepherdstown. Tickets to the 7 p.m. performance at the theater at 113 S. Princess St. cost $8 and may be purchased at MyYATL.com. Other shows are set for Dec. 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23.

Dec. 15

Lunch with Santa: Santa will arrive by fire truck for the event, happening from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park. Cost is $10 for a photo with Mr. Claus, a Christmas craft and lunch. Parents may purchase meals at the event. To reserve a spot, call Jefferson County Parks and Rec at 304-728-3207 or go to jcprc.org.

“Scrooge”: The Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic begins at 8 p.m. at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets range from $8 for students to $17 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Christmas Bazaar: The Shepherdstown Community Club’s Christmas Bazaar continues with baked goods, crafts, art, wreaths and greenery, and more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Building. Throughout town, stores will continue their “sweets and sips” promotions from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the singers from the Choral Society of Frederick, Md., will stroll the streets singing Christmas carols from 1 to 3 p.m.

Dec. 16

“Scrooge”: It’s your final chance to see the Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic. The bargain matinee starts at 2:30 p.m. at the theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. Tickets cost $8 for students or $15 for adults. To reserve a seat, call the OOH box office at 304-725-4420.

Dec. 19

Crafting for kids: From 5 to 6 p.m., children 3 to 6 can enjoy Crafty Christmastime and make their own ornaments, to be kept or given for gifts. The class at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park costs $10, plus a $5 supply fee. Parents aren’t required to stay, but are free to join in. To reserve a spot, call Jefferson County Parks and Rec at 304-728-3207 or go to jcprc.org.

Dec. 21

Gingerbread project: Children ages 6 to 13 can create a wooden gingerbread house keepsake with artist Sheri Fiolek. The class, happening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels, costs $15. (This class will be offered again Dec. 22.) To reserve a spot, call Jefferson County Parks and Rec at 304-728-3207 or go to jcprc.org.

Dec. 22

Gingerbread project: Youngsters ages 6 to 13 have another chance to create a wooden gingerbread house keepsake with artist Sheri Fiolek. The class, happening from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park, costs $15. To reserve a spot, call Jefferson County Parks and Rec at 304-728-3207 or go to jcprc.org.

“TubaChristmas”: Tuba players or those who play instruments in its family such as the sousaphone, baritone and euphonium gather to perform a free, public Christmas concert in Shepherdstown. The tunes begin at 1 p.m. outside McMurran Hall on the corner of German and King streets. (Musicians who want to sign up should call Kathleen Corpus at 304-876-5318 or Keith Alexander at 304-876-5668.)

Dec. 24

Christmas Eve services: Churches throughout the community hold special worship services. See the Dec. 19 edition of the Spirit of Jefferson for details.

Dec. 25

Christmas Day: Churches and community groups offer special Christmas Day events. See the Dec. 19 edition of the Spirit of Jefferson for details.

Dec. 27

Holiday Sports Camp: Kids ages 6 to 13 can wrap up 2012 with three days of sports, games and arts and crafts. Campers come to Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michaels Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $60. Each child must bring a packed lunch. To reserve a spot, call Jefferson County Parks and Rec at 304-728-3207 or go to jcprc.org.

Dec. 31

Bash: Charles Town’s American Legion Jackson-Perks Post 71 holds a New Year’s Eve Bash that’s open to the public. The event starts at 6 p.m.and the band Don’t Look Back will perform rock ‘n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets cost $10, which includes snacks, party favors and champagne. The non-profit post, located at 225 W. Washington St., serves veterans of all ages. For details, call the post at 304-725-7212 or email Scot Hart at scotahart@gmail.com. 

– Christine Miller Ford

Items for this calendar appear at no cost to the businesses or organizations sponsoring the events. If you’re planning a community event that’s open to the public and want to be in the Spirit’s 2013 Holiday Planning Guide, make a note now to send your news next November to Editor@SpiritofJefferson.com. If you’d like to highlight a holiday event happening between Nov. 28 and Dec. 31, send details ASAP to Christine Miller Ford (Christine@SpiritofJefferson.com) for inclusion in an upcoming print edition of the Spirit.

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One Response to Holiday calendar

  1. It’s wonderful living in Charles Town, WV, especially, at this time

    of the year.

    Thanks for the many holiday events throughout Jefferson County.

    Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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