[cleeng_content id="661712992" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]Fun includes Santa, ‘The Nutcracker,’ holiday concerts, parade, more
As the countdown to Christmas continues, our area is chock-a-block with Santa sightings, performances of “The Nutcracker,” special shopping events, the Harpers Ferry Christmas parade, a free showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” charming carriage rides through Shepherdstown and much more.
Some of what’s on the lineup:
Holiday concert: Landau Murphy, the West Virginia native who wowed audiences nationwide on “America’s Got Talent” in 2011, stars in the “Classic Christmas Crooners Tour” at the Star Theatre in Berkeley Springs.
The 8 p.m. show also will feature his Classic Christmas Big Band and onetime vocalists from The Temptations, The Drifters and The Platters.
To learn more about the show or reserve tickets, go online to ticketriver.com/event/9165. For more on Murphy and his new Christmas CD, go to landaumurphyjr.com.
“Pasta with the Pastor”: Pastor John Unger and his wife Cara Unger continue their pre-holiday series of get-togethers, “Pasta with the Pastor,” at 6 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church at 950 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.
The Ungers will prepare pasta while guests are asked to bring salad and/or a dessert to share. The series finale happens Dec. 18 at Bolivar United Methodist Church at 1215 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.
For details, email PastorUnger@frontier.com.
Christmas help: Today is the deadline for dropping off new, unwrapped toys at the South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point. The library’s Santa’s Workshop for those in need is a project with the library, the local Kiwanis and Jefferson County Community Ministries.
Librarians say no stuffed animals or used toys can be accepted. The library is located at 49 Church St. For more information, call 304-725-6227 or go online to sojeffersonlibrary.com.
“Santaland Diaries”: Shepherdstown’s Bistro 112 hosts a special holiday dinner and reading from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as actor Tom Brooks brings to life David Sedaris’ “The Santaland Diaries.” The writer came to fame with his tales of portraying Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display. To reserve a seat, call 304-876-8477.
Library exhibition: The Charles Town Library debuts “Happy Holidays,” an exhibit of handmade and altered books crafted by the Book Artists Club of Jefferson County, with an opening reception at 7 p.m. Those who attend the event at the library at 200 E. Washington St. will get to meet the artists and enjoy holiday treats. For more information, call 304-725-2208.
Shepherdstown Christmas: “Christmas in Shepherdstown” continues with holiday songs and stories with musicians Chelsea McBee and Mike Tollifson plus stories from Mrs. Claus at the Trinity Episcopal Church Chapel. For details, go online to shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com or call the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786.
“Christmas Spirits”: The Rev. John Unger will speak at a special program sponsored by the Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
“Those Christmas Spirits of Harpers Ferry” begins at 7 p.m. at the church as 898 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. For details, call 304-535-3105.
Santa dinner: The Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. hosts a pancake dinner with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the fire station, across from Hinton Road a half-mile south of Middleway.
The cost is $10 for those 13 and older or $6 for kids 3 to 12. For more information, call 304-725-0006.
“Christmas in Shepherdstown”: The Little House on Princess Street between German and High streets will be open for walk-throughs as part of “Christmas in Shepherdstown.”
The celebration also will include holiday crafts, games and fun for children 10 and younger at the Train Station; a Christmas story time sponsored by Shepherdstown Public Library will include Mrs. Claus reading Christmas classics, festive music and other children’s activities.
For details, go online to shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com or call the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786.
“The Nutcracker”: The Shepherdstown School of Dance offers three performances of “The Nutcracker” at the Frank Arts Center at Shepherd University.
The ballet will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To get yours, go to shepherdstownschoolofdance.com or visit Encore Apparel in Motion at 104 E. German St. in Shepherdstown. For details, call 304-264-1832.
Parade: Friendship Fire Co. in Harpers Ferry hosts its annual, free Christmas parade and celebration at 2 p.m. The parade route runs from the Bolivar Visitor Center to Union Street. At the fire station, post-parade fun includes lunch and the chance to get a photo with Santa. For more information, call Chris Higdon, the fire company’s president, at 304-535-2211.
Paws and Claus: Donate $10 to Tara’s House Animal Rescue and get a 5×7 photo of your pet with Santa (taken by Tony Cooper of Martinsburg’s TLC Photography) during the annual Paws and Claus event at Black Dog Coffee at 8001 Charles Town Road in Shenandoah Junction. Call 304-724-9040 for details.
Free movie: Shepherdstown Opera House offers a free showing of 2003’s “Elf” at 2 p.m. at the historic movie house at 131 W. German St. For more information, call the theater at 304-876-3704.
“Lunch with Santa”: The Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission’s “Lunch with Santa” happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Community Center in Shenandoah Junction. Youngsters can enjoy lunch, get a photo taken with Santa, make a craft to take home, and more. The cost is $12.
To reserve a spot or to get more info, call the commission at 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.
Christmas concert: The Stevens Family from Warren, Ohio, star in a Christmas Celebration Concert at 6 p.m. at Potomac Park Retreat & Conference Center in Falling Waters. The concert at 11 Tabernacle Way off U.S. 11 is free. For details, call 304- 274-2700.
Holiday Craft Fair: The Washington High School Band Boosters will host its annual Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14 in the school’s cafeteria.
The event at 300 Patriots Drive in Charles Town also will include a silent auction, chili cookoff and a performance by the school’s Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. For details, call Lisa Ring at 304-728-8140.
Toy drive: Forgotten Children Ministries of Jefferson County hosts a toy drive from 1 to 4 p.m. at Independent Fire Hall at 200 W. Second Ave. in Ranson. For details, call 304-725-2514.
W.Va.-made: The Inwood Farmers Market at 178 Pilgrim St. holds its annual holiday open house from noon to 4 p.m.
The market, operated by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, will offer samples of local products and West Virginia-grown food and drinks as well as the chance to taste some wines made in the Mountain State.
For details, call the market at 304-229-5011.
Elf event: The annual Elf Pajama Party happens from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Commission’s Community Center in Shenandoah Junction.
Kids wear their pjs and enjoy a pizza dinner, basketball, movies, crafts, a moon bounce and treats. The cost is $20. To reserve a spot or to get more info, call the commission at 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.
Free “Grinch”: Berkeley Plaza Theatre 7 in Martinsburg hosts a free showing of the 2000 movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 10 a.m. at the theater off U.S. 11. The 2011 film “Arthur’s Christmas” also will be shown. For details, go online to berkeleytheatres7.com.
Sip –n- shop: Two of downtown Charles Town’s newest businesses, et cetera and Southern Charm, partner with some of the community’s established favorites – Alfredo’s Ristorante & Mediterranean Grill, Sokel Makeup & Skin Care, Bloomery Plantation Distillery and Black Dog Coffee – for a unique “Sip, Shop, Celebrate” event Sunday.
Patrons are invited to visit the downtown businesses from 3 to 7 p.m. for samples, sales, special food and drinks, the chance to see new fashions, and more. For details, contact et cetera owner Stephanie Pierson Smith (304-724-7003 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or find et cetera on Facebook.
Toy drive: Anyone who makes a donation for Toys for Tots can take part in the unique “Star Wars” event, with movie-inspired food and trivia and the film itself at 4 p.m. at the theater at 131 W. German St. To learn more, call the Opera House at 304-876-3704.
Children’s Christmas pageant: Middleway United Methodist Church at 7435 Queen St. holds its children’s Christmas program at 7 p.m. For details, call the church 304-728-4770.
Joy Gift: Charles Town Presbyterian Church at 222 E. Washington St., will hold its an nual Christmas service at 7 p.m. With singing and ringing choirs. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. For more information, call 304-725-5316.
Shepherdstown Christmas: “Christmas in Shepherdstown” continues with the Village Brass Quintet performing holiday jazz selections on the McMurran Hall steps in the afternoon and a Celtic concert featuring The Sound of Sleat at 7 p.m. at O’Hurley’s.
For details, call the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786 or go online to shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.
Special music: The State College (Pa.) Choral Society performs at 4 p.m. Dec. 15 in the sanctuary of St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town.
“December Colors – Double Delights” will include music for double choir (Schuetz’s “Singet dem Herren”), for brass quartet (Spanish carol “Riu Riu Chiu”), for brass and choir (C.T. Pachelbel’s “Magnificat”) and for brass and organ (J.S. Bach’s “In Dulci Jubilo”) and other pieces.
The free event is offered by the church’s Arts Academy of St. James. For more information, email Gary Penkala, pastoral associate for liturgy and music, at email@example.com or call the church office at 304-725-5558.
Christmas cantata: Asbury United Methodist Church’s Sanctuary Choir, soloists, musicians and youngsters combine their talents to perform a Christmas cantata at 11 a.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town.
The hour of musical selections will tell the Christmas story. Call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org online.
Harpers Ferry Christmas: Harpers Ferry’s Old Tyme Christmas wraps up with Breakfast with Santa at the Town’s Inn, a bake and soup sale at Thomas Hall in back of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, horse and wagon rides on Shenandoah Street; Elf Susie making balloon sculptures and a show by the Wonderment Puppet Theater, both at the Train Station; extended shopping hours; and more. For a full schedule and other details, go to historicharpersferry.com.
Bikers’ Christmas: Members of the Christian motorcycle club Fellowship Riders will visit Millville United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. at the church at 436 Millville Road. For more information, call 304-725-5893.
Holiday dinner: The Shepherdstown Community Club’s holiday dinner with entertainment from Harpers Ferry’s The Caroling Company begins at 6:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Building at German and King streets. The prime rib meal costs $15 with drinks extra. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-702-3026.
Guests may bring a new, unwrapped toy or game to be given to needy kids 16 and younger via Shepherd University’s Office of Student Engagement. For questions on the toy drive, email Rachel Crum at email@example.com.
Christmas craft: Children spend an hour making Christmas ornaments at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Jefferson County Parks and Rec Community Center in Shenandoah Junction. The cost is $14. To reserve a spot, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.
Live nativity: Charles Town’s Oakland Church holds its live outdoor nativity at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20. Following the free pageant, the church will offer an open house with refreshments.
The church is located at 70 Oakland Terrace across the road from St. James Catholic Church. For more information, call Oakland at 304-725-3737.
Gingerbread workshop: Any child ages 6 to 12 can create a keepsake wooden gingerbread house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Jefferson County Parks and Rec Community Center in Shenandoah Junction. The fee is $25. Call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org to sign up.
Help the needy: Anyone may contribute children’s hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks through Dec. 20 to the Giving Tree at Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St.
The accessories will go to children through the Jefferson County Community Ministries for distribution. For more information, call the 304-725-2208.
Pizza and Santa: Children 10 and younger are invited to the annual, free Pizza Party with Santa 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Ranson Civic Center.
The event, sponsored by the Ranson Parks & Recreation Commission, will include slices from Pizza City, a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a raffle to win a bike and other prizes.
Anyone older than 10 may pay $2 for lunch. Others making donations include R&L Landscaping, Jay’s Automotive, Chick-fil-A, Ranson Shopping Center, Blackford’s Service Center, The Locker Room, Re/Max First Realty, Scott’s Auto Body, Shultz Realty, DA Carpentry and Sweet Frog. For details, contact Kim Spangler with the City of Ranson (304-724-3865 or KSpangler@cityofransonwv.net).
“TubaChristmas”: Head to King and German streets in Shepherdstown Dec. 21 for “TubaChristmas,” a free Christmas concert from the steps of McMurran Hall, Also planned: a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol,” roasted chestnuts, a holiday party for children at the Train Station, a free showing of “A Christmas Story” at the Opera House at 131 W. German St., and much more.
For details on the “Christmas in Shepherdstown” lineup, call the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786 or go online to shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.
Open house: Potter Joy Bridy hosts a holiday open house from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at her studio at 2533 Warm Springs Road in Shenandoah Junction.
It’s a chance to see both Bridy and her apprentice Stephanie Wilhelm at work, and pieces made by the pair will be available for purchase. For more, contact Bridy (304-876-0750 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or go online to joybridy.com.
Churches open: Dec. 22 brings the finale of “Christmas in Shepherdstown,” with an open house at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at 100 W. Washington St. and the chance to see a collection of nativity scenes (plus hot drinks and cookies) at New Street United Methodist Church at 202 W. New St. Contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center (304-876-2786 or shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com) for details.
Special music: Terry Tucker and Ardyth Gilbertson present music from their Christmas CD, “Ancient Ayres & Carols,” Dec. 22 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. At Harmony Healing Arts Center, 211 E. New St. in Shepherdstown.
The event will include hot cider and cookies, with seating in chairs or on blankets on the floor. Admission is fee and CDs will be for sale. For details, visit terrytucker.net.
Cantata: Leetown United Methodist Church offers a Christmas cantata, “Sing With the Angels,” at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 22 at the church at 11133 Leetown Road. For details, call the church at 304-725-8304
“Breakfast In Bethlehem”: Asbury United Methodist Church offers “Breakfast In Bethlehem” at 8 a.m. Dec. 24 at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town.
The family-friendly event will include breakfast, fellowship and then a presentation of the Christmas story as told by members of the church. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Jefferson County Community Ministries.
To RSVP, call the church or go to myasburtychurch.org.
Christmas Eve service: Middleway United Methodist Church holds a candlelight service at 7 p.m. at the church at 7435 Queen St.
For more information, call 304-728-4770.
Christmas Eve: Asbury United Methodist Church will hold a family Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. and a candlelight service with communion at 11 p.m. at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
Christmas Eve service: Leetown United Methodist Church holds a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. at the church at 11133 Leetown Road. For details, call the church at 304-725-8304.
Pet gifts: Spay Today, the area’s nonprofit, reduced-fee spay and neuter program, offers a “purr-fect” holiday present – gift cards good for spaying and neutering cats and dogs. To learn more, call 304-728-8330 or email Spay Today volunteer Fran Barker at email@example.com.
Community dinner: Anyone may attend Asbury United Methodist Church’s free Community Christmas Dinner. The fourth-annual affair begins at noon at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
Caroling: Leetown United Methodist Church holds a special service of Christmas carols at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at the church at Leetown United Methodist Church at 11133 Leetown Road. For details, call the church at 304-725-8304.
Cantata: The children and adult choirs at Middleway United Methodist Church perform a Christmas Cantata at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at the church at 7435 Queen St. For more information, call the church at 304-728-4770.
Unity service: Asbury United Methodist Church will hold a unity service with special music Dec. 29 at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. A reception in Williams Hall will follow the 10 a.m. service. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.
Art camp: A fun art camp for children ages 6 to 12 happens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Community Center. The cost is $40 and parents should send a packed lunch. To reserve a spot in any of the activities or to get more info, call the commission at 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.
– Compiled by Christine Miller Ford