Counting down to Christmas

As Christmas nears, area churches, community groups and businesses have all kinds of events scheduled, from a tuba concert and free carriage rides in Shepherdstown to craft nights at the Jefferson County Parks and Rec Community Center in Shenandoah Junction to a family-friendly “Breakfast in Bethlehem” and other special goings-on for Christmas Eve, plus much more. A look at the lineup.

Mike Anderson of Pizza City in Ranson will provide the pies Saturday as the Ranson Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its annual Pizza Party with Santa. Also happening Saturday: “Lunch with Santa,” an event put on by Jefferson County Parks & Rec. It was rescheduled from last weekend because of bad weather.

Mike Anderson of Pizza City in Ranson will provide the pies Saturday as the Ranson Parks and Recreation Commission will hold its annual Pizza Party with Santa. Also happening Saturday: “Lunch with Santa,” an event put on by Jefferson County Parks & Rec. It was rescheduled from last weekend because of bad weather.

 

TODAY | 18

Chamber open house: Heather McIntyre and other Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce leaders hold a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday at the chamber’s offices at 29 Keyes Ferry Road.

The chamber is located on the second level of the BB&T building. For details, call 304-725-2055 or email info@jeffersoncountywvchamber.org.

 

Christmas craft: Children spend an hour making Christmas ornaments at 3:45 p.m. 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.

 

“Pasta with the Pastor”: Pastor John Unger and his wife Cara Unger conclude their pre-holiday series of get-togethers, “Pasta with the Pastor,” with a 6 p.m. gathering at Bolivar United Methodist Church at 1215 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry.

The Ungers will prepare pasta while guests are asked to bring salad and/or a dessert to share. For details, email PastorUnger@frontier.com.

 

THURSDAY | 19

A number of churches across the area will hold special Christmas Eve services Tuesday.

A number of churches across the area will hold special Christmas Eve services Tuesday.

Live nativity: Charles Town’s Oakland Church holds its live outdoor nativity at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 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.

FRIDAY | 20

Gingerbread workshop: Any child ages 6 to 12 can create a keepsake wooden gingerbread house from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 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: It’s your last chance to contribute children’s hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and socks at 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.

 

 

SATURDAY | 21

Pizza and Santa: Children 10 and younger are invited to the annual, free Pizza Party with Santa starting at 11:30 a.m. 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).

Visit Charles Town’s Oakland Church to see its annual outdoor nativity scene Thursday and Friday evenings.

Visit Charles Town’s Oakland Church to see its annual outdoor nativity scene Thursday and Friday evenings.

 

Tuba concert: Head to King and German streets in Shepherdstown at 1 p.m. for “TubaChristmas,” a free all-tuba Christmas concert from the steps of McMurran Hall. (Learn more at tubachristmas.com.) Also planned as part of “Christmas in Shepherdstown”: a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol,” roasted chestnuts, free carriage rides, a holiday party for children at the Train Station, special shopping opportunities at the War Memorial Building and the Enter, a free showing of “A Christmas Story” at 2 p.m. at the Opera House at 131 W. German St., a $5 show featuring Christmas blues with the Billy Thompson Band starts at 8 p.m. at the Opera House, and much more. For details 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. 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 joybridy@yahoo.com) or go online to joybridy.com.

 

“Lunch with Santa”: Last weekend’s snow postponed Jefferson County Parks & Rec’s popular “Lunch with Santa” so now the fun is on for 11 a.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.

 

Free films: Berkeley Plaza Theatre 7 in Martinsburg hosts free showings of a pair of modern Christmas classics, 1989’s “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and 2003’s “Elf.” The shows start at 10 a.m. at the theater off U.S. 11. For details, go online to berkeleytheatres7.com.

 

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 qefabark@gmail.com.

 

SUNDAY | 22

Special service: St. John’s Episcopal Church holds a special service, “Community Appalachian Lessons and Carols,” at 6 p.m. at the church at 898 Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. The Angel Band of Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church will perform, along with organist and soloist Bettye Hayes and other musicians. The service includes a special guest and treats for children. For details, call 304-535-2009 or email priest@stjohnsharpersferry.org.

 

Cantata: Leetown United Methodist Church offers a Christmas cantata, “Sing With the Angels,” at 9:30 a.m. at the church at 11133 Leetown Road. For details, call the church at 304-725-8304

 

I n the mood for “A Christmas Story”? A free showing of the 1983 classic starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, who has a Red Ryder BB Gun at the top of his Christmas list (and whose aunt sends a weird set of pink bunny pajamas). Part of the “Christmas in Shepherdstown” celebration, the film starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House at 131 W. German St.

I
n the mood for “A Christmas Story”? A free showing of the 1983 classic starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie, who has a Red Ryder BB Gun at the top of his Christmas list (and whose aunt sends a weird set of pink bunny pajamas). Part of the “Christmas in Shepherdstown” celebration, the film starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Opera House at 131 W. German St.

Churches open: “Christmas in Shepherdstown” offers special church events, including an open house at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church at 100 W. Washington St. from 1 to 6 p.m.; the chance to see an extensive collection of nativity scenes (plus enjoy hot drinks and cookies) at New Street United Methodist Church at 202 W. New St. from 2 to 5 p.m.; and Christmas music and light snacks at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at the corner of High and King streets. For details, contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center (304-876-2786 or shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com).

 

Shepherdstown Christmas: It’s the final day of the month-long “Christmas in Shepherdstown” and special events include free carriage rides compliments of Ron and Charlotte Sowers from Town Hall from noon to 2 p.m.; a free ornament-making workshop at Yarnability at 219 S. Duke St. and the chance to see the Historic Shepherdstown Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. For a complete schedule, go online to shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com or call the Shepherdstown Visitors Center at 304-876-2786.

 

Shopping in Shepherdstown: As “Christmas in Shepherdstown” wraps up, storefronts open at 11 a.m. and special shopping opportunities include the Shepherdstown Community Club Christmas Bazaar downstairs at the at the War Memorial Building with original fine art, prints, greeting cards, fiber art, seasonal items, home decor, specialty foods, fused glass, functional pottery, woodcraft, handmade clothing, jewelry and more; the Shepherdstown Holiday Marketplace at the Historic Entler Hotel with wreaths, greenery, handmade clothing and accessories, holiday baked goods and festive foods, pottery, birdhouses and feeders, candles, soaps, photography and more; and the farmers market behind the Shepherdstown Public Library from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details, contact the Shepherdstown Visitors Center (304-876-2786 or shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com).

 

Special music: Terry Tucker and Ardyth Gilbertson present music from their Christmas CD, “Ancient Ayres & Carols,” 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.

 

MONDAY | 23

Christmas service: Rock Spring Church holds a special Christmas service at 7 p.m. at the church at 114 Poor Farm Road
in Kearneysville. For details, call 304-724-1942.

 

TUESDAY | 24

“Breakfast In Bethlehem”: Asbury United Methodist Church offers “Breakfast In Bethlehem” at 8 a.m. 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 services: Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church offers three services – a 30-minute service especially for children at 5 p.m.; a candlelight service with carols, choir and a homily at 8 p.m. and an 11 p.m. service with carols and communion – at the church at 100 W. Washington St. For details, call 304-876-6466.

 

Christmas Eve services: Harvest Pointe Community Church holds candlelight services with communion at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The church meets at Wright Denny Intermediate School at 209 W. Congress St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-728-1920.

 

Christmas Eve Masses: Charles Town’s St. James Catholic Church holds two special services on Christmas Eve, a children’s Mass at 5 p.m. and a Mass in Spanish at 8 p.m., both at the church at 49 Crosswinds Drive. The church also offers an 8 p.m. at the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Harpers Ferry. For details, call 304-725-5558.

 

Christmas Eve service: Harpers Ferry Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church holds a Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at the church at 601 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. For details, call 304-535-6882.

 

Christmas Eve service: Tri-State Baptist Church holds a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. at the church at 642 Somerset Blvd. just off U.S. 340 in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-9394.

 

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 services: Asbury United Methodist Church holds 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.

 

Christmas Eve services: St. Thomas Lutheran Evangelical Church holds two services at the church at 111. S. Seminary St. in
Charles Town – a family worship service with communion and candlelight at 7 p.m. and a second candlelight service, also with communion, at 9 p.m. For details, call 304-725-5284.

 

Christmas Eve service: Rock Spring Church holds a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. at the church at 114 Poor Farm Road
in Kearneysville. For details, call 304-724-1942.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Community dinner: Anyone may attend Asbury United Methodist Church’s free Community Christmas Dinner. The fourth-annual affair begins at noon Dec. 25 at the church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5513 or go to myasburychurch.org.

 

Christmas Mass: St. James Catholic Church holds two special services on Dec. 25, a midnight Mass and a 9 a.m. Mass, both at the church at 49 Crosswinds Drive in Charles Town. For details, call 304-725-5558.

 

Caroling: Leetown United Methodist Church holds a special service of Christmas carols at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29 at the 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 holds 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

 

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