Holiday calendar

CHARLES TOWN – Wondering how to make the days ahead more festive? Instead of just concentrating on wrapping, shopping, baking and other chores, why not take time to enjoy a special holiday open house at the beautiful, historic Claymont Court or catch a performance of the fun musical “Scrooge” at the Old Opera House?

This week also offers the chance to share lunch with Santa, hear carolers in the streets of Shepherdstown, craft a gingerbread house through Jefferson County Parks and Rec and get a lesson in Christmas traditions at South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point.

A look at some of the special events slated here as Christmas nears:

Thursday

“Scrooge”: See the Old Opera House’s musical version of the Christmas classic 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.

Friday

Candy 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.

Saturday

Library fun: Enjoy a “Polar Express” storytime at 2 p.m. at the South Jefferson Public Library on the corner of Summit Point Road and Church Street in Summit Point. Youngsters also will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and make a Christmas craft. Throughout the day, the library also offers an open house with treats for patrons. For details, visit sojeffersonlibrary.com or the library’s Facebook page or call the library at 304-725-6227.

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.

Sunday

Claymont open house: Visit Charles Town’s Claymont Mansion from noon to 2 p.m. for a free holiday open house at the brick 1840 Georgian-style mansion, the most spectacular of Jefferson County’s Washington family homes. For details, call 304-725-4437 or send an email to claymontoffice@claymont.org.

Christmas traditions: Rick Garland of the Harpers Ferry business O’ Be JoyFull offers “Christmas Customs & Traditions,” a presentation in song and stories that explains how many of our cherished holiday traditions came to be. The free talk begins at 2 p.m. at South Jefferson Public Library on the corner of Summit Point Road and Church Street in Summit Point. Throughout the day, the library also offers an open house with Christmas goodies for patrons. For details, visit  sojeffersonlibrary.com or the library’s Facebook page or call the library at 304-725-6227.

“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. 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

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