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Lewistown & Catoctin UMCs Present Concert

Lewistown and Catoctin United Methodist Churches in Thurmont present the Emmitsburg Community Chorus in Concert on Sunday, December 5, at 3:00 p.m. There will be light refreshments. Concert is free. View the advertisement on page 20.

Holiday Craft & Vendor Event

Shop ‘til you drop at the Holiday Craft & Vendor Event at the Vigilant Hose Company’s Activities Building on Creamery Road in Emmitsburg on November 27, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and November 28, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Event features visits and photos with Santa, food, bake sale, and more! View the advertisement on page 13 for more information.

Thurmont United Methodist Church Events

Mark your calendars for Thurmont United Methodist Church’s upcoming open and free services and programs for the community: Soup Cook-Off on December 4 at 6:00 p.m.—it’s a battle of the best soups at the church; Unclouded Day Concert on December 11, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., with informal reception afterward; Clothes Closet Christmas Open House on December 6 at 6:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 24 for more information on each of these events.

The Reagan Years

Mark your calendars for The Reagan Years—the ultimate 80’s playlist live —on Saturday, December 18, at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive in Thurmont. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with music at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Must be 18 years old to be admitted. Food and cash bar will be available, plus tip jars, 50/50, and door prizes. View the advertisement on page 19 for information on how to get your tickets today!

Fort Ritchie’s  Holiday Craft Bazaar & Breakfast With Santa

Mark your calendars for two not-to-be-missed upcoming holiday events at Fort Ritchie Community Center: Holiday Craft Bazaar on Saturday, December 11, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; and Breakfast With Santa on December 18, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. View the advertisement on page 31 and visit the website at thefrcc.org.

Bingo — Every Friday Night

Come out to the Thurmont Event Complex every Friday night to play bingo! Doors will open at 5:00 p.m.; Bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. Bingo also features tip jars, food, and a jackpot up to $1,500! Proceeds benefit Thurmont Community Ambulance. View the advertisement on page 53 for more information.

Vigilant Hose Co. New Year’s Eve Bingo

Save the date for Vigilant Hose Company’s New Year’s Eve Bingo on Tuesday, December 31, at the Vigilant Hose Activity Building on Creamery Road in Emmitsburg. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with games beginning at 8:00 p.m. Dinner platter included in ticket price: $50.00 in advance. View the advertisement on page 31 for more details.

Thurmont Community Ambulance Raffle

Get your ticket today to enter the Thurmont Community Ambulance Raffle for a 2021 CF MOTO CFORCE 400 4×4 ATV! Tickets are $20.00 each. View the advertisement on page 40 for more details and information on how to purchase your tickets!

Christmas in Thurmont Events

It’s that time of year again, with the much-anticipated annual Christmas in Thurmont! Mark your calendars for the many Christmas in Thurmont upcoming events, including the Thurmont Holiday Train Display, every Saturday through December 18; Virtual visit with Santa on December 4; Annual Map Stamping; and much more! View the advertisement on page 2 for more information on these fun-for-the-whole-family upcoming events!

Emmitsburg House & Business Decorating Contest

Have the exterior of your home or business decorated by December 12 to participate in the Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest, featuring three categories: most creative, most traditional, and best business. Cash prizes for winners! Like to be a judge? View the advertisement on page 33 to find out how.

Children’s Christmas Party

The Emmitsburg Lions Club will host its annual Children’s Christmas party on December 11 at the VHC Activities Building, located at 17701 Creamery Road in Emmitsburg, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The event is free and features arts and crafts, entertainment, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and light refreshments. View the advertisement on page 35 for more information.

Emmitsburg Community Chorus Concerts

Enjoy the lovely sounds of the 18-voice Emmitsburg Community Chorus at upcoming concerts in December! The concert dates are as follows: December 5 at Lewistown UMC on Hessong Bridge Road in Thurmont at 3:00 p.m.; December 11 at Creagerstown Union Chapel on Blacks Mill Road in Creagerstown at 7:30 p.m.; and December 12 at Homewood at Crumland Farms on Willow Road in Frederick at 7:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

Mega Bingo

Mark your calendars for Guardian Hose Company’s Mega Bingo on January 15, 2022, at the Carnival Grounds on E. Main Street in Thurmont. Doors open at 3:00 p.m., with games beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.00 before January 5; $60.00 after January 5; $65.00 at the door. Tickets include a 9-pack for 20 games and dinner. View the advertisement on page 26 for information on how to purchase your tickets today!

St. Anthony Christmas Bingo

Don’t miss Christmas Bingo at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Emmitsburg on December 4! Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Event features Ugliest Sweater Contest, 50/50, tip jars, raffles, food for sale, and more! View the advertisement on page 13 for more information.

Thurmont Business Bucks

Don’t leave town to buy a gift, when you can purchase Thurmont Business Bucks, a gift certificate program good at over 30 businesses in Thurmont! which are available all year! Plus, for every $1.00 spent at locally owned businesses, 68¢ goes back to the community. View the advertisement on page 27 for more details.

Traditional Village Christmas to be Held in the Village of Catoctin Furnace

The Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc. (CFHS) will host the 11th Annual Traditional Village Christmas celebration, an outdoor European holiday market-style event, in the historic Catoctin Furnace Village, located at 12607 and 12610 Catoctin Furnace Road in Thurmont, on Saturday, December 4, from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. This year, CFHS is honored to host local blacksmith Jim Maness, along with jewelers, soap makers, and other local craftspeople. Guests can sip apple cider and enjoy heirloom-recipe baked goods. Children can make a holiday craft and have their photograph taken with the Belsnickel. In the 19th and early 20th century, Christmas in Catoctin Furnace included a visit from Belsnickel to the homes of German immigrants. During this visit, two weeks before Christmas, Belsnickel rewarded good children with treats, but carried a switch to punish naughty ones. View the advertisement on page 18 for more information.

ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House

Bring the whole family to ThorpeWood’s Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 4, from 2:00-7:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 5, from 3:00-8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, December 19, from 2:00-9:00 p.m. Event is free! ThorpeWood is located on A Mink Farm Road in Thurmont. Bring cookies to share! Santa Claus will visit on December 4 and 5. RSVP at jcastleman@thorpewood.org. View the advertisement on page 44 for more details.

Faith UCC Hosts Cash/Basket/Handbag Bingo

Faith UCC in Frederick will host a Cash/Basket/Handbag Bingo at the Lewistown Fire Hall, located at 11101 Hessong Bridge Road in Lewistown, on December 4. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and Bingo begins at 6:00 p.m. Participation is $20 at the door. Please call 301-788-2427 for more information or view the advertisement on page 7.

Half-Price Yard Sale

Elias Lutheran Church in Emmitsburg is holding a Half-Price Yard Sale on December 10-11, from 9:00 a.m.-noon. View the advertisement on page 14 for more information.

Emmitsburg’s 32nd Annual An Evening of Christmas Spirit

The 32nd Annual An Evening of Christmas Spirit will be held December 6, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., beginning with the Emmitsburg Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Community Center, along with local choirs, Santa, and more, followed by complimentary hot dogs, cookies, and hot chocolate at the Carriage House Inn. Please bring canned goods for the Emmitsburg Lions Club Christmas Food Drive.

Museums by Candlelight

Get in the holiday spirit with Museums by Candlelight at Rose Hill Manor Park in Frederick on December 11, from 12:00-7:00 p.m. The event is free for all ages. Explore holiday traditions on a self-guided tour! View the advertisement on page 6 for information.

New Year’s Eve Bingo

Mark your calendars for New Year’s Eve Bingo on December 31 at the Thurmont Event Complex in Thurmont. Over $10,000 in cash payouts! Doors open at 5:00 p.m., with Bingo at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $50.00. There will be a cash bar, and the kitchen will be open during break. Proceeds benefit the Thurmont Community Ambulance Service. View the advertisement on page 12 for more details and information on how to get your tickets!

Wolfe Auctions Sales

At The Eyler Stables in Thurmont, Wolfe Agricultural Auctions is holding a Livestock Auction on December 3 at 6:00 p.m., and a New Year’s Eve Horse Sale on December 31. View the advertisement on page 28 for more information.

Christmas Church Services

Tom’s Creek UMC, Emmitsburg

Tom’s Creek United Methodist Church, located at 10926 Simmons Road in Emmitsburg will hold its Christmas Eve Services at 5:00 p.m., with contemporary praise music and traditional music at 7:00 p.m. Communion will be offered at 11:00 p.m. View advertisement on page 18.

Thurmont UMC, Thurmont

Thurmont United Methodist Church, located at 13880 Long Road in Thurmont, will hold its Christmas Eve Family Service at 5:30 p.m. (designed for kids, with a performance by Sunday school kids), and its Traditional Service at 7:00 p.m. with Christmas music. View the advertisement on page 24.

Harriet Chapel, Thurmont

Harriet Chapel Catoctin Episcopal Parish, located at 12625 Catoctin Furnace Road in Thurmont will hold the following Christmas Services: Christmas Eve—Carols at 7:00 p.m.; Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. (with recorded service online all day); December 26—Lessons and Carols. View the advertisement on page 23.

Graceham Moravian Church, Thurmont

Graceham Moravian Church, located at 8231-A Rocky Ridge Road in Thurmont, will hold its Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Masks will be required. View the advertisement on page 44.

Weller UMC Church, Thurmont

Weller United Methodist Church, located at 101 N. Altamont Avenue in Thurmont, invites you to join them this Christmas season: December 5—8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (The Potter’s Hand Puppets and guitar ensemble); December 8—Christmas Cantata (music by The Hilltop Ringers, Handbells and the Hilltop Singers Choir)at 10:00 a.m.; December 12—8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. (Chamber Ensemble performs); December 19— 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; December 24–Christmas Eve Services: Family Service at 7:00 p.m. (Potter’s Hands Puppets and special music) and Candlelight Service at 9:00 p.m. (special music and handbell choir). View the advertisement on page 30.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

St. John’s Lutheran Church, located at 8619 Blacks Mill Road in Creagerstown, will hold its Christmas Eve Service: A Service of Lessons, Carols, and Communion at 5:00 p.m. A fried chicken dinner will follow the service. View the advertisement on page 28.