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Memories of Fort Ritchie

Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade is holding “Memories of Fort Ritchie” on December 11 at 3:00 p.m. Reminisce with others who lived and worked on Fort Ritchie. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.  View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

New Year’s Eve Bingo

The Thurmont Ambulance Company is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bingo on Saturday, December 31, at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive in Thurmont. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.; meal served from 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Bingo starts at 8:00 p.m. The cost is $50.00 per person (includes 9 pack of 27 games, jackpot, meal, and more). Bingo features over $10,000 in cash payments, tip jars, 50/50, and more! View the advertisement on page 49 for more details and for how to purchase your tickets today!

Shop the Pop!

Thurmont Main Street’s Pop-Up Shop is held every Saturday on December 3 through December 17, from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., at the Thurmont Plaza on N. Church Street, featuring a little something for everyone and a different food truck each Saturday! View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

Bingo — Every Friday Night

The Thurmont Community Ambulance hosts its Friday Night Bingo every Friday! Come out to the Thurmont Event Complex every Friday night to play bingo! Doors 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 31 for more details.

Graceham Moravian Church

Join Graceham Moravian Church on December 5 for its Served With Grace Free Dinner, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The Candlelight Services will be held on Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. View the advertisement on page 14 for more information.

Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest

Have the exterior of your home or business in Emmitsburg decorated by December 11 and be entered in the 2022 Emmitsburg Holiday House & Business Decorating Contest! Judging will be December 11 through December 18 in three categories: Most Creative, Most Traditional, Best Business. Cash prizes for winners! Interested in being a judge? Contact the town office. View the advertisement on page 9 for more information.

Christmas Spirit In Emmitsburg

December 5th is the Town of Emmitsburg’s Christmas tree lighting, starting at 5:00 p.m. DJ and Christ Community Church children’s choir perform at 5:45 p.m., the Emmitsburg Community Chorale performs at 6:00 p.m., and Santa and the tree lighting is at 6:15 p.m. at the community center. This year, a special tribute to our sister city Lutsk in Ukraine will be incorporated into the program. Then, everyone will go down the street to the Evening of Christmas Spirit festivities at the Carriage House Inn on S. Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg for An Evening of Christmas Spirit. View the advertisement on page 9.

Thurmont United Methodist Church Events

Mark your calendars for Thurmont United Methodist Church’s upcoming open and free services and programs for the community: Clothes Closet Christmas Giveaway on Monday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m.; Help save lives and donate blood on December 10, from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (sign up online at redcrossblood.org). View the advertisement on page 8 for more information on events and Christmas Services.

Tyrian Lodge Beef Raffle

The Tyrian Lodge is holding a Beef Raffle, benefitting Masonic charities. Winners will receive a gift certificate to Shriver’s Meat in Emmitsburg. The cost is only $5.00 per ticket! Drawing will be held no later than January 12, 2023. View the advertisement on page 22 for prize amounts and ticket contact information.

Thurmont Lions Club’s 14th Annual Christmas Ornament For Sale

The Thurmont Lions Club is excited to announce their 14th annual Christmas ornament! Once again, the ornament features the beautiful artwork of hometown artist, Rebecca Pearl, in her painting titled “Christmas Comes To Thurmont.” It depicts a scene of Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus (as portrayed by John & Karen Kinnaird) in the Square Corner Park, listening to the Christmas wishes from a line of boys and girls and more!

These ornaments sell fast! To purchase, call Lion Susan Favorite at 240-409-1747 or Lion Albie Little at 301-271-2134. Leave your name and phone number. The ornaments are $10.60 each (tax included). Orders may be picked up in the lobby of Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Thurmont between the hours 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, or Thursday, December 8. View the advertisement on page 50 for more details.

Christmas Exstraganza

Make a gingerbread house, play bingo, hear a story, and much more at the Christmas Exstraganza at First Baptist Church on Sunny Way in Thurmont on Saturday, December 3, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Admission is free. View the advertisement on page 7 for more information.

Museums by Candlelight

Come out to Rose Hill Manor Park & Museums on Saturday, December 10, from noon-7:00 p.m., for Museums by Candlelight. Explore holiday traditions while taking a self-guided tour of the museum facilities. This is a walk-in event and free to everyone. View the advertisement on page 14 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 Saturday, 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. Bingo features four $1,000 jackpots! Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase during breaks. View the advertisement on page 15 for more details.

Harriet Chapel Christmas Services

Come celebrate the birth of Christ at Harriet Chapel in Thurmont on Christmas Eve: Carol Sing at 7:00 p.m.; Holy Eucharist at 7:30 p.m. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.

Lewistown UMC Presents Christmas Concert

The Lewistown United Methodist Church in Thurmont is holding a Christmas Concert, featuring the Emmitsburg Community Chorus, on Saturday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m. Bring the whole family! Enjoy light refreshments. A free-will offering will benefit the chorus. View the advertisement on page 30 for more information.

The Amish Outlaws

Get your tickets today to see The Amish Outlaws on Saturday, December 10, with DJ Fire, at the Thurmont Event Complex on Strafford Drive in Thurmont. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; music is from 9:30 p.m.-midnight; DJ Fire is from 7:00-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.00. Cash bar will be available, and the kitchen will be open, as well as tip jars and 50/50. View the advertisement on page 41 for information on how to get your tickets!

Weller United Methodist Church Christmas Services

Come join Weller United Methodist Church in Thurmont to celebrate the Christmas season! Christmas Eve: Worship Service, Potter’s Hands Puppets and Special Music at 7:00 p.m.; Worship Service with Special Music, Choir, and Handbells at 9:00 p.m. December Worship Services: December 4—8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; December 11—8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; December 18—Cantata 10:00 a.m.; December 25—10:00 a.m. View the advertisement on page 26 for more information.

ThorpeWood’s Free Annual Holiday Open House

ThorpeWood on Mink Farm Road in Thurmont is holding its free Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 3; Sunday, December 4; and Sunday, December 18. Event times are 2:00-8:00 p.m. Santa will visit the lodge each date, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fun, music, cookies, and more! Please bring a couple dozen cookies to add to our Cookie Table. View the advertisement on page 22 for more information.

Emmitsburg Community Chorus & Christmas Eve Service With Free Dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creagerstown

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Creagerstown presents the Emmitsburg Community Chorus on Saturday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m. Luminaries will be on display at 5:30 p.m. On December 24, come out for a service of lessons, carols, and Communion at 5:00 p.m., followed by a free fried chicken dinner, with cheese platters, cranberry relish, desserts, coffee, hot chocolate, and water. View the advertisement on page 39 for more information.

Trinity UCC’s Slippery Pot Pie Sale

Call and place your orders for chicken or ham slippery pot pie by Monday, December 5, with order pickup on Wednesday, December 14 at the church, located at 101 East Main Street in Thurmont. View the advertisement on page 14 for order contact information.

Christmas in Rocky Ridge

Bring the whole family out for Christmas in Rocky Ridge on Friday, December 9, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Enjoy the tree lighting (at 7:00 p.m.), the Sauced Savage BBQ truck, a train display, making S’mores by the fire, crafts, free cookies and hot chocolate, and more! Event is sponsored by the Rocky Ridge Volunteer Fire Company. View the advertisement on page 15 for more information.