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  • This year's Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Friday, December 6, at the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.
    This year's Christmas Tree Lighting is set for Friday, December 6, at the Severna Park Chamber of Commerce.

Plans In Place For Tree Lighting And Taste & Sip

Zach Sparks
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October 30, 2013

As the holiday season approaches and residents prepare to fill their calendar with an array of festive activities, the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce has announced three of the community’s most cherished events of the season. The Taste & Sip is set for Thursday, November 21, from 6:00-9:00pm at Homestead Gardens, and the Community Tree Lighting Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, December 6, at 5:00pm on Holly Avenue.

The Taste & Sip of Greater Severna Park will provide an evening of taste testing, musical entertainment and community gathering. This year’s event is sponsored by the Matt Wyble Team of Champion Realty, Inc. and First National Bank.

Restaurants are still being finalized, but many local places are scheduled to participate. Fishpaws, Two Rivers Steak & Fish House, Fiona's Cakes, Hawthorne Fine Breakfast Pastry, Kirsten's Cakery, Goska's Liquors, Victoria's Fancy Foods, The Big Bean and Kerri Out Food are among those offering culinary treats and savory drinks.

Before or after indulging in delectable offerings, community members can partake in a holiday portrait, a new activity for Taste & Sip. An area will be designated for picture taking and those who want to participate will be emailed a photograph.

Adding to the delightful evening, the Annapolis Chorale, the Singers Madrigale, the Christian Chimers Bell Choir and the Severna Park High School Vocal Ensemble will serenade the crowd. A silent auction, a jewelry raffle - made possible by Zachary’s Jewelers - and take-away bags with holiday ornaments are additional perks for those who join in the festivities.

Tickets to the Taste & Sip are $30 for chamber members, $35 for the public in advance and $45 at the door. They can be purchased from the chamber by calling 410-647-3900, visiting, or by visiting First National Bank.

“It’s just a fabulous evening,” Zahn admitted. “The food is great; the music is absolutely top level. Everything about it makes it a special evening. I do love the fact that people meet and greet there, but we’re able to offer them such a nice evening.”

Capping GSPCC’s slate of holiday functions, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will again serve as one of the community’s beloved traditions. Holiday Madness in Park Plaza will follow the illumination of the tree.

“The tree lighting is a free event for the community followed by an open house at the chamber,” Zahn explained. “It’s a great way for people to get together and meet their neighbors and celebrate the spirit of the Greater Severna Park area.”

Folger McKinsey Elementary students will intrigue the crowd with holiday songs as community members watch the tree dazzle for the first time this year. Inside the chamber office, individuals can warm up with hot cocoa, apple cider and the delightful sounds conceived by local flutist Gino Mezzapelle.

Listening to children share joyous songs and seeing the vibrant tree leads to the warming of many hearts at the ceremony, but the hope is several others will be touched by those who make donations during the celebration. GSPCC is looking for pairs of new, unwrapped socks and gloves.

After the fun concludes on Holly Avenue, visitors can migrate to Park Plaza, where shops will offer special sales and late night hours. The always charming Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a grand appearance by horse-drawn sleigh and take photos with children. Kids are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the United Way Drive.

Attend one or all of these chamber events to greet neighbors and friends while basking in the spirit of the season. For more information about these events, email

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