November 28, 2014
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  • Black Friday Shopping? Check Out These Local Deals!

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    This year, instead of heading out during predawn hours to the nearest Walmart or Target, try something different – sleep in a little bit later and support your local businesses throughout the weekend of November 28! Many small businesses in and around Severna Park are offering some excellent...
    • Friends and neighbors can get into the holiday spirit together by attending a local tree lighting ceremony, such as the Severna Park Christmas Tree Lighting put on by the chamber of commerce.
      Friends and neighbors can get into the holiday spirit together by attending a local tree lighting ceremony, such as the Severna Park Christmas Tree Lighting put on by the chamber of commerce.

    Tree Lighting Ceremonies Brighten The Holidays For Everyone

    By Jane Seiss
    Local residents know there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by bundling up as a family, greeting your friends and neighbors, and watching the town Christmas tree illuminate for the first time of the season. This year, consider visiting one of these tree lighting ceremonies....

    How To Know Which Christmas Tree Is Best For You

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    Fraser fir, Douglas fir, white pine, Colorado blue spruce, balsam fir – with so many different kinds of Christmas trees available, how can anyone begin to tell which one will stay fresh and vibrant through the end of December?
    First, let’s take a look at some of the most popular types...
    • At Marley Station Mall, a youngster awaits Santa’s arrival at the Norman Rockwell-style house in the center court. St. Nic is available at the mall to meet with children through Christmas Eve.Photo by Hayley Gable Bowerman
      At Marley Station Mall, a youngster awaits Santa’s arrival at the Norman Rockwell-style house in the center court. St. Nic is available at the mall to meet with children through Christmas Eve.

    Santa Announces His Schedule Of Appearances In And Around The Park

    By Sharon Mager
    With Christmastime nearly here, Santa Claus sightings are increasing in Anne Arundel County. You might even see jolly old St. Nick near you very soon. Here are a few upcoming events Santa has on his calendar.
    Santa arrived in style at Marley Station Mall on November 14, and now through Christmas...

    Stock Up On Holiday Cookies And Support The SPHS Marching Band

    By admin
    Annual Sweets Sale To Take Place Dec. 5
    There’s no need to stress out over a mixing bowl and a hot oven this year - instead, you can stock up early on holiday cookies made by the Severna Park High School marching band. On Friday, December 5, the students will be out and about in the Park to...
  • Raise A Toast To The Holidays With A Seasonal Beverage

    By Dylan Roche
    The family is gathered together, the dinner buffet is assembled with plentiful dishes, the holiday music is playing and the fire is crackling away in the fireplace - but, of course, what celebration is complete without a selection of seasonal drinks to enjoy in the merry atmosphere?

    Because the holidays are special occasions, the drinks you serve at a party call for just as much consideration as the rest of the meal. As Donald MacMurray at Port Tack Wine and Spirits in Arnold observed, “It’s always a good finishing touch.” MacMurray, son of owners Don and Cathy, recommended serving dinner with a bold red wine such as a Napa cabernet or French Bordeaux.

    Doug Baker at...
  • Fence & Deck Connection To Host Annual Holiday Drive

    By Provided
    Want to give back this holiday season to a neighbor in need? On Saturday, December 6, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm, Fence & Deck Connection will hold its annual Connection Cares Holiday Drive at its new location on 1544 Whitehall Road in Annapolis. Bring a new, unwrapped toy or winter apparel (gloves, hats, coats, socks) to be distributed to needy children at Sarah’s House, the Light House Shelter and local churches. The public is also invited to put together a shoebox full of items (a complete list of needed items is available on the Fence & Deck Connection Facebook page) and Fence & Deck Connection will ship them to as part of Operation Christmas Child. For more information,...
    • The Homestead Gardens annual holiday garden features trains chugging through tunnels and along overpasses through a winter wonderland setting. Christmas flowers and decorations surround the display, with benches along the side to allow young and old alike to sit and enjoy the trains.Photo Provided
      The Homestead Gardens annual holiday garden features trains chugging through tunnels and along overpasses through a winter wonderland setting. Christmas flowers and decorations surround the display, with benches along the side to allow young and old alike to sit and enjoy the trains.
    • The Homestead Gardens annual holiday garden features realistic trains in a winter wonderland setting.Photo Provided
      The Homestead Gardens annual holiday garden features realistic trains in a winter wonderland setting.
    • The Homestead Gardens annual holiday garden features trains chugging through nostalgic winter wonderland settings.Photo Provided
      The Homestead Gardens annual holiday garden features trains chugging through nostalgic winter wonderland settings.
    • An intricate one-table indoor train display is featured in the rear of the Homestead Gardens’ Severna Park location at 522 Ritchie Highway. A perfect size for smaller children, this train display runs through January 1 and features a tunnel connecting the North Pole and a traditional small town.Photo by Ariana Marshall
      An intricate one-table indoor train display is featured in the rear of the Homestead Gardens’ Severna Park location at 522 Ritchie Highway. A perfect size for smaller children, this train display runs through January 1 and features a tunnel connecting the North Pole and a traditional small town.

    Train Gardens Take Us Back To Holidays Past

    By Ariana Marshall
    The chill of winter air often keeps families close to home during the holidays. To get the whole family out of the house and into the holiday spirit, check out one of the area’s train gardens. With choices of displays in both indoor and outdoor settings, Severna Park residents can find the...
  • Christmas Eve And Day Church Services Around Severna Park

    By admin
    Asbury United Methodist Church
    78 Church Road, Arnold
    December 24: 3:00pm, 5:00pm children’s service;
    7:30pm handbells service; 11:00pm candlelight service
     
    Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church
    921 Generals Highway, Millersville
    December 24: 5:30pm birthday party for Jesus;...

    Make Holiday Decorating An Experience For All The Senses

    By Sharon Mager
    “Oh, the sights and the sounds of the seasons,” we often say. But what about the feel, the smell and the taste? Christmas decorating should be a total sensory experience.
    Visually, red and green are the traditional Christmas colors, but this year, decorators should consider peacock....
    • Throughout the years, Jing Ying owners Billy and Nancy Greer have raised more than $40,000 for charity through their annual silent auction. The 2014 auction is currently open for bidding and will culminate at the 11th-annual holiday party on December 20.
      Throughout the years, Jing Ying owners Billy and Nancy Greer have raised more than $40,000 for charity through their annual silent auction. The 2014 auction is currently open for bidding and will culminate at the 11th-annual holiday party on December 20.

    Jing Ying’s Silent Auction And Holiday Party Combine Celebration And Charity

    By admin
    Auction To Benefit SPAN Open Now Through Dec. 20
    Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi will hold its 11th-annual holiday party and silent auction on Saturday, December 20, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm (the auction will close at 4:00pm). This fundraiser event will support SPAN Inc. (Serving People...
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  • Gadgets And Spirits Top The List Of Holiday Gifts For Men

    By Zach Sparks
    Guys like to think they’re simple, and in most cases, they are, but when it comes to finding them a gift, “I don’t know” is a response wives, mothers, daughters and sisters have heard too often. If you’re struggling to find that ideal present for that special man, don...
  • What To Get The Special Lady In Your Life

    By Zach Sparks
    Holiday shopping can be fun for some, especially when earning the satisfaction of finding that extraordinary gift for the wife, girlfriend, mom or daughter on your list. But it can also be a stress-inducing task if you’re not sure what to get. Local businesses are stocked with all types of...

    Nonmaterial Gifts Bring Memories That Last A Lifetime

    By Dylan Roche
    Whether the holiday shopping is well underway or is being avoided as long as possible, moms and dad everywhere are looking at extensive shopping lists - and some of them might be wondering, “Do we really need all this stuff?” After all, some of the toys and trinkets that their kids have...
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Annual “Lights On The Bay” To Open Saturday, November 22

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    Anne Arundel Medical Center’s (AAMC) 20th annual holiday light show, Lights on the Bay, will open to the public on Saturday, Nov. 22 and run through Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Taking place at Sandy Point State Park, the event features a two-mile scenic drive along the Chesapeake Bay with...

    Keep Your Holiday Shopping Dollars Local

    By Linda Zahn
    The holidays are here! This is a personal favorite for me. I love the evergreens, decorations, special holiday food, music and parties. Above all, I love the spirit of the holidays. This is a time of giving. We give to our favorite charities. We give gifts to one another. We delight in the...

    Cater Your Holiday Feast With The Help Of Local Businesses

    By Zach Sparks
    Nothing says welcome to the holiday season like devouring a gourmet meal or throwing back a tasty beverage in celebration of the giving season. Whether you plan to enjoy the company of friends and family in the comfort of your home or you choose to hold your party at a nearby eatery, there are...

    Where To Find The Best Christmas Lights Around Town

    By admin
    For many families, taking one or two nights during the holiday season to drive around town and check out the elaborate Christmas light displays is a tradition not to be missed. Throughout the month of December, many neighborhoods in Severna Park, Millersville and Arnold transform into a magical...
    • On Christmas Eve, teenage volunteers with Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy (GBLL) venture out into the dark and cold to deliver backpacks full of blankets, hats, gloves, coats and sweaters for the homeless. GBLL is one of the area’s many nonprofit missions dedicated to aiding the less fortunate, and through one or more of these programs, humanitarians of any age can discover the gift of helping others.
      On Christmas Eve, teenage volunteers with Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy (GBLL) venture out into the dark and cold to deliver backpacks full of blankets, hats, gloves, coats and sweaters for the homeless. GBLL is one of the area’s many nonprofit missions dedicated to aiding the less fortunate, and through one or more of these programs, humanitarians of any age can discover the gift of helping others.

    Opportunities To Give Back This Holiday Season In Anne Arundel County

    By Ariana Marshall
    The holiday season is a wonderful time to give thanks for blessings and to spend time with loved ones. Unfortunately, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time of year for some community members who are unable to put food on the table or provide gifts for their children. A number of local...

    Local New Year’s Eve Events Promise A Great Start To 2015

    By Sharon Mager
    It’s hard to believe another year is wrapping up, but 2015 is almost here! If you haven’t made plans to ring in the new year, don’t despair - there are plenty of local options.
    Café Mezzanotte will offer a scrumptious special holiday menu starting at 11:00am and continuing...
  • From Cookies To Pies, Try These Tasty Christmas Recipes

    By admin
    The best way to arrive at any holiday gathering is with a homemade dessert in hand. Let’s face it - everyone will be excited to see you, but they’ll be even more excited to see what goodie you have on the serving tray in your arms. Members of the Voice staff have compiled our favorite...

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