Christmas in the Village
A More Traditional Holiday Event
For those seeking an alternative to the fast-paced high-tech holidays, Spruce Forest Artisan Village offers a simple and meaningful event perfect for the season. The Artisan Village at Penn Alps will host its 29th annual Christmas in the Village on Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7. Join the Village artists to celebrate the regionís arts and heritage with one-of-a-kind handcrafts, candlelight, and music. Stroll through the towering Norway Spruce, among the historic cabins decorated with live-cut greenery and lights. Hundreds of candle luminaries will line the paths of the Village and cross the 200 year-old Historic Casselman River Bridge. This weekend is an opportunity to find unique gifts made by the finest craft artists in Garrett County, and guest artists from around the region. Choose from wearable art to wall art to yard art, plus handmade house wares and gifts. Activities for children, including a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating, and pine cone birdfeeder making will make the event special for the whole family.
Visit the House of Yoder to warm up on apple cider and witness an Amish Christmas. Go back in time inside the Miller House and Compton one room school where hosts relate stories of the first European settlements in the area. Stop in to each studio gallery to see and buy fine Appalachian crafts, including Lynn Laisís pottery, Ann Jonesí weaving, Mike Edelmanís ironwork, Douglas Salmonís metals, Gene Gillespieís turned wood, Gary Yoderís bird and feather carving, and guest artists Lenore Lancaster with colored pencil drawings and prints
Local musical talent will bring their holiday programs to the Village Church. Friday, Dec 6, 4:30-5:30 Allegany High School Vocal Ensemble, 6-7:00 MeadowWinds: Lindy Moebs-Eary and Susan Wineke on flute and oboe, 7:00-8:00 Frostburg State Chamber Choir & Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Saturday, Dec 7, 12:00 - 1:00 Gortner Union Church Singers, 1:00 - 2:00 Garrett County Home Schoolers, 2:00 - 3:00 Moon Family Singers, 3:00 - 5:00 Betty Mattingly and Friends Jammin', 5:00 - 6:00 Frostburg United Methodist Church choir & bell choir, 6:00 - 7:00 Mountain Melodies with Rachel, Joanna & Ruth, 7:00 - 8:00 Rebecca Galliher & John Clark, soprano & piano.
Entrance to Christmas in the Village is free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Visitors may also participate in one of the annual fundraisers. The final Beiderlack blanket sale will take place in the Hostetler House, along with new fundraiser items, colorful Sol Mate socks and a commemorative poster of the Artisan Village and Casselman Bridge designed by artist Mark Stutzman. This weekend will also be the last opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for Gary Yoderís hummingbird sculpture. The drawing will take place in the bird sculpture studio on the evening of Saturday December 7, 2013. Proceeds from the fundraisers will go to ever-expanding educational programs in the Village, including classes and workshops for adults and children.
Christmas in the Village takes place from 4-8pm on Friday December 6, and noon until 8 pm Saturday December 7, 2013. For directions or event information, please call the Village office 301-895-3332 or visit www.spruceforest.org. Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a non-profit arts and heritage center located on the historic National Road in Grantsville, MD. Programs are supported in part by the Garrett County and Maryland State Arts Councils.