30th Annual Christmas in the Village
The community is invited to celebrate the region’s arts and heritage at Spruce Forest Artisan Village annual holiday event, Christmas in the Village. On the weekend of December 5 and 6, join the resident artisans and guest artists for holiday cheer, crafts sale, and hands-on activities. Enjoy holiday music programs in the Village Church. Stroll through the spruce forest, among the historic cabins decorated with greenery and over 400 candles line the paths of the Village and cross the Historic Casselman Bridge
Visit the House of Yoder for an Amish Christmas and popcorn snack. Go back in time inside the Compton one-room school where children may decorate cookies and pine cone bird feeders. Warm drinks and sweets will be served in various cabins. Stop in to each studio gallery to do holiday shopping. Fine Appalachian crafts are available from Lynn Lais’s pottery, Ann Jones’ weaving, Mike Edelman’s ironwork, Douglas Salmon’s jewelry, Gene Gillespie’s turned wood, and Gary Yoder’s bird carving. Guest artisans include Reita Marks with quilling creations and Lenore Lancaster with colored pencil drawing and prints.
Enjoy a local musical showcase both evenings inside the warmly decorated Village Church.
4:00 Mountain Friends Home School
5:00 Moon Family Singers
6:00 Joyful Ringers, Grace Community Church, Director Gerry Beachy
7:00 Gortner Church Singers
12 to 2 Betty Mattingly and Friends Jammin' Mountain Music
2:00 Anjelica, 4 part female acapella group from Pennsylvania
3:00 Rebecca Galliher and John Clark, soprano & piano, Cumberland
4:00 Mountain Melodies, Rachel Miller and friends, 3 part acapella group
5:00 Allegany High School Belle Canto Choir
6:00 Frostburg United Methodist Church choir & bells, Sean & Debbie Beachy
7:00 Frostburg State Chamber Choir, director Karen Soderberg, accompanist Sean Beachy
Entrance to Christmas in the Village is free, but visitors may want to participate in one of the three fundraisers. Visitors may purchase both posters and postcards of the Artisan Village and Historic Casselman River Bridge (1813). The drawing, celebrating the Bridge’s centennial, was created by award-winning graphic artist Mark Stutzman. The Solmate sock sale will take place in the Hostetler House. And this weekend will also be the last opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for Gary Yoder’s chickadee sculpture. The drawing will take place in the bird sculpture studio on the evening of Saturday December 6, 2014. Proceeds from annual fundraisers go to preservation of the historic buildings as well as to 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 5, and noon until 8 pm Saturday December 6, 2014.