Monday, December 10, 2012
Sculpt, paint and design your own gift in the DC Metro area.
While holiday spending is expected to remain level or even increase slightly compared to 2011, many people are looking for ways to reduce the impact on their wallet or the environment by buying gifts at thrift or secondhand stores. Handcrafted gifts are another alternative to traditional holiday gifting (and not just for kids anymore)! Businesses where you can paint your own pottery, fuse a glass sculpture, design a piece of beaded jewelry or even stuff a plush toy animal are located all over Maryland, including Montgomery County. Learn how to make your own beaded jewelry: Rockville – Accents Beads, 12112 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD 20852 Silver Spring – The Bead Warehouse, 2740 Garfield Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Takoma Park – S & A …
Friday, December 7, 2012
A hayride in Upper Marlboro through more than a million lights provides an outdoor experience. "The ambiance is there, is real, it's live," says county park aid.
Converts fill the ranks of hayriders that hop on tractor-pulled, open-air wagons to journey through the more than a million twinkling lights that fill Watkins Regional Park for its annual Festival of Lights. Motorists who used to drive through are now among the hayride ranks, according to Ronnie Proctor, administrative aid at Old Maryland Farm. They tell him they love the open air experience. "The ambiance is there, is real, it's live," Proctor said. Former car drivers tell him that watching the lights in an open-air wagon is "a whole different experience from driving through it," he said. Hayrides are available at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights in December, but participants should arrive at 6:45 p.m. when the wagons are loaded, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Get pictures taken with Santa at the annual Town Hall-iday Party.
Upper Marlboro's annual Town Hall-iday Party kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday at Town Hall at 14211 School Lane. Police will escort Santa to the holiday celebration, where there will be music and caroling along with food and drink. Once law enforcement officials ensure Santa has arrived safely, he will have goodies for the kids, according to the Town of Upper Marlboro. Party-goers can also get their picture taken with old Kris Kringle himself.