By RICHARD F. BELISLE
8:03 PM EST, November 29, 2012
Bid on a Christmas wreath for the door, enjoy a holiday tea on real Fostoria glassware, buy a gift at the Snowflake Festival Market, see Santa light the town Christmas tree on the square.
These and more will be on hand today through Thursday during Home for the Holidays, the annual Christmas gift to the community from the volunteers at Main Street Martinsburg.
The festivities begin today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the opening of the Doors to Christmas in the Shenandoah Hotel building at North Queen and Martin streets. Bidders can preview the 24 specially decorated wreaths that will be auctioned off on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.
The wreaths also can be previewed Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., said Harriet Johnson, who co-chairs the wreath project with MaryAnn Ferro.
Decorated by local florists, businesses and artists, the wreaths are hanging on old wooden doors in the Shenandoah Hotel lobby.
Following the auction, the winner of the raffle for a framed print of a painting by noted Civil War artist Mort Kunstler will be announced.
The Fostoria Holiday Tea will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the former dining room in the old hotel.
Patrons will enjoy tea, sandwiches and cookies on tables topped with elegant table cloths and Fostoria glassware. There also will be a lecture on the history of Fostoria glass, which was made for nearly a century in Moundsville, W.Va.
Donna Sperow chairs the tea.
Events on the town square today include the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree at 7 p.m. by Santa Claus. That will be preceded by the ringing of church bells and the bell in the Berkeley County Courthouse at 6 p.m. for 10 minutes followed by a Christmas carol singalong.
The two-block Christmas Parade, which runs down Queen Street from Martin Street to the square, begins Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
Crafters will offer their wares Saturday at the Snowflake Festival Market on Queen Street from noon to 5 p.m.
Also Saturday, but unrelated to the Main Street Martinsburg-sponsored events, is the debut of the Berkeley County Community Chorus. It will perform a Christmas concert in the Martinsburg High School auditorium at 8 p.m. The director, Jeffrey Poland, will be accompanied by Trevor Rowland.
The event is co-sponsored by the Berkeley County Arts Council and Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.
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