(Dec. 7, 2012) An assortment of activities for the entire family will be offered throughout Berlin this month as part of the town’s Victorian Christmas celebration.
“It’s a happy time of the year. We have nice, quality stores that are locally owned and operated,” said Victorian Christmas committee co-chairwoman Terri Sexton, owner of The Treasure Chest. “[Victorian Christmas] ties into the times of today, where you can shop locally in a small town. And just the feel of it, with the horse and carriage rides and the whole atmosphere of the town brings you back to Victorian times.”
Visitors like the experience of the old-town charm, with the boutique stores, she said. The Berlin shops have been festively decorated for the holiday season, and many businesses will host special events and open houses during Victorian Christmas.
Families are invited to join Santa for breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m., on Saturday at Buckingham Presbyterian Church. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. Guests may also have their pictures taken with Santa. Tickets will be sold at the door, or reservations may be made by calling 410-213-2022.
Also on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a blacksmith will make iron and metal wares in front of the Atlantic Hotel on Main Street.
The inaugural “Traditional Crafts Day” will take place on Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Similar to Berlin’s Arts Night, this new event will feature traditional craft artists demonstrating and selling their work in participating businesses. Visitors to shops throughout the town will see these artists at work and will have an opportunity to purchase their handmade items.
Sexton will host Faith Daye, who will spin fine fibers into yarn at the Treasure Chest.
“It’s kind of a neat event featuring traditional crafts,” Sexton said.
Children and adults can have an afternoon tea party and enjoy a fashion show at the Atlantic Hotel on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. The cost is $30 for adults and $20 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the hotel or the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are required. The event is a fundraiser for the town’s Victorian Christmas celebration.
Another fundraiser for the annual activities is “Festival of Trees.” Many of the businesses have decorated trees, which are on display in each shop. Guests may bid on each tree for the chance to make their favorite their own, with funds raised benefiting Victorian Christmas. Bidding will take place at each business.
Horse and carriage rides throughout the town will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22. Rides will depart from the Visitors Center on South Main Street.
Santa will be at the Visitors Center from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22.
Visitors to Berlin can learn about the town and the history of Worcester County at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum from 1-4 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 15. And children and adults can create their own blown glass Christmas ornaments every Saturday this month at Jeffrey Auxer’s studio, 19 Jefferson St. The cost is $25 per ornament. Reservations are required. Call 443-513-4210 to scheduled an appointment or for more information.
Berlin’s Second Friday Art Stroll will take place Dec. 14, from 5-8 p.m. Downtown shops and galleries will be open late for the event. Each will host local and regional artists or musicians, and some will offer discounts for the holiday.
Live Long Fitness’ fifth annual Reindeer Run, which includes 5k- and 1-mile races through the streets of Berlin, will be held Saturday, Dec. 15. The 5k will kick off at 9 a.m., followed by the 1-mile run at 10 a.m. The races will start at the Atlantic Hotel on Main Street. Participants are encouraged to wear festive attire. Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded. The cost to participate is $25 for the 5k, $15 for the 1-mile event.
Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each age group. For more information, call 410-213-1078. To register online, visit http://octrirunning.com/
events/5k-reindeer-run-1-mile-fun-run/. Registration and packet pick-up will be available the night before the race, from 5-7 p.m. at Live Long Fitness, located in the Teal Marsh Shopping Center, off Route 611.
On the morning of the event, registration will take place onsite from 7:30-8:30 a.m. A post-race party will take place from 6-9 p.m. at Burley Oak Brewery, 10016 Old Ocean City Blvd.
The Worcester County Arts Council located on Jefferson Street is featuring its annual “Holly-Days” exhibit and sale of holiday-theme paintings, jewelry, ornaments, cards, pottery and silk scarves created by approximately 25 members. “Holly-Days” exhibit and sale opened Nov. 9, and will run through December.
“Artists are bringing in new items on a daily basis,” said Anna Mullis, executive director of the Worcester County Arts Council. “It’s prefect for people looking for something original and one-of-a-kind that you can’t find in a mall.”
For more information and a full list of upcoming events, pick up a Victorian Christmas brochure at any of the Berlin shops, contact the Berlin Chamber of Commerce at 410-641-4775 or visit www.berlinchamber.org. The Berlin Chamber can also be found on Facebook, www.facebook.com/BerlinChamber.