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Table of Contents 13

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Around the Town

Places and Faces from across the Tri-State

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TLC transforms donated trees into a winter wonderland for Williamsport’s Charlie Brown Christmas.

Local Flavor

Treasured recipes make holiday meals special by carrying favorite memories.

37 Well+Being

Maintaining healthy habits through the celebratory season relieves stress and starts the New Year off right.

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Volunteering is good for the soul – and good for the community.

Houses of Worship Tour

With architecture designed to elevate the spirit augmented by seasonal finery, houses of worship decorated for the holidays take inspiration to a new level.

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Fresh greens, dried flowers and colorful fruits create classic Williamsburg-style decorations.

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Celebrate the Holidays in Franklin County! PA Opry Country Gospel Christmas Nov. 16, 17, 30 Dec. 1, 8

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around the town 1) Jacob Frantz scoops coal for the boiler on a 1916 Frick Eclipse steam traction engine at Smithsburg Steam and Craft Show in September. The machine is in the collection of the Grease, Steam, and Rust Association of McConnelsburg, Pa. photo by KEVIN G. GILBERT

2) Stephanie Barger of Hagerstown goes down a water slide on West Baltimore Street during the Downtown Summer Slide Festival in September. photo by RIC DUGAN

3) Donna Plunkert of Littlestown, Pa., makes sandcastings of antique butter mold patterns at Boonesborough Days in September. photo by RIC DUGAN

4) Couples dance to the music of the Ray Birely Orchestra during Everybody’s Day at Pen Mar Park in Cascade in August. photo by COLLEEN MCGRATH

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1) Washington County Public Schools fourth-grade girls take off on the one-mile cross country course at Hagerstown’s Eastern Elementary School in September. photo by COLLEEN MCGRATH

2) Spectators watch on the banks of Antietam Creek as numbered plastic ducks float by for the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Duck Race fundraiser in August. photo by COLLEEN MCGRATH

3) The Compadres, made up of Joe Kuhna (left) Bob Byrd and Toya Marie, play at 151 S. Prospect St. during Porchfest in September.

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Set in Victorian England, “A Christmas Carol” is adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic tale and tells the story of miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to consider Christmas celebrations a waste of time and money. After retiring to his quarters on Christmas Eve, he is visited by the ghost of his former partner, Jacob Marley, who tells him he will be visited by three spirits: The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas Yet to Come. As Scrooge meets these specters he is taken on a journey through his past, present and future. He awakens Christmas morning having learned a great deal and becomes caught up in the magic of Yuletide.

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Tickets for Totem Pole Playhouse’s 2016 production of A Christmas Carol, produced in association with Gettysburg Community Theatre, are now on sale at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater box office. This family-friendly holiday production is on stage December 8-18. Show dates and times are: December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 – 8 p.m. December 10, 11, 14, 15, 17 & 18 – 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30 to $36, with a $10 discount available for Totem Pole subscribers. Tickets may be purchased online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org, by phone at (717) 337-8200, or in person at 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg. Box office hours are 12-7:30 p.m., MondaySaturday, and 1-5:30 p.m., Sunday.

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1) Plump peaches await buyers at Barr Orchard’s stand during the annual Leitersburg Peach Festival. photo by RIC DUGAN

2) Brandy Mathews (left) rides the Dragon Wagon rollercoaster with her older brother, Brandon, and friends Chloe Tilton and sister Amy at the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival. photo by COLLEEN MCGRATH

3) McGruff The Crime Dog, aka Nick Kendle, dances to “Who Let The Dogs Out” during the City of Hagerstown’s National Night Out at Fairgrounds Park in August.

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Filled with more than 100 donated, decorated Christmas trees, Williamsport’s Barn at Springfield Farm transforms into a winter wonderland during Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Transforming Trees with TLC Williamsport Channels the Holiday Spirit and Creates a Magical Wonderland for Charlie Brown Christmas. written by STACEY CAMPBELL

In the years since the 1965 TV debut of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” the scrawny, sparsely needled Christmas tree that Charlie Brown selects from a techno-colored aluminum Christmas tree lot has become a cultural icon of sorts. As Charlie Brown laments his lack of holiday spirit, he denounces the commercialization of Christmas as the animated classic reaches its climax when all the Peanuts pals discover what Christmas is all about and transform the droopy tree with a little TLC. “It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love,” Linus says as he swaddles his blanket around the base for a tree skirt. It’s that same spirit that animated a group of Holiday 2016 |

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volunteers in Williamsport to transform a forest of donated Christmas trees into a holiday wonderland inside the town’s historic Barn at Springfield Farm. From 35 donated and decorated trees in its first year, Williamsport’s Charlie Brown Christmas event has grown to more than 130 — all styled in different themes by a variety of groups and families — spreading the holiday spirit to the crowds who flock to this one-of-a-kind display. O, CHRISTMAS TREES The sparkly showcase began as a twinkle in the eye of town volunteers who had cleaned up the barn for Williamsport’s World War II weekend in the fall of 2009. Assistant Mayor Joan Knode remembers it was her daughter-in-law who first mentioned displaying Christmas trees in the barn, but that there was no budget money at the time for the project. “So I called Lou Scally at the Phone Party [on WJEJ radio] and I said anyone that would be upgrading to a pre-lit tree, we would take their old trees, and then we would decorate them,” says Joan, who continues to help organize the event. “We ended up getting 35 trees,”including a scrawny-looking one that became the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. That first year, the volunteer team — Joan and her husband, Jerry, Ronnie Bragunier, Connie Rupp, Tearza Knode and a few other family and friends — thought the cold, drizzly weather would deter visitors from what was then a onenight event. But Joan recalls that when Jerry opened the door to look out, “they just about knocked him down to get in!” Since then, “It’s just mushroomed.”The 2015 Charlie Brown Christmas featured more than 130 trees, despite being organized by the same tight group of friends and family.“It’s just us, all of us are volunteers,” says Ronnie. But they’re certainly not without help. Businesses, community groups, families and individuals come together to decorate their own tree in the theme of their choice. Previous years have seen “Judy’s Kitchen,” a tree decorated in vintage kitchen utensils, a Maryland tree, a John Deere tractor tree, and a wedding tree that Joan decorates with photos of couples who have gotten married at the barn. Ronnie recalls a beauty shop whose tree was a mannequin on the top half, with a wig on top, arms holding a hair dryer and supporting a cape worn for haircuts. And several organizers and participants recalled the unique crabs-and-beer tree decorated by Father John of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Williamsport. The Baltimore native decks his tree in crabs, mallets and Natty Boh beer cans, topped with an Old Bay can in place of a star and a crab-feast-friendly skirt of newspaper. One of Charissa Hipp’s sons, Owen, poses in front of the Orioles tree he helped create and decorate during the 2012 Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Charissa’s sons suggested decorating an Orioles tree after seeing a tree decked out in Baltimore Ravens style.

In addition to decorating a tree for the Potomac Garden Club, which she dresses up with hydrangeas, cockscombs, seed packets and mini watering cans, Connie decorates the “extra” trees with other donated decorations. Though Tearza arranges the trees to create walking paths, there are always a few that might be in a hidden spot or are less desirable to decorators. In true Charlie Brown spirit, Connie shows them the TLC they need to shine. The whole community gets in on the fun, from Boy Scout troops and church groups, to day care groups and local businesses, to clubs like the Red Hatters and the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club. Made up of active duty and veteran Marines and FMF Corpsman, the Leathernecks decorate their tree with Marine Corps-themed balls, little soldiers and a uniform hat on top. “I thought that really was neat,” Joan says. “It’s not just ladies or children, it’s these big guys with motorcycles buzzing up to the door” to decorate a tree. There’s so much variety in the barn that many visitors walk around several times.“We’re here every day, and we still miss things,”Ronnie says.“It’s so hard to sit here after all the years that we’ve done this and pick a favorite or remember what was the best part without opening the door and showing you, because you just can’t feel it without being there.”

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With lights and reindeer hanging in the rafters, train displays, Santa and more, there’s so much to see inside the barn that some visitors make more than one trip around the display.

DRAWN TO DECORATE Charissa Hipp, who has decorated trees in the barn over several years, agrees: “It’s a neat montage of things that are important in the community.” She had just moved to Williamsport in 2009 when she attended the first Charlie Brown Christmas with her family. “We went as a family to look at trees, and I fell in love with the event. What a great way to repurpose old Christmas trees and bring the community together.” She decorated trees in subsequent years for the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Cub Scouts in Williamsport, and then, on a visit with her boys, they noticed a Baltimore Ravens tree. “They said, ‘That’s no fair! There’s no Baltimore Orioles tree,’” Charissa recalls. So she and the boys set about creating one, complete with black and orange Christmas balls and Orioles baseball mementos. Halloween proved to be the

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perfect opportunity to buy orange lights. “Those are hard to find at Christmas time!” After decorating the Orioles tree from 2012 to 2014, the family took 2015 off when Charissa welcomed a new daughter. But the family plans to recreate the tree again this year. “It’s become a family thing. My parents come from Boonsboro and help decorate the tree,” Charissa says. “They’re big fans, and the boys always loved Orioles baseball. They’re putting something out there in the community that’s a little about themselves, but everyone else enjoys it.” Magician Dean Burkett began decorating his own trees after helping his step-daughter decorate her tree for the first Charlie Brown Christmas. He gathered magic wands, silk scarves, ropes, and other magic-themed items — including

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Charissa found orange lights for the Orioles tree during Halloween, and she and her boys created orange-and-black glitter-filled balls, painted bats and more in team colors.

a top hat with a stuffed rabbit coming out of it for a tree topper. A few years ago, Joan asked him to do a River Rat tree, themed after the Williamsport schools’ former mascot. He combined a handful of rubber rats with packs of cheese crackers and a foam Swiss-cheese hat for that first year, then set about collecting more rats for the next year. In an effort to make the 25 or so black plastic rats he found stand out more, Dean spray painted them white. And when the paint failed to dry properly, he covered them in talcum powder and glitter. “I have fun doing this,” Dean says. “Every year, I now do the river-rat tree and the magician’s tree. My wife helps me on this; she’s the one who really knows how to decorate. We decorate the tree, and we have fun doing it!” Love of community has prompted other Williamsport businesses to create trees that have become Charlie Brown Christmas favorites. Desert Rose Cafe has participated since the beginning, creating a new theme each year, says manager Alan Redding. The first, “Croissant Dreams,” featured

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A Charlie Brown tree decorated with newspaper comic strips by the Herald-Mail team was a memorable tree for volunteer Ronnie Bragunier in 2015.

croissants, butterflies and flowers. The second year’s tree featured candy garlands and homemade gingerbread figures, followed by a “Peace on Earth” tree the next year, with a globe tree topper, peace signs and doves.“I try to do something different every year,” Alan says. “I think about the tree [for next year] the day after Charlie Brown Christmas ends.” Barbara Russell, owner of Zelda’s Boutique in Williamsport, departed from her usual tree theme of decorating in Zelda’s signature purple color palate to do a Victorian dress tree last year. Using one of her older mannequins, she created a skirt from chicken wire covered in faux pine, complete with a royal blue sash at the waist. “When I opened my store in 2013, I wanted to be part of the community, and Charlie Brown Christmas is a big deal, not only in Williamsport but in the quad-state area,”Barbara says of her continued creative efforts for the event. WALK INTO A WINTER WONDERLAND In addition to the trees, the interior of the barn, the neighboring tenant house and the adjacent Byron Memorial Park 24

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are all dressed up in holiday finery. In the barn, life-size reindeer fly through the rafters, led this year by a plush version of Douglas, the town mule, maybe with a red blinking light on his nose. Lights and glass balls twinkle overhead, Santa welcomes visitors in the balcony, and a giant singing bear named Buster makes a perfect backdrop for photos. Ronnie decorates the windows with donated stuffed animals, while Peanuts- and Thomas-themed model trains chug around their tracks. The tenant house next door is decorated and open for visitors, who can also enjoy a ride in a wagon pulled by ribbon- and bell-bedecked horses for $2. “You can also take a car and drive through the park, which is lit up with hundreds of lighted figures,”Alan enthuses. And, it’s always a white Christmas at the barn, where snow falls just inside the door.“My favorite place to work is outside the door, because I open the door and they’re like, ‘Ahhh,’” Ronnie says of the way visitors gasp when they enter. “It’s just overwhelming, even to me. The first time I walk in after we’ve been working and we go away and come back and open the doors, is like, 'wow'. It’s just, 'wow'.” The other participants couldn’t agree more.“It’s like Christmas magic. There’s nothing like it in the world,”Alan says.“It’s like you just stepped into Santa’s workshop, with reindeer flying overhead, no other lights on except for the twinkle lights. It’s magnificent.” Dazzling is the word Barbara uses to describe the scene: “When they have the Charlie Brown Christmas, all the big lights are out. It’s just the Christmas lights of the trees and the lights they use to decorate the barn that are on,” she says.“I can only imagine what [children] must thinking when they walk through those doors and look at all those beautiful lights and all those Christmas trees. It’s truly magical.”


“It brings the kid out in me,” Charissa says, “to see everything decorated and all the twinkling lights. Each year, it’s been different, even if it is the same core groups. I look forward to the event every year.” It’s something Dean encourages everyone to see.“It’s unbelievable what that barn looks like when it’s all decorated. It’s amazing,” he says.“I’m there when the trees are being decorated. But when you walk in after it’s all over, it just takes your breath away when you see this. To me it’s the highlight of the Christmas season, the Charlie Brown Christmas.” It’s a sight sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.“It does really cater to families,” Charissa says. “Even when it’s at it’s busiest, and it’s hard to move, families go, the kids are cooperating, and they can take their time.” Everyone feels the magic of the moment. “It’s wall to wall people, but everyone’s so happy and polite, because they’re full of Christmas spirit,” Alan says. “It’s people coming out from everywhere just to spread Christmas joy. If you’re a 'bah, humbug' and you come to see it, you will leave oozing Christmas spirit.”

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Just like the Christmas spirit it evokes, the Charlie Brown Christmas is a gift freely given.“Williamsport does it as a gift, I think, to Washington County,” Joan says. “We do not charge. People do give donations, and that helps with the lights and stuff.”And though they might only visit the barn one night of the year, the experience is a gift that keeps on giving, as evidenced by a follow-up message from Ronnie: “I remembered my favorite tree from last year,”she wrote, describing the tree decorated by Herald-Mail staffers with ornaments made out of Charlie Brown comic strips from the newspaper.“Stories like this pop into my head year round. I guess that’s part of the magic.”P

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Prime Rib Roast

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temperature down to 250 degrees. Roast until the internal temperature is 140 degrees for medium rare. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before carving. Phil calls this roast “a family favorite at Christmas. We as a family have enjoyed prime rib on Christmas day for probably 15 years — except for Christmas eight years ago,” Phil says. “We had a granddaughter born that day, so we had sandwiches because we went to the hospital to see our new grandchild. The roast was just as delicious a week later.”


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1/2 ounce of of gin 3/4 ounce of Frangelico 1/2 ounce of Kahlua 1/4 ounce of creme de menthe 1 ounce of creamer Crushed candy cane Chocolate syrup Shake together gin, Frangelico, Kahlua, creme de menthe and creamer. Lightly wet the rim of of a martini glass and dip into crushed candy cane. Swirl chocolate syrup inside the glass. Pour the shaken martini into the glass and serve. This new creation by the bartenders at Break Away Sports Lounge is a festive-looking beverage full of holiday flavor. Shake one up for your next celebration!

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The holidays are a hectic and indulgent time — so many visits with family, so many large dinners, office parties and gifts of cookie trays.“From the start of fall to the beginning of the new year, we are bombarded with tailgates, holiday gatherings, and parties,” says Barb Van Meerbeke, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator with Summit Endocrinology. “Many of the traditional offerings at these celebrations are high in calories and low in nutrition.” It’s a time when most of us take a pass on healthy living. There will be time for that after the ball drops on New Year’s, right? But practicing healthy eating strategies, sticking to exercise routines and staying mindful throughout Holiday 2016 |

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the season can help cut holiday stress and make that New Year’s resolution a little easier to meet. THE GIFT OF MODERATION Holiday festivities usually include celebratory feast, a feature that dates to a time when rich foods were eaten only on those special occasions. Today, in contrast,“the way we eat, we indulge in ways that people 150 years ago would only indulge on a holiday,” notes Tim Higgins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE, a registered dietitian and trained chef with Meritus Endocrine Nutrition and Diabetes Education Center. People often worry about indulging and overeating during the holidays, when in truth it’s the other 360-odd days a year that should be the focus, Tim says.“The holidays are not the time to enforce limits like that, that aren’t being done the rest of the year.”

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Starting from a foundation of healthy eating year round, the focus of holiday eating goals should be to not gain weight. Tim recalls a Washington Post newspaper column that used to run during the holidays called the Lean Plate Club. The challenge of the club wasn’t to lose weight or go on a diet during the holidays, but simply to avoid gaining weight. “No one wants to step on the scale or get blood work done in January after weeks of overeating,” Barb says. “The average person gains 5 to 7 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.” At home and when traveling, be sure to focus on healthy meals and snacks. Barb recommends items like veggies and dip or hummus, leftover turkey or other lean protein on salad greens with a vinaigrette, or items that can be prepared in large batches to freeze and reheat during busy periods, like homemade broth-based soups or healthy casseroles. When traveling, pack small snacks that might be supplemented

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with coffee or little treats during stops, Tim recommends, and be sure to eat before arriving at the airport. Although people looking forward to an evening party or holiday dinner might be tempted to hold off eating in order to enjoy everything later, it is important to not go too long without eating. “That’s helping your metabolism, and it’s also helping you to maintain staying full so you don’t binge out by not eating at all and waiting to eat once later in the day,” says Linda Brooks, a certified trainer, health and nutrition consultant and founder/president of Activities for Life Health & Fitness Training Center in Hagerstown. Most people need to eat every four to six hours, Tim says. Even eating something like five almonds before attending an event can give someone a level of satiety. Feeling in control of your appetite allows you to indulge responsibly on the foods you most enjoy. “Make sure that what you are overindulging on is worth it! Perhaps it is a favorite dessert that a relative makes once a year. Or, maybe it is a special appetizer that you rarely have the opportunity to eat,” Barb says, adding, “don’t waste calories on foods you can eat any time, such as chips or pretzels.” Linda, for example, loves chitlins and pigs feet.“I eat them once a year, and that’s around the holidays, at Christmastime or New Year’s,” she says. “No one should go through the holidays without tasting or treating yourself to something that might be unhealthy. The main thing is in moderation.” And, pay attention to those delicious bites.“While I’m eating, I’m going to make sure I enjoy every morsel of it,”says Heidi Bodenheimer, manager of Fit In Boonsboro. “So many times, if you’re unconsciously eating, suddenly you look down and the whole bag of potato chips is gone and you didn’t even realize it.”

eating plan. When working with clients in Fit in Boonsboro’s Feeling Fabulous health and wellness program, Heidi likes to teach them the word “next.”“If you happen to screw up at a party or dinner say, ‘next.’You move on to how can you be better the next time, the next day, what could you do to be healthier right now.” MAINTAINING MOVEMENT The goal to maintain extends into the realm of exercise during the holidays, too. “The holidays are so tense and stressful for most people, the last thing you want to do is give up on any exercise regimen,” says Certified Yoga Instructor Michelle Grimes of Hagerstown.“Any form of exercise helps with the release of endorphins, which helps with those happy thoughts, those happy hormones, so it keeps us balanced.” Dave Ruff, owner of Ruff Fitness in Hagerstown, recognizes that the hectic season can make it easy for people to skip a workout here and there. “We have a saying: ‘Don’t let a slip become a slide,’” he says.“Missing one day is not a big deal. But then you have to get back on the train.” Maintaining an exercise routine during the holidays might involve reframing what you think of in terms of a workout. “Everything you do makes a difference in terms of health, fitness, stress levels,” Dave says. “So if

Staying hydrated helps with a feeling of satiety, too. “Sometimes if you’re not drinking water, you may have a tendency to walk into a place and want to over-indulge, maybe go for those salty things,” Tim says, recommending party-goers start with a glass of sparkling water or another low-calorie drink before eating. In addition to helping control the amount of food we eat, water flushes the system, Heidi says. She recommends that clients who will be drinking alcoholic beverages alternate with water, perhaps in the same glass.“If you have a glass of wine, then have a glass of water in the wine glass,” she says. “There’s something about holding the wine glass, you feel a little more social. It’s more of a mental thing.” And it’s important to remember that one “slip up” doesn’t mean throwing in the towel on a healthy 40

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you have to cut back and do a half hour, that’s OK.”When an official workout is not an option, make more active lifestyle choices, like going for a walk, parking farther away from shops and using the stairs —“all the things we’ve heard over the years, the small things that accumulate into big things,” says Cindy Pryor, owner of Chambersburg Fitness Center. “People don’t think of that as ‘exercise,’” Heidi says, “but it’s movement, and that’s the key. Some movement is better than no movement.” At home or on the road, yoga is a good option for incorporating physical activity. “If you have limited time and you have a couple of minutes, do maybe five sun salutations. That’s a great way to really stretch your body, build up some strength and to release stress and tension,” says Michelle, who practices and trains in a fusion style to keep her routine exciting. Yoga stretches can be of benefit after long periods of traveling, or even while traveling. “If you’re on a car ride or if you’re in a plane, I always recommend to not slouch, but a big thing is really just trying to relax the shoulders down, stretch the neck gently side to side,” she says. “I always recommend that people raise their arms up, maybe bend their elbows and just bring the arms back down just to get the blood flowing in the neck and the shoulders.” Simple exercise routines can still have an impact while away on holiday travels, like bodyweight exercises. “The biggest thing is moving your body and moving in all the different manners that Mother Nature designed us to move: pushing, 42

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pulling, core rotation, hip dominant, like squats, knee dominant, like lunges,” Dave says. And don’t overlook walking. “You don’t need any apparatus, nothing fancy. Just walking shoes, outdoor gear so you’re warm enough, or most hotels have a treadmill,” Cindy says. “The key is to keep your body in motion.” It helps to schedule exercise just like any other activity on your holiday calendar. “It’s like a meeting I don’t want to miss,” says Linda, who understands what a busy schedule feels like. She works full time, runs her gym full time in the evenings, cares for her aging mother, is a motivational speaker and coaches clients in the Tri-State area. “But I still get my exercise in,” she affirms. “In actuality,” Cindy says, “that’s the most important thing to put into your daily schedule so you can more effectively cope with all the challenges that come with holiday season.” When she gives clients tours of the Chambersburg Fitness Center, which opened in 1985 and offers cardio and weight areas, group exercise classes, a pool and more, she’s“mind boggled”by people who say they don’t know if they have time to exercise. “If you don’t have your health, then nothing else really matters.” If possible, try to exercise first thing in the morning, Dave says. “That energizes you and gets it out of the way, and nothing’s going to interfere with it.” Or, consider signing up for a fitness class, where instructors and friends will look forward to seeing you and keep you motivated. “You’re a little bit less likely to bail out,” he adds. And, if you think you’re


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too tired, try the 10-minute rule.“Give it 10 minutes. If at the end of 10 minutes if you still feel [tired] you can go ahead and bag the workout,”Dave says.“And I’ve never had anyone bag the workout.” A MINDFUL FOCUS To further boost a sense of well-being during the holiday months, strategies abound for staying mindful and in the moment during this busy time. At Bodyworks Massage Center in Hagerstown, co-founder Mary Nye-Borell notes a number of items in the gift shop that can help people focus on positive thoughts or affirmations. Card decks, which can be handmade or purchased with thoughts from writers like Louise Hay, offer uplifting, comforting sentiments to focus on. Small stones, like worry stones with small indentations or others with inspiring words inscribed on them, can “help you get grounded and focus on the present moment,” Mary says. “You can take a permanent marker and write something on a stone that you find in the yard or on a hike or at the beach, a shell or something, and write your little code word on there.” Gratitude and good will toward others can sometimes get lost in the rush, so small cues can help keep those sentiments in mind, too. Mary sometimes puts the “Thank You” stickers from bulky grocery store purchases in random places like inside cupboards or the refrigerator. “It just makes me

smile and remember to be grateful that I can open the refrigerator and get a drink, or that I can have clean dishes to eat on, or whatever little tiny thing.”The Hawaiian Ho’oponopono practice — focusing on the thoughts, “I love you. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.” — can be helpful when dealing with stressful situations or personal encounters that come up during the holidays.“I usually use it when I’m having issues with someone and I need to remember that they’re just a human being trying as best they can, too,” Mary says. Taking a moment to breathe can help dissipate stress, too. “It’s free, it’s powerful. The reset button for the body is the breath, and focusing on your breath you can do in traffic, in the grocery line,” Mary says. Breathing is a key component of yoga that practitioners carry into daily life, Michelle says. “Breathing is so important to help with stress, anxiety. It helps to relieve the tension in the muscles. It just helps you to ease.” Meditation is another helpful practice that can be quick but powerful, whether for people stressed by traveling or other situations. Michelle recommends the one-minute meditation: going into a quiet place, and, with eyes closed or not, focusing on breathing through your nose and relaxing.“And it’s very interesting how quickly that changes your mindset when you just take one minute to take yourself out of a

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situation.” Another variation is the Five Senses meditation, which involves becoming aware of your surroundings,“what you see, listen to what you’re hearing, what can I touch, just trying to pull in all your senses,” Mary says. “It just kind of makes you pull into the now.” Pulling into the present moment helps connect to friends and family, which is really the point of the season. Heidi encourages clients to take a deep breath and remember “all these holiday gatherings, it’s really not about the food. It’s about meeting people, socializing, celebrating with friends and family.” Mary notes that questioning our thoughts can alleviate some of the stress we carry about making the holidays just so. Why do I think I need a perfect Christmas tree? Do I really need to take a from-scratch dip to the pot luck? “It’s about getting together,” she says.“It’s about connecting with people and relationships, with ourselves and with those we care about.”

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These are things that you can start making better choices now, so why wait? Next year is not promised.” Mary likes to think of making those healthy choices as “paying it forward for yourself. If you do it now, come January, you’re already through the hardest part and you can kind of give yourself a high five for not having to dread New Year’s Day,” she says. “Nov. 10 was New Year’s Day for you.” P

And, as anyone who has made a New Year’s resolution knows, it often doesn’t stick. Or, life gets in the way.“You say, ‘Hey, I’m going to start this date,’” Michelle says.“Well, what if that day comes around and life gets in the way? And then you push it back and you push it back, and before you know it, you don’t restart again, or maybe you never start at all.”After all, there’s always another holiday around the corner.“After the holidays, there’s always going to be that next thing: a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Easter,” Heidi says. “Throughout the year, there are all these things in our lives that add up. At the end of the day, it’s a lifestyle choice.” It’s important to take steps toward health goals now, and to know there are no quick fixes. “Make changes now,” Linda urges. “Whether you’re a soda drinker, start weaning yourself off, and then come off of it completely. If you eat a lot of meat, and it’s unhealthy meat, you want to eat lean meat.

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Now a volunteer himself, Marius Lungu went through the Open Table program at Reach of Washington County. Open Table is one of several programs at Reach – and multitudes among the area’s nonprofit organizations – that depends on volunteers to operate.

teer benefits those seeking work, too. “Imagine that person who’s not working right now,” posits United Way of Washington County Executive Director Melissa Reabold. “Having this exposure keeps them out in the world, being productive, networking and hopefully will link them to a new job.” Volunteers experience physical benefits as well, as they’re less likely to develop high blood pressure and often get more physical activity. “Here, some of our volunteer positions involve quite a lot of walking,” Tina says. “This is where they want to be active.” And mentally, volunteering gives those who serve a boost, too. “It helps them feel better because they’re giving to others,” Tina says. Esther Wagner started volunteering at Summit Health through the hospital auxiliary in 1958. The 92-year-old can attest to both the physical and mental benefits of her volunteering. “Presently I am an escort, which, we walk all over the hospital,” helping visitors find the rooms or offices they need.“It gives you a feeling of really helping, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of every year I’ve done it,” Esther says.“It gives you something to look forward to each day, and I have so many friends that I’ve met through the hospital and the hospital auxiliary.” 50

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As the new director of volunteer services at Meritus Health, Mary Olisa has heard from her volunteers about the joy they find in giving back — a feeling that resonates with the former social worker. “Speaking for myself, there was a joy for me to being a social worker and being able to give back and being able to help,” she says.“You have this feeling, like, ‘Wow, I was able to make an impact in somebody’s life,’ no matter how small.”When individuals have a good volunteer experience, says Melissa, “the volunteer walks away with an experience that enriches their lives.” Because volunteering also strengthens social bonds, it“helps feel a deeper connection to the community and other people,”Tina says. United Way of Franklin County Executive Director Amy Hicks also sees that feeling of connectedness among volunteers. “Often when you’re involved as a volunteer, you become part of a new family of sorts. You’re introduced to people you wouldn’t otherwise have met,”she says. And that’s good for individual volunteers and the community as a whole.“Volunteers understand they are a part of a community system that affects quality of life all the way around,”Melissa says.“It increases the consciousness of the community that we’re all in this together.”


And that, in turn, benefits the community by boosting conversation around important issues. “It creates a better level of understanding of why we have community challenges. It builds empathy within a community, and understanding of where different thoughts and feelings come from,”Amy says. It’s an effect Jodie Ostoich has seen at Reach of Washington County, where staff and volunteers operate a cold weather shelter and other programs to help individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty. “Particularly with Open Table,”a program in which volunteers serve as mentors to support an individual taking those early steps toward change, Jodie has seen “how changed those volunteers become, how broadened their understanding of poverty has become. It’s helped lessen judgement, showing them how challenging it is to live in poverty. Their eyes are opened to barriers and stumbling blocks that people in poverty face to be self sustaining,” the Reach executive director says. Younger volunteers can greatly benefit from the experience, too. Those who volunteer as children or teens begin to pick up a variety of skills and self-knowledge. They learn how to work as a team, how to be a leader, and how to interact with adults. “They’re picking up skills that will help later in life,” Amy says. At the Humane Society of Washington County, Manager of Volunteers and Animal Initiatives Kimberly Jones has watched young volunteers grow in confidence, citing specifically a family of four kids and a single mom who have been volunteering for three years. “At first, the kids didn’t talk much, but we have just watched them bloom from coming in here,” Kimberly says. “They are confident in what they’re doing, that they can make decisions: what’s the best thing I can do for this dog right now? What does this cat need from me right now?”And, in return, Amy says, kids bring creativity to an organization. “They often have ideas that as adults we would overlook.” Volunteering can even help younger people determine a career path. At Meritus Health, young “Volunteens” can start at age 15, helping in a variety of hospital areas. Mary recalls one Volunteen who was interested in being a nurse and asked to be linked with the nursing concierge. “I think it starts to shape a child’s future, starts to get kids thinking about what they would like to do later,” Mary says. And for volunteers whose initial area of interest turns out to not be what they expected, they have learned a valuable insight about what they don’t want to do later in life, she adds. In addition to building new experiences, volunteering introduces young people to others outside their normal routine interactions and helps build compassion. “It teaches them about other people,” says Major Carolyn Mallard, who, with her husband, Major Butch Mallard, heads the Salvation Army in Hagerstown.“They realize that there’s other people in need.”Though some volunteer jobs are not appropriate for younger helpers, Carolyn mentions how children help sep-

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arate donated toys according to gender and age group.“The children say, ‘Oh, I know exactly what child’s going to like this,’ or ‘I know this little girl’s going to love playing with this tea set,’” Carolyn says, or they’ll choose a child in need from the Angel Tree program because they’re the same age and know what that child would like. “I think when you have children that volunteer as teens or younger children, they learn early on the importance of giving back to the community,” Carolyn says, and that they can make a difference. MANY HANDS As volunteers of any age give of their time, they get the joy of seeing their efforts benefit those who need it most and allow nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions. “Those that are involved in programs and receive services, when they see people from the community volunteering, they realize people care about them,” Melissa says. “It feels different when it’s a volunteer, because it’s an investment of that person’s valuable time and energy.” Many times, those who have received services want to become volunteers. “It means a lot,” Jodie says, citing someone who was originally homeless and worked through Reach’s Open Table program that now serves on Reach’s board of directors.

Even animals know the difference when someone comes in and shows them love.“It makes their day,”says Kimberly of the reaction of dogs and cats when volunteers come in to socialize the animals or take them for walks.“The shelter is a scary place for a dog or cat.”One-on-one interaction with volunteers helps the animals develop social bonds and also alleviates some of their stress and natural energy. “They’re much calmer in the kennels, and it leads to more adoptions,”Kimberly says. Nonprofit staff members appreciate the efforts of volunteers, too, because for those agencies, “volunteers are a lifeblood for all of our success,” says Melissa.“Agencies themselves can build capacity and improve what they can deliver through volunteers.” The Salvation Army, for example feeds between 150 and 200 people each day, yet has one paid employee in that program. Volunteers fill the gap, helping to cook, serve and receive food donations that come in from outside organizations. “There’s no way we could feed that many people every day with just one person,” Carolyn says. Volunteers also help prepare for and serve Thanksgiving meals to between 200 and 250 people, ring the bells for donation buckets, run the Angel Tree and help wrap gifts that the Salvation Army buys for nursing home residents at Christmas.

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Many local businesses recognize the importance of giving back, including the benefits it has for their employees, and participate in organized events. Kaplan University’s bi-annual serve-a-thon, for example, has helped with projects like preparing a room at Horizon Goodwill that will be converted into the Job Connection Center.

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At the Humane Society of Washington County, volunteers are viewed as an extension of the staff, comprised of 45 partand full-time members. “They do so much for us,” Kimberly says of volunteers who help run programs like personality assessments for animals, the dog-walking program and fostering arrangements. Volunteers help teach classes, clean kennels, and assist in the spay and neuter clinic. “They help bridge the gap,” Kimberly says. Jodie says three out of five of Reach’s programs “couldn’t function without volunteers,” who serve in jobs from the task-driven to the transformational. About 1,600 people volunteer each year to operate the cold weather shelter, with volunteer congregational coordinators who find people to fill the needed positions. About 12 volunteers serve each week in crisis intervention, and between 10 and 12 volunteers serve in the intensive Open Table program. “They volunteer to support [an individual or a family] for a year,” Jodie says, “trying to help people who live on the edge or in poverty to become members of the community again.” Open Table volunteers provide relationships and advisement to help those in need make progress on their goals. “I think the major point here is that volunteers are critical to our mission,”Jodie says.“We really could not operate or function without them.” Even at large organizations like hospitals, volunteers are crucial to fulfilling the mission. At Summit Health, volunteers logged over 60,000 hours in 2015, Tina says, serving in nearly 60 different volunteer areas ranging from main lobby greeters, to the surgical waiting room, messenger office, and volunteer patient assistants. “To the organization, they are invaluable,” she says. At Meritus Health, too, more than 500 volunteers help in areas like the gift shop, visitor way-finding, or in the cancer center, wound center or emergency department, Mary says. They eagerly help with special events,


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MAKING A MATCH Those interested in giving back should look for an organization that matches their passion and skill set.“If they don’t believe in what the organizations does, it’s not going to be a good match,” Carolyn says. Believing in the mission is a crucial first point.“If it’s not something they have passion for, it’s not likely to be sustained over the long haul,”Jodie says. That feeling is something that shines through.“I’ve not had the opportunity to work with a group of people who are more self-motivated,” Mary says of the Meritus volunteers. “There’s a level of passion when you talk to them. When you meet them, you can actually hear it.” Keep in mind that nonprofits can benefit from all kinds of skills, including those at a professional level. At United Way of Washington County, for example, Melissa relies on volunteers with expertise in areas like marketing and graphic design. “All the agencies need that kind of help,” she says. When considering skills, gifts and talents, Tina suggests that potential volunteers consider doing something that’s different from what their job is to avoid burn out, and also ask about observing a volunteer position before committing. As Kimberly points out, some positions might be more than a volunteer can handle emotionally. “Volunteers see these homeless animals, and it can be very emotional for them,” she says, adding that there’s also “a lot of fulfillment when those animals are placed in a new home.” Volunteer coordinators at individual organizations can work directly with volunteers to match them with a position, and volunteers can also create profiles and search a broad array of opportunities at matching websites. Tina mentions sites like www. pointsoflight.org/handsonnetwork and volunteermatch.org, which include local and global opportunities, and potential volunteers can connect with local organizations in need through volunteer.unitedwaywashcounty.org, a site administered by the United Ways of Washington and Frederick counties. Interested volunteers can create a profile there and allow agencies in need of their skills to contact them, or search and contact specific agencies directly, Melissa says. Any help volunteers can give is greatly appreciated by the organizations they serve.“For someone to get up and leave their home — they’re not getting reimbursed — and go to an establishment to give their time, translates to me as somebody who has a big heart,” Mary says. “It just says a lot to me about the people who come through the doors.”And while giving back is a natural inclination around the holidays, a year round commitment can be a gift that keeps on giving, to the individuals who serve and to the greater community.“I don’t think the majority of nonprofits could survive without their volunteers,”Kimberly says.“They’re just that important to the organizations.” P


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ith beautiful architecture designed to elevate the spirit, the region’s historic houses of worship truly take that inspiration to another level when decorated for the holiday season. Both Hagerstown and Frederick organize special tours to showcase these divine structures. Take a pictorial peek inside some of the churches in Hagerstown and Frederick that have opened their doors during previous years.

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John Wesley United Methodist Church Completed in 1885 with seating for 540, the historic sanctuary of John Wesley United Methodist Church is home to a three manual, 43 rank Moller pipe organ. Some of the organ’s 2,512 pipes are visible through the screen behind the pulpit cross.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1770, is the oldest Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. In 1910, the beautiful recessed chancel received the Tiffany masterpiece,“Rabboni,” and several years later mosaic panels composed of more than 200,000 tiles were added to depict the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Crucifixion and the Ascension.

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St. John’s Episcopal Church Reflecting the neo-gothic style, St. John’s Episcopal Church features intricate interior details including a high Gothic altar, the reredos, and a wrought iron rood screen separating the sanctuary from the congregation. One of the beautiful stained glass windows in the sanctuary of St. John’s Episcopal Church, built in 1872, is a Tiffany.

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St. Mary Catholic Church Poinsettias decorate the altar of St. Mary Catholic Church, founded on June 9, 1758. The parish school, located next door, was founded in August 1874 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, and it was the first mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Maryland.

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Washington Square United Methodist Church The embellished facade showcasing large stained glass windows of Washington Square United Methodist Church fronts Washington Avenue, where congregants originally purchased the land in 1888 and built a wood-frame church. Washington Square began in 1885 under St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, whose members met in an orchard. 60

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Christ’s Reformed Church A historic German Reformed church, Christ’s Reformed Church features notable architectural details including a crown on the spire, rose medallion window and an altar reredos featuring each of the 12 disciples.


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Asbury United Methodist Church Asbury United Methodist Church congregants built their first church on the current site in 1864, though the church was founded in 1818. The current building was constructed following a fire in 1973.

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All Saints Episcopal The first church building was on East All Saints Street in Frederick, but All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s growing congregation constructed a new church on North Court Street in 1814. Founded in 1742, it is the oldest Episcopal parish in Western Maryland. In the mid-1850s, noted church architect Richard Upjohn designed a neo-gothic sanctuary for the church, featuring four different styles of stained glass and a unique ceiling design.

The oldest church building in Washington County, Zion Reformed United Church of Christ features Tiffany stained glass windows throughout and a bell tower that was used as a sniper post during the Civil War. The cemetery serves as resting place for veterans from the Revolutionary War, French and Indian War, and War of 1812, as well as Hagerstown’s founder, Jonathan Hager, who died in 1775 when a log slipped and rolled over him while he was helping to construct Zion church.

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Bridge of Life The Baroque facade of Bridge of Life Church reflects the building’s original life as the Colonial Theater, built as a vaudeville stage 1914. The central sculpture panel was created by Henri Plasschaert, a famous terra cotta artist of the time. The main auditorium has been extensively remodeled, and the lobby still serves as a gathering place — for coffee and pre-worship fellowship.

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Grace United Church of Christ Dedicated in 1903, Grace United Church of Christ in Frederick reflects Victorian Gothic styling in its arches and tower battlements. The central rose window and other art glass windows were created by J.B. Hankinson of Newark, N.J., Tiffany’s general foreman.

Evangelical United Church of Christ Topped with distinctive twin cupolas, the Evangelical United Church of Christ showcases Greek Revival design. Inside, numbered brass plates on the pews harken back to the days when members paid“pew rent”to support the church. The brick church was constructed in 1848 when the congregation outgrew the stone chapel across the street.

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A pineapple, symbolizing welcome, tops a Williamsburg-style centerpiece made by Roostervane Gardens in Funkstown. Read on to discover how this historical style is still beautifully created today

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Magnolia leaves, pomegranate and yarrow highlight the corner of a boxwood Williamsburg swag on a fence (left) styled by Denny Warrenfeltz of Roostervane Gardens. A variety of porcelain, pewter and brass containers would have been used to display holiday arrangements (above).

A Colonial Christmas Fresh Greens, Dried Flowers and Colorful Fruits Create Classic Williamsburg-Style Decorations. written by STACEY CAMPBELL photography by JOE CROCETTA Decorating with fresh greens, fruits and other natural items for the holidays is an old technique dating back centuries. But a particular version, described as the Williamsburg style, dates to the Tidewater colony in Virginia and remains a classic look that’s still replicated in many homes today. “It’s a niche group that does that type of decorating any more, but at the same time, it holds steady,” Denny Warrenfeltz, owner of Roostervane Gardens in Funkstown, says of a style he calls “timeless.” People who own homes that fall within that historical time period frequently keep their holiday decor consistent with the Williamsburg style, and many others who enjoy the scent of fresh pine and incorporation of a structured yet natural look continue to decorate with these enduring themes. WHAT’S IN A NAME? Holiday decor done in the Williamsburg style utilizes materials that would have been available to residents at that time and place. “If you’re using the term Williamsburg, you can really zero in on a particular area. If you’re using the term 76

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Colonial, then it depends on what area you’re talking about,” Denny explains. “It’s all things that would have been available in their gardens. It wasn’t like you went to a florist or a nursery.” So the Williamsburg style starts with traditional greens like boxwood, local pine and magnolia, then embellishes with a variety of locally available seed pods, vegetables, fruits, florals and herbs. Natural items like cotton, okra and lotus pods, pinecones, rose hips, wheat, bay berry, and a variety of nuts would have been readily available, as well as dried flowers like cockscomb, yarrow, straw flowers, statis and herbs. “Just like the pine, they give you that wonderful aroma,”says Sukey Rankin of Hagerstown, who has been a member of Crossroads Garden Club for about 25 years and worked for Roostervane for eight or nine years. Berries like nandina give bright pops of color. “When you get those red berries on there, they’re just beautiful,” she says of the jewel-tones. Certain fruits also are mainstays of Williamsburg-style arrangements.“Lady’s Apples would have been one of the most popular,” Denny says.“Lady’s Apples are an heirloom variety. They were a late-developing fruit.” More modern varieties


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like Red Delicious were not available then. Pineapples often served as focal points in some arrangements. “The pineapple is like a welcome symbol,” says Sue Thomas, owner of From the Heart Gifts and Furnishings in Greencastle, Pa. She likes to use them at the top of centerpieces, which are often shaped as cones or trees.“You want a beautiful pineapple,” adds Ann Law, former owner of The Yule Cupboard in Hagerstown, mentioning specifically the leaves at the top of the fruit.“Don’t come home with a pineapple that’s not perfect.” In addition to pineapples, some arrangements feature lemons, limes and oranges, occasionally spiked with cloves, though Denny questions the amount of these fruits that would have been used historically. Unless a homeowner were wealthy enough to have a hot house or orangery, these fruits would have been shipped in and perhaps more rare and treasured than items grown locally, he says. Sukey notes that, while it might not be true to Williamsburg materials, local homeowners can get creative and channel the spirit of the look by drawing from items found in their own gardens or wooded areas. Gathering grasses, nuts, berries and pine locally still has that natural feel, she says, “and when you add that with fruit and pine, that gives you that feel of the Williamsburg style.” Some current decorations in that vein add ribbon accents, but, Ann points out, “they didn’t use ribbons back then. So that’s a modern addition.” And a traditional Williamsburg-style arrangement would have been very symmetrical, Sukey adds: “Their style was more symmetrical than some of us do nowadays. It wouldn’t have been airy and wispy — more tightly compact and very orderly looking — but so beautiful, too.”

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Table centerpieces in the Colonial era typically would have featured edible items, like fruits or confections, although a variety of natural embellishments can be incorporated to carry the theme.

DECK THE HALLS The decorations grace a variety of areas in a home, especially the front door, which might feature a wreath or series of wreaths, an arrangement on a plaque over the door, or a swag around the door frame.“I used them around my doorway with western cedar,” says Sukey, who used to decorate her home in the Williamsburg style and still uses some of those elements today. The western cedar is “a more flowy, graceful type of cedar,” she notes, and not as sticky as some other evergreen varieties. Arrangements could be displayed on hall tables and sideboards, around windows and in windowsills, across the mantel in the main parlor, around outdoor lampposts and more, Denny says. “The dining room table normally did not get flowers on it. Usually it was all food because of the varying multiple courses being served,” Denny says.“It would almost always be a fruit display or a confection display so you could eat it.” And, whereas modern decorators might go for a rustic look, 78

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using wicker baskets or different crockery for Williamsburg-style arrangements, Colonial-era homeowners would have had their best on display.“Most of the containers would have been English porcelains or Delft,” Denny says, pointing to a very traditional type of Williamsburg block that’s white with blue painting as an example, or containers in shining brass, silver or pewter. At From the Heart, Sue has created Williamsburg-style arrangements for clients in five-finger vases.“That’s something that a lot of people bring back from Williamsburg when they go. That’s a symbol from down in that area.” A PLEASING ARRANGEMENT Traditionally, these arrangements would have been created by impaling fruits and leaves on a wooden board with nails in it, filling in with other greens, like boxwood, and dried flowers, Denny says. A tree would be constructed in the same fashion, on a wood-cone base studded with nails. Sue notes that some recent boards built in this traditional fashion use screws because the threads hold the heavier fruits better. A modern take is to use floral foam, sometimes wrapped


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Wet floral foam in the center provides a water source to keep greens fresher. Fruits are skewered on wooden pics and stuck into the foam. “I anchor the picks in at an angle so it keeps them from falling out so easily,” says Denny, who normally uses a floral foam base rather than the heavier wooden bases. Though this method results in a lighter arrangement than one crafted on a wooden base, wet floral foam and fresh fruit can add up to a lot of weight. “Don’t be surprised when you go to pick it up how heavy it is,”Ann cautions, adding that it’s best to wait until an arrangement is in place before spiking the final, weighty pineapple on top.

Arrangements traditionally would have been built on grapevine wreath forms and nail-spiked blocks, but modern decorators often use floral foam and wire bases.

with a wire cage for extra stability. Ann created her tree-style decorations using a cone made from hardware cloth, a very heavy gauge wire. Instead of coming to a point, the cone had an open circle at the top, helping to create a foundation for the crowing pineapple.

Using a floral foam base will help keep greens fresher longer, though Ann notes that greens should be allowed to soak up water before going into the arrangement for best results. Other elements will retain freshness for varying degrees of time. Greens and flowers like cockscomb and yarrow will often dry nicely in place, Sukey says. Certain apple varieties, like Lady’s Apples, are longer lasting than others. “Start out with something that’s good and firm,” Sue says. “With apples, make sure they’re good and green and firm to start with.” And, as Sukey points out, Colonial Williamsburg-era decorators would replace elements of arrangements, like soft apples, with new materials to keep things looking fresh.

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imple elegance inspired a table that could have come straight from the pages of Southern Living. Fresh-cut magnolia leaves and hydrangea blooms, illuminated by white candles, fill a long wooden box set atop a wide, glittery ribbon that spans the length of the farm table. La Rouge Vintage owner Shawn Rosenthal added a family touch, completing the look with china, silverware and glasses that belonged to her great-grandmother. styled by La Rouge Vintage 19761 Leitersburg Pike, Hagerstown facebook.com/LaRougeVintage photos by JOE CROCETTA

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elly Vance, owner of A Place for All Seasons, aimed to bring the outside in when decorating this focal-point side table. Though she likes cutting natural greens for decoration as well, these faux-juniper and pine boughs look like the real thing, especially when accented with red berries, pine cones and bells. A rustic-looking stuffed snowman seems right at home perched on the edge of the sled filled with a “snowy� pine forest backdrop and some repurposed packing-peanut snowballs for good measure. styled by A Place for All Seasons 646 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown facebook.com/aplaceforallseasons photos by RIC DUGAN

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Snacks and hot beverages greet visitors in the dining room at Inn Boonsboro. Let guests know what items they can help themselves to, and consider creating a spot where they can easily access hot and cold beverages.

Home for the Holidays Help Out-of-Town Guests Feel Comfortable and Welcome with a Few Special Touches written by STACEY CAMPBELL photography by COLLEEN MCGRATH Hosting out-of-town guests for the holidays can be both a joy and a challenge, as they join an already over active home and calendar. But creating a guest room that feels like a peaceful retreat, along with providing suggestions of interesting things to see or do while hosts are otherwise occupied, can make the experience enjoyable for all involved. For some easy-to-implement tips, we turned to the experts: area bed and breakfast owners, who both live and work in the spaces where they host guests with grace and aplomb. WELCOME HOME It all starts at the front door with a warm welcome. “The thing that we feel is most important is greet them with a smile and do everything you can to make them feel com-

fortable,” says Ken Kipe, innkeeper with his wife, Barb, at The Inn at Ragged Edge in Chambersburg, Pa. For Ken, who grew up in Zimbabwe as the child of missionaries, and Barb, who is from Russia, hospitality is a way of life in those cultures. Smile, communicate an air of confidence, Ken advises, “and don’t greet them in a rushed atmosphere. Make sure you take time for your guest.” Lauren Duh, who together with her husband, David, has owned and operated the Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, W.Va., for about two and a half years, agrees that the greeting is key to starting a visit on the right foot. “The holidays can be so stressful for people that we forget that, rushing to get things ready, you have to open the door and the smile has to automatically happen to make guests feel that you’ve got all this waiting for them,” Lauren says. “What goes on in the background for preparation, despite the fact that you might have been rushing around all day, Holiday 2016 |

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The Federal Room at The Inn at Antietam in Sharpsburg demonstrates some key points for any guest room: make sure there are “empty” spaces for guests to put their things, such as on night stands, and try to make electric outlets easily accessible.

when the guest shows up, that all has to disappear.” When setting up a guest room for friends or family members, even if it’s a space that fulfills a different function in the absence of visitors, several key points will help guests feel comfortable and at home. In addition to starting with a soft, soothing color palate, “keep the rooms spacious and clean to avoid clutter,” says Lettie Wilkes, VP of event operations at Williamsport’s Elmwood Farm Bed and Breakfast, a National Historic Registered colonial and Italianate style farmhouse built in 1855 that has been recently restored by current Owner/Innkeeper Selena Wilkes, Lettie’s sister. Visitors walking into a room want to feel that there is space for them.“We had several guest rooms, and one of the things we did was empty closets and empty dressers so people felt like they could move in and put stuff away and not live out of a suitcase,” says Miriam Cunningham, who recently took over operation of The Inn at Antietam in Sharpsburg with her husband, Will. The couple previously lived in Washington, D.C., and would rent rooms in their home on a shortterm basis to friends or historians coming to the capital. They have translated that experience into their new roles as innkeepers. In addition to some open dresser drawer and closet space, 96

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try to give the room an “empty” feeling. Darlene Smith, innkeeper with her husband, Bill, at the 1828 Trail Inn in Hancock, clarifies: “By empty, I don’t mean empty of the clock radio and tissues and extra towels in the bathroom, but they need places on every surface to put their things, like the night stand, for example.” Consider, too, various aspects of the room’s decor. A room full of family photos can feel awkward or make guests feel like they’re intruding. Miriam tried to decorate instead with photos from trips she and her husband took, or books they’d collected — “what our friends started calling ‘eye candy,’ things that were interesting to look at, but had a fun story,” she says. On the bed, try to avoid excessive piles of pillows, recommends David Schmelzer, innkeeper at Waynesboro’s Burgundy Lane Bed & Breakfast with his wife, Margaret. “Sometimes you see pictures of rooms in some bed and breakfasts, and they’re pillows from the top of the bed to the bottom of the bed. What are you supposed to do with the pillows when you go to sleep?” he says. SMALL TOUCHES Little amenities in a guest room can go a long way toward making friends or family feel welcome and thought of, too. “You need to have lots of lighting in your room,” David says, “and plenty of electrical outlets — especially in the


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do, Lauren sets out a table at the Thomas Shepherd Inn each afternoon with light snacks, teabags, hot chocolate, mugs and a tea kettle, inviting guests to make themselves at home. “In a regular home, if you wanted to put out an electric kettle and an assortment of tea bags and some mugs, that does make people feel at home,” Lauren says, adding with a laugh,“and always lots of coasters.” Show guests where they can get cold drinks or other items they are welcome to in the kitchen. “It’s nice that they don’t have to ask you for everything,” says Darlene. For guests who are of age, that might include beverages for a night cap, like the bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey that Inn Boonsboro makes available to guests in the evenings in the library. Be sure visitors know there are “spaces where they’re welcome to hang out,”says David of Burgundy Lane, where two parlors invite guests to gather round the gaming tables for playing cards or enjoying a snack. Show them where there are interesting magazines, books or movies, and how to operate the TV or access WiFi.“If you have a den or some place to set up things like that, guests can do something on their own rather than spending all their time with the family,” Darlene says. And in showing guests the rest of the house, go over things like your overall schedule and any ground rules. Talk about any food preferences and meal times — breakfast naturally being the top-of-mind meal for B&B owners. “We talk to them about breakfast in the morning, when would they 98

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like to have breakfast, and do our best to accommodate them,” Ken says, adding, “my wife does an awesome breakfast.” Some homeowners might want to point out any areas where they would like guests to take particular care. The Inn at Ragged Edge, for instance, is a historic railroad mansion with lots of woodwork. “We’re doing everything we can to protect the wood, so I will carry [guests’] suitcases for them rather than have them roll up the stairs,” Ken says. Any household pets or other animals should be covered, too. “We welcome children and encourage them to see the farm animals and to see the farm,” says Lettie of Elmwood Farm Bed and Breakfast, where she and her sister are the fourth generation of the Kendle family to own the farm.“We always give our guest a tour of the home; therefore, children should be a part of the tour with the parents to hear the property rules and expectations upon arrival.” And don’t forget to cover private spaces or time apart, because both guests and hosts will need some alone time. “I live here at the inn,” says Lauren. “I tell guests, ‘I live behind that door. If you need anything, just please knock.’ So they know they’re welcome to knock, but they also know that it’s private space. When people do have guests, they still do need to have private space.” Whether hosting visitors at her former home in D.C. or now at The Inn at Antietam, Miriam says,“it’s a balance between giving everyone the freedom to move around the house but also the privacy that everyone wants.” Guests sometimes need to be reminded that it’s OK


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At Home Places, Holiday 2016  

At Home Places, a regional lifestyle and real estate magazine, highlights local living through beautiful photography and seasonal stories. T...

At Home Places, Holiday 2016  

At Home Places, a regional lifestyle and real estate magazine, highlights local living through beautiful photography and seasonal stories. T...

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