In and Around Morningside-Skyline
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451
Civil War era Houses show what an 1865 Christmas was like
‘Tis the season for visiting the Surratt House in Clinton, beginning Dec. 13, to enjoy the simpler ways of celebrating the holidays as the people of the Civil War era did. The House is open Wed., Thurs., and Fri., from 11a.m to 3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun, from noon to 4 p.m. There’s a small admission fee. The house is at 9118 Brandywine Road in Clinton. For information, call 301-868-1121.
Down in Charles County, the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum invites you to their 13th annual Victorian Christmas, Dec. 6 and 7. The house will be decorated, as it would have been in the Victorian period. There’ll be music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, a walking tour of the house and an encampment of Civil War soldiers.
The house will open at 11 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. both days. It is particularly charming after dark when the luminarias are set along the driveway. Admission is $8 for adults and $2 for children. The house is at 3725 Dr. Samuel A. Mudd Road, just off Poplar Hill Road, in Waldorf. For information, call 301-274-9358.
And, in case you didn’t already know it, the Dr. Mudd House is where my great-grandparents, Dr. Samuel and Sarah Frances Mudd, lived. I wish I’d known them.
There’s new landscaping at the Morningside sign on Randolph Road, thanks to the handiwork of Dave and Greta Chambers.
Mary Leonard turned 90 on August 7 and she’s still going strong. She and her late husband Calvin moved to Clayton Lane shortly after World War II, and Mary just might hold the record as the longest-resident of Skyline.
Nita Boone, formerly of Skyline, sent a generous donation and a lovely letter in honor of her dear friend Dwight Holloway. She wrote, “Dwight was truly an asset to the community for many years and he will be missed by all.”
The Morningside Fire
Department’s annual Open House boasted the special appearance of Washington Redskin Cheerleaders, Ms. Taryn W and Ms. Jennifer.
Joint Base Andrews has an abundance of deer activity and issued a warning to be alert. Tech Sgt. Cody Sturgeon, 11th Wing Ground Safety NCO advises, “If a deer happens to run in the road, don’t swerve to avoid it. Most accidents occur when the driver tries to avoid the animal.”
Tigger is back! You may have seen the signs posted about an 11-month-old Maltipoo with a long curly tail, which disappeared from Juanita Court in Skyline on Oct. 26. A woman in Clinton called the dog’s owner on Oct. 8 to say she had him, apparently given to her by her son. No other details. Just glad he’s back home.
Ten years ago this month: Joseph Yurkanin, past commander of VFW 9619, died Nov. 4. He was the guy who used to set up the football games bus tours.
Flea Market at Skyline School
Skyline Elementary School PTA is sponsoring a Flea Market Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the parking lot at the school (or inside, in case of rain). To reserve a table ($15) or for information, call Mrs. Magness, 301-817-0535.
Festival of Lights
On the day after Thanksgiving the Festival of Lights will open at Watkins Regional Park, featuring more than one million twinkling lights and many new displays. Hours are nightly through New Year’s, 5 to 9:30 p.m. Admission: $5 for car or van, free on Christmas. When you go, bring a donation of canned goods for local food banks.
Annual Gingerbread House Show
For a sweet treat, go and view an amazing display of edible gingerbread houses at Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Then vote for the best. The show is open Friday through Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., on these weekends: Nov. 28-30, Dec. 5-7, and Dec. 12-14. Admission is $1. For information, call 301-952-8010
Osborne Shopping Center, in Upper Marlboro, had its Grand Opening Nov. 15, and the Safeway in the shopping center had its Grand Opening the day before. Petco and SunTrust Bank are two of the other retailers in the center, located on Route 301 at Osborne Road
Fuddruckers at Brandywine Crossing had its Grand Opening on Nov. 18.
May they rest in peace
Betty Jo “Nanny” Call, longtime resident of Maple Road in Morningside, died Aug. 30. I will tell you more about this interesting woman in a future column.
Mary Dean, of Morningside, called with the sad news that the sister of her son-in-law, Craig Coffren, died in a traffic accident on Nov. 6. Deborah Ann “Debbie” Fulks was driving to work about 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 6 when a car in the other lane crossed the center line of Aquasco Road and hit her head-on. She died at the scene. She was 59 and lived in Mechanicsville. In addition to her brother Craig, survivors include her husband Kenny Fulks, daughter Candie Blankenship, son Jody Fulks, two sisters and two grandchildren.
Happy birthday to Linda Cullinan and Brea Sandy-Hanson, Nov. 21; Dolores Steinhilber, Sharon McKlveen and Jill Flaherty Kimmel, Nov. 22; Leslie Greene, Nov. 23; Ben Gryskewicz and Mike Waby, Nov. 24; Ray Call, Avanna Williams and Andrew Gryskewicz, Nov. 25; Darryl Moss, Nov. 26; and Arthur Rose, Nov. 27.
Happy anniversary to Paul and Sharon Locke on Nov. 22.
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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation will display the Festival of Lights Friday, November 28, 2014 thru Thursday, January 1, 2015 from 5:00 PM-9:30 PM. This spectacular holiday drive-through event featuring more than one million twinkling lights is something that you will not want to miss.
Admission fees (cash only) are $5.00/car or van, $10/multi-visit, transferable pass for cars and vans (3 visits), $15/min-bus (seats 13-24) or limo, $25/bus (seats 25 or more, no reservations required), Multi-visit passes on sale nightly at the gate and free on December 25. Please bring canned goods for donation to local food banks and make a difference this season.
The address is Watkins Regional Park 301 Watkins Park Drive (Route 193) Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20774. Telephone number is 301-699-2456: TTY 301-218-6768.
TEACHER RECRUITMENT JOB FAIR
Prince Georges County Public Schools seeks highly qualified candidates to attend Teacher Recruitment Job Fair Saturday December 6, 2014 from 8:00 AM- 1:00PM. The Job Fair will be held at Wise, Jr. High School, located at 12650 Brooke Lane Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Educators must pre-register to attend. Questions please e-mail email@example.com or call 301-952-6001.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST & SHOW
Join us for the 15th Annual Gingerbread Contest and Show Friday-Sunday November 28- November 30; Friday-Sunday, December 5 December 7; Friday-Sunday, December 12-December 14 12:00 Noon-5:00 PM.
There will be an amazing display of edible gingerbread houses that you will be able to view. No nibbling is allowed. You will vote for the best house in the Viewer’s Choice Award Competition. All ages are welcome. Cost is $1/person. Children 4 and under free. No reservations required.
Location is Darnall’s Chance House Museum 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772. Please contact 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544 for more information.
ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
It’s time for their Annual Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, December 6, 2014 8:30 AM at St. Philip’s Church, Baden Parish. The address is 13801 Baden Westwood Road Brandywine, Maryland 20613-8426. Spiritual Message will be by Rev. Vaughan P.L. Booker. Theme is ‘Every Good Gift and Every Perfect Gift is from above.’ Cost for adults is $10.00. Children pay $5.00 (12 years and under). The Prayer Breakfast is sponsored by St. Philip’s Church, Baden Parish Episcopal Church Women. Chairpersons are Phyllis Bell, Henrietta Wright and Shirley Cleaves.
ST. PHILIPS GOSPEL CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
The Gospel Program will feature Zion Special, Gospel Disciples, Voices of Harmony, Gospel Revelations, Southern Maryland Harmonizers and the Burning Light December 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM. Admission is $6.00. The address is St. Philips Episcopal Church 13801 Baden Westwood Road, Brandywine, Maryland.
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