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Santa Arrives in Crofton on Monday, December 2, 2013

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Monday, December 2, 2013

You’d better watch out, you’d better not pout, you’d better not cry I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town!

Don’t miss Santa’s arrival at Crofton Country Club on Monday evening, December 2, just in time for the annual Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m.  Come early to enjoy caroling by the Children’s Choir of Elizabeth Seton Parish, and sing along.  After Santa’s arrival atop a firetruck, he’ll be going into the clubhouse to visit with Crofton kids.

It will be a fun evening with a local band, Pocket Change, providing holiday music while children meet with Santa. Two clowns, Jello and Flopsy, will entertain the children, crafts and a coloring contest will take place, and refreshments will be provided by Crofton Country Club.  Meanwhile, it’s a great opportunity for the grownups to catch up with their neighbors.

Even if you don’t have small children, chances are you’ll enjoy this holiday tradition in Crofton!

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Halloween Hauntings near Crofton – 2013

Crofton area Haunted Houses – 2013

Halloween

If you’ve outgrown trick or treating and prefer a more frightful Halloween experience, you can choose from several within a half hour of Crofton – but don’t expect to find a friendly witch like the one picture here.

NIGHTMARES – Just 5 miles south of Crofton on Rt. 3 in Bowie, you’ll find NIGHTMARES – the PG-13 haunted house by Tulip Gulch production at Prince George’s Stadium, home of the Bowie Baysox. The stadium gates open for admission at 6:30 p.m. and the tour begins at dusk on weekends through Nov. 2 and Halloween night. But leave your little ghosts and goblins at home because this is not appropriate entertainment for small children. Teens and adults, on the other hand, will no doubt find this a perfectly haunting evening. Purchase tickets for NIGHTMARES online at $15.

FRIGHTFEST – A little further south on Rt. 3 and west on Rt. 214, you’ll find FRIGHTFEST at Six Flags America this weekend in Upper Marlboro, featuring more than a dozen terrifying attractions after the sun goes down and the ghouls come out at 6 p.m.  Visit the Twisted Fairy Tales 3-D Haunted House, the Blood Factory, the Carousel Toxic Dump or the Demented Tower of Doom – to name just a few.  For a complete list of chilling ways to spend an evening, visit these Terrifying Attractions at Six Flags America. This adventure is not appropriate for small children or inexpensive. Purchase FRIGHTFEST tickets online, ranging from $47.99 to $92.99.

If Frightfest sounds a little over the top to you or you want to take small children, visit Six Flags between 12 noon and 6 p.m. this weekend for seasonally-themed shows, events and attractions.  You’ll find kid-friendly activities such as the Trick or Treat Trail, Pumpkin Patch Hay Maze, and a Halloween Kids Costume Contest, and more. Regular park admission rates apply.

HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS GHOST WALK – If you prefer “real” ghosts over manufactured ones, you might prefer an HISTORIC GHOST WALK in downtown Annapolis on Friday or Saturday night, October 25 or 26, with a guide dressed in period costume. Tour the city’s streets by candlelight and learn about the spirits who dwell in Annapolis buildings and linger in the mist.  You’ll learn about unexplained footsteps, the Gravedigger, the ghosts of Paca House, people who were hung to save room in local jails, and other stories based on historic facts. You may even see a roaming spirit, poltergeist or ghost. This 90-minute walking tour is suitable for all ages. Purchase tickets the the HISTORIC ANNAPOLIS GHOST WALK online for the October tour, $20/adults and $14/kids. (Other Annapolis ghost tours are available April-September.)

BENNET’S CURSE – If you had north to Jessup this weekend, you’ll find three terrifying haunted houses under one roof.  At the House of the Vampyes, guests will find themselves caught amidst diabolical instruments of torture, a labyrinth of dungeon cells, and the remains of a mighty but ruined medieval castle. At Zombie Kingdom in 3D, you’ll experience springy bridges, floating walls, and a host of undead zombies immersed in the amazing scenery striking when you least expect them. Last, but certainly not least, is the Sanctuary of Insanity – an asylum that houses Bennet’s Curse, more disturbing and terrifying than you can imagine.  Purchase tickets to BENNET’S CURSE online, starting at $50. This is not an appropriate activity for children.

For a more kid-friendly Halloween, don’t forget about Crofton’s Halloween Parade and Party on Saturday, October 26.

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Crofton Halloween Parade and Party – October 26, 2013

Crofton Halloween Parade and Party – October 26, 2013

Crofton Halloween Parade

Crofton Halloween Parade

The Crofton Halloween Parade and Party is a decades-long tradition in this community.  Even if you don’t have kids, come out and watch.  If this doesn’t get you into the Halloween spirit, nothing will!

Where: Crofton Parkway, between Prince of Peace Church and Crofton Woods Elementary School
When: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 11 a.m.
What: Costumed kids and parents should gather in the parking lot of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, beginning at 10 a.m.  (Park at adjacent Crofton Country Club.) Following the parade, a party will be held inside Crofton Woods Elementary School, featuring prizes for costumes, refreshments, and make ‘n take crafts. (Parade sponsored by Crofton Kiwanis; Party sponsored by Crofton Civic Association)

Note: This year’s parade will follow a different route than years past.  It will end at Crofton Woods Elementary, NOT Crofton Elementary, due to ongoing construction at Crofton Elementary.

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Crofton Craft Fair (Festival on the Green) – 2013

Festival on the Green, aka Crofton Craft Fair

Long-time Crofton area residents eagerly anticipate the Crofton Craft Fair each spring and fall on the last Saturday of April and September.

This popular event originated decades ago on the Crofton Village Green, under the sponsorship of the Crofton Newcomers Club.  The Crofton Kiwanis took over as sponsors a few years ago and re-named it Festival on the Green, but it will ALWAYS be the Crofton Craft Fair in the minds of long-time fans. It’s hard to undo 40 years of branding for such a popular community tradition.

crofton-20craft-20fair2-209.07-small.jpgOn Saturday, September 28, you’ll find the north parking lot of Crofton Country Club filled from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with local residents and visitors alike browsing the tents and tables to admire and purchase handmade crafts, meet representatives of local organizations, and purchase refreshments. Parking will be limited to nearby streets, so I’d walk to the event if you live close enough to do that.  A beautiful fall day is expected with weather forecast of mostly sunny and a mild temperature in the low 70’s.

Meanwhile, you’ll notice the smell of chicken cooking over an open fire, compliments of Crofton boy scouts in Troop 758.  Their semi-annual fundraiser coincides with the Craft Fair and is held across the street in the north parking lot of the Crofotn Village Green. I don’t think we’ve ever missed an opportunity to support the scouts at this event, even on the rare occasions when we weren’t able to carve out enough time for the Crofton Craft Fair, aka Festival on the Green.

Does anyone else find it ironic that this event is no longer held at the Crofton Village Green, as it was for decades, but it’s now called Festival on the Green?  I’d like to suggest that Crofton’s 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2014 might be a good excuse for restoring the traditional Crofton Craft Fair identity to this event.  After all, most Crofton residents still think of it and refer to it that way.

One thing is certain, regardless of what you call the event, you can expect to have a great time and make some great buys if you participate in the festivities at Crofton Country Club on Saturday, September 28, 2013 .  Many thanks to the Crofton Kiwanis for all the hard work that goes into this!

Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Margaret Woda

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Crofton’s 50th Anniversary House Tour

Crofton Village Garden Club will again host a Holiday House Tour in December, and this year’s event will help kick off the Crofton 50 Year Anniversary Celebration that will run through 2014.

The club is accepting nominations for well-maintained homes throughout the 21114 zip code that will represent each decade since Hamilton Crawford developed the area now known as “Old Crofton” in 1964.  Since that time, Crofton has expanded well beyond those brick gates with a variety of single family and town house communities that now sell at price points unimagined in those early days.

Please nominate your home or a neighbor’s home to be included on the 2013 Holiday House Tour, if it is well-maintained, recently updated, and will be decorated for the holidays before the tour date of December 15. Simply click on the CONTACT tab at the top of this website, and someone from the garden club will contact you in the next few days.

Time is of the essence, because the list of homes will be finalized in September.

P.S. As a real estate agent, I just have to point out that it couldn’t hurt for you to say “Featured on Crofton’s 50th Anniversary House Tour” when you’re ready to sell your home.

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