25th Annual HollyFest
The City of Hagerstown is proud to host the annual Tree Lighting in Public Square on Friday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. followed by the 25th Annual Hollyfest at the Maryland Theatre at 8:00 p.m. The 2014 Master of Ceremonies for both the Tree Lighting and Hollyfest will be Mr. Lou Scally. Both events are free to the public, and no tickets will be necessary for Hollyfest. The event is coordinated by the City of Hagerstown’s Community Affairs Office.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m., both the North Hagerstown High Brass Band and the South Hagerstown Brass Ensemble will perform in Public Square, and Girls, Inc. will serenade onlookers with Christmas carols. Vocalists from Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Chorale will be singing carols on the hay wagon bringing Santa and Mayor Gysberts to Public Square.
This year the Christmas Tree in Public Square is a 25-foot Blue Spruce donated by Dick Mumma of Hagerstown. The tree will be lit by representatives of the Downtown Movement, Rori Daughtridge and Jackie Beach-Walker and Mayor Dave Gysberts. Ornaments were created for this year’s tree by students from the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts’ Visual Arts Department under the direction of Dr. Teresa Roberts. These students include Sophia Bartell, Jenna Becker, Aislinn Cohen, Emileigh Ebersole, Katie Grahl, Alexis Hemming, Lovelei Holly, Molly Knepper, Will Kuate, Olivia Lawrence, Kenzi Lovell, Alicia Niles, Michael Snyder, Taylor Souders, Logan Toms, and Abby Wennick.
Bulls & Bears will provide free hot chocolate and refreshments in the Square, and Otterbein United Methodist Church will be giving away free popcorn. Face painting will be available for children 12 and under. This will be done by Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Parents Guild.
Immediately following the Tree Lighting in the Square, Hollyfest will begin at 8:00 p.m. at the Maryland Theatre. Originating as a Christmas Parade many years ago, weather conditions and the Alsatia Mummers Parade, which occurs every year near the holiday season, brought the festivities indoors to become what we now know as Hollyfest. Traditionally, Hollyfest is an evening event featuring the talent of local students and children’s groups from our community.