by Lisa Tome
You can turn your Christmas spirit into cold, hard cash.
Both Perryville and Port Deposit are offering residential decorating contests.
In Perryville, the judging begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 18. Any home in the town limits is eligible. Prizes are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $25 for third place. In order to compete, you must register at town hall by calling 410-642-6066 during business hours. Only those who register, will be judged.
In Port Deposit, the Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a residential decorating contest called Magic on Main. Judging begins December 19 at 5 p.m. First place prize is $100, second place is $75, third place is $50. The best decorated business will receive $100.
The prizes for the contest in Port Deposit will be presented at the Christmas Caroling event set for 7 p.m. on December 24. Santa arrives by fire engine. There will be readings, singing and more. All are welcome. This event is held at Main and Center streets.
Perryville will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 12 beginning at 4 p.m. on the grounds at Rodgers Tavern.
The social, refreshments, and crafts runs from 4-5 p.m. Santa will be there from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Perryville Middle School performs Christmas songs beginning at 4:45 p.m. Perryville High performs at 5 p.m.
Mayor Jim Eberhardt will read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" beginning at 5:15. That will be followed by the tree lighting. All are welcome.