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Thurmont hosted Art & Wine Stroll

Danielle Ryan

(11/22) Thurmont Main Street hosted their annual Fall Art and Wine Stroll on November 18. Residents and visitors enjoyed beautiful art, wine tasting, and music as local businesses on Main Street opened their doors for the event.

Residents had the opportunity to meet and mingle with local artists including Austin Gladhill, Rebecca Pearl, Nancy Houston, John Nickerson, Yemi, Russ and Cindy Poole and Selia Sealen displayed their artwork during the event. Art from the Catoctin Forrest Alliance, Red Canary Tattoo and Ute Hill was also displayed and enjoyed by all who attended. The Thurmont Lions Club even had their mural gift items available for sale.

Thurmont Bar and Grill host¨ed local design shop, Gnarly Art¨ly. Those who stopped by the grill were able to take part in a live model fig¨ure drawing session.

Local musicians Paul Zelenka and Mary Guiles provided musical entertainment and performances by ESP Productions also offered entertainment for those who attended.

Wine was served along the way in several locations as residents found their wine and art tucked into several Main Street Businesses including Brownís Jewelers, Gateway Flowers, Heart & Hands, Mountain Memories, J Rothrock Outfitters (who had their grand opening in Thurmont that very same day) and many others.

If you missed this event, donít worry as there are several more holiday events offered at the Main Street Center. Stop in to see all of the Gingerbread Displays at the Main Street Center and let us know what your favorite display is! The Gingerbread Bread Displays will be ready to go on Saturday, December 3 starting at 9 a.m.! The Main Street Center will be open every Saturday and Sunday in December from Noon - 4 p.m., and every Thursday and Friday evening from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in December through December 23.

While at the Main Street Center, stop by and do a little Christmas shopping. You will surely be able to find a unique gift for a friend or family member. Art, pottery, handmade lip balms and candles, coffee mugs, books and t-shirts are only a few of the gift items available. Come and check it out to see what other gifts there are available.

If you canít find a gift here that strikes your fancy, maybe try Thurmont Business Bucks - a gift certificate program to encourage those seeking a gift to keep the money local. Business Bucks are

sold at the Thurmont Town Office in increments of $25 and $50 certificates. When you purchase Thurmont Business Bucks gift certificates, you receive a booklet with over 25 local businesses, which the certificates are redeemable. The goal is to keep the money in the community. When you spend dollars locally, they are spent again in the local economy, another five to seven times-creating the multiplier effect. Local businesses are financially invested in your communityís future, contribute to a lower tax base for residents, & are a lifeline to non-profit organizations. Thurmont Business Bucks makes the perfect gift not only at Christmas, but all year long.

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