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 Taneytown hosts 6th annual Elf Hunt

Danielle Ryan

(11/7) The 6th Annual Downtown Taneytown Elf Hunt will kick-off November 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drawings for grand prize, 2nd and 3rd place will be held at 5 p.m. at the Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, 14 E. Baltimore St. The "elves " will be hiding in various downtown shops awaiting discovery by patrons and elf-hunters. McCormick said, "You have to go in the shops with "OPEN" flags displayed." After you find all the elf cards, you go and get your card punched/stamped by the shop owner, and head to the next participating shop. Shop owners will guide you along the way!

The annual Elf Hunt originated in 2011 and was created by local shop owners in hopes of promoting buying local. This event, which occurs the weekend before Thanksgiving, was created by a desire from business owners to create a unique family shopping experience prior to the Christmas season.

Shop owners will showcase all their wares and merchandise that they will have available for Christmas, in hopes that the customers will return to do their Christmas shopping in Downtown Taneytown and support their local community.

Many downtown Taneytown shop owners support the surrounding local communities, therefore everyone benefits. The designated shops include: Konsos Collectibles and Gifts, Good Hope Thrift Store, Stone House Cakery and Café’, Mrs. Claus Bake Shop, Taneytown Dance Center, Rust by Justin, Curiosity Shop, Jumble Up cycle Thrift Store, Country Kitchen Restaurant and Red Door Boutique. Additional Sponsors include: No Anchovies Pizza and New Windsor State Bank. Other available shopping choices are Main Street Dog Groomers, Designer’s Edge Salon, Tina’s Barber Shop and Hair Barn. Auto Service Centers and Design Associates Print Shop are also in the downtown shopping area.

There are several new shops opening in our downtown shopping area, so please stop by to check them out for their grand openings. Downtown Taneytown has evolved into a "Destination Town", where you will find unique, "one –of- a- kind " shops.

When visiting the downtown shops, customers will find that they can spend the day shopping and enjoy breakfast and lunch at the country Kitchen or the Stone House Cakery and Café’. Both restaurants can also provide customers with catering needs during the busy holiday season. Additionally, the Stone House Cakery and Café’ makes unique, special order cakes for an array of parties or events. They also provide Catering for weddings and Lois Trout, Director of Joy, will make a wedding cake that any bride could dream of.

While visiting downtown Taneytown, one may book a craft class with Red Door Boutique, which is celebrating their one year Anniversary that same day! One of the handmade crafts created could be a great gift for Mom, Dad and Grandparents. And while you in the area, don’t forget to drop by The Mill in New Midway, just 5 miles south of Taneytown on RT 194. The Mill offers some of the areas most exceptional antiques, sure to satisfy your gift giving needs for that finicky antique lover.

Help find the elves and send them back to the North Pole in time to make the toys for Christmas. All the merchants hope to see everyone at the 6th Annual Taneytown Elf Hunt on November 19th.

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