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December 2015

• The Last Word in Christmas Lights; by Helen Chappel (1998) • 20th Century Christmas Memories; by Bay Weekly writers (1999) • The House of Twelve Trees: A Christmas Fable; by Mark Burns (2000)

How an Angel Tree saved our first Christmas

Editor’s Note: Traditions return at holiday time to knit our pasts and present into a ­garment we wear comfortably into the future. At Bay Weekly we’ve made it a ­holiday tradition to tell you a story of how the season’s memories are ­celebrated in our extended family. This year, as Melissa Driscoll Krol takes her turn, you’ll feel your reward for any gift you’ve made under an Angel Tree.

Christmas Bird Count

Join the Audobon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count to collect data on bird migrations as part of the longest-running wildlife census in the country, now in its 116th year. Volunteers in each count cover locations within a 15-mile circle; counters can observe in the field or as a feeder watcher, tallying all birds heard and seen: bit.ly/BayWeekly_CBC.      Choose a First Day count in one of four counties: • Anne Arundel County: Hal and Lynn Wierenga: hal.lynn@comcast.net • Bowie: David Mozurkewich: mozurk@bellatlantic.net

Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson Memorial Beach Walk

Assateague State Park      Join the Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson Memorial Beach Walk, a one-mile easy walk on the north end of the island to Explore island habitats.

First Day Hike at Pocomoke River State Park

Pocomoke River State Park      Join an easy three-mile hike for glimpses of bald eagles or wild turkeys. Starting at 10am at Milburn Landing; Worcester County. rsvp: 410-632-2566.      Join a First Day Hike at state parks across the land. Hikes are guided and free. rsvp requested. For all these adventures, dress for the weather, bring water, a camera, binoculars and bird guides.
Tuckahoe State Park      Join Holiday Wake Up with Morning Sunshine Hike for an easy two-mile hike to look for wildlife. Meet at lake pavilion at 10am; Queen Anne’s County. rsvp:  410-820-1668.      Join a First Day Hike at state parks across the land. Hikes are guided and free. rsvp requested. For all these adventures, dress for the weather, bring water, a camera, binoculars and bird guides.

Under the Frost at Elk Neck State Park

Elk Neck State Park      Join Under the Frost, a two-mile trek on the Pond Loop, to learn about the winter behavior of animals. Meet at park store in the campground at 1pm; Cecil County. rsvp: 410-287-5333.      Join a First Day Hike at state parks across the land. Hikes are guided and free. rsvp requested. For all these adventures, dress for the weather, bring water, a camera, binoculars and bird guides.

First Day Hike at St. Mary's River State Park

St. Mary’s River State Park      Join a First Day Hike for an easy four-mile hike along the water; children and leashed pets welcome. Meet in the parking lot at 10am; St. Mary’s County. rsvp: 301-872-5688.      Join a First Day Hike at state parks across the land. Hikes are guided and free. rsvp requested. For all these adventures, dress for the weather, bring water, a camera, binoculars and bird guides.

Winter Hike in Cedarville State Forest

Cedarville State Forest      Join a Winter Hike in the Forest for a moderate three-mile hike for families and kids age 5+ and leashed dogs. Meet at park headquarters parking lot on Bee Oak Rd. at 1pm; Charles County. rsvp:  301-888-1410. Join a First Day Hike at state parks across the land. Hikes are guided and free. rsvp requested.      For all these adventures, dress for the weather, bring water, a camera, binoculars and bird guides.

First Day Hike Sandy Point State Park

Sandy Point State Park      Join a moderate four-mile hike through Corcoran Woods Environmental Study Area to learn about the history of an environment that has been left untouched for 100+ years. Dogs on leash welcome. Meet at 10am at park’s maintenance complex. rsvp: 410-974-2149.