Heck with the Malls!

Each winter the town of Centreville sparkles with unique gifts and holiday spirit as merchants open their doors to offer refreshments and special offers, while area artists and artisans display the best of the best for shoppers looking for one-of-a-kind gifts.

Visit the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts and Mother of Sorrows Church (Corbaly Hall) in Centreville, this Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Shoppers will find hand-crafted soaps and lotions, jewelry, mosaics, photography, fashion and home accessories, one-of-a-kind purses, ceramics, wood and metal sculpture, holiday ornaments, watercolors, knitted scarves and clothing items, wildlife carvings, Native American clothing, and more. Authors will also be on hand for a book signing. When you finish shopping with area artists, visit local merchants for extra discounts and refreshments for holiday shoppers. Participating businesses include An Eastridge Garden, An Optical Galleria, Blooming Deals, Centreville Liquors, Cottage Cuts, Every Body Yoga, Joe Breeze Coffee Shop, La Belle Maison, PNC Bank, QAC Historical Society, Serendipidee, Sugar Magnolia Cafe and Western Auto. Breakfast and children’s shopping are on-hand at Centreville United Methodist Church, and there is food, children’s activities and Arts Council artist vendors at Mother of Sorrows Church. The event is sponsored by PNC Bank and is free. Call 410.758.2520 for info.

You also won’t want to miss the annual Museum of Eastern Shore Life Christmas Train Show. First two weekends of December , 1-5 p.m. Electric trains, antiques, a Christmas village and an appearance by Santa Claus are the highlights of this charming event. 4-H Park in Centreville (Rt. 18 and Dulin Clark Road) 410.758.1419 for details.

See you there!