Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! After a very busy October–again the busiest month on our calendar—I am grateful for a slower-paced November and am happy to hang up my apron for a few days. I’m thankful that so many of our Laurel neighbors have recommended a stay at Laurel Manor House Bed and Breakfast, and thankful that so many guests have taken time to write glowing reviews about their stay on TripAdvisor. Among the reasons that guests travel to Laurel, Maryland, from all around the country: concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia and concerts at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, world-class thoroughbred horse racing at Laurel Park, vacations for sight-seeing in Washington, DC, Annapolis, and Baltimore, weddings, funerals, business travel, and “just passing through”. I love living in an area that has so much to offer.

During this busy time of year set aside some time on your calendar to enjoy some seasonal events. Here’s what’s on my calendar:

Small Business Saturday in Old Town Laurel: pick up warm beverages, snacks, and a Shop Local Passport Book on the Quill Lot (378 Main Street); enter contest for prizes. November 25, 9 a.m. – noon

Savage Mill Yuletide Festival, featuring a Holiday Makers Market, musical entertainment, and pictures with Santa, November 25–December 17

Holiday Open House at The Laurel Museum and gift shop, December 1 –3, noon – 4 p.m.

The Laurel Armory Illumination, December 2; festivities starting at 3:00, lighting at 5:15 p.m.

Lighting of the historic Bollman Bridge in Savage, December 2, 6 p.m.

Laurel Historical Society Holiday House Tour, December 9, 1– 5 p.m.

Christmas Concert at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fulton (look for me in the handbell choir), December 10, 4 p.m.

The Symphony of Lights, a drive-through light show, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, through January 1, 2024

A visit to Washington, DC, to see the national Christmas tree on the White House Ellipse, December 15. The tree is traditionally surrounded by smaller trees decorated with handmade ornaments from 56 states and territories.


white apron with LMH logo hangs on a hook with skillets

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