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Mark your calendars Gaithersburg! Santa’s coming to town

The Gaithersburg-Washington Grove Fire Department shares Santa’s route. Santa sitting atop a firetruckHeather Jauquet/Author. One of my family’s favorite holiday traditions is running out of the house in our pajamas to greet Santa Clause as he visits our neighborhood. Every year in December, we can hear the sirens of the fire truck accompanied by cheerful holiday music. Sitting atop a fire truck decorated with Christmas lights is Santa Clause. As the vehicle slowly makes its way down neighborhood streets, Santa waves to us from his perch. Neighborhood kids squeal and jump up and down with delight as they wave at the jolly man who smiles back at them.
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Gaithersburg runs 5K under the lights at Seneca Creek State Park

The annual family-friendly Run Under the Lights 5K returned to Seneca Creek State Park after taking a year hiatus for the pandemic. The yearly race is so popular that mere hours after opening for registrations, it closes again until the following year. So if you miss it, you have to wait until next year and get your fast fingers ready to fill out the online registration.
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We stayed in a haunted B&B with a ghost cat in Gettysburg, PA #Veteransday

The Tillie Pierce House Inn is a historic B&B located in downtown Gettysburg, PA, just one mile from the battlefield. Matilda "Tillie" Pierce was 15 years old when the Civil War ravaged her hometown. Tillie fled to a nearby farmhouse at the base of Little Round Top, where she thought she would be out of harm's way. During and after the war, Tillie cared for wounded soldiers. Twenty-five years after the war, Tillie documented her experiences in a book titled "At Gettysburg, Or What A Girl Saw And Heard Of The Battle." Tillie soon left Gettysburg and lived in Philadelphia, PA, until she died in 1914. Rumor has it that guests aren't the only ones to frequent the inn. Guests have reported seeing apparitions of a soldier on the stairs, ghosts sitting on the edge of the bed, and children playing in the halls. We stayed in the Blue Room in August 2020... which happens to be the most haunted room in the inn. Did we encounter the ghost cat or any other otherwordly beings?