In 2003, then Commissioner Nancy Gearhart in order to award volunteers for their work in Town began with a Christmas Ball depicting the Ridgely House. Every year after, the christmas ball depicted another Ridgely landmark. After she retired as commissioner, the Ridgely Historical Society assumed responsibility in 2009. Town Hall continues to purchase the christmas balls each year to award volunteers, but enough christmas balls are printed to offer them for sale to the general public. The selection for 2016 is Ridgely’s Agricultural High School established in 1912.