Boonesboro Days: Something for everyone

September 08, 1999

Twenty-eighth annual Boonesborough Days

Where: Shafer Park, Boonsboro

Free parking at Boonsboro school complex, north of Boonsboro on U.S. 66, Interstate 70, exit 35. Fifty cents for Washington County Commuter shuttle bus to festival.

When: Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hungry? Thirsty?

BOONSBORO - The 28th annual Boonesborough Days will be held rain or shine Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept.12, at Shafer Park off Main Street in Boonsboro from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This early American arts and crafts festival features more than 175 participants, including juried crafts, artists, antiques, food vendors and entertainment.

Sponsored by Boonsboro Historical Society, Boonesborough Days feature craft demonstrations typical of 18th-century tradesmen. More than 35 craft demonstrations include soap making, basket weaving, chair caning, wood carving, broom making, quilting, blacksmithing, painting, metal smithing and floral arranging.


Traditional handmade crafts for sale include pottery, jewelry, dried and fresh flowers, herbs, soaps, furniture, country decor, clothing, hats and canned foods. Local landscapes, caricatures, architecture, still-life and other artistry is available in watercolors, oils, and pen and ink. A variety of collectibles include rare books, postcards, restored trunks and other memorabilia. There will be a display of artifacts and relic collections belonging to South Mountain Coin and Relic Hunters Association members.

New this year to Boonesborough Days is the collection of Civil War historians Dennis Easterday and Ron Wolford of the Smithsburg/Boonsboro area. Dressed in Civil War uniform, Easterday will exhibit and explain items from his personal collection, such as photography, music, bullets and guns. He also will display a first edition of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Wolford will display more than 2,500 types of bullets used in the war, with some for sale. Wolford and Easterday will be available to appraise artifacts as time permits. In addition, Civil War art prints of Confederate generals by Tennessee artist David Wright will be sold.

Another Civil War specialty new to this year's festival is Living Images photography by Tim Johnson of Falling Waters, W.Va. These ghosted images are taken at local Civil War sites. Johnson and his wife, Teri, also dressed in period costume, will tell the stories behind the photographs.

Aubrey Wright of Greencastle, Pa., will sell hand-carved wooden figures of soldiers, and Robert Lovelace will sell framed Civil War memorabilia.

Boonsboro Historical Society is celebrating the coming millennium with "U.S. History moves into the Millennium," a bookcover coloring contest for children in third through fifth grades. A design of stars and flags surrounding the Statue of Liberty was created by pen-and-ink artist Mark Lewyn, a Boonesborough Days vendor. Hundreds of matte-finished bookcovers were printed and distributed to Boonsboro-area elementary schools. A limited number of bookcovers will be available to children at Boonesborough Days and will be accepted as late entries. An original coloring of a facsimile also will be accepted in lieu of the actual bookcover. A $25 cash prize will be given to each grade winner. Artwork will be judged on grade level, neatness and creativity. Winners will be notified after Thursday, Sept. 30.

Entertainment and events during Boonesborough Days include country line dancing by Hagerstown Country and Western Dance Association on Saturday at 11 a.m. Sunday's events begin with a community worship service at 10 a.m.

The antique car collection of the members of Blue and Gray Chapter of Model T Ford Club will be on display Sunday. Roving musical minstrel Jeff Good will play bluegrass and Irish American fiddle tunes from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. His performance is sponsored by American Trust Bank.

Pony rides, face painting and free fingerprinting will be offered both days by Baltimore Life Co.

For information, contact Debbie Miller at 301-432-5889.

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