Boonesborough Days feature crafts, food and fun

September 11, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

BOONSBORO - Such sights as sunbathers and ball games on battlefields made Tim Johnson see ghosts.

The Falling Waters, W.Va., photographer uses double exposure to create "ghostly images" on real pictures of Civil War battle sites to "make people think about what happened," he said.

Johnson's photograph of two Union and Confederate soldiers' ghosts shaking hands over their fallen bodies at the stone wall where Pickett's Charge ended at the Battle of Gettysburg made Ted Fischer stop in his tracks.

"That one's awesome," said Fischer, of Hagerstown. "It says, 'Let's Fix it. Let's Heal.'"

Like many other visitors to the 28th annual Boonesborough Days celebration, Fischer dug into his pockets to take home a cherished souvenir from the event.


Thousands of festival-goers flooded sunny Shafer Park on Saturday for the community celebration, which is sponsored by the Boonsboro Historical Society.

"This is my first time here, and I'm impressed," Johnson said. "For a small town, this is fantastic."

Visitors dodged yard sale enthusiasts and volleyed for parking spaces to get to the event, which featured juried arts and crafts, children's activities, living history demonstrations and entertainment.

Plus gobs of food.

There were roast beef, turkey and country ham sandwiches. Barbecued chicken, steamers, fried flounder and crab cakes. French fries and fresh roasted peanuts. Snow cones, kettle popcorn and funnel cakes.

And Benevola United Methodist Church's famous apple dumplings.

Ben Stimpler didn't mind waiting in the long lines for one of the warm dumplings topped with ice cream. The Gaithersburg, Md., resident simply nibbled on his kettle corn while church workers whittled down the line.

"These are the best apple dumplings in three states," Stimpler said. "They're worth the wait."

Helen Tibbets and Jane Blevins, both of Nearsville, Va., added powdered sugar to their attire as they munched on funnel cakes from the Boonsboro Lions Club's booth.

"This is where we came first," Tibbets said. "They're wonderful."

Many visitors juggled munchies and shopping bags while strolling among the more than 150 arts and crafts vendors peddling everything from antique books to wood carvings.

Robert Lovelace put a unique twist on birdhouses by mounting them atop antique garden tools wrapped with grapevine. He said the most challenging aspect of his craft is finding the tools.

"I scrounge them at old farmers' sales and auction houses," said Lovelace, of Hanover, Pa.

Sharon Freeman, of Waynesboro, Pa., makes an annual trek to Boonsboro for the show.

"I love the crafts," she said.

So does Natalie Hershel, of Frederick, Md., who wrestled with a gigantic wreath, potted plant and welcome sign in her arms while trying to shop for handmade soap.

Watching Lovettsville, Va., artisan Julie Pieper making that soap fascinated Arin Blevins, 11, also of Frederick.

As she stirred, Pieper explained the "cold process" of mixing soybean oil with lye dissolved in water.

"It's really neat," Arin said.

Another youngster, Melanie Vincent, relaxed in the shade of a pavilion to watch line dancers from the Country Western Dance Association Inc. boogie to the beat.

Could she believe the guy catching the groove in the front row was the assistant mayor of Williamsport, James M. Black?



"It's a lot of fun," said Black, who's been dancing with the group for seven years.

Boonesborough Days continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and will include an antique car display, community worship service and roving musical minstrel.

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