Williamsport Briefs

May 15, 2002

Barn dance to benefit Williamsport Blue Band

Williamsport's C&O Canal Days committee will host a community barn dance at the historic Springfield Farm barn from 8-11 p.m. Friday.

The dance will feature live music with a square dance caller, hay rides, door prizes, games and refreshments. All proceeds from food sales benefit the Williamsport Blue Band.

"Spring Fling 2002" buttons, which will serve as tickets, are available through committee members and at Town Hall and Mr. 3T's Market (formerly Byers' Market) for $6 each. The ticket price includes all activities.

Rotary Club announces spring hoagie sale

The Williamsport Rotary Club has announced its spring hoagie sale is under way.

Each sub will be freshly made at the time of pickup. Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to support local projects of the Williamsport Rotary Club, said Noel Williams, chairperson for the event.


Club members are selling tickets for the annual fund-raiser. Tickets cost $3 per half and $5 per whole sub. Each ticket can be redeemed at the Hickory Corner Restaurant at U.S. 11 and Hickory Corner Road.

The Williamsport Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at the Red Men Club in Williamsport.

Church to celebrate 200 years in town

Williamsport United Methodist Church this year celebrates 200 years in the community.

Rejoice and celebrate the birth of the church this Pentecost Sunday at 10 a.m. by wearing red, orange and/or yellow clothing to signify the flames of the Holy Spirit.

A service of recommitment and baptism is planned. A covered dish luncheon will follow the service.

Worshippers of all ages are invited to pedal from the church to the water works on the C&O Canal starting at 3 p.m. for devotions and refreshments.

The church will host an Intercessory Prayer Service at 7 p.m. on Monday. If you cannot make it and have a prayer request, please contact the church office.

For more information, call the church office at 301-223-7040, or visit the church's Web site at

Park's history extends to before the Civil War

WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport's Riverbottom Park has a long and varied history, according to information town historian Maurice Snyder found in a Civil War Centennial program from September 1962.

In the late 1700s, Williamsport residents flocked to the riverside park to watch horse races on the track that extended from the mouth of the Conococheague Creek to the canal lock, Snyder said.

Tournaments and picnics were held in the sycamore grove to the west of the track, he said.

Following the Civil War, baseball games were played near where the power plant now sits. Umpires made their calls from high platforms overlooking the field, Snyder said.

Over the years, concerned citizens and town officials restored the park to its former beauty, and, in 1962, Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey dedicated the new River Park.

Riverbottom Park today draws hundreds of visitors to its picnic areas, new boat ramps and soccer fields.

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