Boonesborough Days promotes American history, culture, crafts

September 05, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

Potter Christine Souders will show her wares for the second time at Boonesborough Days in Shafer Park.

"My inspiration comes from early-American folk-art potters," she says.


The festival, sponsored by the Boonsboro Historical Society, was begun 31 years ago to promote early American history with displays and demonstrations. Initially, crafts were not for sale.

That has changed, a feature of the event that pleases Souders. "I was really tickled that I sold a lot of pottery," she says of her first festival foray.


Souders calls her venture "From the Earth I Came," and although she's not planning to demonstrate her craft this year, she will display an array of earthenware - including redware - made in her Boonsboro home studio.

In keeping with the historical society's educational mission, demonstrations are required of first-year participants, says coordinator Lori Perkins. Of the 130 artisans coming this weekend, about 30 will demonstrate their crafts. There will be chair caning, woodcarving, broom making, quilting, blacksmithing, painting and flower arranging. The crafters who demonstrate at Boonesborough Days really seem to enjoy it, Perkins says.

Washington County Historical Trust will have information about the county's history and preservation of its historical structures. Pat Schooley will be on hand with a preview of her soon-to-be-released book, a collection of her Herald-Mail articles and photographs of the county's architectural treasures. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to save endangered historic properties in Washington County.

South Mountain Coin and Relic Hunters Association will display Civil War artifacts and relics. Tim and Teri Johnson of Living Images Photography will be dressed in period costume, offering ghost images captured at Civil War sites.

C&O Canal National Historic Park will be on hand with canal artifacts and information about area recreational opportunities.

And Boonesborough Days wouldn't be Boonesborough Days without a full menu of country-style food provided by area church and service groups.

A community worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8.

If you go . . .

Thirty-first Annual

Boonesborough Days

Saturday, Sept. 7, and

Sunday, Sept. 8

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shafer Park



Directions: Take alternate U.S. 40 to Boonsboro to Md. 66. Take left onto Md. 66. Parking is available at the Boonsboro School Complex, north of Boonsboro on Md. 66. A 50 cent shuttle bus will run to and from Shafer Park.

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