Boonesborough Days rich in artistry

September 04, 2003|by ANDREA ROWLAND

BOONSBORO - The 32nd annual Boonesborough Days celebration will be held in Shafer Park on Sept. 6 and 7.

Sponsored by the Boonsboro Historical Society, the event - which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days - features arts and crafts vendors, food, living history demonstrations and children's activities. An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend.

"I am so excited. I think it's going to be great," says event coordinator Cindy Zang.

Boonesborough Days features handmade items ranging from pottery, paintings and made-to-order curtains to garden tiles, floral arrangements, seasonal decor and potting stands and fountains crafted from vintage doors. A juried show, about 150 vendors gained entry to this year's show through a careful selection process by the festival's committee, Zang says.

Area artisans will once again show their skills, and living history demonstrations will accent the show's connection to traditional handicrafts. A grist miller from West Virginia will grind corn to make corn meal and other products, experts from the Museum of Civil War Medicine based in Frederick, Md., will set the record straight about medical practices during the Civil War, and the South Mountain Relic and Coin Club will display artifacts ranging from Civil War bullets, badges and belt buckles to soldier photographs and other personal memorabilia.


Children can try pony rides, making crafts and face- and body-painting. The park also has a playground.

Funnel cakes won't be sold at Boonesborough Days this year, but new vendor St. Catherine's Eastern Orthodox Church will offer souvlakia and other Greek treats, Zang says. Such festival favorites as country ham sandwiches, barbecued chicken and Benevola United Methodist Church's famous apple dumplings also will be sold, she says.

A community worship service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Festival proceeds will benefit the Boonsboro Historical Society. The historical society used income from the first Boonesborough Days in 1972 to restore the house of early Boonsboro potter John Bowman. The log home at 323 N. Main St. now serves as a historical museum. Proceeds from Boonesborough Days are the Society's main source for maintaining the Bowman House and providing donations throughout the community, says Wanda Heuer, a charter member of the historical society.

"We have made a number of contributions to various historical groups" in southern Washington County, Heuer says.

Boonesborough Days profits also funded Boonsboro Town Square's double lamppost - which was erected during the town's recent street renovation project, and likely will benefit the fund drive for a new community library, Heuer says.

Admission to Boonesborough Days is free, and parking is available at the town's school complex. County Commuter buses will run from the schools to Shafer Park. The fee is 50 cents.

If you go..

Boonesborough Days

Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Shafer Park, Boonsboro

Admission is free.

Parking and shuttle bus service will be available at the town's school complex off Md. 66. The fee is 50 cents.

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