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Food, crafts and trolley rides

September 09, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Cindy Zang is hoping that there will be a bottle-fed lamb at Boonesborough Days in Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro this weekend.

If the fleecy critter is available, it will join ponies there for the riding, face painters and Girl Scouts who will be helping with crafts - all activities planned for children at the 33rd annual festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and Sunday, Sept. 12.

Adults will find plenty to keep them busy, as well.

More than 150 artists, craftspeople and food vendors will be there, said Zang, coordinator of the event.

The festival, sponsored by the Boonsboro Historical Society, will have more than 25 craft demonstrations, including caning chairs, woodcarving, quilting, blacksmithing and making brooms. Tim Hannah will make miniature bales of straw with a gas-powered engine, Zang said.

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The town's economic development commission is sponsoring a ride through Boonsboro on a restored trolley. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit restoration of the trolley station at 214 N. Main St., the county's last remaining Blue Ridge Trolley station. The trolley ran to Boonsboro from 1902 to 1938, said John Kendall, town manager. The ride will include a recorded commentary and informational brochure. A brochure for a self-guided walking tour of the town also will be available.

Flights End Raptor Center will have a display, as will the South Mountain Coin and Relic Hunters Association. Ceramic artist Joan Bontempo will bring functional pottery from her Sharpsburg studio and gallery.

Sharpsburg is very much part of her work. When her husband dug clay from trenches around their house while upgrading its electrical wiring, Bontempo dried, pulverized, sifted and added it in different amounts to the clay she works with.

Bontempo described her platters, plates and cups as "expressive."

"I can't just throw a round platter," she said. "I just can't leave it alone."

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

Also on Sunday, visitors can look at the antique cars of the Blue and Gray Chapter of the Model T Ford Club.

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