Mayfest kicks off church's 200th anniversary celebration

May 18, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Saint John's Episcopal Church is kicking off the church's 200th anniversary with Mayfest on Friday through Sunday.

The local congregation began as an extension of the All Saints' Parish in Frederick, Md., around 1770. The church was constituted as an independent parish by the diocese of Maryland on May 31, 1806, says the Rev. Scott P. Bellows.

This year's Mayfest, the second annual, benefits REACH Caregivers of Washington County and the historic preservation of the church.

Mayfest starts Friday with a wine tasting, silent auction and gourmet dinner that already are sold out, Bellows says.

On Saturday, there will be free tours of the church led by docents, and self-guided tours of local gardens for $10 a person. Garden tour tickets can be purchased at the church with tour hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children's activities will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and a musical program with the organ and a children's chorus from 2 to 2:30 p.m.


Mayfest wraps up Sunday with church services, including communion, at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

If you go ...

WHAT: Mayfest 2006

WHEN: Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21

WHERE: Saint John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown

COST: Free admission. Some events require tickets.

MORE: Parking is behind the church, off West Antietam and South Walnut streets.

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