Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

June 21, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Masons to award scholarship, service awards at gathering

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Masonic Lodge 197 will present a $500 Masonic scholarship to Boonsboro High School graduate Catherine Jane Linton to assist her with her educational endeavors.

The Masons will award this scholarship today at 7:30 p.m. during their annual Strawberry Night at the Masonic Temple.

The Lodge has been providing financial aid to local students for more than 20 years.

A special thank you will be given to those responsible for their tremendous community effort shown during the recent Computer Recycling Day.

The Masons will present a 60-year service award to Brother Harvey Moore and a 25-year service award to Brother William Eisentrout. These Brothers will receive a specially designed Masonic label pin and certificate, and in addition Brother Moore will receive an embroidered Masonic cap which distinguishes him from other Masons.


These awards will be presented by the Worshipful Master and Grand Inspector Sheldon Lawson on behalf of the Grand Master of Masons in Maryland, Ronald Belanger.

This Open Communication will afford the family, friends and those interested in their community to experience a public Masonic event. After the ceremonies, the annual festival of strawberries with cake and ice cream will be served and everyone is invited to join in for the festivities.

Antietam Lodge 197 meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Masonic Temple at 7 S. Main St. in Keedysville. All Masons are invited to attend and those seeking information on this Lodge or Freemasonry in general may contact the lodge secretary at 301-432-5324 or by e-mail at

Legion Post 236 to take break

American Legion Post 236 will resume meetings at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5, at the Sharpsburg Fire Hall. The Post will not meet in July and August.

Battlefield to portray Sanitary Commission

Living history volunteers will tell the story of the United States Sanitary Commission and demonstrate the role it played in improving the life of the common soldier by portraying a soldier feeding station. They will discuss their role in the Civil War and the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam by providing comfort and solace to the troops. Presentations will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25.

Vacation Bible School to be held at church

Chestnut Grove Bible Church will hold a Vacation Bible School from 7 to 9 p.m. June 26-30.

This year's theme is "Set Sail! Spread the Good News." Kids won't want to miss the puppet skits and nightly visits from Captain Shipwreck and his first mate, Seaweed. The group will have fun together learning about God's love for us with craft times, snacks and prizes every night.

On Thursday June 29, the group will be having a special "Gospel Magic Show" with the "Magic of Michael T." Bring all your friends for this special week of Vacation Bible School at Chestnut Grove Bible Church. For information call 301-432-4073. The church is at 3636 Chestnut Grove Road, Keedysville.

Battlefield to salute Independence July 1

The Antietam Salute to Independence Celebration will be held Saturday, July 1 at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.

Join the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Zambelli International Fireworks for a special Independence Day commemoration.

The two-hour concert begins at 7:30 p.m.; the fireworks display will immediately follow the concert. Due to this special event, the Visitor Center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several of the park roads will not be available to tour after 3 p.m.

Town of Sharpsburg to celebrate Sharpes Burgh Founder's Day

The town of Sharpsburg will celebrate its 243rd birthday on Sunday, July 9. The Sharpsburg Historical Society is planning events to commemorate the occasion and invites visitors to join the celebration Saturday, July 8.

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Historical exhibits and displays and a birthday cake at Town Hall;

1-3 p.m. - Colonial music by Whipoorwill, Town Hall;

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Colonial Kids Camp at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike (advance registration required because of limited space.)

3rd Annual Colonial Kids' Camp - Area youth and their families are invited to once again participate in our living history camp on July 8. This year's theme is Archaeology and we will explore colonial as well as pre-colonial Maryland. Members of the Monocacy Archaeological Society will join our expert Living History Interpreters to present the following:

The Role of Archaeology in Studying our Past;

Archaeology - Tools of the Trade;

Colonial Medicine and Health Care;

Flint Knapping - Turning Bones and Stones into Practical Tools and Weapons;

Eastern Woodlands Indians: Pre- and Post Contact Culture;

Northeastern Native American Pottery.

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