Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

August 23, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Sharpsburg to hold Heritage Festival

The Town of Sharpsburg will hold its annual Heritage Festival Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on South Mechanic Street. The festival will feature a town history display at Town Hall, crafts, demonstrations, and food all day at the square. Other events at the festival will include:

· A self-guided walking tour of "Churches and Stone Houses of Sharpsburg" from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

· " Lectures at Town Hall: Ted Alexander at 10:30 a.m., "Two Great American Armies: The Opposing Forces at Antietam;" Marc Howell at 2:30 p.m., "Antietam Iron Works;" Dr. Wes Hanson at 12:30 p.m., "Rare and Unusual Music of the Civil War Period" in the Music Tent, and bands throughout the day.


· Music in the Music Tent: 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum Concert at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.; the Rohrersville Band at 10 a.m.; the Wildcat Regiment Band at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The "Battle of the Bands" will take place at noon on Mechanic Street.

· An Alley Walk with the 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums will be held at 7 p.m.

· A dinner at St. Paul's Episcopal Church from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an Appalachian and Celtic music concert by Jimmy Brown & Friends at the church at 7:30.

For more information, call 301-432-8765.

Keedysville festival

The Keedysville Ruritan Club will hold a festival Saturday, Aug. 26, in Keedysville Park. There will be games for the children, music by the Rohrersville Band, Boonsboro Strings and Mt. Nebo Gospel Singers. At 5:30, they will hold a dedication for a plaque honoring soldiers from the Vietnam and Korean wars who lived in Keedysville. There will be plenty of food starting at 11 a.m. (country ham, soups, pies, hamburgers, hot dogs, roast beef). At 7 p.m., an auction will be held.

It is a good time for all and the proceeds go toward scholarships for Boonsboro area students. If anyone has any items they wish to donate to the auction, please contact Dennis at 301-432-2650 and make arrangements for pick up.

Antique tractor show

Admission is free to the 14th Annual Washington County Antique Tractor Club Show, to be held Saturday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27, at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. The show will feature Ford tractors and Dearborn farm equipment. Visitors will find at the show daily events of a flea market, craft vendors, wagon and barrel cart rides, working machinery displays and an antique tractor parade. Other events are a Garden Tractor Pull, Friday at 5:30 p.m., an Antique Tractor Pull, Saturday at 4 p.m.; Kids games, Saturday at 1 p.m.; a Kids' Pedal Pull, Sunday at 1 p.m.; a bake sale, Sunday at 3 p.m. Great food, including country ham sandwiches, steamers, homemade soups and peach cobbler will be available.

For show information, call 301-824-7477; for tractor pull information call 301-491-5054 or visit The Washington County Agricultural Center is on Sharpsburg Pike (Md. 65), 7 miles south of Hagerstown.

Pig roast, concert

The women of St. Paul's Episcopal Church will host an All-American Pig Roast and free concert at the church Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. The menu will include roasted pig, baked beans, coleslaw, rolls, beverages, and apple dumplings. The cost per person is $8 in advance or $10 at the door. To secure your meal ticket in advance, please call 301 432-5463. Space is limited, so please reserve early.

A free concert, "The Roots and Fruits of American Folk Music," is open to the public beginning at 7:30 p.m. Folk musician Jimmie Brown and members of the St. Paul's Choir will be playing and singing both secular and spiritual music. Using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, cello, piano, harmonium, recorder, lap dulcimer, harmonica and pennywhistle, the concert will include songs from the main roots of American folk music. Why not cap off your day celebrating Sharpsburg's history with a good meal and good music? St. Paul's Episcopal Church is at 209 W. Main St., Sharpsburg.

Hammond reunion

The William Kennedy Hammond family reunion will be held at Doub's Woods Park, North Pavilion, Saturday, Sept. 23, at noon, rain or shine. Please bring a picnic lunch for your family, old family photos and memories. This will be the first reunion in 20 years. All relatives are invited to attend. For information and/or directions please contact Rose Marie Hammond Gearhart at 301-791-0574 or Gary W. Hammond at 301-582-0853. Doub's Woods Park is between the Sharpsburg and Downsville pikes behind South Hagerstown High School.

Torch Light Tour

Antietam National Battlefield will present a Torch Light Tour Saturday, Sept. 16, as part of Battle Anniversary Weekend. Living History volunteers will portray vignettes of the Maryland Campaign. Witness the impact of the bloodiest single day in American History on the men who fought as well as the local civilians. Call 301-432-5124 for reservations.

Golf tournament

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