The name's changed, but not the good times at Williamsport Days

August 27, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

WILLIAMSPORT - It might have been the first time in 30 years that Williamsport Days didn't have the word "canal" in its name, but few who attended the event Saturday seemed to care or even notice.

"It doesn't matter to me what they call it," said Susan Guessford, a downtown resident of about a year. She and her daughter, Mary, were more concerned that few people were stopping to browse through her yard sale items.

There was some buying, as evidenced by the Duke University bookcase/peg hanger tucked under the arm of Jim Gavney of Martinsburg, W.Va., as he was leaving for home.

"I got this one for my one son, and I'm coming back to get another one for my other son - I already paid for it," Gavney said.


Also happy, but in another way, were twins Veronica and Monica Power. The 4-year-olds were with their father, Darrin Power, who said the girls were most impressed with the fudge.

Henry and Barbara Reid of Marlowe, W.Va., come every year. Married for 25 years, they said they always have a good time.

As for the name change, Henry Reid said, "I don't know why they changed it. There are still a lot of activities around the canal."

Tim and Christa Jones of Hagerstown were on their way to Byron Memorial Park at midday with their daughter, Leah, in her stroller.

"Leah likes to look at all the people," Christa said of her 18-month-old daughter.

On the other hand, Tim Jones was following his nose, hoping to find some tasty food.

"I'd like pit beef or maybe some country ham," he said.

Tracy Speaker of Williamsport started her Christmas shopping a little early. Patrick Speaker, also of Williamsport, loaded up on used books at the Williamsport Memorial Library.

Tanya Shaw of Hagerstown was pleased with what she found.

"I found plenty of treasures," Shaw said.

Sponsored by the Town of Williamsport, the organizing committee includes Mayor James. G. McCleaf II, Jim and Pam Black, Jeff Cline and others, totaling about 30 volunteers.

The following is a list of events scheduled for today at Williamsport Days.

Byron Memorial Park

· Vendors, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Wildcat Regiment Band, noon to 1 p.m.

· Magic show, karate demonstration and 4 Star Gymnastics Club, times to be announced

· Stone Creek Band Bluegrass, 3 to 4 p.m.

· Antique Car Cruise In, on Potomac Street, 1 to 5 p.m.

Cushwa Basin

· Living History presentations, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

· Matthew Dodd, songs and stories of the Old Canal Days, 2 to 4 p.m.

· Edgar Howell and the Pioneer Band, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

· Rockin' Along the Canal - canal geology walking tour, 10 a.m.

· Founding Fathers of the National Parks - slide program on how our national park system got started and the creation of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, 2:30 p.m.

Other events

· Book sale at Williamsport Memorial Library, proceeds will be used to purchase new books or other items needed by the library, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

· Meet the C&O Canal Mule, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

· The 18th Century Soldier - demonstrations by French & Indian war, Revolutionary war soldiers, 1 p.m.

· Women's Roles in Conflict - demonstrations by women's groups representing the 1812 era and late 18th century, 2 p.m.

· The Civil War Soldier - demonstrations by Civil War soldiers representing both the Confederate and Union armies, 3 p.m.

If you go

What: Williamsport Days

When: Today, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Byron Memorial Park and Cushwa Basin, Williamsport

Call 301-223-7711, ext. 212.

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