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September means fall fun in Washington County

September 07, 2006|by TOM RIFORD

Can you believe that it's September, already? Fall begins this month, summer vacations have come and gone, school is back in session - but there are lots of things going on in Hagerstown and Washington County for residents and visitors alike!

Please get outside and enjoy this wonderful time of year - and be sure to take in a local high school football game! Michael Callas Stadium at North Hagerstown High School will officially open soon, and I hope everyone visits the wonderful new amenity for our whole community.

Boonesborough Days

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping sponsor Boonesborough Days. This annual event is bigger than ever, and is scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10. Many of the events happen in Shafer Park, but new this year is a special partnership with South Mountain Battlefield. The Battlefield State Park is hosting demonstrations by Civil War living historians, and park staff will be explaining Civil War soldier and civilian life at the Washington Monument State Park. Artillery and infantry demonstrations are also scheduled. In Boonsboro, more than 150 vendors will be set up with early American arts, crafts and antiques, an antique car show, and there will be LOTS of food. The Friends of Fort Frederick will have an 18th-century camp with re-enactors demonstrating Colonial camp life. Kids will love the colonial games for children and the pony rides. Also planned are art demonstrations, Civil War artifacts and relic collections on display, and the Master Gardeners will hold a plant clinic. I am looking forward to the Tri-State Astronomers' presentation; it's bound to be interesting. The Federal City Brass Band will perform a benefit concert for the state battlefield at 4 p.m. on Saturday in Shafer Park. Free trolley rides between Shafer Park and the Washington Monument are scheduled during the entire event. While on the trolley, listen to the fascinating story of the Battle of South Mountain. For more information, call 301-432-5889. There is a special Web page about this event on the CVB's Web site: www.marylandmemories.com.

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Woodmont Lodge

Also set for Sept. 9 is the annual open house at the Woodmont Lodge. What's known as America's first presidential retreat, the lodge was founded in 1870 as a rod and gun club for men of prominence. The massive building was completed in the 1930s. DNR owns the grounds and, under a unique arrangement, the property is managed by the Woodmont chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America which, in return, has the rights to the grounds for part of the year. Woodmont Lodge includes a huge game conservation preserve of about 3,400 acres. The building is more than 18,000 square feet. A large rocking chair at the lodge is certified to have been occupied by Presidents James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Lodge Open House hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 301-842-2155.

Museum's 75th

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. Please come by and visit our award-winning fine arts museum. See: www.wcmfa.org. The Festival for the Arts at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, and it kicks off the 75th anniversary celebration for the museum in Hagerstown's City Park. The festival is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the museum grounds. According to Executive Director Joe Ruzicka, there will be free trolley rides, art and craft vendors, face painting, kid's printmaking center, caricatures by Kent Roberts, self-portraits by Allison Weaver, jewelry-making center, "My Name" art center and balloons, art demonstrations, and "LOTS of food." Call 301-739-5727 or go to www.wcmfa.org. Also, The Mansion House will have artist demonstrations and the Jonathan Hager House will have a petting zoo and pony rides.

Heritage Day

The anniversary of the Battle of Antietam is Sept. 16. Sharpsburg Heritage Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Planning includes concerts by the famous Rohrersville Band, 2nd Maryland Fife and Drum, and the Wildcat Regiment Band! Also on tap will be lectures, and a church tour. In talking with some of the great folks in Sharpsburg, I learned that there will be a pig roast picnic dinner, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church; afterwards there will be a free concert by Jimmy Brown and Friends. There's lots more going on, so for more information call 301-432-8765 or go to www.sharpsburghistoricalsociety.org.

Art premiere

Benjamin Art Gallery, LLC presents the world premiere release of Mort Knstler's latest image entitled "Maryland, My Maryland." The Civil War painting depicts Confederate troops crossing the Potomac River into Washington County. Meet Mort Knstler at the gallery on Saturday, Sept. 16, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Admission is free and the gallery is handicap-accessible. 1303 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, MD; www.benjaminartgallery.com, 301-797-4775.

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