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Civil War-era music in Sharpsburg

September 14, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Sharpsburg Heritage Day visitors will once again have an opportunity to hear Civil War-era music by period bands with the return of two favorites this year.

The Rohrersville Band will perform this year and the returning 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums will lead an evening alley walk, says Brad Toole, vice president for the sponsoring Sharpsburg Historical Society.

Crafts and food will be on sale along the first block of South Mechanic Street. About 30 craft vendors will be present with most demonstrating their skills.

An information table will be at Town Square, and there will be a display about Sharpsburg's history inside Town Hall at the square.

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This year's dinner, a pig roast at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, will benefit a medical mission to Haiti.

The historical society is selling raffle tickets at the Town Square information booth for "Sharpsburg War Council," a matted and framed print by Mort Knstler. Tickets are $2 a piece or three for $5.




Schedule

· 9 to 10 a.m. - 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums concert at Grove House Music Tent.

· 9 to 11 am. - Self-guided walking tours of Sharpsburg's churches and stone houses. Church tour, free. Stone house tour, $5. Tickets on sale at information booth at Town Square.

· 10 a.m. - Lecture about Tolson's Chapel by Dean Herrin, director of Catoctin Center, at Tolson's Chapel, East High Street.

· 10 to 11 a.m. - Rohrersville Band at Grove House Music Tent.

· 10:30 a.m. - Lecture, "The Opposing Forces at Antietam: A Comparison" by Ted Alexander, chief park historian for Antietam National Battlefield, Town Hall.

· 11 a.m. to noon - Wildcat Regiment Band concert, Grove House Music Tent.

· Noon - Battle of the Bands, South Mechanic Street.

· 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. - Lecture/recital, "Rare and Unusual Music of the Civil War Period (stuff you ain't heard before)" by Wes Hanson, musical historian, at Grove House Music Tent.

· 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. - Self-guided walking tours of Sharpsburg's churches and stone houses. Church tour, free. Stone house tour, $5.

· 2 to 3 p.m. - 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums concert at Grove House Music Tent.

· 2:30 p.m. - Lecture by Dean Herrin at Tolson's Chapel.

· 2:30 p.m. - Lecture about Antietam Iron Works, "What association did Antietam conjure before the Civil War?" by Marc Howell, at Town Hall.

· 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Wildcat Regiment Band concert at Grove House Music Tent

· 5 to 7 p.m. - Pig roast picnic dinner, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St., Sharpsburg. Proceeds benefit Sisters of Charity Haiti Project and the Manchurian Mission. For tickets, call 301-432-5463.

· 7 p.m. - Alley walk with the 2nd Maryland Fifes and Drums. Meet at Grove House.

· 7:30 p.m. - Jimmie Brown and Friends, "The Roots and Fruits of American Folk Music," a free concert of Anglo-American and African-American music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.




If you go ...



WHAT: Sharpsburg Heritage Day

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, with some activities occurring in the evening. See the schedule.

WHERE: First block of South Mechanic Street, south of the square, Sharpsburg. This block will be closed to vehicular traffic.

COST: Free admission. Some activities have a fee.

MORE: Go to www.sharpsburghistoricalsociety.org or call 301-432-8765.

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