Mountain Top Heritage Days scheduled for this weekend

June 27, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - Fireworks, live music, a parade and history lessons have been scheduled for the second Mountain Top Heritage Days, which will be Friday to Sunday.

"It was so well received last year that we hope this is an annual event. All of our proceeds go back to our community," said Lisa Costello, a member of the organizing committee.

Proceeds from the 2006 festivities went to the Blue Ridge Fire Hall, Blue Ridge Summit Library, Fountaindale Fire Department and the families whose houses burned in a Pen Mar fire, Costello said.

This year's Mountain Top Heritage Days kick off Friday with a dance from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Fire Hall. Ticket prices ($17 per person/$30 per couple) include a light fare during The Shades' performance.


"They do everything from the '50s up to the '70s genre," Costello said. A bar will be open, she said.

"On Saturday, we have our community parade on Monterey Lane," Costello said.

The 9 a.m. parade will feature antique cars and various businesses, much like the inaugural one.

"It was such a success," Costello said. "People started crying last year because we didn't have a parade for 25 years."

Food and craft vendors will be set up on Traceys' Corner (near the fire hall) on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nearby, on Jacobs Church Road at The Spring House, bluegrass band Twin Hill Express will perform Saturday among artisans including blacksmiths and Civil War clothiers.

"Part of the road will be blocked off because we're going to extend to Wyndham Avenue this year," Costello said.

The Lions Club park at Rolando Woods will be home to a Civil War encampment on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twenty-five to 40 re-enactors are expected.

"The public is welcome to visit them. Last year, they did some demonstrations, and they are very informative," said Gary Muller, chairman of the One Mountain Foundation.

A $10 guided walk through the Battle of Monterey will leave Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church on Saturday at 1 p.m. The walk should last between an hour and a half and two hours, Muller said.

Saturday night will mark the return of fireworks at Fort Ritchie, with food vendors available on site. Tropical Duo will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m., leading up to the fireworks display, Costello said.

"The Ritchie Boys" will be shown Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Living Word Ministry.

Dave Snader, a one-man band, has been scheduled to perform folk music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and The Bumbaugh Family has been scheduled to perform Christian music from 3 to 5 p.m.

The "old-timers softball game" from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Pen Mar baseball field will honor The Summiteers.

"Our theme is 'Swinging into Summer,' and we're just trying to touch back to the era of the 1940s," Costello said. "The Summiteers were a semi-pro baseball team that was up here from about 1940 to 1960."

The new museum at Fort Ritchie will be previewed Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Starting at 1 p.m., the base also will host a World War II reunion.

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