Boonesborough Days just like old days

September 06, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

Boonsboro - In this world of mass-production, there are still those like the craft demonstrators of Boonesborough Days, who prefermaking things by hand.

Not that any of the 150 craft, antique and food vendors expected at this year's Boonesborough Days were alive during the 18th century - when mostly everything really was made by hand. But it is one of the periods organizers are hoping to re-create.

The 36th annual Boonesborough Days is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Shafer Memorial Park, off Main Street. The popular local craft and history festival averages 10,000 in attendance.

While there is a variety of activities each year - pony rides for the kids, sun-gazing via telescope for astronomy fans and a garden clinic for the green thumbs - the overarching theme of Boonesborough Days has always been period crafts.


This year, crafters will demonstrate the work of 18th- and 19th-century tradesmen. Demonstrators include spinners and weavers, potters and blacksmiths.

Joe Lubozynski of Frederick, Md., is a newcomer to the festival and plans to show how flax plants were processed into linen fibers in the 18th century.

"I do think people take for granted how much went into making clothes," said Lubozynski, a member and former president of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.

From stems to fabric to shirt, the entire process takes about a year, Lubozynski said.

Joan Taylor, a soap maker from Keedysville, will attend the festival for the third time and will be demonstrating old-fashioned, soap-making techniques. She demonstrated how to make bath salts the first year she participated in the show.

"I like the historical nature of the event, the focus on good craftsmanship," Taylor said.

Compounding the theme further is the collaboration with South Mountain State Battlefield Living History Weekend, which is going on the same weekend as Boonesborough Days.

A trolley will shuttle history fans between Shafer Memorial Park and Washington Monument Sate Park, where Civil War historians will give demonstrations and lead discussions about life during the war.

For more information, contact the Boonsboro Historical Society by calling 301-432-5889.

Activities scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9, include:

· Crafters will demonstrate the work of 18th and 19th century tradesmen. Trades include: a broom maker, spinners and weavers, a rug hooker, a basket weaver, a soap maker, potters, blacksmiths, and a Colonial beeswax candle maker.

· The Master Gardeners of Washington County will hold a plant clinic called Ask a Master Gardener. There will also be a display about rain gardens that incorporate native plants.

· Tri-State Astronomers will facilitate the viewing of sunspots (sky conditions permitting) and will show educational astronomy videos.

· South Mountain Coin and Relic Hunters Association will display artifacts.

· Vendors of traditional handmade crafts, jewelry, dried and fresh flowers, herbs, soaps, pottery, garden art, furniture, plush toy animals, dolls, wooden toys and clothing.

· Local artists and photographers will showcase their work.

· Antique vendors will display collectibles, postcards, vintage linens, glassware, furniture, kitchenware and other memorabilia.

· Children's activities include pony rides, sand art, wash-off tattoos

· Area churches and service organizations will serve funnel cakes, apple dumplings, soup, crab cakes, baked goods and country ham, pulled pork and barbecued chicken sandwiches.

· Strolling banjo player Jim Haner will play pop music and will take requests.

Other events include:

· 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday - Raptors Up Close, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about raptors (birds of prey), will display rescued birds.

· 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday - Tri-State Antique Cars will display vintage automobiles from the collection of three auto clubs. No modified automobiles will be shown.

· 10 a.m. Sunday - Community worship service led by several Boonsboro churches, at the bandstand

If you go ...

WHAT: Boonesborough Days

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9

WHERE: Shafer Memorial Park, off Main Street, Boonsboro

COST: Free admission

MORE: A trolley is available to Washington Monument Sate Park for those who want to attend the South Mountain State Battlefield Living History Weekend, also Saturday, Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9. Trolley times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The trolley runs continuously every half-hour. For more information, contact the Boonsboro Historical Society by calling 301-432-5889.

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