Around Williamsport

June 18, 2008|By JOAN KNODE / 301-223-7229

Traveling tent theatre

Tent Troupe, America's only Traveling Summer Tent Theatre, comprised of high school youth from St. Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Md., makes a one-day appearance in town June 24 as part of its 38th season on the road.

The colorful big top will be at Byron Memorial Park, next to the Springfield Farm Barn.

A matinee for young and young at heart titled "Under the Big Top" featuring stories old and new begins at 1:45 p.m. John Patrick's comedy, "The Curious Savage," will be the featured family entertainment at 8 p.m. The performances are open to the public free of charge and takes place rain or shine and is sponsored by Zion Lutheran Church.

Tribute to founder

A tribute to Williamsport's town founder, Otho Holland Williams, along with a book signing, will be Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Town Museum, 14 Springfield Lane.


Patriotic music will be provided by Patti Robinson and members of CSA 3rd Arkansas Co. H, Civil War reenactors. The event will be held in the Town Museum in Springfield Farm Barn. Refreshments and air conditioning will also be enjoyed.

Red Hats gathering

The "My Lady" Red Hats group enjoyed a Red Hatters plant exchange party at the home of Rhonda Stevens - "Royal Lady of the Yap Yappers."

Refreshments included sandwiches and fresh fruits in shapes of flowers. Marilyn Frost - "Royal Lady Doll of Wagaman" - organized games and prizes and Rhonda's daughter helped with creating the centerpieces. More than 15 members attended and everyone went home with a new plant for their gardens.


Lloyd and Judy Carbaugh celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 14. On Sunday, June 8, 24 family and friends surprised them by attending their church service with them and then enjoying an anniversary meal at Gibbles for lunch, followed by a dessert party at the home of Rose Brais.

Class of 1943

The Williamsport High School Class of 1943 held its 65th reunion on June 11 with a luncheon at the Plaza in Hagerstown. Eight of the 13 living members were present. A special thanks to Betty Roney and Betty Jane McAllister for organizing the event. It was a great time of renewing friendships.

Springfield Run cleanup

Volunteers are needed to join in the Byron Memorial Park Springfield Run clean-up project Saturday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Boy Scout Troop 17 will coordinate this project. 

With your help, volunteers will clean the watercress and other debris from the Springfield Run in preparation for the July 4 celebration. 

Volunteers are encouraged to wear old clothing, gloves, old shoes and/or boots and arrive around 8:30 a.m. 

You may be working in the stream while other volunteers will be assisting from the banks of the stream. 

Plan to meet by the stream even if you can only help for an hour.

As a community service project, Troop 17 schedules two yearly cleanups of Springfield Run. For more details, call Jeff Cline at 301-331-0383.

VBS at Downsville Christian

Downsville Christian Church, 8641 Downsville Pike, will hold a Vacation Bible School titled "God's Big Backyard" from June 22 to 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

For more information, call 301-223-7208.  You can also register at

'Power Lab' VBS at Rehoboth

A Vacation Bible School titled "Power Lab" - Discovering Jesus' Miraculous Power," will be June 23 to 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St. 

The VBS is sponsored by Zion Lutheran, Williamsport and Rehoboth United Methodist churches. Classes are for children 3 years old through eighth grade; high school students will have a mission-oriented week.  For more information, call Diahann Bryan at 301-223-4217.


Youth soccer camp

The second annual Williamsport Youth Soccer Camp presented by CAR-REY - The Pro Soccer Academy for ages U-6 through U-12 -- will be June 23 to 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Springfield Middle School.

If you didn't sign up but still want to participate, call 301-582-1471 to check if you can still register. The camp costs $100. Registration includes pro soccer skill instruction, a CAR-REY/PUMA T-shirt, soccer ball and drinks.  The registration form is available and can be downloaded at or

Welcome to new businesses on Conococheague Street

· The Desert Rose Café and Catering has opened at 21 N. Conococheague St., just a few short blocks from the C&O Canal Cushwa Basin.

It is open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 301-223-6400 or go to

· American Heritage Antiques at 41 N. Conococheague St. is getting ready for a grand opening the week of July 1 to 6.

It will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. and it is closed on Mondays. 

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