Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

September 12, 2008|By HARRY NOGLE / 301-432-2437

Barbecue planned for Heritage Days

Sharpsburg Fire Co. 1 will hold a breakfast and chicken barbeque starting in front of the fire hall on Chapline Street in Sharpsburg during Sharpsburg Heritage Days Saturday and Sunday.

Ham or sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches with coffee and orange juice will be sold at 8 a.m. each day. One-half chicken dinners with two side items of either baked beans, apple sauce or french fries will be sold at 11 a.m. Drinks will be available for sale.

Spong children to be remembered

The story of the Spong children of Sharpsburg, tragically killed in a steam explosion accident on the C&O Canal near Georgetown, Md., Sept. 11, 1916, will be told Saturday at 11 a.m. in Mt. View Cemetery.

The children lived in Sharpsburg and were the children of Samuel and Nina Spong. Samuel, captain of canal boat No. 74, and Nina were lifelong residents of Sharpsburg and are buried near the children. For the complete schedule of Heritage activities go to or


Sharpsburg authors seek information

Commissioned by Arcadia Press to write a history of the town of Sharpsburg and the surrounding area, authors Vernell and Timothy Doyle are seeking information of historical value about Sharpsburg and the surrounding area.

Persons with photographs, maps, letters, journals, newspapers and other documents of possible historical value may contact Vernell and Timothy at the Sharpsburg Historical Society tent during Sharpsburg Heritage Days or call them at 301-992-9767.

St. Paul's to hold pig roast, concert

A pig roast will be held at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St., Sharpsburg, on Saturday with seatings at 5 and 6. The menu is roast pork, coleslaw, baked beans and a homemade apple dumpling. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 10, and can be purchased from Cindy Weaver at 301-432-5463. All proceeds benefit Sharpsburg's fire and rescue services.

The "Great Day Concert" featuring St. Paul's Choir and the choir of Asbury United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, will follow at 7:30 p.m. This free concert of early American and modern gospel music is dedicated to the legacy of Tolson's Chapel, an African-American historical site in Sharpsburg, and a collection will be taken to support the restoration work there. Sunday's service at 10 a.m. will be a recreation of an 1862 communion service, with special prayers for those who died during the Battle of Antietam. Period liturgy, dress and music will be used and a reception of 19th-century era food will follow the service. Period costume is encouraged.

Bikers to ride for kids Sept. 21

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association Mason/Dixon Wings invites all motorcyclists to ride through the historic Sharpsburg, Keedysville and Boonsboro area for their annual fundraiser for kids Sunday, Sept. 21, starting at Twiggs Honda at 200 Edgewood Drive in Hagerstown.

This ride is to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The $10 registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the last bike will leave at 11 a.m. Cash prizes, door prizes, a raffle, games, 50-50 drawings and refreshments will be available. All motorcyclists are welcome. Helmets are required. For information, call Larry Dice at 717-369-5131) or Harold Bennett at 717-352-2860.

Samples Manor Church to hold Fall Revival

The Samples Manor Church of God will hold a Fall Revival from Sept. 21 to 28 featuring the following speakers and musicians:

o Sunday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. -- Rev. Coleman Clark preaching, singing by Stevie Sigler;

o Monday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. -- Rev. Bobby Hill preaching, music by Annie and Mac-Bluegrass;

o Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m. -- Rev. Chuck Donivan preaching, music by Amos Shifflett;

o Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m. -- Joseph Eversole, preaching, music by Kenny Johnson Jr.;

o Thursday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m. -- Ron Neff preaching, singing by Brother Scott;

o Friday, Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. -- Jeff Dissmore preaching, music by the Shrivers;

o Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m. -- Pastor Kenny Johnson preaching, music by Richard and Mary Fox;

o Sunday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m. -- Rev. Lane Fishel preaching, music by Sharps and Flats.

For directions, call Pastor Kenny Johnson at 304-616-1437), Joe Goetz at 301-834-8694 or Jeff Hanes at 301-432-8359).

The church is at 2128 Harpers Ferry Road, at the intersection of Harpers Ferry and Chestnut Grove roads.

Plaque to honor BHS coaches

It is not too late to get your name on the Coaches Plaque for the new stadium locker rooms which honors the three coaches in Boonsboro High School's football history.

The cost is $50. The plaque will be displayed during September 2009, the 50th year of football at Boonsboro.

For more information, go to or call Dotty Piccolomini at 304-876-6927.

To our readers

Information concerning churches, clubs, schools, organizations and activities in the Sharpsburg/Keedysville area may be sent to Harry Nogle at or 301-432-2437.

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