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Around Hancock

March 11, 2009

Day at the park



When I drove to our local library last Friday to check out a few new books, I noticed a lot of cars in Widmeyer Park. A picnic? A family reunion? A birthday party? A bit early in the season, I thought. Upon closer inspection, I found a park buzzing with activity: a dozen boys playing basketball, girls at the picnic table, moms and tots on the play equipment - all enjoying the unusually warm weather. What a great free resource we have, our own municipal "backyard" where folks can meet and have fun. Call today to register for "Kite Day," to be held at the Hancock Public Library on Saturday, April 4. This year the featured kite will be from the traditional Korean magpie design. If weather permits, participants can fly kites, either made or purchased elsewhere, in the park that day. Register by calling the library at 301-678-5300.

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Tonoloway plunge



The sun and the sand felt like summer, but the "surf" was still wintry cold Saturday, when, at noon more than a dozen "plungers" went into the lake - Tonoloway, that is - to raise money to help the Interfaith Service Coalition heat local homes.

Unlike other years when ice chipping was first on the agenda, the participants actually felt fairly comfortable shedding their T-shirts and taking turns jumping into the cold water.

Family and friends looked on as young children scampered across the grass and dug in the sand. John Cohill took his usual belly flop, while others chose the cannonball entry.

A group of ladies sang a polar bear song before jumping in together, much to the delight of the crowd. Debbie Cohill, executive director of the ISC, was grateful to the organizers, sponsors and participants.

"Many people will have heat for their homes that otherwise might have had to choose between heat and food. We are very thankful," she said.

Tea dance



From the height of the Victorian era into the roaring 1920s to the nostalgic 1940s, the tea dance was an opportunity for community members to demonstrate their dancing abilities and enjoy society and conversation.

The Town of Hancock brings back this elegant social tradition when it holds its second annual Tea Dance at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the event will feature music from yesteryear by the Tri-State Big Band and the Hancock Waltz Kings. Although the dance is not strictly formal, the Arts Council is encouraging attendees to wear their Sunday best, a tradition of the tea dance. Tea, cookies and other light refreshments will be served.

Friendship banquet



There is still time to come to the annual Friendship Banquet-Auction at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Saturday at 6 p.m. Call 301-678-6569 for reservations. Tickets cost $15 per person, which includes a full-course meal prior to the auction to benefit the church at Church and High streets.

Bingo party



The annual bingo party sponsored by St. Peter and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Churches to celebrate St. Patrick's Day will take place Sunday. Lunch will be served at noon at St. Peter's Hall at 16 E. High St. around noon. Games begin at 1 p.m. with cash prizes, raffles, door prizes and a cake raffle.

Food drive



There is still time to participate in "Harvest for the Hungry," a food drive sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service. You may leave nonperishable food items in your mail box to be picked up by your carrier. The need is critical, and Hancock postmaster Andy Weaver says all donations will be used for local citizens. The food drive ends Saturday.

Fund for girls



Local school children are raising funds in memory of classmates Mary and Nicole Gross, killed in a house fire last month. The funds will help pay the funeral expenses, and there is discussion of a scholarship if there is extra money. So far, the students have raised more than $2,000 and are planning a dance and bake sale Friday, April 3. Donations are given directly to the main office at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, which is keeping track of the funds collected.

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