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Show benefits Boonsboro trolley museum

March 28, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

BOONSBORO -- Area youngsters received a musical tour of American history Saturday afternoon when performer Ray Owen brought his guitar -- and a hatrack full of historical head wear -- to American Legion Post 10 in Boonsboro.

The performance, "Hats Off to America," was a fundraiser hosted by the Boonsboro Historical Society to raise money to restore the town's century-old trolley station.

About 25 adults and five children came out for the concert, raising about $400 toward the trolley museum.

Wanda Heuer, president of the Boonsboro Historical Society, said the turnout wasn't as high as she hoped, but that isn't going to discourage the society from continued fundraising efforts.

Owen, a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter from Gettysburg, Pa., has asked the town in the past if he could perform at the Boonesborough Days festival, Heuer said. The historical society decided to invite him down for the fundraiser, she said.

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Owen's family-oriented show wove historical trivia, humor and audience participation into classic songs such as "Yankee Doodle," "I've Been Workin' on the Railroad" and "Old MacDonald Had a Farm."

Eli Greeley, 4, of Fairplay, giggled at Owen's raccoon hat, which he donned for a song called "When I First Came to This Land," about early immigrants settling in the American wilderness.

Greeley and his brother, David, 8, came to the concert with their parents after hearing about it from their grandmother, who is a historical society member.

Grant Henneberger, 4, also is a grandson of a historical society member. Grant and his parents, Margi and Jamey Henneberger, drove up from Silver Spring, Md., to attend the concert.

"We thought it'd be something fun to do on a Saturday," Margi Henneberger said.

Before the concert, the Hennebergers dusted off an old guitar and let Grant give it a try, she said.

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