Around Hancock

May 14, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Barge Bash registration

Barge entries are being accepted for the Hancock Barge Bash sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the Town of Hancock and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

The seventh annual event will launch Saturday, June 27, on the rewatered portion of the C&O Canal in Hancock.

The event is centered at the Church Street parking lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

For this year's event, boats will be on display from 10 a.m. to noon, when barge entries will be placed in the canal. At 1 p.m., the nautical parade begins, followed by judging.

Prizes are to be awarded at 2 p.m.

According to Mayor Daniel Murphy, clubs, service organizations, school groups, churches, nonprofits, individuals and families are invited to participate in celebrating Hancock's canal heritage by entering barges in the event and bringing the people or "horse" power to pull the barges through the canal.

To register your entry, contact Murphy's office at 301-678-6635. Call between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


An entry fee of $25 will be charged for each barge. Anyone interested in sponsoring a barge constructed by a youth group or other group who may need help in paying the entry fee may also contact Murphy for information.

Breakfast in the Park

This year, Breakfast in the Park - Hancock's Widmeyer Park, that is - will be offered twice per month.

The Hancock Lions Club cooks up the tasty menu on the first Saturday of each month.

Beginning Saturday, the James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge of Hancock will do the same each third Saturday of the warm weather months.

Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for those ages 6 to 12 and are free for those 5 and younger.

Look for the Masons Saturday in the Lions Pavilion. Serving hours will be from 7 to 10 a.m.

Band concert set at high school

Hancock Middle-Senior High School's annual spring band concert will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Director of Bands Scott Benford notes that the performance showcases all Hancock band students in grades six through 12.

Students perform pieces demonstrating just how much they have learned over the past year. The concert is free and open to the public. Following the program, refreshments will be served in the cafeteria.

Special service planned at church

On Wednesday, May 20, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will host a special service in celebration of the Feast of Christ's Ascension.

Guest preacher for the celebration of Holy Communion will be the Rev. Mark A. Michael, rector of St. Paul's Church in Sharpsburg.

Father Michael, who hails from Clear Spring, is leaving the area in late June to accept a call to a parish in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas', and the Rev. Steven McCarty, deacon, will preside at the 7:30 p.m. service.

Supper and fellowship precede at 6:30 p.m., and the public is welcome to attend. Historic St. Thomas' is at Church and High streets.

After Hours

Looking for something to do?

Chill out at the Hancock Library's After Hours program. Refreshments, games, computers and Wii will be available.

The event is for those ages 12 to 18. Bring a friend and join in the fun Friday, May 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the library at 301-678-5300.

Citizen input sought on solid waste program

The Washington County Department of Planning and Community Development and the county's Division of Environmental Waste Management-Solid Waste will hold a meeting for citizen input in Hancock Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

If you are interested in how the town can better handle its waste materials, please plan to attend.

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