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Hotel-motel money helps finance Funkstown events

June 30, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN -- When the town learned last fall it would be getting sizable monthly installments from the state hotel-motel tax allocations, the next step was to find ways to use the money for the improvement of Funkstown tourism.

With nine installments in the bank, the town has received $13,198 since July 2008, according to Town Clerk Brenda Haynes.

In a spreadsheet distributed at Monday night's budget meeting, Haynes detailed how the money has been spent.

Contributions for the 2008 Halloween parade were $575, and another $247.43 went for Christmas activities.

The rest of the funds have been applied to the upcoming Day in the Park, scheduled for July 11 and 12, featuring re-enactment battles, a parade, food concessions, fireworks and activities for children.

Councilman John Phillips III said Monday night that residents need to be aware that there will be no parking July 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Baltimore Street from Westside Avenue to Alt. U.S. 40 at the other end of town because of the street battle.

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The expenses for the two-day event, which total $14,608.70, represented the bulk of the expenditures.

There is no rain date for the Day in the Park activities.

The May and June installments have not been received.

"What's left over will go to the Christmas party," said Vice Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr.

Schedule



FUNKSTOWN -- Following is the schedule for Funkstown's Day in the Park and Battle of Funkstown Re-enactment Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12, as it appears on the Funkstown Web page at www.funkstown.com/news.

Saturday, July 11

o 9 a.m., troops forage in town for food; music provided by The 97th Regimental String Band in front of the Hudson House Gallery on Baltimore Street.

o 10 a.m., street battle begins on Baltimore Street; will last about one hour.

o 1 to 8 p.m., food will be provided by the Funkstown Fire Co., Funkstown Lions Club and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Food will include roast beef sandwiches, hamburgers, french fries and Italian sausage. Craft vendors and business representatives will be scattered throughout the west section of the park.

o 1 p.m., music provided by The 97th Regimental String Band in the town park's lower pavilion next to the ball field.

o 4 to 8 p.m., free events for youngsters on the west section of the park, including a moon bounce, giant slide, face painting, spin art and a magician.

o 4 p.m., the Battle of Funkstown will begin in the east section of the park and will last about one hour.

o 8 p.m., music provided by The 97th Regimental String Band at the east pavilion on top of the hill.

o Dusk, fireworks provided by Master Displays Limited, to be followed by music by The 97th Regimental String Band at the east pavilion on the top of the hill.

Sunday, July 12

o Noon, music by The 97th Regimental String Band at the east pavilion on top of the hill.

o 1 p.m., final field battle.

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