Around Hancock


Bike parade

When I was a little girl in Kentucky, my home town held a bike parade every year.

I was the youngest of three and my "middle sister" usually participated.

Each year, we would plan our "theme." One year, a Hula Hoop tied to the back of the seat made a beautiful circle from which we hung streamers. My sister, dressed in a black tutu, rode the bike. Another year, my Dad built a cardboard boat form around the bicycle, and my sister was pulled on skates covered with cardboard skis -- like a water skier. You can see how these memories are vivid for me.

I was thrilled to find out that the Bike Shop in Hancock, C&O Bicycle, will sponsor a Kid's Bike Parade on the Fourth of July this year.

The owners invite kids to arrive at 9 a.m. to decorate their bikes.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m., down the canal, across the iron bridge at Church Street and back to the shop along the bike path.


No registration is necessary. I, for one, plan to be on hand to enjoy watching a new generation "make some memories."


Also on the Fourth of July, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Joseph Hancock Park at 9:45 a.m. (right after the bike parade) with refreshments at the bike shop immediately following.

The park is adjacent to the rail trail and bike shop.

The event is sponsored by the C&O Bicycle shop with participation from the Hancock Historical Society.

TEA Party

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, a group of citizens will sponsor a TEA Party in Joseph Hancock Park. The TEA party is part of a national movement of the American Family Association to protest the mounting debt of the federal government.

For more information, contact Marion Thomas at 301-678-6295 or Gary Reynolds at 304-258-3971.


Registration is open for Vacation Bible School at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, at Church and High streets in Hancock.

St. Thomas' was one of the first area churches to offer Bible school in the evenings so that whole families can participate.

That format continues this year with classes set for 7 to 9 p.m. from Sunday, July 12, to Thursday, July 16.

This year's theme, "Crocodile Dock," focuses on "God Sightings," inviting participants to develop a deeper sense of God in their daily lives.

There will be music, arts, crafts, a picnic supper, and on closing night, an outdoor communion service and an ice cream social.

To sign up, call the church at 301-678-6569.

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