Around Funkstown

July 08, 2009|By SUSIE HOFFMAN

Weekend of activities

Exactly six months apart, there are two events that make our quiet little hamlet burst with activity and pack our streets with many excited visitors.

In early January, we celebrated Olde Tyme Christmas. Now this weekend, we extend an invitation to come back and revisit Funkstown as it relives its history from the Civil War.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are full of food, music, re-enactments and activities for children.


Starting Friday at 1 p.m., the camp at the park will be open for all registered participants of the re-enactment. The 97th Regimental String Band will provide music. Let's let the soldiers get settled in their camps and prepare for the next two days of battle.


On Saturday morning, you will find the troops foraging the town for food beginning at 9 a.m.

If you are a resident, you should have received a red ribbon to tie on your porch to let the troops know they can find sustenance at your home. Some ideas for food are apples, oranges and beverages. They do better with things they can carry.


In true Funkstown style, no foraging could be complete without some music to accompany, so The 97th Regimental String Band will perform in front of the Hudson House.

Clear the main street, because at 10 a.m., the street battle will begin and last for about an hour.

To think that more than a century ago, this is how it actually happened ... well, for the most part ... no real blood or fatalities this time, of course.

Time for lunch after the battle and there are many options. The Funkstown Fire Hall, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Funkstown Lions Club will have items from snow cones to cheeseburgers to try. Food will be sold, starting at 1 p.m.

After a bite to eat, the park is the place to be. More music and more food, and a 4 p.m. battle should keep the afternoon busy.

From 4 to 8 p.m., there will be plenty of activities for kids, including a moon walk, face painting, spin art, dunk tanks, duck pond and a magician.

All of the events for children are free.

Finish out your evening with more music and fioreworks provided by Master Displays Limited.


Whew, we got through Saturday. Now wake up Sunday morning, for you guessed it, more music and a final battle at 1 p.m. in the park.

Please make it a point to bring your family to see some living history. I look forward to it.

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