Around Hancock

September 23, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Canal-Apple festival shows best of Hancock

The weather for Hancock's 33rd Annual Canal-Apple Days was perfect, and everything seemed to go off without a hitch.

Reports from the Masons and Lions were that the breakfast, CHIP child registration, parade and events in the park had great response.

This is Hancock at its best, and I want to publicly thank the Lions Club, Lionesses, Masons, town officials and anyone else who worked so hard to make our own festival a success.

If you wish to see some great photos of the day taken by Sam Judge go to

Photo contest winners to be named

Speaking of photos, don't forget that the winners of the 2009 Hancock Photo contest will be announced Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Library in Widmeyer Park. Keith Kirk and Mayor Murphy will be on hand to help lead the festivities, and all the winning photos will be on display.


Farmers market

News from the Town Office is that the Saturday farmers market will continue through October. Business has been good for the vendors as this community event takes on steam. I saw some awesome pumpkins there last week. The market is in Joseph Hancock Park, West Main Street, on Saturday mornings.

Yard sale

Coming up is a great event sponsored by the Hancock Elementary School PTA. It's the Hancock Fall Fling and Community Yard Sale, set for Saturday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Widmeyer Park.

Included will be food, entertainment, games, crafts, scarecrow-making, a pumpkin and apple carving contest, and a yard sale.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mike Graff will be there to provide horse-drawn hayrides.

Take 2 Variety Band (that's Russ and Donna Miller) will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a licensed second-hand precious metals dealer will be on site to test and weigh your unwanted gold, silver and platinum.

Bring your creative pumpkins or apples for the contest.

There will be a cake walk every hour, with chances to win homemade cakes.

Vendor space for the event can be rented for $10. Contact Staci at 301-573-0558. For more information on the event, call Jessica at 301-678-2955.

'But Now I See'

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Hymn "Amazing Grace?"

If so, plan to attend the live theater presentation of "But Now I See" at Grace Christian Fellowship Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

In an action-packed 75-minute show, actor Erik Nelson portrays John Newton, the British seaman who became captain of a slave ship, then experienced a tremendous conversion.

The performance is free, but an offering will be accepted.

For information, contact the church at 301-678-6036.

Shriners clinic

The Ali Ghan Shriners will hold a screening clinic in Hancock Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any child up to age 18 who has need of orthopedic or burns care may attend the clinic at the office of Dr. Cameron Duffy, 6 Tonoloway Street, at the western corner of Widmeyer Park.

There is no charge for the screening, which will be performed by a doctor.

If you are not sure if your child may quality, contact Sheard Hedglin at 301-678-5460. Care provided by Shriners' hospitals is at no obligation to the family.

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