Around Hancock

October 22, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

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Home tours planned

Tickets are on sale for the first Hancock Holiday Historic Home Tour.

There is a wonderful set of homes and houses of worship in Hancock, many of them dating back to the pre-Civil War era.

This event, sponsored by the Hancock Historical Society and Museum, takes place Nov. 21 and 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Most of the locations are within easy walking distance from each other, with the rest to the west of town on Old National Pike.


Parking is available at the Rail Trail lot off Main Street.

Featured on the tour are the following:

Foxcroft, home of Ralph and Tracy Salvagno; Flint's Chance, home of Debbie and John Cohill (on Old National Pike); the Taney House (recently renovated) B&B of Sinclair Hamilton and Susan Lothers, 1828 Trail Inn, B&B of Bill and Darlene Smith; The Hancock United Methodist Church, Pastor Duane Jensen; St. Thomas' Episcopal Church (1835), the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt; The Good Samaritan House (recently renovated), a ministry of the Interfaith Service Coalition; The Toll House, a historic landmark on Old National Pike; and the Hancock Museum.

Advance tickets are on sale until Nov. 18. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. Civic groups can purchase group rates of $8 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $6 for student.

Tickets are available by mail: Home Tour, c/o the Hancock Historical Society, P.O. Box 164, Hancock, MD 21750; or by phone from Marian Golden at 301-678-6308 or Starla Ward at 301-790-1648.

Meeting set

The Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Town Hall meeting room. It will show an exhibit of old photographs and host a panel with the board of directors. The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Park gets restrooms

The Joseph Hancock Park now has restrooms. This almost completes the construction of this new recreation area, which now includes picnic areas, a covered pavilion, a few primitive campsites, a parking area, steps (with bike ramps) to the Rail Trail and a sign and marker along Main Street.

The town hopes the restrooms will be "hooked up soon" completing a wonderful transformation of an area that used to have two old houses, flooded out and decaying.

Halloween Parade

Friday is the deadline to register for a place in the Hancock Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Rotary Club. If you have a float, marching unit, band, antique auto or just want to march in your costume, contact Mayor Dan Murphy during business hours at 301-678-6635.

The parade takes place Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. with the award-winning Hancock High School Panthers Band leading the way.

Meditation garden

The members of the Hancock Presbyterian Church recently dedicated a meditation garden behind their church at 17 E. Main St. Right beside the Western Maryland Rail Trail, the garden occupies a spot that was bequeathed to the church by the former owner of the now closed Lockhouse Restaurant.

Glorious Sagle and her family owned the restaurant, called in her time, Sagles', for many years, welcoming tourists and locals with home-cooked meals and a friendly atmosphere.

Now their legacy of hospitality lives on as the new garden welcomes all who want to take a few minutes to stop, rest, pray and give thanks.

You will recognize the entrance by the little trellis door, along the trail, just east of the Church Street parking Lot.

Exercise walk

"A Walk with the Doctor" is now offered two mornings a week (weather permitting!) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Meet near the C&O Bike shop at the south end of Pennsylvania Avenue. For more information, call Drs. Hahn or Nelson at 301-678-7007.

Teens after hours

Register today for "Teens after Hours" at the Hancock Library on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be refreshments, Wii, and the computers will be available. Bring a friend and come along for pumpkins. The event is for those ages 12-18. To register, call 301-678-5300.

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