Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

May 14, 2010|By HARRY NOGLE

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Miss Poppy presents poppy to mayor

Kiley Mackenzie Ryan, 6, the daughter of Matthew and Jennifer Ryan of Sharpsburg, presented Sharpsburg Mayor Hal Spielman with a poppy prior to the town meeting May 3.

The presentation officially opens the annual Poppy Campaign of Antietam Unit 236, American Legion Auxiliary. Poppies are never sold, but given in exchange for a donation. Poppy chairman Darlene Eichelberger said the poppy is in memory of the country's war dead and the donation will support veterans.

Strawberry festival

The Rohrersville Ruritan will hold its annual strawberry festival June 12 and 13.

The festival will feature an antique tractor pull, the Boonsboro Middle School Jazz Band, the Rohrersville Band and LifeHouse Bethel Choir. A community church service will be held that Sunday. Later in the day, the bluegrass band The Longmeadow Mining Company will perform and children can participate in a children's pedal pull. Representatives from ChIPs (Child Identification Program) will be on hand.


Hamburgers, french fries, fried ham sandwiches, ice cream, pies and strawberries will be available. The festival committee is seeking craft/yard sale vendors, displays and businesses interested in donating raffle items.

Proceeds go toward the upkeep of the community park, the schoolhouse building and the annual scholarship fund.

For more information, call J.R. Smith at 301-791-2369 or e-mail">

Cemetery cleanup

Preparations for Memorial Day at Mount View Cemetery in Sharpsburg begin Monday, May 24, with cleanup activities. Please remove all grave items before Sunday, May 23. Placement of new grave items can begin after 1 p.m. Friday, May 28.

The cemetery will be closed to vehicle traffic at 9 a.m. Parade Day, Saturday, May 29.

Access continues to be available by foot all day. Contributions to cemetery upkeep are accepted and appreciated. Many of the burial plots were sold more than 100 years ago for very little money and with no provisions for perpetual care. Make checks payable to Mount View Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund and mail them to Mount View Cemetery Non-Profit Corp., P.O. Box 103, Sharpsburg, MD 21782.

Local artists to perform

Boonsboro fiddler Rob Caruthers, Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) guitarist John Devine and Leitersburg banjo player Paul Mackrell will perform foot-stomping, high-energy bluegrass, Appalachian, Celtic and Civil War music as the South Mountain String Band - part of the Coffeehouse Friday Concert Series, May 21 at Salem Methodist Church, 25 S. Main St., Keedysville, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Open mic starts at 7 p.m. Sign up for 10-minute open mic time slot by calling 240-329-1969. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10, which includes unlimited coffee/espresso bar, tea and gourmet light fare. This is a family-friendly, non-smoking event. Funds are used to support the music series and to pay the artists. For more information, go to

Crop Walk committee to meet Wednesday

The South Washington County Crop Walk planning committee will have its first meeting to plan the Oct. 10 walk on Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 53 N. Main St. in Keedysville. Parking is in the rear of the church. All interested persons are invited to attend.

Last year, more than $7,800 was raised to fight hunger; 25 percent of which went to the South Washington County Food Bank.

Heritage Museum to dedicate bread oven

The Rural Heritage Museum, at the Ag Center, will dedicate its wood-fired brick bread oven Sunday at 2 p.m. After the event, the public is invited to participate on the second Sunday of each month from 8 a.m. to about 2 p.m. Bread will be available for tasting around 1 p.m. For more information, call 240-420-1714 or go to

Stevens to speak at senior site

Helen Stevens will speak on "Sleep, Exercise and Mood" and conduct exercises Tuesday, May 18, at the senior site on Mount Vernon Drive in Keedysville. Young at Heart exercises will continue Wednesday. For more information, call Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624.

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