Plumb Grove event
Plumb Grove's Autumn Pickin' Celebration will be Saturday starting at noon. The Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band will perform from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Homemade soups and sandwiches will be available. Residents have been busy picking tomatoes, corn, cucumbers and apples.
It's time to rest and enjoy some banjo pickin'. Plumb Grove is at North Martin Street and Broadfording Road.
Food sought for event
The Clear Spring Historical Association is seeking homemade fruit pies, cakes, cookies and fudge for its bluegrass event Saturday. Take items to Plumb Grove on Saturday after 9 a.m. For more information, call David Wiles at 301-842-2342 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com.
Soccer and tennis
Sunday is Alumni Soccer and Tennis Day in Clear Spring.
The inaugural Blazer Alumni Tennis games will be played Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Clear Spring High School Alumni soccer games will be Sunday at the school.
At 4 p.m., graduates from the years 1998 to 2009 will play. At 5:30 p.m., those who played from 1998 and before will play.
Former male and female players are welcome.
For more information, contact Brian Albert at firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com or 301-842-2509 or Mark Myers at Mark.Myers@myactv.net">Mark.Myers@myactv.net or 301-582-0726.
The concession stand will be open.
Rail Trail ride
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, will host a guided bike ride on the Western Maryland Rail Trail on Saturday, Oct. 9. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O Bicycle Shop in Hancock.
The public is invited to join Fort Frederick State Park naturalist Charles Sullivan for a guided bike ride on the Rail Trail.
Participants will enjoy a leisurely ride on the paved trail, pausing occasionally to explore the natural history along the way. For more information, call 301-842-2155 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be frequent views of the Potomac River.
The autumn foliage will be featured on the ride, but the group will also examine flowering plants and birds and discuss the geology of the area.
The event is free to the public. Disabled access is available; however, the ride may cover as much as 25 miles roundtrip. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Seven days' advance notice is requested. Dress for inclement weather or hot, sunny days, and carry plenty of water.
Bicycle rentals are available at the bicycle shop, which is along the Rail Trail and the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Hancock. Refreshments and snacks are also available at the bicycle shop and elsewhere in Hancock.
Hagerstown Junior Basketball League will hold registration for all Washington County public, private and home-schooled students. The basketball league is for students in fourth through eighth grades. You can't be older than 14 years old by Dec. 31.
Birth certificates are required.
The registrations will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, and Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti High School.
For more information, call George Stottlemyer at 301-797-4537; Bob Grove at 301-797-0963; or go to http://www.eteamz.com/hjbl.
Did you know?
Did you know that in days gone by, one of the area's favorite pastimes weresquare dances? The dances were held in the Odd Fellows Hall in Clear Spring or in private homes.
Some of the families who held these dances were the Seiberts, the Fierys, the Troupes, the Cushwas and the Kreighs.
For the guests who did not care to dance, card tables were set up in other areas for them. "Five Hundred" was a popular card game back then.