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Outdoors calendar

July 19, 2011

Friday, July 29

Hiking Through History

Program will focus on Battle of Fox’s Gap. Program begins at visitors from South Mountain Inn Appalachian Trail parking lot to Fox’s Gap. 1 p.m. Participants should bring bug spray and bottled water. South Mountain Inn, 6132 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. Free admission. Call 301-432-8065.


Saturday, July 30

Evening tour

Join a park ranger for a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield. The tour begins at the visitor center and then visitors will get in their own vehicles and follow the ranger to three key areas to learn the story of the battle. 6 p.m. Park entrance fees. Antietam National Battlefield, off Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Call 301-432-5124.


Saturday, Aug. 6

Greenbrier State Park Campfire program

Come join the South Mountain State Battlefield artillery detachment as it portrays Union artillerymen on campaign in 1862. 7 p.m. Greenbrier State Park, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro. Park entrance fees. For more information, call South Mountain State Battlefield at 301-432-8065.

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Friday, Aug. 19

Colonial Family Fun Day

Learn about the pastimes of families on the frontier and compete against other families. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5 per family, weather permitting. Registration required to confirm your space. Call 301-739-8393 or go to www.hagerhouse.org


Friday, Aug. 26

Hiking Through History – Battle of Fox’s Gap

This program will take visitors from the South Mountain Inn, Appalachian Trail parking lot to Fox’s Gap, following in the footsteps of Drayton’s Confederate soldiers during the afternoon phases of the Battle of South Mountain. 1 p.m. South Mountain State Battlefield, 21843 National Pike, Boonsboro. Call 301-432-8065.


Sunday, Sept. 4

Before the Storm

Visit with townspeople having a final supper amidst the artillery booming from the nearby Battle of South Mountain. Attend the last pre-battle service in the Dunker Church. Living history interpretive programs will be held throughout the weekend at various locations on the battlefield. Demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m Sunday, Sept. 5. with ongoing interpretation throughout the weekend. Antietam National Battlefield, off Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Call 301-432-5124.


Friday, Sept. 9

Life as a Civil War soldier

Join the staff of South Mountain State Battlefield to kick off the 149th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain. Park entrance fees. noon. Washington Monument State Park, Fort Necessity Pavilion, 6620 Zittlestown Road, Boonsboro. Call the South Mountain State Battlefield at 301-432-8065.


Friday, Sept. 10

Woodmont Lodge Open House

Learn about the early days of conservation and wildlife management in Maryland. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Frederick State Park, off Md. 56, Big Pool. Park entrance fee. Cal 301-842-2155.


Wednesday, Sept. 14

149th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain

Join the staff of South Mountain State Battlefield for a real-time walking tours of Fox’s Gap and Crampton’s Gap. The Fox’s Gap tour will begin at 10 am. at the South Mountain Inn parking lot. The Crampton’s Gap tour will begin at 3 p.m. at Gathland State Park. Participants will have the opportunity to follow in the exact footsteps of the soldiers as they fought the Battle of South Mountain. Free. Call the South Mountain State Battlefield 301-432-8065.


Friday, Sept. 16

149th Battle Anniversary Weekend at Antietam

A full schedule including special battlefield hikes, two concerts by the Wildcat Band on Saturday, National Park Service Regional Archaeologist Stephen Potter will present a program “The Archaeology of America’s Bloodiest Day,” and living history artillery and infantry firing demonstrations throughout the weekend. Anniversary event starts Friday, Sept. 16. Artillery Demonstrations will be at 11 a.m., 1, and 3 p.m. Saturday,  11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at NY Monument. Infantry firing demonstrations will be behind the visitor center at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. There will be four infantry groups who will present non-firing programs in various locations on the battlefield throughout the weekend. Park entrance fees. Antietam National Battlefield, off Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Call 301-432-5124.


Saturday, Sept. 17

Guided bike tour

Learn about the role the Western Maryland Railway played in the region, the history along the trail, flora and fauna and how the Rail Trail came to be. 9 a.m., meet at C&O Bicycle, 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave.,  Hancock. Call 301-842-2155


Saturday, Sept. 24

National Public Lands Day

The nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Volunteers will work with park rangers on various projects. 8 a.m. Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center, off Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg.  Contact Park Ranger Debbie Cohen at Debbie_Cohen@nps.gov or 301-432-2243.


Saturday, Oct. 15

Guided bike tour

Learn about the role the Western Maryland Railway played in the region, the history along the trail, flora and fauna and how the Rail Trail came to be. Meet at C&O Bicycle, 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Hancock. 9 a.m. Call 301-842-2155


Saturday, Oct. 22

Fort Frederick State Park Ghost Walk

Take a walk through the haunted forest, fort and barracks. Walk begins at 9 p.m following the program. 7 p.m.  Costs $3. Fort Frederick State Park, off Md. 56, Big Pool. Park entrance fee. Call 301-842-2155.

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