Barn dance set for Friday

July 20, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Strap on your dancing shoes (no sneakers or rubber soled shoes, please) and visit Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St., Friday night for a Ballroom at the Barn dance.

Here is a chance for you to enjoy your skills from the dance class or just learn some new steps.

The dance features ballroom, Latin, country/western, and some round and line dances. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. with dancing from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Admission costs $10 with free refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Hancock Arts Council.

On Friday, July 29, dance class resumes at its regular time from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Classes are offered for singles or couples and run through Sept. 2.

For more information, call 301-331-3616.

Honorary team captains sought

Did you play football for the Hancock High School Panthers? Athletic Director Bill Sterner is looking for you. Actually, he is looking for some honorary team captains for each game this fall to help celebrate 55 years of varsity football at the school.

For more information, call Sterner at 301-766-8191.

Carnival under way in Berkeley Springs

There are still a few nights left for the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) carnival, on the U.S. Silica grounds, five miles south of Hancock on U.S. 522.

This evening, enjoy the well-known Tori Anderson and Possum Holler for its Heading Home Farewell Tour — one of the group's final performances.

On Friday, a karaoke talent contest is scheduled for 7 p.m., and bring the children over Saturday for the baby contest at 6:30 p.m. Fresh food is on sale nightly and, as always, there is a one-price armband for the rides. Showtimes are 7 to 9 p.m. with rides, food, and games until late.

Photo contest winding down

The 2011 Hancock area photo contest is winding down. Entries are due by Aug. 31, so check out the sights and take some shots. Subject matter should appropriately represent the town of Hancock and nearby areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Buildings, memorials, persons, scenery, animals, sports, activities, parades, cemeteries, etc., are all appropriate subjects.

 Photos taken by entrants since January 2006 will be accepted.

Complete an entry form (available at Town Hall and at the library) and submit your photos at the same location.

Photos must be at least 8 inches by 10 inches and may be either color or black and white. They do not need to be framed.

The grand prize is $100 and there are up to four $25 winners.

For more information, email Sam Judge at

Bluegrass event

On Saturday, Aug. 6, rangers of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will host a bluegrass event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the park's historic Bowles House Visitors Center, 439 E. Main St. in Hancock.

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the festive atmosphere along the canal.

The event is free, open to the public and will feature live bluegrass music by local musicians, and artwork by local artists who will bring their easels to paint and sketch during the afternoon.

In addition to special programs, the C&O Canal's Bowles House Visitors Center is open Friday to Tuesday, Memorial Day weekend through October, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The historic home is free to tour and features a variety of videos, photographs and exhibits that interpret the stories of families who occupied the home and helped to operate the canal around Hancock.

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