Dancing event

August 17, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Dance classes continue at the Community Center Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A nominal fee covers the lessons, featuring ballroom, swing and country dances.

Breakfast in the park

The Masons will host breakfast in the park Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. in Widmeyer Park on West Main Street.

Heritage Ride

Don't forget the Heritage Ride, a tour of local Civil War churches, which begins in Hancock Saturday.

Registration, church tours and breakfast (donations accepted) take place at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, (built 1835), Church and High streets, from 7 to 9 a.m.

Follow the signs and the directions of local police/fire personnel for parking for cycles along High Street and cars at St. Peter's Catholic parking lot (this is a change from previous publicity in order to provide parking closer to registration and breakfast). Del. LeRoy Myers Jr., R-Washington/Allegany, and Mayor Dan Murphy will be on hand, and after a blessing of the bikes, the tour heads east to Clear Spring.

Stops are planned at several additional locations with lunch served at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans (built 1849). Raffles include gifts from local cycle shops, Maryland Symphony tickets, Longaberger items, gift baskets, a framed picture of St. Mark's, and other items.

For more information, call 301-582-0417 or go to and look for the Heritage Ride logo. The cost of the ride is $10 per person for same-day registration. Proceeds benefit the St. Mark's building fund.

Church festival planned

Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church will host its annual summer church festival Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m.

The menu includes homemade food, such as country ham sandwiches, chili dogs, soups and pies. Top off that slice of pie with ice cream. Kids can play games and enjoy a dunk tank. Music will be provided by the Guilford Station Bluegrass Gospel Band.

The church is west of Hancock on Exline Road.

For more information, call 301-678-6016.

Evening of music

The Hancock Arts Council will sponsor an evening of music Sunday at 7 p.m. in Widmeyer Park.

The Country Cousins will play at the bandstand, featuring its mixture of uniquely American music: bluegrass, country and gospel tunes.

Bring a lawn chair and refreshments and enjoy the show.

Admission to the event is free, but donations are accepted to help the arts council to continue to sponsor artistic and cultural events for Hancock and the surrounding communities.

For more information, call Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719 or e-mail

Watch for road work

Be careful crossing the U.S. 522 bridge across the Potomac to West Virginia, Monday through Wednesday next week. Inspection crews will be out making sure it is safe and well maintained. Follow the directions of the flaggers, because one of the lanes might be closed from time to time.

Canal-Apple Days

It's not too early to begin planning for Hancock's own Canal-Apple Days Festival to be held Sept. 17-18. The festival is sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club. Contact Lion Larry Gerber at 301-678-6555 for information concerning vendor space in Widmeyer Park and parade details for cars, floats and marching units.

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