Civil War history event planned May 18

May 03, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

After hugely successful commemorations of the Battle of Hancock and the Bath/Romney Campaign last January, and in keeping with the sesquicentennial fervor evident in the area, the Alpine Station Civil War Roundtable will again convene and explore more Civil War history. 

On Friday  May 18, at 7 p.m., at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, noted historian and author Steve French will present a program on Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, the early years.

French's talk will focus on Jackson's early frustrations and failures, while in this area, before the Valley Campaign. French's take is always appreciated and well enjoyed by enthusiasts, serious historians and new disciples to the cause. The public is invited.  If there is a strong response, future offerings will be considered.

Public meetings to be held about trail

The National Park Service and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park have announced the availability of an environmental assessment for the proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail between Pearre, Md., in western Washington County, and Paw Paw, in Morgan County, W.Va. 

The assessment analyzes the potential impacts of three alternatives (including a no-action alternative) for the proposed trail extension.

The assessment is available to review at

The NPS will hold two public review meetings to provide interested parties an opportunity to comment on the preferred alternative and the assessment. 

These meetings will be held in an open house format. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m. NPS and planning staff will be on hand to visit with attendees and answer questions. One meeting is on Wednesday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at  Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., with a second on Thursday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Paw Paw School, 60 Pirate Circle.

Poetry workshop set for weekend

A poetry workshop, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, will be held Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St. in Hancock.

Nan Fry, author of “Relearning the Dark and Say What I Am Called,” will use her expertise to guide students in the process of writing poetry.  A recipient of an Ed Press Award for excellence in educational journalism, Fry’s work has been in journals, anthologies and textbooks. She has taught at the Corcoran College of Art and Design for more than 20 years. Registration costs $15.

Guided bike tour set for Saturday

On Saturday, there will be a guided bike ride at Fort Frederick State Park along the  Western Maryland Rail Trail.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Riders will follow a naturalist to discover and learn about the area's natural wonders. 

The guided tour will cover nearly 24 miles round trip.  The event is free to the public and registration is not required.

Participants should meet at the C&O Bicycle Shop on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hancock for a 9 a.m. departure. Wear attire appropriate for bicycling, bring some water or sports drinks, and remember that children must be accompanied by an adult. 

For more information, call 301-842-2155.

Weekend activities

The following events will be held around Hancock on Saturday:

• A spring bazaar and yard sale will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

• The kids’ spring resale takes place in Widmeyer Park from 9  a.m. to 2 p.m.  Make it a day, and drop by the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store on High Street for its “everyday” bargains. 

• Be careful in the High Street area and look out for those Soap Box Derby racers, who are also competing Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. 

Hancock is expecting guests from many points along the East Coast for the Soap Box Derby races. 

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