Vacation Bible school

June 14, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock
  • Donna and Russ Miller of the group Take Two.
Submitted photo

Hancock United Methodist Church will hold its “B.O.O.T. Camp” vacation Bible school for those ages 3 to 12 Monday, June 18, to Friday, June 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Featured activities include games, snacks, crafts projects and more to teach about God through the Bible, fun, drama, skits and music.

The Maryland Army National Guard will make an appearance Friday, June 22, bringing its rock-climbing wall and Humvee.

The mission project for the vacation Bible school is “Operation Outreach,” supporting a local Marine and his battalion serving in Afghanistan. Each night, an offering will be taken, and the following items can be donated for the 99 soldiers in the unit:

  • Monday — Mouthwash (travel size) and lip balm
  • Tuesday — Toothbrushes and toothpaste (small tubes)
  • Wednesday — Wet wipes (individual packs)
  • Thursday — Treats and snacks (cereal bars, granola bars, beef jerky, Slim Jims, and small individual packs of nuts, cookies and crackers)
  • Friday — Foot and baby powder (travel size)

Monetary donations will be used to purchase additional items and cover the cost of postage.  Advance registration for vacation Bible school is requested by Friday.


To register,  call 301-678-6440 or go to

Breakfast in the Park

The local Masons will host Breakfast in the Park Saturday in the Lions’ Pavilion in Widmeyer Park, beginning at 7 a.m.

Breakfast costs $7 for adults, $3 for children and those younger than 3 will be admitted free.  All proceeds support the scholarship fund.

Bluegrass jamboree

“Pullin’ for Missions” bluegrass/gospel jamboree takes place in Widmeyer Park Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Featured foods include pulled barbecue pork sandwiches, hot dogs, Italian sausages, coleslaw, french fries, chips, drinks, ice cream, popcorn and dessert.

Activities include face-painting, free swimming for those ages 6 to 8, volleyball, pony rides, tennis and games.

Bluegrass, gospel and contemporary Christian groups will perform all day.

The first band to kick off the event at 1 p.m. will be Take Two Variety Band, featuring Russ and Donna Miller, followed by Mellott and Friends, Hancock Arts Council Band, The Porch Pickers and Methodists Unplugged.

The event is sponsored by Hancock United Methodist Church Outreach Missions Committee to benefit its New Mexico Work Project Mission Trip to a Navajo reservation.

10th Barge Bash takes place June 23

Hancock’s 10th  annual Barge Bash launches on Saturday, June 23, on the rewatered local section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the Town of Hancock, and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Back again for the third year, a one-mile run called the Bash Dash is included.  The run begins at Hancock Middle-Senior High School and ends at the Barge Bash location — the Rail Trail parking lot and Canal Street.

Activities for the day begin at 10 a.m., when entries for the Barge Bash begin to assemble for viewing. At noon, barge entries will be placed in the C&O Canal and at 1 p.m. the nautical parade begins.

Prizes will be awarded at approximately 2 p.m.  Individuals, families, friends, groups, teammates, coworkers, churches and businesses are invited to create and enter a barge.  Entry forms are at Town Hall, 126 W. High St., or call 301-678-5622.

The registration fee costs $50 for each entry.  To view pictures of previous barges, go online at the Hancock Chamber of Commerce website under Barge Bash photos.

In addition to the nautical parade of the barges, there will be music by the Flashbacks. Food vendors, photo opportunities and rides by a mule-drawn wagon (courtesy of Wayne and Jeanne Ward) will also be available.

For more information, send an email to or call 301-678-6635 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Canal family reunion

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park will host the fourth annual Hancock Canal Family Reunion Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to noon during the Barge Bash.

If your family history is associated with the C&O Canal, or if you would like to hear stories from other canal families, come out and listen to the retelling of stories from along the old waterway.

Stretching 184.5 miles from the heart of Georgetown in Washington D.C., to the scenic mountain views of Cumberland in Western Maryland, the C&O Canal was the backbone of numerous communities during canal operations.

Thousands of immigrants established these communities while laboring along the canal, some in search of a better life, and some for the lure of constructing a grand canal in a new nation. Today, many families living in these communities have stories to share and can trace their ancestors back to canal operations, nearly 100 years or more.

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