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June 21, 2012|Kristy Smith | Around Boonsboro

Summer officially begins this week. Have safe summer vacations.

Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society will hold its Relay for Life Friday at the Washington County  Agricultural Education Center on Sharpsburg Pike.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 23.

During that time, participants will walk as teams to raise money for cancer research.

A luminaria ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. to celebrate the lives of cancer patients. The community is invited. 

For more information, call Beth Clipp at 301-223-8310.

Pig roast planned

The Boonsboro Fire Co. will host its second annual pig roast and luau Saturday at Station 8, at 3417 Rohrersville Road, south of Boonsboro. 

The event kicks off at 3 p.m., rain or shine. Dinner will be served between 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. It will cost $5 for those ages 6 to 12. Tickets include a meal platter and two beverages. No outside food, beverages or coolers will be permitted. No pets will be permitted.

A DJ will play, and games of chance and sport will be held. 

For advance tickets, call Jessie at 301-432-5515 or Kim at 240-315-1660. 

Library news

There is always free and interesting events happening at the Boonsboro branch of Washington County Free Library,

A book share will be held today at 6 p.m.  Bring along your favorite or current read for discussion. 

On Saturday, the movie “The Adventures of TinTin” (Rated PG; 107 minutes) will be shown at 11 a.m.


‘Treats from the 1800s’

If you are in town on Saturday, July 7, there are some happenings in downtown Boonsboro that you won’t want to miss.

In addition to a book signing by Nora Roberts/JD Robb at Turn the Page Bookstore, “True Treats from the 1800s” will offer candy at Gifts Inn Boonsboro from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The selection of historic treats will include horehound candy, which Civil War soldiers used as a treat and as a medicine for sore throats. Clear candy, which arrived with German immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s was a tasty treat that also did duty as Christmas tree ornaments in the late 1800s.

Stick candy, which gained popularity in the 1860s was sold in shops, push carts and even at traveling circuses. 

Other favorites were rock candy, which was a key ingredient for the saloon drink “Rye and Rocks,” and brittle, which was brought to the U.S. by Irish immigrants, but it wasn’t until 1847 that ground nuts were added to make peanut brittle.

Candy wafers were made by Oliver Chase, the inventor of the lozenge cutter, a device that  made mass manufacturing of candy possible.

If you are hankering for something chewy, there will be saltwater taffy and molasses pulls.

Cool Confections also sells chocolate-covered espresso beans, violet petals, candied rose petals, candied orange peels, ginger and maple sugar in small packs, perfect for sampling.

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