Extreme heat, severe storms — well, yes, friends, it’s summer.
I adore watching a good lightning show from the front porch swing. I would not be saddened, however, to see the temperatures stay in the double digits.
Let’s hope for less intense weather for the town’s weekend of living history.
Here is the breakdown of events for the re-enactment of the Battle of Funkstown set for the weekend of July 20-22.
Opening the 149th anniversary of the occupation of Funkstown by both the North and South, the camps in the park will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 20.
On Saturday, July 21, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., Rebel and Confederate troops will forage through town for food, just as they did almost a century and a half ago.
Residents wishing to participate are reminded to call Town Hall and give them their address and on that morning, mark their home with a red ribbon.
Items desired are snacks, and treats, water and fruits and vegetables.
Any excess food not used by the troops will be donated to the food bank St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
The 97th Regimental String Band will perform on Baltimore Street starting at 9 a.m.
Baltimore Street in Funkstown will be alive with the first re-enactment battle at 10 a.m. The street battle usually lasts for about one hour.
The vendors in the park, both food and craft, will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Make your way up to east pavilion No. 4 at 1 p.m. for more music from the 97th Regimental String Band. If you miss the afternoon performance, no worries, stop back at 8 p.m. for another performance at the same location.
The afternoon battle on the hill will start at about 4 p.m.
Fireworks will begin at dusk.
On Sunday, Civil War-period church services begin at 10 a.m. at the pavilion at the top of the hill.
From 7 to 10 a.m., breakfast will be available for $6. Proceeds will benefit the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.
More music will begin at noon, and the final battle will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Funkstown residents should thank all of the participants, committee members, and town council and employees for their hard work in coordinating the event. This is not a small undertaking, yet they give of their time and resources to make it all happen.