Bingo at Hancock fire hall

August 02, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The Hancock Volunteer Fire Company is hosting a benefit bingo at its fire hall on Fulton Street Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, beginning at 2 p.m.

Featured prizes are Coach and Vera Bradley handbags. Tickets are $25, and those reserved in advance will be entered in a special drawing.

Bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry, and you will receive an extra pack of specials. 

Doors open at noon for lunch and advance seating.  Support our firefighters in this important fundraiser.

Rhythm Kings to perform at Widmeyer Park

The Rhythm Kings will perform in Hancock’s Widmeyer Park Sunday, Aug. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The free concert is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council. In case of inclement weather, the event will move inside to the Hancock Performing Arts Center, located in the town hall and community center, 126 W. High St.

The Rhythm Kings specialize in blues, blues rock and funk, playing music by artists Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton,B.B. King, Gary Moore, Kenny Wayne Shepard, The Allman Brothers Band and many other blues musicians.


The Rhythm Kings have performed at the Western Maryland Blues Fest for many years. Come out and enjoy their “lightning fast” style.

National Night Out Against Crime in 13th year

Next Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Hancock’s 13th annual National Night Out Against Crime.

Hosted by our local police department and the Interfaith Service Coalition, this evening in Widmeyer Park begins at 6 p.m. and features food, fun, great information, law enforcement demonstrations, free admission to the pool and sports activities.

Mayor Dan Murphy and Police Chief T.J. Buskirk will open the evening with a short welcoming ceremony.

The ceremony will include a prayer for the town and law enforcement by the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and chaplain for both the Maryland State Police and the Hancock Police.

Stephen Weatherholt will sing the national anthem. Everything is free at this annual event. For more information, call Chief Buskirk at 301-678-5633 or the ISC at 301-678-6605.

River Fest Aug. 9-11

Don’t forget that the Hancock Volunteer Fire Company and local businesses are teaming up to sponsor a new local event, River Fest, next Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11.

There will be a lot of fun, food, games and music.  Events may include log-sawing, a funnel cake-eating contest, arts and crafts, a turtle race, frog-jumping, moon bounce and kids’ games. The event will also feature fire, police and first-aid demonstrations.

Local businesses are encouraged to sponsor prizes or events or make a donation to help the fire department with expenses.  Businesses that support River Fest will be listed in the program.

Events will take place along Main Street, possibly along the towpath, rail trail and boat ramp. Vendors may set up for a fee, and folks near the events may hold their own yard sales and for a $20 fee be included in the official listing of events.

On Saturday, there will be a firefighters competition in Widmeyer Park, and in the evening a fireworks display is scheduled. For more information or to support the fire company, call Greg Yost, 240-329-6202.   

Torn to perform Aug. 18

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 18. Local band Torn will perform at the Hancock American Legion in a dance to benefit the Interfaith Service Coalition.

Tickets are $5 per person.  Call the ISC at 301-678-6605 to reserve tickets. Your support will help the ISC continue to reach out to those in need in our area. 

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