C&O Canal Days celebration begins Thursday

August 22, 2012|Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport

The 36th annual C&O Canal Days celebration is this week, from Thursday through Sunday. There will be activities on the streets of Williamsport, Byron Memorial Park, Springfield Farm Barn, the Town Museum and the canal.

Opening ceremonies begin 4 p.m. Thursday at the band shell, honoring the employees and families of the former W.D. Byron Tannery. There will be a memorial service honoring the late Maurice Snyder, town historian, and a concert by the Williamsport Community Band.

The Williamsport Memorial Library’s annual book sale will take place in the basement of the library on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

The Lions Club’s annual ox roast begins at 5 p.m. Friday at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84 picnic grounds. The menu includes roast beef sandwiches, coleslaw, drinks and all-you-can-eat sweet corn. Tickets cost $9. The event is open to the public.

“Buck Nite” at the Williamsport Pool will be Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. Everything’s a dollar, including entrance to the pool, dance, food and drink. The DJ will be Teddy Miller.

The churches of the Williamsport Ministerium will hold a pancake breakfast Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. The menu will be all-you-can-eat pancakes and eggs, beverages and two patties of sausage. Breakfast costs $5.50 for those ages 12 and older, half price for those ages 4 to 11, and free for those ages 3 and younger. Proceeds will go to the Ministerium’s Help Fund to assist those in the community with rent, utilities, fuel and gas.

The arts and crafts festival will be Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on East Potomac and North Conococheague streets, and in the park. A flea market/yard sale and food vendor sale will be at the water tower parking lot. The Williamsport High School Choral Department will be at the dunking booth. A 50/50 raffle will be held throughout the weekend.

An indoor yard/bake sale by the Women of the Moose begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Moose Lodge behind East Potomac Street.

At noon Saturday, the Williamsport Lions Club’s Boat Float begins at Conococheague Creek near the aqueduct. First prize is $750. Tickets cost $5 and are available in advance by calling Jim at 301-223-6457.

On Saturday at 8 p.m., Freak Show will entertain near Town Hall.

Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, the new canal boat will be giving free rides.

For a complete schedule, go to

School announcements

• Springfield Middle School will hold back-to-school night for grade seven on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; and for grade eight on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• Williamsport High School will kick off its homecoming celebration with the annual parade. Interested marching units can reserve a spot by emailing Mr. Beattie at or calling 301-766-8434. The parade will be Saturday, Sept. 22, and will start at Springfield Middle School at 11 a.m.

• Heidi Strite, fifth-grade teacher at Williamsport Elementary School, would like to thank everyone for thinking green with a reminder to save any excess phone books and drop them off at the school.

WHS Athletic Boosters are gearing up

The Williamsport High School Athletic Boosters are gearing up for the new school year. New memberships are now being accepted. Cost is $5 per family or $3 per individual. Email Kristen Henry at or call 301-733-5830 if you are interested in joining.

The Boosters also invite local businesses to advertise in their athletic program. Prices are based on the size of the ad. Parents of senior athletes can highlight their child’s athletic performance at WHS by reserving space for a senior acknowledgement in the athletic program.

New additions to the athletic program this year are “Best Wishes” ads. These are brief statements wishing your student athlete good luck in their upcoming season. Wildcat spirit wear, seat cushions and new Wildcat sports car decals are also available. For athletic program and spirit wear information, send an email to Mary Lee Kendle at or call 301-582-1119.

Have news to share?

If you have news of events, activities or announcements for Williamsport and the surrounding area, call Paula Green Shupp at 301-302-3878 or send an email to 


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