Mid-winter activities

January 24, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The following announcements include lots of ideas for your mid-winter activities. Hancock in mid-winter still offers a lot of variety for all ages. Kick those mid-winter blues.

Spaghetti dinner

In mid-winter, what is better than an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner benefit?

Park Head United Methodist Church on U.S. 40 near Big Pool (just off Interstate 70 at the Indian Springs exit) will host the event Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. or until sold out.

The cost of the dinner is by donation. Proceeds will go toward the medical bills for Gary Higgins, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. A silent auction and bake sale will be part of the evening.

Rock slide

Although it’s a bit cold for a bicycle ride, some of you might be thinking of a mid-winter outing along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath. 


If so, please note that C&O Canal officials report that a rock slide occurred sometime on Jan. 20 and has blocked a 100-foot section of the towpath just east of the Paw Paw Tunnel.

The Paw Paw Tunnel and this section of the towpath are closed and will remain so until a full assessment of the area can be made to safely conduct repairs. A detour route has been established on the Paw Paw Tunnel Hill Trail.

For more information, call the Canal Visitors Center in Cumberland, Md., at 301-722-8226.

Benefit hair cutting

What is better than a new “do” for mid-winter months? You can get that new “do” and help out Heath Andrew Souders at the same time by planning to go to the fundraiser-cutathon at Lil Off The Top Beauty Shoppe, 117 W. Main St. on Saturday, Feb. 16. 

Heath is the 16-month-old grandson of owner Dawn Souders. 

During Thanksgiving week, Heath suffered a seizure that sent him to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

Although Heath is home now, doctors are still unsure of the cause of his illness, and numerous medical tests are continuing. 

The event will include haircuts, facial waxing, paraffin hand treatments and manicures. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

On the upper level of the beauty shop, there will be a benefit yard and bake sale featuring homemade cakes, pies, soups, hot dogs and beverages and household items. 

Every dollar raised that day will be donated toward Heath’s medical expenses. 

Yard sale items will be accepted before the fundraiser during regular business hours. The formal dress shop near the beauty shop also will be donating a portion of all sales that day. 

For more information, call 301-678-0002.

Town election

You can exercise your civic muscles this mid-winter by going to vote in the Hancock Municipal Election on Monday at Town Hall, 126 W. High St. 

This year’s field is one of the biggest in recent memory. The town has three candidates for mayor and nine vying for two council spots. 

Some are folks who are running for re-election, others are first-timers, and still others are challenging incumbents or switching from council members to candidates for mayor.    Polls are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Library news

Even though it will be cold Saturday, get those kids bundled up for a great mid-winter activity at the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park. Explore what will sink or float and make your own lava lamp. Ages 5-to-adult are included in this free event.

To register, call 301-678-5300 or go to

Book reviews

And if you just want to curl up with a good book and your child in mid-winter, check out the book reviews from Hancock Elementary School.

Go to the student and teacher created webpage at to see books recommended by the first- through third-grade students. 

Then go the library to find them or check them out on your electronic device. There are also some great websites for kids mentioned on this website as well as pages created for and by the students.


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