Winter festival set for Feb. 9

January 31, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Now in its 13th year of celebrating the joys of the winter season, the Hancock Winter Festival, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, takes place Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10  a.m. to 1 p.m. at Widmeyer Park. 

As in years past, festival-goers will find a variety of seasonal activities. 

The main event is the snow sculpture contest, which is open to individuals, families, and groups. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. 

Returning this year are the ice blocks for ice carving, a live auction of special items and gifts donated by area merchants, the hat contest (supplies found in the library), cake walks with music by Michael Kligerman, a stack of straw bales for making structures on which to play, and marshmallows to roast over an inviting fire.

Hot food and beverages will also be available to warm hearts and hands in the brisk February air. Should snow be an issue, nearby Whitetail Resort will help by donating some of the white, fluffy stuff.


Little League registration

Although we’re still in winter, the announcement of Little League sign-ups is a sure sign that spring is approaching.

Hancock Little League registration takes place Thursday and Friday, Feb. 7 and 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.

This includes baseball and softball sign-up for girls and boys ages 4 to 18. Registration osts $50 per player. 

Each participant must bring one proof of age document, such as a birth certificate and three documents that show their home address, such as a utility bill, credit card statement, etc. Each of these three must be from a different agency. 

The Little League is also searching for adults who can serve as umpires.

For more information, call 301-573-4259.

Take Two to perform at Women’s Club Feb. 9

Local music duo Donna and Russ Miller, comprising the Take Two variety band will be in Hagerstown to play for a dance and fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Women’s Club, at 31 S. Prospect St. 

Take Two provides a wide selection of music, including tunes from the Big Band era, country standards, 1950s and ‘60s rock ‘n’ roll, waltzes, polkas, jitterbugs, swing and some Dixieland jazz. 

With Donna on drums and keyboard and Russ on trumpet, sax, trombone, flugelhorn, guitar, keyboard, and blues harps, you will surely be entertained.

Proceeds will benefits several organizations supported by the Women’s Club, including Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, Community Rescue, Community Free Clinic, Washington County Free Library and Children In Need. 

For tickets, call the club at 301-739-0870 or Melissa Williams at 301-824-5122.

Christian workshop to run for 10 weeks

“Alpha,” a 10-week exploration of the Christian faith, is coming to Hancock through St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. 

“Alpha” is a series of talks on DVD given by the Rev. Nicky Gumble. 

Gumble’s talks are full of laughter, stories, occasional tears and a helpful approach for folks who are just not sure what to believe or how to practice Christianity. 

The evenings begin with dinner, followed by the video and discussion groups.  Participants are welcome to ask questions, share doubts and listen to what others have to say.

The series begins Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. and meets weekly each Wednesday for 10 weeks. 

The program is offered at no cost and is open to the public. 

For more information or to sign up, call St. Thomas’ at 301-678-6569. 

The church is at Church and High streets in Hancock.

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