Arts for Learning workshop planned

April 18, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The Interfaith Service Coalition has partnered with the Hancock Arts Council to obtain a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

As a result, a Young Audiences/Arts for Learning workshop will be offered to children in the Hancock area Saturday.

The program will take place at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

The featured performers, known as DishiBem GROW, or Great Recycled Orchestra Workshop, began as a simple concept — a performance piece using instruments made from repurposed materials.

Its mission is to educate young people about the solid waste crisis and inspire them, through performances, to take action in their own communities.

The program features instruments built solely from recycled items — drainage pipes, tube boxes, badminton racquets and other unusual items.

The audience learns that they can reuse materials that would otherwise end up in the trash or junkyard.


Thanks to the grant, the performance is free, and there will be pizza and other refreshments after the performance.

For more information, call Deborah Cohill, ISC executive director, at 301-678-6605.

Bingo fundraiser

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Hancock will participating in a bingo fundraiser at the Clear Spring Events Center Sunday at 1 p.m. 

Tickets cost $25 and include 20 games and a hot lunch. 

Prizes include Vera Bradley and Thirty-One bags, which will be filled.

There also will be raffles and a bake and snack table.

For early-birds, doors open at 11 a.m. with lunch available beginning at noon.

Canal towpath reopened

After several months of closure and limited public access, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has reopened the towpath near the Paw Paw Tunnel following the removal of rock and stabilization of the area caused by a rock slide in January.

Following the rock slide, work began to survey the area, including the completion of an analysis to ensure park staff could clear the debris safely and determine if any further stabilization work was needed.

Park engineering and maintenance staff began work April 1 to remove the rock slide from the towpath and install rock fall protection fencing. In addition, staff inserted steel rock pins into the shale to provide stabilization and attached crack monitors to facilitate ongoing monitoring of the area.

For more information, call 301-722-8226.

Historical group to meet

The Hancock Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. 

The guest speaker will be Jim Rada, author, who will talk about the C&O Canal during the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public.

Yard sale to feature children’s resale items

Hancock in Motion will host its spring kids resale yard sale Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Widmeyer Park. 

The organizers are accepting applications for spaces at $10 a space.  Applicants must provide their own tables, chairs, canopies, etc. The sale features only infant  through teen items, and no basic yard sale items.

For registration, call 301-678-5095 or send an email to 

Bus tour planned

The Fulton County (Pa.) Historical Society is offering a bus tour Friday, June 7, which will include a visit to the alpaca farm in Mercersburg, Pa., the Robert Kennedy Church in Welsh Run, Pa., to see the Tiffany windows, the Conococheague Institute and the Davis–Chambers House, the Allison-Antrim barn museum (including lunch) and the five-mile Crown Marker on the Mason-Dixon Line. 

There is one near Hancock in Fulton County, but extremely hard to visit. 

The last stop will be the Enoch Brown Park.

All of the stops will include information from markers or step-on guides.

The bus tour costs $70 ($65 for historical society members) and includes the Bollman bus, lunch and all fees and gratuities. 

For more information, call John Mentzer at 717-328-9279 or send an email to

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