Two weekend festivals set for Widmeyer Park

June 06, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Hancock is the place to be this weekend. There will be not one, but two festivals in Widmeyer Park.

On Saturday, Hancock in Motion sponsors a community festival beginning at 11 a.m. The festival will feature crafters, a yard sale, home party reps and wood carvings. Also planned are kids’ games, cake walks, raffles and a chicken wing-eating contest.

Food vendors will feature sandwiches, boardwalk fries, crab balls, funnel cakes, ice cream sandwiches, nachos, smoothies and more. Musical performers will include Aubrey and Alyse Hoffman from noon to 1 p.m., and the Honky Tonk Rangers from 3 to 5 p.m. The event closes at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, the missions committee at Hancock United Methodist Church will host a festival fundraiser for mission trips. The event runs from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Food will include hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausages, french fries, chips, drinks, ice cream, brownies, and other desserts.


Activities will include volleyball, a cake walk, a nickel-dime pitch, “Kiss the Cow” contest, face-painting, Father’s Day crafts, tennis, a sack race, a water slide and a silent auction.

There will be a rodeo presentation by the Naylor Family Roping Clan. Live music will be provided by the Hancock Middle-Senior High School Jazz Band, Daniel’s Vision Contemporary Christian Group, and Take Two Variety Band (Russ and Donna Miller). Donations will benefit the New Mexico Work Project Mission Trip to a Navajo reservation as well as some local missions.

Evening of stargazing planned at Fort Frederick

This Saturday at nearby Fort Frederick, you are invited to join a park naturalist for an evening of stargazing and sky navigation.

The event begins at 8 p.m. and will last about an hour. Participants will learn the basics of sky navigation and telescope use while looking through a 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. Visitors are welcome to bring their own viewing devices as well.

In case of clouds or rain, the program may be rescheduled. Park entrance fees apply. The cost is $3 per car for Maryland residents and $5 per car for out-of-state residents.

Fort Frederick is one mile off Exit 12 of Interstate 70. For more information call Andy Vecchio at 301-842-2155, or email him at

Annual Barge Bash scheduled for June 29

Hancock’s 11th Annual Barge Bash launches on Saturday, June 29, on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal adjacent to our downtown area.

Co-sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the town of Hancock and the C&O Canal National Historical Park, the event invites civic groups, churches, businesses and others to build and sail a barge in Hancock’s rewatered section of the canal.

Entries in years past have included yellow submarines, covered wagons, the “Beverly Hillbillies,” the Statue of Liberty, pirates, Chinese dragons, the Loch Ness monster, riverboats, Viking ships, mermaids, astronauts and more. So, be creative and sign up to be part of the 2013 festivities.

Entries for the bash assemble for viewing at 10 a.m. at the Church Street parking lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The nautical parade on the canal begins at 1 p.m., and prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m.

In addition to the barges, there will be food vendors, live music and displays. Back for the fourth year, the Bash Dash, a one-mile run, will start at Hancock Middle-Senior High School and end at the Barge Bash location.

Groups may enter a barge by completing a registration form available at the Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., or by calling 301-678-5622. A registration fee of $50 is charged. To wrap up the day’s festivities, the Barge Bash Ball will be held at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall from 8 to 10 p.m.

Music for the dance will be provided by Russ and Donna Miller of Take Two Variety Band.

Adventures in Friendship day camp scheduled

The 17th annual installment of Adventures in Friendship is set for Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28.

This day camp for area youths ages 9-13 is jointly sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. It meets at the church parish hall, East High Street.

The program features teaching of safety, health, nutrition and other important life skills. Numerous guests make presentations, and there are field trips and special activities all week.

Breakfast and lunch are served each day. Thanks to generous funding through grants, there is no charge for the camp, but formal registration and parental permission forms must be completed.

Please contact Debbie Cohill at the ISC at 301-678-6605 to register. Don’t delay. Space is limited, and it fills up fast.

Best wishes to the Hancock Class of 2013

Finally, as reported last week, commencement for the Class of 2013 takes place at Hancock High School tonight at 6. We extend very best wishes to all of this year’s graduates.

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