Community band to perform June 30 at Gettysburg anniversary

June 19, 2013|Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport

The Williamsport Community Band has been invited to perform Sunday, June 30, along with the Detroit Metropolitan Choir, for the Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The concert will be held at the Basilica at The Seton Shrine in Emmitsburg, Md., beginning at 4 p.m. The concert takes place exactly 150 years to the day that Union troops camped there the night before the battle began.

Buses are available to attend the concert. Tickets cost is $5 per seat.

For more information, call 301-223-6538.

On Saturday, June 29, the Williamsport Community Band will be at Fort Detrick’s Fourth of July Concert, performing at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks.

Free concert set at Rehoboth church

Rehoboth United Methodist Church, 30 E. Salisbury St., will host a free concert with Caleb and Karla Bolaños on Friday, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in the Sanctuary of the church.

For more information, call 301-582-4096, send an email  to or go to

Leo Club to hold spaghetti dinner

The Springfield Middle School Leo Club, which is a youth extension of the Williamsport Lions Club, will hold a summer spaghetti dinner at Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 35 W. Potomac St. in Williamsport.

The menu includes spaghetti with meat sauce, bread and butter, coffee, tea or water. Desserts will also be available.

Cost will be a freewill donation. All donated proceeds will go toward the purchase of a Lions Club drinking fountain for Byron Memorial Park.

For more information, contact Jim at 301-223-6457.

‘Retreat through Williamsport’ tours

On July 12 through 14, the Town of Williamsport and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Service will host the 150th anniversary of the “Retreat through Williamsport.”

Living history will focus on the events in the area during Gen. Robert E. Lee’s retreat from Gettysburg, Pa., and Williamsport’s role during the Civil War.

Two guided bus tours are scheduled in conjunction with the anniversary. On Wednesday, July 10, a bus tour will depart Springfield Farm at 9 a.m. for Gettysburg battlefield for a tour of the many sites where the most deadly battle of the Civil War took place. The tour will be led by author and historian J. David Petruzzi.

On Friday, July 12, Lee’s Retreat from Gettysburg “One Continuous Fight” will include a  guided bus tour led by author Eric Wittenberg. Board the bus in Williamsport, travel to Gettysburg and visit the battlefields of Monterey Pass, Smithsburg, Funkstown, Hagerstown, Boonsboro, Williamsport, Fairfield, St. James and the Battle of Falling Waters site.

The cost for each tour is $60 per person. Lunch, drinks and snacks will be provided.

For more information or to register, go to or send an email to Scott Bragunier at

Carnival continues at Byron Memorial Park

There is still time to visit the Downsville Ruritan carnival in Byron Memorial Park through Saturday.

The carnival features food, bingo and amusement rides.

There is entertainment nightly. Back To Back is featured tonight at 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday is karaoke night with signup at 6 p.m. On Friday, the Headliners Band plays at 7 and 9 p.m. On Saturday, Taylor Brown, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform at 7 and 9 p.m.

Mrs. Beard’s Sunday school class plans get-together

On Monday, July 1, at noon, at Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse in Halfway, Mrs. Beard’s Sunday school class from Zion Lutheran Church will meet for their yearly luncheon.

If you plan to attend, call Margie Dilworth at 301-582-3345.

WHS Class of 1963 plans reunion Sept. 21

The Williamsport High School Class of 1963 will meet Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m.  at Western Sizzlin’ Steakhouse in Halfway.

For more information, call Jean at 301-223-6597 or Sherri at 301-223-9256.

Jack E. Barr Memorial Run

On Thursday, July 4, registration for the Jack E. Barr Fourth of July Memorial Run begins at 7:30 a.m. in Byron Memorial Park, Pavilion 3. The 5K race starts at 8:30 a.m. The start and finish will be on Springfield Farm Lane. The race runs through the streets of Williamsport.

The registration fee costs $20 before June 29; $25 after June 29; It costs $15 for those ages 15 and younger; and $10 (T-shirt not included). Registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt. The race features new age categories and more awards.

Runners can register online at Registration forms are also available at Williamsport Town Hall.

For more information, call Darlene at 301-739-1190, ext. 122, or send an email to

This year’s race is sponsored by the Association of Builders and Contractors of Washington County. It will be accepting can food donations at the race for the Williamsport Food Bank.

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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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