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11th annual Barge Bash takes place this weekend

June 26, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

This is the weekend for Hancock’s 11th annual Barge Bash.
 
The unique and popular local festival gets under way Saturday morning at 10 in the town’s rewatered portion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. 

Vessels should be in place for public viewing by that hour.

Entries can come from churches, civic organizations or businesses, and barges must be capable of safely carrying at least one person. 

Motorizing is not permitted; all barges are to be towed by ropes. 

Entry forms, complete with rules, are available at Town Hall, 126 W. High St. 

Those attending can enjoy food from local organizations, musical entertainment and historical displays. 

The parade of barges begins at 1 p.m., with prizes awarded at 2 p.m. 

The event is jointly sponsored by the town of Hancock, Hancock Arts Council and National Park Service.

Barge Bash Ball

Later on Saturday, the inaugural Barge Bash Ball will take place at the Performing Arts Center of Town Hall.
 
Dancing will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. with music by the Take Two group of Russ and Donna Miller.  The Millers plan to offer a wide variety of selections, including the blues, big bands, country, sounds from the 1950s and ’60s, Gershwin and other hits. Admission to the ball is by donation to the arts council.

Day camp slots available

The Washington County Recreation Department’s Summer Youth Day Camp is in session in Hancock each week through Aug. 3. 

Campers ages 6 to 12 are welcome to register for one or more weeks.

The program runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Mornings begin at the community gym at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.  Activities include swimming at the municipal pool, visits to the Hancock Library and games and crafts in Widmeyer Park. 

To register, call the Hagerstown office of the rec department at 240-313-2805 or contact Hancock Camp Director Stephen Starliper.

Junior Rangers camp to be held in mid-July

Rangers from the National Park Service will offer a summer camp opportunity to Hancock area youngsters in mid-July. 

Those entering grades four through six are invited to sign up for four days of Junior Ranger Day Camp, to be held July 15 to 18, Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Each day will begin at the Bowles House on the canal in Hancock. 

Activities will include hiking, biking, fishing, games, crafts and other activities. 

To register, call Peggie Gaul at the C&O Canal Headquarters in Hagerstown at 301-739-6072.

Vacation Bible school takes place at church

Evening vacation Bible school is coming to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. 

Featuring classes for all ages, including adults, this year’s program will run Sunday, July 14, through Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. 

This year’s theme is “Breathe It In: God Gives Life,” with Bible study focusing on the Holy Spirit. 

Featured are nightly worship and singing, Bible lessons, snacks and fellowship, with an outdoor communion service on the closing night, July 18 

To sign up, call St. Thomas’ at 301-678-6569 or stop by the church on Church and High streets in Hancock.

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