Happy 90th birthday to Ivan Jack Holland

July 09, 2013|Paula Green Shupp | Around Williamsport

Happy birthday to Ivan Jack Holland, who will turn 90 Saturday. He is a lifetime member of the Williamsport community.

Holland served in World War II as a gunner on a B-17. He is a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church and served many years in the Lions Club.

His family and friends send him many best wishes.

‘Retreat through Williamsport’

Following the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, the Confederate Army retreated through Williamsport.

This weekend, the town of Williamsport and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Service will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the “Retreat through Williamsport.”

On Friday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Springfield Barn, author and Herald-Mail Columnist Tim Rowland will host a panel of Gettysburg retreat experts. They will discuss “retreat” hot topics and answer questions from the audience.

On Saturday and Sunday at Springfield Barn and Cushwa Basin, the public can experience encampments, guest lecturers, Civil War era music, re-enactments, infantry and artillery demonstrations, and other activities.

For the complete event schedule, go to

At 8 p.m. Saturday, there will be a barn dance in Springfield Barn.

Shenandoah Valley Minstrels will provide the music. Calling the dance will be instructor and caller Tom Mack.
The event is free, but donations are requested.

On Sunday, there will be a church service in the barn, beginning at 9 a.m.

The March to Falling Waters (W.Va.) starts at 10 a.m. at Cushwa Basin. The hike is limited to 150 participants. There is no charge, but reservations are required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 301-582-0813.

‘Buck Night’ at pool is back

On Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., residents can cool off in the pool, relax to music and have supper on a budget.

“Buck Night at the Pool” is back. Everything’s a dollar at the L. Beard Miller Memorial Pool in Byron Memorial Park.

Admission, hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, soda and water will cost $1 each.

Clothes of Hope schedule for July

Clothes of Hope Ministries at Williamsport United Methodist Church, 25 E. Church St., provides gently used and some new clothing.

It will be open from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Monday, July 29. It will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 15, and Thursday, July 25.

 There is no charge for clothing. Monetary donations are accepted.

Ride for Charity fundraiser planned

The Blue Knights of Maryland-West Virginia will hold a fundraiser motorcycle rally Saturday, July 20, in conjunction with the sixth annual Williamsport Bike Nite.

Proceeds will benefit Williamsport charities.

Registration is at 3 p.m. at Williamsport American Legion Post 202.

The entry fee costs $10 for single riders and $15 with a passenger. Registration forms are available at Town Hall or online at

Register in advance and receive a free Bike Nite T-shirt. Designate T-shirt size on the form.

For more information, call Town Hall at 301-223-7711.

‘Adventurer of the Year’ to speak at library

On Monday at 7 p.m., Williamsport Memorial Library will host “An Evening with National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year.”

Jennifer Pharr Davis holds the overall record on the Appalachian Trail, completing it in 46 days.

She has traveled on six continents and has authored five books, which will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Reservations are appreciated by calling 301-223-7027.

The program is sponsored in part by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Vacation Bible school gets under way Monday

Vacation Bible school is planned at Calvary Temple, 147 S. Conococheague St., from Monday to Friday, July 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The theme for this year is “God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars.”

This will be the nighttime version.

Bible stories, snacks, games, prizes and Cooper the Dog will be featured nightly for those ages 4 to 18.

For more information, call June Cline at 301-582-0512.

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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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