Sharpsburg churches to hold Bible school

July 11, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Christ Reformed UCC, Holy Trinity Lutheran and St. Paul’s Episcopal will sponsor a community vacation Bible school in Sharpsburg from Sunday, July 14 through Thursday, July 18, at St. Paul’s Episcopal, 209 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg.

The theme is “Everywhere Fun Fair —Where God’s World Comes Together.” A Fun Fair will kick off the event Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with registration, games and a light supper, followed by regular Bible school until 8:30 p.m.

Bible school will be Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning with a light supper every evening. All children from preschool through grade five are welcome. A collection will be taken each night for a mission project.

For more information, call Pastor Catlett at 301-582-1728 or email

Waters/Walters family plans reunion

A reunion of the Waters/Walters Family will be held Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Pleasant Valley County Park, 3199 Gapland Road in Rohrersville.

The pavilion has been rented all day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and includes electricity. The reunion officially starts at 11 a.m., but early birds are welcome.

Fried chicken, drinks, plates, napkins, cups and utensils will be supplied. Family members should bring any specialty foods for their immediate family and a covered dish for all to share. The park has tennis courts, swing sets and a play area for small children.

Many of the Waters’ descendants are from the Sharpsburg and surrounding areas, including Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry and Martinsburg, W.Va.). 

Other local families in Maryland and West Virginia include relatives of John Newton Waters and his brothers, George Washington Walters, Issac Edward Walters and James William Walters. 

Bring any photos or documents to share. A scanner will be on site for copies and a bulletin board to display photos as well.

Please RSVP to Lee Waters or Donna Gray at 301-432-5451.

Peaceable Paws offers dog classes

Peaceable Paws, at 17816 Spielman Road in Fairplay, will offer a free seminar “Find Your Dog’s Inner Lassie,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18. It is a free, two-hour seminar open to anyone interested in learning more about the world of canine behavior and training. The seminar is presented by certified behavior consultant/trainer and  author and seminar speaker, Pat Miller, and Peaceable Paws trainer Laura Nalven. It is a down-to-earth discussion of modern, science-based positive-reinforcement dog training. Register online at or call 301-582-9420 or email Free Inner Lassie seminars are also offered Monday, Aug. 12, Thursday, Sept. 19, and Monday, Oct. 7.

Ag Expo and Fair begins next week

Bull riding and a diesel powerfest will begin The Washington County Ag Expo and Fair on the grounds of the Washington County Ag. Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike.

The Ag Expo and Fair runs from Saturday, July 20, through Saturday, July 27.

Visitors may spend the day or take advantage of a gate and events value pass, with unlimited access to the fair and track events all week. Parking is free.

All gate and general admission passes cost $6  for ages 2 and older, and include unlimited carnival rides, Skin and Bones Comedy Circus, open class and 4-H/FFA exhibits and shows, live bands each day, machinery and equipment displays, business displays, a petting farm and many weekly activities.

For more information, go to

Jazz ensemble to play at Shafer Park

The Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra will open the summer concert series at Shafer Park in Boonsboro Sunday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra is a 16-piece ensemble that features authentic swing music and contemporary big band jazz.

This high-energy ensemble has earned standing ovations as the opening act for a Maynard Ferguson concert and as the featured big band at the Bluemont Concert Series.

Future concert performances will feature the U.S. Air Force rock band “Max Impact,” the South Mountain Jam and the U.S Navy “Country Cruisers.” Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair.

Drennen to speak at senior center

Martha Drennen will present a talk on “Smart Snacking” Monday, July 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the senior center in Keedysville. Marcia Davies will conduct exercises Friday. The Southeastern Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. For information about the senior center, call Martha at 301-432-5624.

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