Community invited to end-of-summer bash at Shepherd's Spring

August 11, 2013

SHARPSBURG — Free swimming, food, music, storytelling and family-friendly games will be featured Saturday from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center in Sharpsburg.

Shepherd’s Spring  is on 220 acres, just off the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and two miles from Antietam National Battlefield.

It features traditional summer camps, hosts Road Scholar programs for guests from around the world, and is one of three sites for the Heifer International Global Village program. 

It also hosts a variety of retreats and programs for churches, businesses and civic groups, as well as for schools and colleges.

The menu includes burgers, barbecue chicken, hot dogs, ice cream, corn on the cob, melons and 12 varieties of tomatoes grown in the Shepherd’s Spring garden.

In addition to the food, music and storytelling will be featured throughout the day. The contemporary Christian rock group The August Exchange from Virginia and other groups will perform. 

Storyteller Alan Hoal of Cary, N.C., director of Sounds of the Mountain Story and Music Festival held at Camp Bethel, Va., for the past 16 years, will be featured.

Attendees can enjoy the cultural demonstrations and native foods featured in the Heifer Global Village, hike the C&O Canal towpath or meditate on the grounds.

The event includes a scavenger hunt along the many wooded trails, a worship and praise program at 3:30 p.m. and a tug-of-war over the pool at the end of the day.

 To confirm attendance, call 301-223-8193. For more information, go to

Owned by the Mid-Atlantic District Church of the Brethren, Shepherd’s Spring is managed by a nonprofit board of directors and seeks to serve as a place for renewal and growth through Christian hospitality. 

Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center is at 16869 Taylors Landing Road in Sharpsburg.

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