July 18, 2013
A group of youngsters this week has been learning first-hand about nature, from the weather to river runoff, as participants in the Fort Frederick State Park Junior Ranger Program. On Tuesday, they were studying fossils, digging up what they could find and learning how to extract fossils from rocks. Emma Schnebly, 10, of Clear Spring said that she enjoyed the experiments and looking for fossils. “There's so much fun stuff to do,” she said. “It's cool projects, but it's explaining something to you so you learn something.” Six youngsters between the ages of 8 and 12 are enrolled in the program at the state park this week, which began Monday and runs through Friday at the Nature Center.
July 11, 2013
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will offer a Junior Ranger Program Monday, July 15, through Friday, July 19, at Fort Frederick State Park for ages 8 to 12. The five-day session is from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the nature center. This year's program will feature the earth sciences, with units in Potomac River studies, astronomy, geology, meteorology and basic ecology. Each session will be led by a park naturalist and a ranger. Children will assemble take-home projects, engage in crafts, hiking and nature-related games and activities, and explore the Potomac River's aquatic life.
August 26, 2012
Before a Sunday afternoon thunderstorm caused Fort Frederick State Park to cancel the remainder of its French and Indian War Muster weekend, visitors got to witness one battle re-enactment outside the stone fort. Musket fire volleyed back and forth between the French and British sides of the re-enacted battle. Some French could be heard among the re-enactors portraying French Marines and Milice, or French militia. That French came in handy Sunday, as the state park had visitors from France among its tourists, said Park Ranger Bob Study with the Maryland Park Service.
April 26, 2012
Visiting Fort Frederick State Park this weekend will be like taking a walk back in time. “Everything is all old-looking here,” said Williamsport resident Jerry Keplinger, 58. “It's quiet and relaxing.” Keplinger was among those who turned out Thursday for the first day of the 18th Century Market Fair. The 18th annual fair, which runs through Sunday, includes sutlers selling 18th-century materials, campers re-creating the period from 1730 to 1790, period music and more.
April 20, 2012
1. A trip back in time Fort Frederick State Park hosts its annual 18th-Century Market Fair. The fair includes artisans, craftspeople and sutlers and an 18th-century encampment. The fort will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. The fort is at 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Admission is $3; $2, ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-842-2155 or go to www.friendsoffortfrederick.info.
November 22, 2011
The Washington County Historical Society chose as its first preservation efforts in 1911 the Washington Monument and Fort Frederick because of their importance to both local and national historic events. The history of the monument was covered in last month's column, this column will follow Fort Frederick's history. Advocacy on behalf of the fort dragged on for 11 years, causing huge frustration among WCHS board members. The State of Maryland did acquire the fort, known as the "Gibraltar on the Potomac," and the surrounding forest lands in 1922.
November 5, 2011
Open studio Metal sculptor Scott Cawood opens his studio to visitors. Showing work in progress and holiday gift ideas. Noon to 5 p.m. today. Scott Cawood Art Studio, 3829 Harpers Ferry Road, south of Sharpsburg. Free. Go to www.cawoodart.com , send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-432-2131. Fall Fair and Art Show Mountaintop Community Fall Fair and Art Show features artists, authors, handmade crafts and food. Antique appraisals, $5 per item.
November 1, 2011
1. Conservation on film American Conservation Film Festival runs Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6. Festival features films on conservation, including "The Polar Explorer," pictured. Three venues in Shepherdstown, W.Va. $40 full festival pass; $10, individual block tickets. For a list of films, go to www.conservationfilm .org. Call 304-876-7373 or email email@example.com . 2. 'The Rivalry' begins Friday "The Rivalry," a play about the Lincoln-Douglas debates.
September 22, 2011
Fort Frederick State Park will host an astronomy program Saturday at 8 p.m. The program, held at the newly created amphitheater behind the nature center, will focus on observational astronomy with a chance to try out the park's new 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope. Fort Frederick is an ideal site for astronomical observation because skies are dark with minimal light pollution. Participants might be able to view double stars, distant galaxies, nebulae, and star clouds of the Milky Way through the park's new telescope.
September 1, 2011
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will present an evening of star gazing Saturday at 8 p.m. at Fort Frederick State Park. The event will be at the newly created amphitheater behind the nature center. The nature center is next to Captain Wort's store across the road from the fort. The astronomy program will be presented by a park naturalist. The lunar surface, double stars, galaxies, star clusters, the Milky Way and other deep sky objects can be viewed through the park's new 10-inch Dobsonian reflecting telescope.