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By ERIN JULIUS | December 6, 2008
View the slideshow. SHARPSBURG -- Oliver Holt may be a British citizen, but the 17-year-old spent Saturday at Antietam National Battlefield lighting candles to honor American lives lost and forever changed at the 20th Annual Antietam National Battlefield Memorial Illumination. More than 1,300 volunteers set up and lighted 23,110 luminarias to honor the casualties -- those killed, wounded and missing -- at Antietam 146 years ago. Holt, a student at Saint James School, called the work exhausting but said it was good bonding with other students.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2012
Before the sun set Saturday, the thousands of luminarias arrayed across the fields of Antietam National Battlefield were almost invisible from a distance, the paper bags blending into a background of wheat, hay and corn stubble. As day gave way to dusk and dusk to darkness, the 23,110 candles began to glimmer and then glow, their lights following the contours of the land where an equal number of men were killed, wounded or reported missing 150 years ago during the Battle of Antietam.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | November 10, 2012
It might have been an effort to feed the masses. Hundreds, then thousands of small brown paper bags were filled by busy workers, then loaded into boxes and onto a tractor-trailer. But this effort was not one to feed the hungry. The paper sacks were filled not with food, but with sand and candles, the light of which would represent and bring honor to the memory of the dead. About 220 volunteers gathered Saturday morning under a spacious pavilion at the Washington Country Agricultural Education Center filling luminarias for three separate illumination events.
NEWS
November 2, 2006
FREDERICK, Md. - The cover of the latest issue of the statewide magazine Maryland Life features the annual luminarias at Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. The annual Antietam Battlefield illumination includes 23,110 candles placed throughout the national park. One candle is placed for every soldier killed, wounded or missing during America's bloodiest single-day battle. The cover photo was taken with snow glistening, as the sun was setting. The photo is by local photographer Judi Quelland.
NEWS
December 2, 2011
When dusk falls Saturday night, Antietam National Battlefield will be alight with 23,110 luminarias, each representing a casualty of the Sept. 17, 1862, Battle of Antietam. More than 1,400 volunteers, from Boy and Girl Scouts to senior citizens, were expected to be out Saturday morning to place the luminarias on the battlefield, which saw the bloodiest single day of fighting of the Civil War. The work of lighting the candles for the Memorial Illumination was to begin at 3 p.m., according to a news release from the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
The first year Don and Dee South of Hagerstown learned about the annual Festival of Lights at Rest Haven Cemetery, they brought their own luminaria materials, mistakenly believing they were responsible for placing and lighting their own. This year, buoyed by more than accommodating weather, the Hagerstown couple decided to do their part. "The cemetery sent us a nice letter about it, and he decided he wanted to come ... " said Dee South, 78. "We just brought some matches with us to see what we could do. " In past years, bitter cold temperatures and snow kept the couple, who have been married for 55 years, inside their vehicle, and they would join the thousands of others who drive the cemetery's meandering roads, she said.
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by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 17, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - The first year Don and Dee South of Hagerstown learned about the annual Festival of Lights at Rest Haven Cemetery, they brought their own luminaria materials, mistakenly believing they were responsible for placing and lighting their own. This year, buoyed by more than accommodating weather, the Hagerstown couple decided to do their part. "The cemetery sent us a nice letter about it, and he decided he wanted to come ... " said Dee South, 78. "We just brought some matches with us to see what we could do. " In past years, bitter cold temperatures and snow kept the couple, who have been married for 55 years, inside their vehicle, and they would join the thousands of others who drive the cemetery's meandering roads, she said.
NEWS
December 9, 2008
Rest Haven's 21st annual Festival of Lights will be Saturday starting at 4 p.m. A memorial concert by the Appalachian Wind Quintet will be performed in the chapel of the funeral home at Rest Haven beginning at 3 p.m. Lighting of the 9,000 luminarias will be at 4 p.m. Bagpiper Rick Conrad will perform Christmas music throughout the cemetery while volunteers light the luminarias. The public is invited to attend the concert and participate in the lighting of the luminarias.
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December 16, 2006
Rest Haven Cemetery's 19th annual Festival of Lights will be today at the cemetery at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Northern avenues in Hagerstown. A memorial concert by the Market Street Brass Quintet will be at 3 p.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel. At 4 p.m., the lighting of the 9,000 luminarias will take place. Bagpiper Rick Conrad will perform Christmas music throughout the cemetery while volunteers light the luminarias. The public is invited to attend the concert and participate in the lighting of the luminarias.
NEWS
December 19, 2004
Luminarias reflect in the pond at Rest Haven Cemetery Saturday night. Rest Haven's annual luminaria lighting brings people from hundreds of miles away. Approximately 15,000 people are buried on the property, and grounds. Staff begin making the luminarias in November.
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December 14, 2012
Christmas at the Pry House Learn what Christmas was like during the time of the Civil War. Have your photo taken with Civil War Santa Claus Jim Tent. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. $3 per person. Call 301-695-1864, ext. 14, email pryhouse@civilwarmed.org or go to www.civilwarmed.org . Holiday pottery sale and open house Allison Severance and Blair Meerfeld will host a holiday pottery sale and open house.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012
The Top Five Tie-dyed tribute band On the Bus will present Grateful Dead music. 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $10. Call 304-876-3704 or go to www.operahouselive.com . Civil War Christmas Learn what Christmas was like during the time of the Civil War. Speakers, handouts, songs, decorations and treats. Have your photo taken with Civil War Santa Claus Jim Tent. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | December 12, 2012
Last week's rain delayed the luminarias display in the churchyards along High Street and  the organizers are going to try again Saturday. The candle-lighting display will take place in the historic Hancock churchyards and in Widmeyer Park. The display in Widmeyer Park was already planned for this Saturday, so it will be an evening of lights in Hancock.  If you wish to help assemble, place and light the luminarias in the cemeteries around and behind St. Thomas' Episcopal and St. Peter's Catholic churches, plan to arrive about 10 a.m. in the back of the St. Peter's parking lot. Dress warmly for the weather.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | December 6, 2012
Today is the feast of St. Nicholas - aka Santa Claus. In some countries, St. Nicholas' Day is the time for gift giving and remembering this 6th century Bishop of Myra (modern day western Turkey), who was known for his generosity and love for children, making him the patron saint of children around the world. St. Nicholas is also the patron saint of seafarers, and those who sail on the large ocean-going cargo vessels often wear a likeness of this kind saint on a medal around their necks.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 1, 2012
Before the sun set Saturday, the thousands of luminarias arrayed across the fields of Antietam National Battlefield were almost invisible from a distance, the paper bags blending into a background of wheat, hay and corn stubble. As day gave way to dusk and dusk to darkness, the 23,110 candles began to glimmer and then glow, their lights following the contours of the land where an equal number of men were killed, wounded or reported missing 150 years ago during the Battle of Antietam.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | November 28, 2012
If you are in the mood for some Christmas shopping this weekend, check out the Hancock vendor and craft fair Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St. in Hancock The event, sponsored by Hancock in Motion, is a gathering of local citizens who show their crafts and share products from well-known companies.   Christmas for Others asking for food donations Residents can donate to Christmas for Others by dropping off nonperishable food items or toys at Douglas Motors, 295 Resley St. Business hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Donations can also be dropped off at any participating Hancock church through Sunday, Dec. 16.   Luminarias display set for Saturday, Dec. 8 The annual luminarias display at the three historic High Street cemeteries is a week away.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 8, and plan to ride along Cemetery Lane that night and see some 2,500 luminarias - a tribute to the season and to those who rest in these churchyards.  St. Thomas' Episcopal Church leads the way in this project and invites volunteers to help prepare the luminarias that Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.  Workers gather behind St. Peter Catholic Church.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | November 25, 2012
On a quiet December evening, the flickering glow of candles will dot the darkened landscape at Antietam National Battlefield like thousands of stars that have fallen to the ground. Driving slowly through the park gates, visitors will be greeted by a single luminaria followed by another and another until suddenly, as far as the eye can see, rows and rows of candles will take their breath away. There will be 23,110 candles, to be exact - each one representing a soldier who was killed, wounded or missing at Antietam on Sept.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | November 10, 2012
It might have been an effort to feed the masses. Hundreds, then thousands of small brown paper bags were filled by busy workers, then loaded into boxes and onto a tractor-trailer. But this effort was not one to feed the hungry. The paper sacks were filled not with food, but with sand and candles, the light of which would represent and bring honor to the memory of the dead. About 220 volunteers gathered Saturday morning under a spacious pavilion at the Washington Country Agricultural Education Center filling luminarias for three separate illumination events.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2011
The Top Five Candlelight walk Members from Emmanuel United Methodist Church will sing and Rick Conrad will play bagpipes. 7 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery, corner of Memorial Boulevard and South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. Parking is available at Bester Elementary School. Call 301-739-3630. 'The Nutcracker' Presented by City Ballet School. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2011
1. Community art show The Best Local Art of 2011, including this photo of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in City Park. Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Exhibit continues through Wednesday, Jan. 4. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132 or go to www.washingtoncountyarts.com . 2. 'Bad' kids in 'Best Pageant' Chambersburg Community Theatre presents "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. " 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, through Saturday, Dec. 10; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets are $5 to $12. Advance reservations recommended.
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