Wagon Train and Scottish Festival

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July 09, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Join members of the Frederick Scottish Association to celebrate the life of Susanna Beatty, Frederick County's first woman pioneer, with a wagon train and Scottish Festival this weekend at the Beatty-Cramer House, the oldest extant home in Frederick County.

During the event, a wagon train re-creating Susanna Beatty's journey from the Hudson Valley of New York in 1732 will wind through northern Frederick Country with stops in Emmitsburg and Thurmont en route to the Beatty-Cramer House. The wagon train will camp at the Loy Station Covered Bridge (pictured) Saturday night where a public dinner will be served by the Graceham Fire Company. On Sunday, the day begins with a special church service, "Kirking of the Tartans." While the Scottish fair continues at the Beatty-Cramer house throughout the day, Susanna Beatty and her wagon train will make stops in Woodboro and Walkersville before arriving at the house early afternoon.

The Beatty-Cramer House sits on the north side of Maryland Route 26, just east of Israel's Creek. Festivities are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. The event is part of Frederick County's 250th anniversary celebrations scheduled throughout the summer. Call 301-293-2215.

Theater Festival in Shepherdstown

The Contemporary American Theater Festival's eighth season opens in historic Shepherdstown, W.Va., today and continues through July 26 on the campus of Shepherd College. Four new American plays that tackle risky issues in an entertaining way will run in rotating repertory.

Two commissioned plays are the center of this year's season - Cherylene Lee's "Carry the Tiger to the Mountain," and "Interesting Times," by master puppeteer Preston Foerder. Tom Strelich's "BAFO (Best and Final Offer)," and Richard Dresser's new comedy "Gun-Shy" round out the 1998 repertory.

Post-show discussions follow certain performances and readings of new plays under consideration for the 1999 festival will be offered Tuesday evenings. Individual ticket prices are $5-30; ticket packages are $60-$99. For a complete schedule, call 800-999-CATF.

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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