THIS IS THE weekend for Taneytown to show itself off. Celebrate Taneytown Day is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park.
A full day of Civil War-themed activities and a re-enactment are planned. Games, crafts and plenty of food will be featured.
The encampment runs from 9 a.m. to closing, and 500 re-enactors, 12 cannons and several cavalry units are anticipated. A "Sutlers Row" will be set up, and goods may be purchased by civilians. A battle re-enactment will be held at 2 p.m.
At 10 a.m., a 19th-century fashion show is planned; magician Robert Strong entertains at 11 a.m.; and Jim Getty will portray President Abraham Lincoln and recite the Gettysburg Address at noon.
More than 25 vendors have signed up this year, and face painting, juggling, Civil War-period games and a dunk tank will keep the kids entertained.
Admission and parking are free.
With many out-of-town visitors expected, city officials are asking residents and business owners to spruce up for the day. If you'd like flags or bunting to dress up your property, call the city at 410-751-1100 or 410-756-6431.
An early breakfast
If you'd rather not toil to fix your own breakfast before heading off to Celebrate Taneytown, the Taneytown Lions Club will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the activities building at the carnival grounds adjacent to Memorial Park.
The menu will include pancakes, fried eggs, sausage, hash browns, sausage gravy, fruit, orange juice and coffee. A ham raffle also is planned.
Cost is $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Children younger than 6 are free.
Proceeds will benefit the Lions' sight and hearing projects, especially for those in the local community. It also will help finance state, national and international Lions' projects.
If your kids are playing fall sports at Francis Scott Key High School, you better make plans to be at the school at 7 p.m. today.
The school will have its regular meet-the-coaches night, and attendance is mandatory this year.
What goes around
It pays to be involved in community affairs.
The owner of Carlo's Pizza and Italian Restaurant has been very good to the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagles Soccer Club. He continued his generosity by giving the group a deal on pizzas to serve at the concession stand at last weekend's soccer tournament.
Exhausted from a full day helping at the concession stand, cleaning up around the fields and watching soccer, I was in no mood to cook dinner Saturday night, so I returned the favor by buying the brood dinner from Carlo's.
On Sunday afternoon, I stopped to buy some sweet corn from one of the vendors along East Baltimore Street.
The corn is sold by the parents of a soccer player I have coached, and the mother wouldn't let me pay for my dozen ears of corn to thank me for the long day I put in at the soccer tournament. I repeatedly tried to pay for the corn, but she was adamant, saying she did the same for others involved in community service activities.
The moral of the story: Do a good deed for somebody, and somebody likely will do a good deed for you.
Ed McDonough's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 8/20/98