Civil War eventCelebrate the 135th anniversary of the...

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July 08, 1999|By Lori Sears

Civil War event

Celebrate the 135th anniversary of the Battle of Monocacy this weekend in Frederick. Tomorrow, listen to a panel discuss the significance of the battle at 7:30 p.m. in Winchester Hall on East Church Street. Saturday, listen to an interpretive program on the American brass band movement with the Wildcat Regiment Band at 2 p.m. Both Saturday and Sunday, tour the Monocacy National Battlefield with Dr. Benjamin Franklin Cooling -- at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. (Reservations required.) The Wildcat Regiment Band and the Stonewall Brigade Band play at 5 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Gambrill Mansion. Ranger programs take place both Saturday and Sunday.

Events take place tomorrow through Sunday. Most events are held at the Monocacy National Battlefield, 4801 Urbana Pike, Frederick. The area is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. All programs free. Call 301-662-3515.

Amazing maze

What happens when you mix a dash of creativity, a few thousand corn stalks and about 18,000 petunias? A living work of art, that's what. For the fourth consecutive year, Cherry-Crest Farm in Lancaster County, Pa., has created its "Amazing Maize Maze," reflecting the theme "Liberty Bell in the Land of Liberty." It opens its stalks to the public at 10 a.m. tomorrow and runs through October. Visitors can make their way through the 10-acre cornfield, which has been groomed into the shape of the Liberty Bell within an outline of the state of Pennsylvania and which features a 15,750-square-foot American flag created with red, white and blue petunias. There are also re-enactors, minimazes, a petting zoo, hayrides, farm tours and demonstrations.

The maze will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk tomorrow through Oct. 30. Tomorrow through Aug. 28, it is open Tuesday through Saturday; Sept. 3 through Oct. 30, it is open Friday and Saturday only. Cherry-Crest Farm is at 150 Cherry Hill Road in Ronks, Pa. Admission is $7; $4 ages 5-11; free for ages under 5. Call 717-687-6843.

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