Civil War tour to highlight town festival


August 26, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A CANDLELIGHT TOUR of a Civil War encampment will be a highlight of this year's Celebrate Taneytown Day on Saturday at Taneytown Memorial Park.

Soldiers representing North and South will be dressed in period clothing, their tents will be lighted by lanterns, and soldiers and their families will sing Civil War songs and offer living history lessons during the tour, which begins at 7: 30 p.m.

"Last year, there were 200 tents set up by the re-enacters, and it [the candlelight tour] was just the most beautiful thing," said Nancy McCormick, director of economic development for Taneytown.

This year's Civil War component will be scaled down from last year's, but living history lessons will be offered.

In addition to the Civil War activities, which reflect Taneytown's involvement in the war, the day celebrates the joys of small-town living. Forgotten arts -- like hand-made soap -- will be demonstrated and the products will be sold.

Neighbors can get together to stroll the grounds and enjoy entertainment and food. Sixteen food vendors, crafts for the kids, a balloon artist, a magician and a performance by the Blue Sky Puppet Theater are also slated.

The puppet troupe from College Park will perform at 11 a.m. with 3-foot-high puppets.

The day will begin with a full breakfast at St. Joseph's Church at 44 Frederick St., offered from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Information: 410-756-6431.

Car show

Charlie Parrish has been interested in antique and custom-built cars since he was a teen, and owns a 1939 Plymouth truck. So it fell to Parrish, also a volunteer firefighter, to organize the antique and classic car show Saturday, benefiting Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company.

The show is held with Celebrate Taneytown Day, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park. Admission is free to spectators. Antique and classic car owners pay a $10 registration fee.

This is the second annual eventand includes food, vendors selling automotive related products, and oldies music from Shades of Dawn, a group from Carlisle, Pa. Music will be performed from noon to 4 p.m.

Parrish anticipates 200 cars this year with owners driving their vehicles to Taneytown from a four-state area.

Car owners participating in the show get a lunch ticket, prizes, goodie bags and a chance to win a cash giveaway.

Information: 410-756-2705.

After-school program

It's an idea that's taking a strong hold: an after-school program for children to keep them safe and occupied while parents are at work.

Held at Messiah United Methodist Church in Taneytown, the program offers a homework mentoring program, crafts, and afternoons at the local bowling center.

Registration is held at 1: 30 p.m. Sunday and 6: 30 p.m. Wednesday. Both registration sessions are at the church, 20 Middle St.

Information: Fred Robinson, 410-756-2137.

Chorus needs voices

All good things must come to an end, and the end is looming for the community chorus of Taneytown when it gives its last concert Dec. 5 at Grace United Church of Christ.

Anna Motter, chorus director, and Fairy Flickinger, organist, are calling it quits after 20 years. The two, and the chorus members from Carroll County and neighboring Pennsylvania, have performed fantastic holiday music over the years.

Motter and Flickinger are recruiting members for this year's final concert. Rehearsals begin at 1: 30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St.

"We're selecting our favorite numbers from the 20 years of performances -- probably one from each year," said Motter.

Pub Date: 8/26/99

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