Quaint Taneytown gears up for its 250th anniversary

But first, learn how to pronounce the town's name

Trips: Road Trips, Regional Events

August 19, 2004|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It's the town with the name no one ever pronounces correctly the first time around.

And contrary to popular belief, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roger Brooke Taney wasn't the town's namesake.

But after 250 years, residents of Taneytown (pronounced "Tawny-town") have learned to overlook the misconceptions.

Founded in 1754 by Edward Diggs and Raphael Taney, Taneytown continues to thrive.

This quiet rural town has become a bedroom community for commuters to Baltimore and Frederick -- though dairy, beef and hog farms continue to dot the landscape.

The northwest Carroll County municipality kicks off its 250th anniversary with a week's worth of events beginning Saturday.

The public is welcome at everything from the parade to the fashion show, the walking tours to next weekend's fireworks. The schedule includes at least one event every day through Aug. 28. (Should it rain, the Aug. 28 "Finale" events will be held Aug. 29.)

Celebration events

Breakfast (Firemen's Activity Building at the Taneytown Carnival Grounds): Country breakfast with all the fixings served 6 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday by the Taneytown Lions Club. Proceeds donated to the town.

Farmers' Market (F & M Bank parking lot off Route 140): Baked goods, fresh produce, cut flowers and crafts starting at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Parade (Route 140/Baltimore Street from Chevro Drive to Taneytown Memorial Park): Bands, floats, classic cars and more. Rain or shine. 1 p.m. Saturday. Route 140/Baltimore Street will be closed to traffic during the parade.

Old Fashioned Community Picnic (Taneytown Memorial Park, off Route 140): Bring your meal or buy it. Old-time games, 19th-century artisans, music and other activities. 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Sharing of Faith Service (Taneytown Memorial Park Ballfield, off Route 140): A joint service conducted by local churches. 4 p.m. Sunday. Moves to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St., if it rains.

Talent Show (Northwest Middle School, 99 Kings Drive): Acts of various ages and styles. 7 p.m. Monday.

Time Capsule Ceremony and Ice Cream Social (City Hall, 17 E. Baltimore St.): A time capsule holding items from Taneytown's past and present, to be opened 100 years in the future. Ice cream social and cake walk follow. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Kiddie Parade and Neighborhood Block Party (Roberts Mill Road to Taneytown High School Park): Children's parade that all kids can join. Activities include clowns, magician, face painting, games and food vendors. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Concert (Northwest Middle School, 99 Kings Drive): "Legacy of Faith" sung by the Taneytown Community Chorus. 7 p.m. Aug. 26.

Celebration Tea (Every Bloomin' Thing, 9 York St.): Take tea amid the flowers and unique home decor at this shop in a historic home. Seatings available Aug. 27. Reservations required; call 410-756-1823.

Fashion Show of the Decades (Northwest Middle School, 99 Kings Drive): Fashion from the 17th century through the present. 7 p.m. Aug. 27.

Living History Encampments (Taneytown Memorial Park, off Route 140): Re-enactors from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World War II will camp at the park. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 27 and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 28.

Car Show (Taneytown Carnival Grounds): 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 28. Sponsored by the Taneytown Volunteer Fire Co.

Organ Concerts: Aug. 28 at noon at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 44 Frederick St., and 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 38 W. Baltimore St.

Walking Tours (Beginning at 9 York St.): See some of the town's historic buildings and visit the newly opened town museum.

Whisker Growing Contest (Taneytown Memorial Park, off Route 140): Who has the best beard in town? Contestants pre-registered and began growing their whiskers months ago. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

Fireworks (Taneytown Memorial Park, off Route 140): About 9 p.m. or when it gets dark, Aug. 28.

Where to eat

The Smokehouse Restaurant at Antrim 1844 (30 Trevanion Road, 800-858-1844): Six-course dinners are prepared under the direction of chef Michael Gettier. The wine list offers more than 1,200 selections.

Bart's Place (465 E. Baltimore St., 410-756-6001): Regional menu with popular daily specials.

The Ice Cream Shack (454 E. Baltimore St., 410-756-6121): 1950s/Coca-Cola themed diner offering three meals and ice cream desserts. Interesting flavors at the snowball stand.

Irish Moon Coffee House (1 Frederick St., 410-756-6556): Specialty coffees and teas, pastries, sandwiches and desserts. Live entertainment some weekends, Celtic gifts.

Getting there

Take Interstate 695 to Interstate 795 North. Follow I-795 to Route 140. Follow 140 through Westminster to Taneytown. At the traffic circle in Taneytown, take the immediate right. Route 140 turns into Baltimore Street, which is Taneytown's main street. The town office, museum and square are a few miles down, near the intersection of Route 140 with Route 194.

More information

Call 410-751-1100 or visit www.ci.taneytown.md.us.

For more regional trips, see Page 33.

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