Taneytown ready for 250th birthday celebration

Weeklong event begins Saturday

community encouraged to participate

August 19, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Taneytown invites the community to show its pride and spirit during the city's 250th birthday during a weeklong celebration from Saturday to Aug. 28.

The 250th Celebration Committee encourages residents to dress up their homes with flags or patriotic bunting that the Republican Women's Club is selling. To purchase items, call 410-756-2245.

The city also has put up new celebration banners on utility poles and is dressing up for the festivities.

Celebration activities include:

Saturday: The Lion's Club will hold a breakfast from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Fireman's Activity Building at Memorial Park. The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children age 6 to 12, and free for children younger than age 6.

The breakfast menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs fried to order, potatoes, sausage gravy, fruit salad and beverages.

The 250th Birthday Parade will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from the shopping center to Memorial Park. Floats, marching bands, equestrian groups, antique cars, fire engines and music will be featured. Floats and groups will be judged. There is no rain date for the parade.

Sunday: An Old Fashioned Picnic will be held from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Taneytown Memorial Park. A demonstration of arts and crafts, children's games and food will be featured.

A Vespers service will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the park as part of the picnic. The service will offer music and fellowship of faith.

Monday: A talent show will be presented at 7 p.m. at Northwest Middle School. The evening will feature song, dance, talent displays and selection of "Taneytown's Idol."

Tuesday: A time capsule ceremony, ice cream social and cake walk will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Taneytown City Hall and municipal parking lot.

The committee invites residents to share items that will be placed in a time capsule to be installed at City Hall and opened in 100 years.

After the ceremony, an ice cream social with music and a cake walk will be held.

Aug. 25: A Kiddie Parade and Neighborhood Block Party will be held at 6 p.m. at Roberts Mill Road and THS Park. Children are encouraged to decorate their wagons and bikes and dress in costume for the Kiddie Parade down Roberts Mill Road.

The block party will offer the chance to meet new neighbors and enjoy magicians, clowns, a dance contest and food.

Aug. 26: The Taneytown Community Chorus will present a concert, "Legacy of Faith," at 7 p.m. at Northwest Middle School.

Aug. 27: A "Fashion Show of the Decades" will be presented at 7 p.m. at Northwest Middle School, featuring fashions from Revolutionary times to today. The audience can see the flapper dress, poodle skirts and straw summer hats for men.

Aug. 27 and 28: Revolutionary and Civil War Living History will be presented from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28 at Taneytown Memorial Park.

Re-enactors of the Revolutionary and Civil War eras will share stories and teach about the dress, weapons, living conditions and history of the times. The re-enactors will camp on the park grounds Friday and Saturday.

Aug. 28: A Fireman's Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the carnival grounds. The day will start with breakfast and continue with vendors and the car show.

An organ concert will be held at noon at St. Joseph's Church. Carolyn Lamb Booth will play the church's historic organ.

Guided Heritage Walking Tours of historical downtown buildings will be given from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can learn about the buildings and where people lived and worked.

A second organ concert will be presented at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church by Peter Crisafulli on the church's historic organ.

The Whisker-Growing Contest Finale will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Taneytown Memorial Park. Visitors can view the array of goatees, mustaches and beards from the "Taneytown Brothers of the Brush" before the judging.

The day will conclude with fireworks starting after dark at Taneytown Memorial Park. Visitors are asked to take lawn chairs or blankets.

Rain date for the fireworks only will be Aug. 29.

Information: 410-751-1100.

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