It’s only a little more than a week until Hancock’s 11th annual Barge Bash sets sail again along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal on Saturday, June 29.
This unique local festival takes advantage of the narrow space where Main Street, the Western Maryland Rail Trail, and the C&O Canal, run parallel to each other in a very small space.
Local organizations provide food; there is entertainment from local musicians, and there are historical exhibits from the National Park Service and other organizations.
But fun for all is the parade of “barges” — small decorated boats — that float their way down the watered area of the canal between the old iron Church Street Bridge and the bridge to the boat ramp.
Local civic groups and businesses use their creative spirit to have fun and friendly competition for bragging rights.
The event also includes the Barge Dash, a one-mile run in the early morning, and the Barge Ball, a dance in the evening.
There is still time to sign up to “parade” your “barge.”
For more information, call Town Hall at 301-678-5622.
Reading club kicked off Saturday
The Summer Reading Club kicked off Saturday at the Hancock Library with the storytelling event, “The Unexpected Journey of Jack Calloway.”
The next event will be Friday when the Teens After Hours Movie “The Hobbit” will be featured. The movie begins at 6 p.m., and you can snack on “Hobbit” favorite foods. The film is for those ages 12 and older.
To register, call the library at 301-678-5300.
Are you looking for a way to introduce the great outdoors to your young children? Why not try the junior ranger program at nearby Fort Frederick.
The “Sprouts” program, designed for those ages 2 to 4, is scheduled for June 24 to 28, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each day. The goal of the program is to allow young children to become comfortable with and excited about our natural and historical surroundings.
For more information and to register, call 301-842-2155.
Fort Frederick will host daily programs June 24 to Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with re-enactments about life in this historic French and Indian War restored fort.
There will be a special program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Co. and Alexander Beall’s Co. will be at the fort. Highlights of the event include musket and cannon firing demonstrations, hearth cooking, uniform and clothing talks and children’s military drills.
The entry fee is $3 per car for Maryland residents and $5 per car for nonresidents. The fort is a mile off Exit 12 of Interstate 70.
Voice recital set for Friday
Willa Hahn will present a senior voice recital Friday at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall, 126 W. High St.
Hahn has been studying voice since she was 11 and is a recent graduate with high honors of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown.
She was also recently crowned Miss Potomac Highlands and will compete in the Miss West Virginia Pageant in July.
Her program includes both classical and popular numbers, including musical theater pieces from “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Secret Garden.”
The recital is free and open to the public.
Donations for Willa’s charity of choice, The Children’s Miracle Network, will be accepted.
Swimming lessons begin Monday at the Hancock Municipal Pool.
Lessons are offered for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
For more information, call the pool at 301-678-6197.
Adventures in Friendship
There are only a few slots open for Adventures in Friendship, the five-day learning camp for those ages 9 to 13, which is jointly sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.
The 17th annual installment of this popular day camp kicks off Monday at St. Thomas’ and ends Friday, June 28.
The program features teaching of safety, health, nutrition and many other life skills. Numerous guests make presentations, and there are field trips and special activities all week. Breakfast and lunch are served each day.
Thanks to funding through grants, there is no charge for the camp, but formal registration and parental permission forms must be completed.
Contact Debbie Cohill at the ISC at 301-678-6605 to register a child.
The camp can take 40 young people and has just three spaces remaining.
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