Battle of Hancock came together nicely
Stephen Weatherholt holds the American flag as the congregation sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" Sunday at the evening prayer service at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Hancock. (Submitted photo)
Young Lily Wolford’s dream of hosting the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Hancock came true with all the trimmings.
Highlights were the opening evening at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, including a reading of the text of a letter written on Jan. 9, 1862, by the Rev. David Lee, rector of St. Thomas’ when the battle took place.
The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, current rector, played the role of Mr. Lee, recounting the events of the shelling of Hancock, and the ensuing panic and looting in the town.
It seemed a dark time. The church was heavily damaged as Union forces, with cannons placed just outside its walls, returned the fire of Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s guns across the Potomac.
From Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon, you could glimpse re-enactors around town.
Saturday was a big day with Union troops stationed high in the cemetery, with lectures, book signings, music and timed demonstrations of cannon fire.
The final touch on Saturday was at the Community Center when the Wildcat Regiment Band offered an outstanding concert. Playing to a packed crowd, the brass band taught residents much about the sophisticated musical tastes of the time, plus performed pieces arranged from hand-written music found at Port Royal, S.C., and Broadhead, Wisc.
Sunday closed the weekend in dignified fashion with the a lecture on the role of the church, a rededication of Civil War graves and evening prayer according to the Episcopal Prayer Book of the time.
The Rev. Allan Weatherholt reminded the congregation of the importance of giving thanks that the bloody Civil War did not split the nation and that 150 years later, citizens from Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania can all come together in peace, across those old borders.
The second verse of the national anthem says it all: “Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation…”
Grammy nominees to give free concert
The Hancock Arts Council announces the performance of Grammy nominees Zupe and Dave Nichols on Sunday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall.
Altoona, Pa., resident Zupe and Somerset, Pa., resident Dave Nichols write, record, and publish tunes for advertisements and jingles for businesses.
Their published works include songs heard on Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” and “The Simple Life,” NBC’s “Dateline,” and MTV’s “Road Rules” and “Real World.”
Their funky blend of fusion, blues, progressive jazz, and rock sets your feet to tapping. Their recent composition, “Step On It” was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition in the Hollywood Music Media Awards.
Zupe holds forth on trumpet and keyboards, while Nichols handles the electric guitar.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Library to show free movie Jan. 21
The Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park will host a free movie, “How to Train Your Dragon,” Saturday, Jan. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Refreshments are served and advance reservations are suggested. Call the library at 301-678-5300.
Thrift shop in need of help
Volunteers are needed to help in the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store, at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and High Street.
Donations are the lifeblood of the store, and volunteers are needed to help sort, price and stock items for the store, operated by the Interfaith Service Coalition.
Students may use this for volunteer service hours. Adults can gain work experience if seeking a job.
Call 301-678-6605 to volunteer. Training and supervision are offered, and you will be helping your neighbors in the process.
All proceeds from the thrift store help local citizens.
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