January 2018 is in the history books. As I shiver from the cold, I am hoping the bitter temperatures that have swept into the region are soon history as well! With spring just around the corner (49 days for those actually counting), I’d like to get some cool weather walks in.
A great walk to experience with your family is the New Windsor Heritage Walking Tour. Stop by the New Windsor Museum, 207 Main Street in New Windsor, to pick up a pamphlet that includes a map and brief description of each stop along the route. While you are at the museum, check out the variety of artifacts and historical documents on display including an African-American Knotted Quilt, baseball uniforms, and an authentic Maryland Minutemen uniform donated by its original owner, Edward Buckey Garver.
One of the stops on the walking tour is the Daniel Stouffer House (No. 12). Historical documentation indicates this was the headquarters of General Bradley T. Johnson during the Confederate Raid of 1864. Later, it housed the first documented post office, which occupied a small corner of what was then Stouffer’s Store at 219 Main Street.
The museum gift store has several items for sale including mugs, commemorative plates, pottery, and books including “Times Crossroads” written by Frank Batavick (this title is available in video and book form).
Another great historical place to visit in West Carroll is the Western Maryland Railway Museum located at 410 N. Main Street in Union Bridge. The Museum, open Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., offers a great collection of railway memorabilia, photographs, and a variety of newspaper clippings. There are two operational train layouts.
One building houses many of the museums displays and research documents as well as an operational train layout on the lower level. The second building is the original depot used when the Western Maryland Railroad came through Union Bridge. A variety of souvenirs including books, a Western Maryland Railway hat, HO size cars, patches, and maps, are available for purchase.
For more information on the Western Maryland Railway Museum, visit www.westernmarylandrhs.com.
Silver Oak Academy to hold Spaghetti Dinner
Silver Oak Academy’s Student Government and the Junior Lions Club of Terra Rubra invite the public to their annual Spaghetti Dinner, Thursday, February 15, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Silver Oak Administration Building, 999 Crouse Mill Road. The menu includes Spaghetti, Meatballs, Breadsticks, Salad, Sweet Tea, Lemonade and Desserts. Please RSVP by contacting Christine Sheedy at 410-775-1745.
A silent auction will follow dinner. Silver Oak is currently looking for donations to the silent auction. Contact Sheila Leatherbury at 410-775-1745 or email her at Sheila.email@example.com to make a donation.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the students of Silver Oak Academy. All proceeds will benefit the academy’s Tools for Life Fund.
New Windsor auxiliary sub sale
The New Windsor Auxiliary is accepting orders for their February sub sale. Subs available include American cold cut, Italian cold cut, roast beef, ham and cheese, turkey and cheese. For those who prefer pretzel sandwiches they are available in ham and cheese. Each item comes with condiments (on the side) and a bag of chips. Cost is $5.50 per sub or sandwich. To place your order contact Dorothy Rue by phone at 410-775-7402. Last day to place an order is Thursday, Feb. 15.
Subs may be picked up at the New Windsor Social Hall, 101 High Street, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
FSK High School to dedicate gymnasium
Francis Scott Key High School will celebrate the life of Louis V. Beard when they name the gymnasium in a ceremony to be held Friday, Feb. 9 during halftime of the girls varsity basketball game. The game starts at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Christina Dougherty, FSK Assistant Principal, by email at: CKDOUGH@carrollk12.org.
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