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Taneytown History and Heritage Museum marking 10 years

Residents of Taneytown and beyond are invited to honor history and those who are helping preserve it during the 10th-anniversary celebration of the Taneytown History and Heritage Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2.

"We hope people will attend this and realize that we're still alive and preserving Taneytown's past," said Fairy Flickinger, a member of the celebration committee.

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The free event will take place outside on the grounds of the new museum, at 340 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, which is currently closed for renovations. Overflow parking is available at Northwest Middle School, 99 Kings Drive, Taneytown, and the rain date is Aug. 9, said Flickinger.

There will be face painting and children's crafts, antique cars and cutouts of period costumes for photo opportunities. So, don't forget your cameras and bring the antique vehicles, if you have them. Complimentary ice cream, cookies and drinks will be served.

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"It is 10 years since the opening of the museum, and we wanted to celebrate that in some way," Flickinger said.

The museum first opened Aug. 1, 2004 at 24 E. Baltimore St., just in time for Taneytown's 250th anniversary. It served as the Taneytown History Museum and Visitor Center and included a Taneytown Chamber of Commerce office, according to the Taneytown History & Heritage website.

The grand reopening of the museum at the new location is planned for March 2015. According to the website, the museum will "present historical moments, emphasize new educational initiatives, and tell the stories of people, places, and things to keep past Taneytown memories alive."

In the meantime, some museum exhibits are on display at New Windsor State Bank, 222 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, where gift shop items are also available for purchase.

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The total estimated cost to ready the museum for visitors is $54,000. To help pay for these improvements, a direct-mail campaign was recently launched and tax-deductible gifts of any amount are welcomed.

For more information about the museum or the 10th-anniversary event, visit http://www.taneytownhh.org or contact Flickinger at 410-756-2245.

Heritage raffle

The Taneytown Heritage Committee is once again selling tickets for its popular basket raffle, with a grand prize worth $500 in services and merchandise.

The fundraiser supports the organization's work in the community, preserving the character and integrity of Taneytown's historic district and historic places in the surrounding area, and the winning tickets will be drawn Oct. 18 at Taneytown Memorial Park.

The tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and are being sold at the Taneytown Farmers' Market, held at Memorial Park on Saturdays through the end of September, at Crouse Ford, and will be available for purchase at various times and locations throughout Taneytown between now and the middle of October.

Four winners will receive the following prizes:

First prize — The Antrim 1844 Inn Package, including afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeurves, a gourmet six-course dinner, overnight accommodations at the inn, a wake-up tray with full breakfast, a copy of "Distinguished Inns of North America," an Antrim coffee mug and coffee cup and saucer.

Second prize — A $25 Liquor Barn gift certificate and an Antrim 1844 cheese cooler container.

Third prize — A Longaberger basket, including matching liners with tie-on, filled with body lotion, a plush kitten and a paperweight.

Fourth prize — A Longaberger basket with wooden Maryland lid filled with lavender sachets.

Taneytown Memorial Park is at Md. 140 and Park Road.

For more information about the raffle or where to purchase tickets, call Sandy Crouse at 410-756-6077.

Yard sale

The Taneytown Senior Center Site Council will host a Community Yard Sale at the Taneytown Senior and Community Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9.

Spaces are available for vendors and are $10 for inside spaces and $5 for outside spaces. The day of the event, which will be held rain or shine, there will be hot dogs, chips and sodas available for purchase.

For more information or to reserve a vendor space, contact Ruth Martin, center manager, at 410-386-2700.

The center is at 220 Roberts Mill Road, Taneytown.

Kim Stenley covers Detour, Frizzelburg, Harney, Keymar, Keysville, Mayberry, Middleburg, Taneytown and Tyrone. She can be contacted at 410-756-6402 or cctwest@gmail.com.

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