"The Civil War Remembered" will be the focus of three days of festivities in Washington County next weekend to commemorate the 129th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam.
Opening event will be a production of the Civil War musical drama "Banjo Reb and the Blue Ghost" on Friday at the Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The show begins at 8 p.m. and features Nashville star David Holt and William Mooney, known for his role in the daytime television drama "All My Children." The audience is encouraged to come dressed in Civil War attire. Tickets are available at the theater box office. Call (800) 34-SHOWS.
Antietam Battlefield will be the site of living history presentations on Saturday and next Sunday. During daytime hours visitors will find interpreters engaged in field medical care. On Saturday there will be a torchlight tour of the battlefield from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vignettes will depict life of that era. On Sunday an old time Dunker church service is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. at the church on the battlefield. Admission to these events is free.
The newly opened Antietam Gallery will hold a Civil War Art and Book Show Saturday and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring historical prints and original artworks and books on the Civil War. Music of the Civil War era will be performed between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day and home-cooked food will be available. The gallery is on Route 34, just west of Sharpsburg. Admission is free.
One final event is the tour next Sunday of six of Washington County's bed and breakfast inns. Most of the inns were in existance during the Civil War era. Each will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide light refreshments, entertainment and crafts for sale. Tickets cost $6 per person or $10 for two. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For information, call (301) 842-2292.
OC For general information about the weekend, call (800) 228-STAY.
"Revolutionary Times at Brandywine" will be presented next Sunday at Brandywine Battlefield Park in Chadds Ford, Pa. This annual 18th century military re-enactment and muster commemorates the largest land battle of the American Revolution on Sept. 11, 1777.
The American and British camps will be open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitors can talk with the soldiers, watch military drills and 18th century craft demonstrations.
The program will be held rain or shine. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for children. Proceeds will be used to benefit the park's educational programs. The park is on U.S. 1 at Chadds Ford. For information, call (215) 459-3342.
The Friends of the Wilson House will sponsor the seventh annual Kalorama House and Embassy Tour next Sunday, rain or shine, from noon to 5 p.m. for the benefit of the Woodrow Wilson House, Washington's only presidential museum.
The tour offers a rare opportunity to look beyond the facades of Washington's Embassy Row and to view the insides of several diplomatic embassies and ambassadors residences.
Open for the first time is the Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China, located within the former Windsor Park Hotel. The history of mainland China can be seen through displays of art and artifacts from ancient times to the present.
Other highlights include the Embassy of Venezuela, situated in a garden setting on Massachusetts Avenue; the Residence of the Ambassador of New Zealand on Observatory Circle, with its landscaped garden highlighted by a traditional Maori carved wooden gateway; and the Bolivian Embassy, a Spanish revival mansion on Massachusetts Avenue filled with pre-Columbian artifacts, traditional and contemporary paintings and elaborate silver work. Light refreshments will be served at the Pullman Highland Hotel from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour begins at the Wilson House, 2340 S St. N.W., where tickets and self-guided tour maps will be available. Tickets cost $15 on tour day or $12 in advance. Last year's tour was sold out by 1 p.m. on tour day. For information, call (202) 387-4062.
The London Town Publik House in Edgewater will hold its annual Colonial Market Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the old ferry tavern on South River.
The program reflects the period when London Town was a thriving Colonial seaport and merchants, planters and artisans would gather here to trade and sell their wares. You'll find the atmosphere of a typical Colonial fair, with juried crafts, both traditional and modern, for sale along with homemade baked goods and other refreshments. The First Maryland Regiment will muster on the Publik House Green and there will be a trappers' encampment, where you can see demonstrations of frontier skills.
Admission is $4.50 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children. Anne Arundel county residents receive a $1 discount. The Publik House is on South River at the end of Londontown Road in Edgewater. For information, call 222-1919.
Airfair '91 is scheduled Saturday and next Sunday at the College Park Airport from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
An air show will feature a team of precision flyers and some of the nation's top stunt pilots performing aerobatic maneuvers. The show will take place both days from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In addition there will be static aircraft displays with dozens of antique planes, children's games from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and food. Airplane, helicopter and hot air balloon rides will also be available for a fee. Admission is free.
The airport is at 6709 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park. For information, call (301) 864-5844.
The Stewartstown, Pa., Historical Society Inc. will host two train rides with Civil War themes Saturday on the Stewartstown Railroad. Members of several Civil War re-enactment groups will participate in the action, which involves a band of Confederate partisans stopping the train to search for important documents being carried by Union officers. The trains depart Stewartstown for New Freedom, Pa., at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
Tickets cost $6. The Stewartstown depot is on Pennsylvania Route 851, four miles east of Exit 1 on Interstate 83. For information, call (717) 993-6948.