Taneytown is holding first city celebration in park Saturday


ONE OF THE SUMMER'S big parties is planned at Memorial Park in Taneytown on Saturday when the city celebrates small town life. Celebrate Taneytown runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"I want everyone to come, enjoy the day and leave saying, 'I had a great time!' " says Ed Leister, who is spearheading the first-time event, which organizers hope to make annual.

The happening is authentically Taneytown. Food will be sold by city civic organizations. Trash will be picked up by local Boy Scouts. First aid will be provided by Taneytown Fire Company, and Taneytown police will direct parking.

Old-fashioned lemon and peppermint sticks will be offered by Taneytown Senior Center members. Pork barbecue will be sold by the Kiwanians and a pancake breakfast will be held by the Lions.

Leister's planning committee pulled out all the stops for entertainment, which will include a Civil War encampment, an antique car exhibit, children's activities and the Getz's steam calliope from Lancaster County, Pa.

Jackstraw will play bluegrass and folk tunes; Potomac Thunder, 19th-century music; the Eric Byrd Ensemble, jazz; Barbara McCourt, traditional music on a Celtic harp; and the Free Wheeling Country Band, country and popular music.

Other events include an appearance by an Abraham Lincoln impersonator; demonstrations by a glass blower, blacksmith and quilters; and displays of antique guns and tractors.

Information: 756-2655.

New Windsor plants trees

Trees have been immortalized in the poetry of Joyce Kilmer, in Roman literature and in contemporary novels.

They are good for the environment and good for the soul -- remember reading in the shade of a tree or playing in raked leaves?

Members of the New Windsor Tree Committee have spent the past three years planting trees on the streets of the town.

This tree-planting effort has been headed by Linda Donaldson, who watched some favorite trees being removed from her property a few years ago.

Through research she learned that federal money was available to plant trees for the town. She enlisted people to help research, canvass neighborhoods to get approval to plant trees in yards and locate a nursery for the trees.

The result is an assortment of graceful specimens, ranging from the zelkova to cherry trees and Liberty elms.

New Windsor residents helping with the tree-planting effort are Cliff McCormick, the Rev. Charles Acker, Josh Lindeman, Beth Trickett, John Scott, Judy Gray, Jan Wilson and Tammy Robinson, with consultants Neal Ridgely and Sharon Ross.

Working to plant trees in her community has been a positive experience, Donaldson says.

"Seventy-five trees were planted that wouldn't have been planted otherwise."

Red Cross blood drive

The Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Firemen's Activities Building at Memorial Park.

Information: (800) 787-0091, Ext. 7800.

Pub Date: 8/22/96

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