PERHAPS YOU read last week about the plan by Ed Leister, a senior vice president at Taneytown Bank & Trust, to capitalize on Taneytown's brush with history.
Leister wants to place a half-scale replica of a cannon in the roundabout on the east end of town. The plan is to encourage folks passing through on the way to Gettysburg, Pa., to get out of their cars and explore the town that almost was the site of the xTC Civil War's pivotal battle.
You may recall, from a brief history lesson in this column a few weeks back, that Union Gen. George G. Meade had planned to engage Southern troops in a battle just outside town, where he had set up camp. Union and Confederate troops, however, ran into each other 15 miles north of here, cementing Gettysburg's place in history and leaving our town as a historical footnote.
Taneytown already is trading on its proximity to Gettysburg. The theme of the first two Celebrate Taneytown events was tied to the Civil War era, and this year's on Aug. 22 will follow suit.
There might be no better way to get in the mood for Celebrate Taneytown than to attend the second annual Antrim Antebellum Ball on Aug. 14.
Festivities are planned from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Antrim 1844, the bed-and-breakfast on Trevanion Road. The evening starts with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres, with a chance to stroll the grounds or take a carriage ride.
A 19th-century dinner follows, and the night concludes with dancing to the sounds of Potomac Thunder, with period dances such as the Virginia reel called by Steve Bachmiller.
Proceeds from the evening will help with the promotion of Taneytown's historic atmosphere and promotional events. Tickets are $75, which covers food and beverages. Period costumes are optional.
Information: 410-756-6812 or 410-756-6431.
A group of Jamaican youth is visiting the area this week as part of the mission outreach program of Evangelical Christian Church in Keymar.
Events include a visit to a Frederick Keys baseball game tomorrow, a prayer breakfast Saturday at Pine Mar Camp on Old Taneytown Road, and a covered dish dinner Sunday at Pine Mar.
Sunday's evening service will be led by a Jamaican pastor, and events wrap up with a dinner at Pizza Hut on Monday and a crab feast and farewell service Tuesday.
Taneytown Volunteer Fire Department will have Bingo Bonanza on Sept. 19 at the activities building off Memorial Drive.
The event includes 25 games, including a jackpot game worth $500, and total prize money of more than $2,600.
Doors will open at 4 p.m., and turkey dinner platters will be served from 5: 30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Games start promptly at 7 p.m.
Admission is $20 per person up to Sept. 12, and $25 after. Admission includes dinner (turkey, potatoes, gravy, green beans, dressing, roll and apple sauce), 12 cards for each regular game, 12 cards for each special game, 12 cards for the special jackpot game, one sheet of triangle bingo and one sheet for each of the four "slow quickie" games.
Extra cards will be available for all games, and the event will be canceled and money refunded if at least 125 tickets are not sold. Children must be accompanied by a parent and must have a ticket.
Information: 410-756-6692, 410-756-6630 or 410-756-6253.
Yard sale alert
Stone Chapel United Methodist Church on Stone Chapel Road, between New Windsor and Westminster, will have a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A variety of items, including antiques, will be sold, and lunch will be available.
Pub Date: 7/23/98