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Battle of South Mountain

Step back in time to the Civil War and experience the Battle of South Mountain this weekend in Boonsboro. Several thousand Union and Confederate Civil War re-enactors take part in commemoration of the Battle of South Mountain of Sept. 14, 1862, which preceded the bloody Battle of Antietam by three days. Also featured are cavalry, sutlers, artillery, troop camps, medical demonstrations, period civilians, food and a dramatic 21-gun evening cannonade, "Fire on the Mountain."

The two-day event coincides with the annual Boonsborough Days, an Early American juried arts and craft show.

The battle site is on Monroe Road, off Route 34. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with 8 p.m. cannonade; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, free for ages 12 and under. Call 301-371-7090. The arts and crafts show takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at Shafer Park, off Main Street. Free. Call 301-432-5889.

African-American Heritage Festival

Celebrate African-American culture Sunday at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin. With the theme "Dunamis! Entrance Into the Millennium," the daylong family festival features crafts, ethnic food, live entertainment, magic acts, nature walks, genealogy research and karate demonstrations. Exhibits include information on black Civil War veterans, the underground railroad and Negro Baseball League players.

The festival site is on Route 113. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bring chairs or blankets. Admission is free. Call 410-641-1988.

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