Hancock hosts the 35th annual Canal-Apple Days Festival this weekend, sponsored by the Hancock Lions and Lioness cubs, and it looks like the weather is going to be great.
Plan to arrive early on Saturday to get a good seat along Main Street for the grand parade, which begins at 11 a.m. The parade gathers at the east end of town and ends at Widmeyer Park. Before or after the parade, stop by the Hancock Visitors Center and Museum on Main Street. The center will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate its 15 months of service to 2,500-plus guests from 40 states and 12 countries.
Free refreshments, trinkets, tours, music and hospitality will be available. Then drive on to Widmeyer Park which, as usual, will be bustling with crafts, food and musical entertainment.
Go by the table sponsored by St. Peter and St. Patrick’s Catholic churches and get some of those homemade apple-dumplings. Stay on to enjoy live music, then plan to return on Sunday afternoon for more of the same.
Wild Bill Adams and his Porch Pickin’ Partners will perform bluegrass music at the Bowles House two more times this fall before the U.S. Park Service closes the visitors center for the season.
The concerts will be Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.
The access road to the Bowles House is directly across from the Hancock Truck Stop at the east end of Hancock. The performances are free.
Relay for Life fundraiser
If you have a bit of extra time Saturday, drop by the Relay for Life fundraiser, sponsored by Kingsway Trading Gold Buyers at Douglas Motors on Resley Street.
The gold buyers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to buy your unwanted gold, silver, platinum, coins, class rings and turn them into cash for you and a good cause. For more information, call 301-573-0558.
Fall fling on Oct. 15
For the third year in a row, the Hancock Elementary School PTA will host its fall fling and community yard sale. This year’s date is Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Widmeyer Park.
There will be a yard sale, food, bake sale, games, crafts, bounce house, cake walk and entertainment.
To rent a space for $10, call Staci at 301-573-0558.
Photos on display
A new window display at Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue (the former Jim’s Game Room building) shows examples of some of the many photos that were entered in the 2011 Hancock Area Photo Contest.
Winning photos will be announced at a reception at the Hancock War Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
The prize-winning photos and honorable mentions will then be on display in the library until the end of the year.
The annual contest is sponsored by the Hancock Area Photo Club, Hancock In Motion and the Hancock Arts Council.
On Saturday, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service will host a guided bike ride on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Plan to meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O Bicycle Shop, 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
A Fort Frederick State Park naturalist will lead a moderately-paced ride with frequent stops to examine the flora and fauna along the way. The ride will last approximately four hours. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be available in Hancock.
The event is free to the public. Bicycle rentals are available by calling the bike shop at 301-678-6665. For more information, call 301-842-2155.