Summer is fast-approaching, and around Hancock folks are gearing up for all sorts of terrific outdoor events and activities.
Soap Box Derby
Another round of All-American Soap Box Derby Races is set for Saturday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. on High Street.
Youth from the area will compete for a trip to Akron, Ohio, and the International Derby Race. To register for the local competition, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.
As before, several blocks of West High Street (approximately from Baptist Road to Methodist Street) will be closed to allow for racing.
Circus coming to town
The circus comes to town Monday, June 4.
As a fundraiser, the Hancock Fire Co. will again sponsor two performances by the Kelly Miller Circus. Shows are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. under the big top, which will be erected in Widmeyer Park.
For tickets, call Greg Yost at 301-678-7739.
The group known as Hancock in Motion is organizing an all-day community festival for Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Widmeyer Park.
Included will be craft and yard sale vendors, local groups selling food, children’s games, cake walks and field competitions. Music will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature Take Two, Just B Cuz and BandANA. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Saturday, June 9, is the date for the Chesapeake Night Seafood fundraiser, which will benefit the Interfaith Service Coalition.
Set for St. Peter’s Catholic Parish Hall, 16 E. High St., the menu features snow king crab legs, steamed shrimp, haddock, crab imperial, fried chicken and other offerings. A silent auction begins at 4 p.m. with dinner served at 5 p.m. and a live auction to follow. Tickets cost $20 each and are nearly sold out.
For more information, call Debbie Cohill at 301-678-6605.
On Sunday, June 10, the Hancock Arts Council will sponsor a concert by Simple Gifts. The two women who comprise the group play 12 instruments in a program that features ethnic folk music from America, Ireland and several European countries.
The program begins at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.
For tickets, call Arts Council Chairman Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719.
And later in June, Hancock’s annual Barge Bash will be held on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Saturday, June 23, is the date.
Camp registration is under way for Adventures in Friendship, the five-day day camp jointly sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.
The camp is designed for those ages 10 to 14, and this year’s dates are Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29.
Utilizing a host of guest teachers from the region, the camp teaches life skills to young people. Included are presentations about health, nutrition, drug awareness, safety and many other things, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and first-aid lessons.
Thanks to funding from United Way of Washington County and other grants, the camp will be free. However, advance registration with parental permission is required. Call 301-678-6605 to obtain the necessary forms.