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Shepherdstown continues celebration

By Staff | May 15, 2012

Halfway through its semiquincentennial celebration, Shepherdstown 250 officials updated area media outlets and organizations on upcoming events to look forward to during the final six months.

Annual or familiar community events will have a “250 twist,” said chair Meredith Wait at the meeting that was held at the Bavarian Inn Friday morning.

One of those events, which returned from a year’s hiatus last summer, is Shepherdstown Streetfest. President Lori Robertson said festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. on June 30. The daylong street festival features bands on a main and side stages, vendors and a beer garden, and last year’s festival hosted approximately 6,000 visitors.

Through sponsors and donations, the event is able to be funded, and, Robertson said, Shepherdstown 250 has been named as a recipient of donations should there be excess.

Another 250 twist the committee is looking into is having bands on the main stage sing “Happy Birthday” to the town.

“This will kind of be the big birthday street party,” Robertson said.

Another Shepherdstown mainstay, the annual Fourth of July festivities, will feature a day of events – from the dedication of a historic marker for the Beeline March and a 249th U.S. Army Band concert to the annual parade down German Street and a community picnic at Rumsey Memorial Park.

But, not all Shepherdstown 250 events for the remainder of the year are what Shepherdstown or Jefferson County residents are used to attending every year.

On July 28, the Jefferson County Meals on Wheels will sponsor a barn dance at Wild Goose Farm. The day, which will consist of square and line dancing, kids activities, a music jam and other performances, is open to the public, and donations are welcome.

Roger Dailey, a Meals on Wheels member and avid square dancer, said the group was looking for ways to raise funds, and when the opportunity presented itself to get involved with the 250 celebration, members decided this event would offer a variety of options for the community.

“We plan to have a lot of fun,” he said.

And in September, the Corporation of Shepherdstown will team up with the town of Sharpsburg for the Antietam Remembrance Walk.

Vernell Doyle, president of the Sharpsburg Historical Society, said with Antietam celebrating its 150th anniversary and Shepherdstown celebrating its 250th, it “seemed like a good tie in” for the walk.

The Sept. 16 walk, which will take place during the Sharpsburg Heritage Festival, will begin at the site of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s headquarters on Md. Rt. 34, west of Sharpsburg. Participants will then walk approximately 3.4 miles to Shepherdstown.

“I believe this is the only commemorative walk in honor of the battle,” Doyle said.

“We hope it will be enjoyable rather than fun because it is a solemn kind of walk in remembrance of the carnage lost,” she added.