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Sucker for Big Bands

Received this press release from Brunswick:

Big Band Dance Celebrates Historic 80th Brunswick Veterans Parade

(Brunswick, Maryland) –  The Big Band Dance Salute to the historic  80th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 3 at the American Legion,18 South Maple Avenue in downtown Brunswick, Maryland.  The dance is from 7 – 11pm.  18 piece Swing Time Big Band will play tunes from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and more!  If you prefer, come dressed in period costume, attire, or military uniform, if it still fits!  Legion kitchen opens at 6pm, offering home-cooked meals and refreshments. Cash bar. Minimum age: 21.  Tickets: $10.00.  Advance ticket sales, call 240-508-3049 or events@brunswickmd.gov.  Credit cards accepted. The Big Band Dance Salute is sponsored by the City of Brunswick and Stedman-Keenan American Legion Post 96 downtown Brunswick. 

The tribute to our Veterans continues with The 80th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade which gets underway the next day, Sunday, November 4 at 1pm  opening ceremony at Square Corner Park, downtown Brunswick.  Parade kickoff is at 2pm from East to West Potomac Streets.  The 80th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade is a City of Brunswick sponsored event and open to the public – rain or shine.  Other parade sponsors include: Potomac Edison/First Energy Company, 84 Lumber, PNC Bank and Yellow Cab Company. Info. 240-508-3049 or events@brunswickmd.govwww.brunswickmd.gov. Click on events.

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I had a great time talking with people who road the MARC train between Brunswick and Harper’s Ferry. I finally found the book I was looking for all weekend to confirm some alleged Brunswick “facts” I imparted on the public. Here are a few of them:

Did you know that –

Brunswick was named Berlin at the time the B&O built a depot there?

Between Point of Rocks and Harper’s Ferry there were only two small towns: Berlin and Knoxville?

In 1832, Harper’s Ferry was a city of about 3,000 inhabitants?

In 1834, B&O began railroad service to Harper’s Ferry?

By 1859, there were two passenger trains a day between Baltimore and Wheeling named the Wheeling Express, running at a speed of between 30 and 35 mph?

All this and more can be found in the book “The Railroad Came – and a Special Community Grew in Brunswick, Md.” by Peter Maynard published in 2008.  It is an interesting little book which reads more like a journal and provides some delightful insight to the special relationship between the Harper’s Ferry and Brunswick.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

 

 

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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since Steam at Harper’s Ferry opened its doors! While there was hope that the gallery would have some appeal here with its Victorian/Steampunk theme, expectations were exceeded.

September 2011

Steam at Harper’s Ferry held its first exhibit featuring artist Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards. Despite seemingly endless problems the week before, the reception went off without a hitch!

October 2011

Steam “officially” opened to the public on October 1, the first day of Railroad Days in Brunswick, MD. There was a Freedom Run early in the morning and those dedicated runners slogged through the rain-soaked streets and pathways. Our very first sale occurred this month. There was also an unexpected snow storm which caused the power to go out and significant tree damage.

November 2011

Steam started selling woodblock prints made on the premises. Jason Edwards, Steam’s Resident Artist, made “3D” prints of his character “Octoboy.”

December 2011

Busy, busy, busy! The 41st Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas was held the first two weekends of December. Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit and the weather cooperated!

January 2012

Things start to slow down in Harper’s Ferry in January, but we were open every weekend that month. The fireplace was on all … the … time.

February 2012

Musician Jonah Knight performed on acoustic guitar to a standing room only crowd, despite the cold weather. Jonah will be back on November 29 with his “Creepy Christmas” tunes.

March 2012

The Appalachian Trail Anniversary celebration was held this month. The Steampunk Travel exhibit opened with fine cabinetry work by Pith Helmet Provisions. The reception spilled out onto the stairway and throughout the town. Pith Helmet Provisions is comprised of members of The Steampunk Family who will have a Steampunk Stroll through the Lower Town on December 9 at 2 pm.

April 2012

This month was filled with preparations for the first Art Walk starting at Bolivar and ending in Harpers Ferry’s lower town. Next year’s Art Walk will be held on April 27 and 28.

May 2012

Author John W. Lamb talked about his book, “A Strange Engine of War” this month. Steam has his book available for sale. I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair.

June 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit opened this month. This was the first time that we had posters made featuring art shown in the Gallery. It was also the first exhibit we had with five artists showing their work.

July 2012

This month, Steam announced plans for an arts-related business series.

August 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit closed and the “Steampunk Leisure” call to artists was announced.

September 2012

The Steampunk Leisure exhibit opened and we are holding our first “Shameless Steam” event today with Hannah Ehlman, Larry Gillick and Cynthia Gayton presenting.

We’ve had visitors from as far away as Brazil and as close as Brunswick (well, even closer if your count upstairs and up the street!). It has been great fun talking about Harper’s Ferry’s Victorian Past and introducing people to Steampunk.

Thank you, everyone, for your support! We look forward to this coming year!

 

 

 

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Just received this useful information from the Harpers Ferry Historical Town Foundation . http://www.historicharpersferry.com/articles/Events-July14-29.pdf

For July 12-22, 2012

7th Annual Key West Wine Festival (near Shannondale)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Purcellville, VA *Local* http://www.breauxvineyards.com/scripts/eventPg.cfm/_/458/7th-Annual-Key-West-Festival/

Brunswick Crossing Classic Rock Concert
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Brunswick, MD *Local* http://www.brunswickcrossing.com/wordpress/?p=4057

Thunder on South Mountain (Sept 1862 Battle)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Burkittsville, MD *Local* http://friendsofsouthmountain.org/calendar.html

Appalachian Trail Junior Ranger Day
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/events/2012/01/19/junior-ranger-day

Thomas Jefferson & Slavery Drama Presentation
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Harpers Ferry NHP Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/events.htm

Brunswick Crossing. Blues & Funk Concert
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Brunswick, MD *Local* http://www.brunswickcrossing.com/wordpress/?p=4057

Battle of Bolivar Heights (Oct 1861) Artillery Demonstration
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Harpers Ferry NHP Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://harpersferryhistory.org/educate.htm

Jefferson County and nearby areas

149th Lees Retreat through Williamsport
Fri Jul 13, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Williamsport, MD *Area* http://williamsportretreat.com

Wash St Gallery Making Art – Photography
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Charles Town, WV *Area* http://wstreetgallery.com/2012/03/27/washington-street-artists-cooperative-launches-making-art-series/

Brady’s Sharpershooters (Antietam)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Antietam, MD *Area* http://nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2012-annual-schedule.htm

US Navy Band Country Current (Boonsboro)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Boonsboro, MD *Area* http://www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com/

Craftworks Landscape Painting Workshop
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Shepherdstown, WV *Area* http://wvcraftworks.org

Death in September (Jamieson book)
Sun Jul 22, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Antietam, MD *Area* http://nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2012-annual-schedule.htm

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I follow a Yahoo! group about the B&O Railroad. I asked Mr. Cohen if I could repost a recent post of his to the group. He said yes, and here it is. If you want to get in touch with Mr. Cohen, there is a group email address below.

The Washington County Branch RR began operations in 1867 or 1868 from Weverton, which about a mile and a half to 2 miles west of Knoxville. The branch was something like 24 miles long and lasted until 1975-1978 when it was removed in stages. Today, IF you know where to look there are evidences to find at Weverton where the branch headed towards Hagerstown. They are located almost exactly opposite the C&O Canal lock house there off old Keep Tryst Rd. I passed right by there yesterday afternoon and this is an excellent time to check it out as the weeds and underbrush are non-existent for photos, especially using the lock house as a prop for photos, maybe a bit of an anachronism with current motive power behind the 180 years old (or thereabouts) lock house. Some of the rails for the branch are still there for a few dozen yards before they were removed heading up the valley where I think Israel Creek flows.

The B&O backed this project and from what I have read, it wasn’t very successful financially. The last passenger operations ended October 31,1949 with I think the Doodlebug running a triangle route between Brunswick, Frederick and Hagerstown and back again.

There were a number of stations along the line and some have good photos surviving. A few are quite elusive to find. The Weverton station was closed from what I have determined in 1929 or thereabouts and was demolished in early 1936, just before the big Potomac flood of that year. Route 340 today occupies much of the old town along the hillside which was removed to make way for that work in the 1960’s. The last permanently assigned station agent Franklin Garber retired in 1929, died in 1944 and is the great-great grandfather of the B&O RR HS Sentinel editor, Harry Meem. Franklin Garber is now a permanent resident in the cemetery in Knoxville at the top of the hill there.

Weverton was named for Caspar Wever (those are the correct spellings) who attempted to establish a milling community at this point but it was too isolated even back then to attract the necessary development.

Wever led an interesting past being involved in construction of the old National Road, what later became Route 40 and construction of the B&O mainline. He was involved in the faulty construction of the first B&O bridge across the Potomac at Harpers Ferry and that forever clouded his future 25 years of life before expiring in early 1861.

As an aside, if you want to know more about Wever, there has been an informative booklet published by Peter Maynard plus I think Dilts’ book covers some of his shenanigans as well.

Bob Cohen

January 29, 2012

Baltimore_and_Ohio@yahoogroups.com

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That was the question for the evening at our pre-opening reception. Did I do a good job explaining? Probably not, but I handed out some literature in the form of the newspaper from the Steampunk World’s Fair held on May 20-22, 2011 and did my best elevator pitch.  The more I learn, the harder it is to explain.  From now on, I’ll have to say that it is an experience and leave it at that. No. My pitch has to improve.

It had been a frustrating week trying to get everything together. But, in the end, it was great to have a chance to meet and talk to people in advance of the “official” opening. Both featured artists were there – Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards which was wonderful.

Our opening is October 1, during the weekend of Brunswick, Maryland’s 28th Annual Railroad Days!  There will be an excursion train running between Brunswick and Harper’s Ferry on both days.  I understand that tickets will be available in Harper’s Ferry at the Tenfold Fair Trade shop as well as in Brunswick.

I visited the Brunswick Railroad Museum a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised with it. The best part was the model railroad. A Harper’s Ferry addition is in progress.

It’s a good time. I recommend the event highly.  After you visit Harper’s Ferry, of course.

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