2012-06-14 / Entertainment

Hancock Barge Bash Set For June 23 Mills To Sing At Pittsburgh Ceremony

The Hancock Arts Council has announced that boating and canal enthusiasts should get ready to weigh anchor because the Hancock Barge Bash is coming again.

The 10th annual Barge Bash will launch Saturday, June 23, 2012, on the scenic C&O Canal National Historical Park in Hancock. This year’s Barge Bash is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the Town of Hancock and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

According to arts council representatives, there have been some strange sightings in Hancock during previous Barge Bashes. Some have been sightings of a “Yellow Submarine,” covered wagons, the “Beverly Hillbillies,” a Statue of Liberty, pirates, Chinese dragons, the Loch Ness Monster, riverboats, Viking ships, mermaids, astronauts, and many more clever designs.

Arts Council Chairman Sinclair Hamilton said, “There is no better way to have a good time than to bring the whole family down to the canal and watch the show.” Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy, the skipper of many barges in previous years, also remarked that the unique event is fun for all ages. “It allows our town to remember its ties to the history of the canal and go a little crazy at the same time. You don’t want to miss it!”

Back again for the third year, a one-mile run called the Bash Dash will occur, starting at Hancock Middle- Senior High School and ending at the Barge Bash location – the Rail Trail parking lot and Canal Street. This year’s activities will begin at 10 a.m., when entries for the Barge Bash begin to assemble for viewing. At noon, barge entries will be placed in the C&O Canal; and at 1 p.m., the nautical parade will begin. Prizes will be awarded approximately at 2 p.m.

Individuals, families, friends, groups, teammates, coworkers and businesses are all invited to be creative, have fun, and win prizes by entering their fantastic-looking barges and bringing the “people” power (aka “horse” power) to pull the barges through the water to the finish line. Simply complete an entry form available at the Hancock Town Hall, 126 West High Street, Hancock, MD 21750, or contact Town Hall at 301-678-5622. The registration fee is $50 for each entry. To view pictures of previous barges, go online at the Hancock Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.hancockmd.com under Barge Bash photos.

In addition to the Barge Bash – the nautical parade of the barges – there will be live music by the Flashbacks, food vendors, photo opportunities and rides by a muledrawn wagon (courtesy of Wayne and Jeanne Ward). For the first time this year, the Barge Bash Ball (dance/concert) will be held Saturday evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Town Hall. Take Two Variety Band, Russ and Donna Miller, will be performing songs from the Big Band era, country standards, 50s and 60s rock and roll, Dixieland jazz, polkas, waltzes, jitterbugs and even a tango. Admission will be by donation to benefit the Hancock Arts Council.

For more information or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, e-mail murphydvm@hotmail.com or call Dr. Murphy’s office at 301-678- 6635 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m and 5 p.m.

Olivia Mills has been selected to sing at the Allegheny County Flag Retirement Ceremony in Pittsburgh’s South Park on Thursday, Flag Day, June 14.

Her youtube performances and demo CD was reviewed by the selection committee for the event, and she was chosen to perform a patriotic piece for the ceremony.

Olivia also was scheduled to sing the national anthem for the Hagerstown Suns game on Tuesday, June 12.

She is the daughter of Mike and Joyce Mills Lupey and will be a senior at Forbes Road High School this coming school year.

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