September 12th, 2010

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Poem for Sunday and Boonsboro Days

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As you may have guessed from the poem, we spent September 11th in the vicinity of South Mountain, where it is not quite the anniversary of the Civil War battle and the nearby town of Boonsboro is celebrating autumn with its annual Boonesborough Days festival. We started at Washington Monument State Park, where we had a picnic near the museum, then hiked up the bit of the Appalachian Trail that leads to the monument at the summit. There were many Boy Scouts and hikers visiting as well, and we all had great views of Boonsboro below plus the mountains further off. Then we went to Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro, where in addition to a permanent playground, bandstand, Civil War cannon and Korean War naval gun, there are hundreds of craft exhibitors and vendors, plus lots of food. We bought some homemade kettle corn and cold drinks and walked by the tents on both sides of the stream, where I subjected my kids to jewelry stalls but we also saw candle-dipping, broom-making, flour-milling, and raptors from Trego Mountain Sanctuary, which rehabilitates the birds.

Late in the afternoon, we walked back through Boonsboro -- which was having a town-wide yard sale, with many people out on their porches selling Halloween and Christmas items (one woman had a dozen historic Barbies in mint condition boxes for $10 each, but I behaved, since I had bought a little cross body purse from Sassy Bags at the fair, plus two different varieties of Marco's Not Yet Famous Salsa). Before driving home, we stopped at South Mountain Creamery, where we dropped in on the calves and bunnies in the barn, paid a visit to the cows, chickens, and cat in the fields, and went to the creamery store for buttermilk, cheese, and ice cream. The University of Maryland's game against Morgan State wasn't on TV, but we learned from the internet that they were winning easily throughout; the Terrapins ultimately won 62-3.

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