Re: No Sharpsburg festival? (long)
I agree with much of what you say. The Festival has gotten very far
from what it was, but it's failure is "not an option". I live in
town, and I hope this is a wake-up call for the current organizers
that some serious changes need to be made to save it. The Sharpsburg
Historical Society is looking into ways we can help out, so don't be
surprised if you get a call!
PS (I don't call it a craft fair. I call it a junk fair! Without a
juried show you will never get real artists to set up shop.
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Rawlings, Kevin"
> Richard & Tomin the
> I was the one who started the Union and Confederate troops meeting
> center of town and organizing the regimental bands of both sidesinto having
> a battle of the bands. Also had the churches ring the bells at Noonto
> signal the start of the festival. While I was on the committee Iplanned and
> over saw the culmination of a preservation walk Robert Lee Hodgeorganized
> that finished marching into town from their historic routes intoSharpsburg
> and meeting in the town square. I got the overnight campinglocations, did
> the firewood, water, and porta-johns. Tom Clemens helped me as someof the
> money raised went to SHAF. Got avery nice Keith Rocco print as athanks from
> the march organizers. Very few people know of what I did, but therehave
> been some pretenders to the event in recent years making claimsthese things
> were their brainchilds. They have never had a hand in what Istarted. These
> were the days when the Lion's Club ran the event. Then the politicsgot out
> of hand during the event when we had the greatest attendence ofLiving
> history groups and success for the festival, including an artillerypiece.
> All that I had set up started to be stripped back because of fearsof a
> political back lash from another group. I quit and have neverlooked back.
> Unfortunately the festival has degenerated into a big crafts fairwhich not
> what it once was. It is a good money maker for SHAF,Inc.. Severalmembers
> have tried to re-recruit me but I am not interested in getting backinto the
> pool. I have more fun dressing up and primping and promenadingaround town
> and working the SHAF table. Can't say I'm surprised it has fallenapart.
> Best Regards,
> Kevin Rawlings