Journal: Community club holds long legacy of Labor Day bashes

Community club holds long legacy of Labor Day bashes
September 6, 2016
BY KATIANN MARSHALL – Journal Staff Writer (kmarshall@journal-news.net) ,Journal News
SHEPHERDSTOWN – The Shepherdstown Community Club hosted its annual Labor Day picnic at Morgan Grove Park on Monday.
More than 100 people from the community gathered to enjoy food, fellowship and music from the Rohrersville Cornet Band.
Tom Huddleston, SCC board member and former president, said the club has been hosting the picnic for decades.
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Journal photo by Katiann Marshall

Don Davis, secretary of the Shepherdstown Community Club, grills hot dogs and hamburgers during the club’s annual Labor Day picnic Monday afternoon at Morgan Grove Park.

“I would say we’ve been doing this for almost 40 years,” Huddleson said. “I mean a long time, it’s been an annual event for easily over 25 years for sure.”
Huddleston said the Rohrersville Cornet Band is a big attraction and has been playing at the picnics for at least 25 years or more.
“One of the nice things that people really seem to appreciate is the band that comes from Maryland and they do it every year – for probably 20 years or so,” Huddleston said. “Every year they put it on their calendar to come, and we honor that.”
Founded in 1837, the band claims to be the oldest continuous brass band in the state of Maryland.
Bob Schlater has been playing the saxophone for about 65 years.
“I’ve been in this area for almost 20 years, so I have played here about 19 times,” Schlater said. “We have a certain shtick, if you will, it’s mainly band music, military, a few marches and toons which represent that Civil War era, which is big around here. We try to do a variety of things.”
Jack Young has been attending the Labor Day picnic every year since he moved to the area in 1999, and he said the band is his favorite part.
“They are a real treasure,” Young said.
Everyone from the community was welcomed to join the picnic. The club sold hot dogs, hamburgers and Beverages – all funds raised will go toward the upkeep of Morgan Grove Park and the War Memorial Building.
“I think as much as anything we are a community nonprofit, members only, so we do raise funds by doing events like this, but its a way to gather people together on a major holiday, celebrate Labor Day and enjoy each others company while bringing the community together,” Huddleston said.
According to Young, said it’s a great way to wrap up the summer.
“It’s a great community builder. You get to see all your friends that have been off on their vacations all summer, so they are back here now and it’s a great opportunity to have good fellowship and be a little patriotic,” Young said.
The pot-luck style picnic encourages residents to bring a dish to share, especially desserts and salads.
Winnie Bernat moved to Shepherdstown in 2006, and she said the picnic is a great way to meet people and try new foods.
“In addition to talking and spending time with each other, we all bring food. I get to see what everyone else is bringing and you get to see new recipes and share those with each other,” Bernat said.
The next big event the club is having is the annual book sale Oct. 13-16. The book sale will be held at the War Memorial Building. The sale starts with a wine and cheese preview reception Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., with a $10 admission. It continues Saturday with no entry fee from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the sale go to the maintenance of the War Memorial Building and Morgan’s Grove Park.
Club members said the fall book sale offers tons of books from history to science to DYI – as well as a children’s section. Volunteers are needed to sort books Oct. 9-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For information on events, visit shepherdstowncc.org. For more information on the book sale, call Susan Brown at 304-876-2586.
Staff writer Katiann Marshall can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 182 or at twitter.com/kmarshallJN.

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