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Candles in the wind

From: Mike
Sent on: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 3:32 PM



On Saturday, December 5, we will go to Antietam National Battlefield for an annual event that includes an afternoon hike around one of the best preserved Civil War battlefields (, followed by an evening drive through the Memorial Illumination (


The hike is a moderately difficult 11 miles (2.5 blisters) over mixed surfaces (roads, farms, woods) and rolling hills. Shorter options are available. The Illumination commemorates the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with 23,000 candles representing that day's casualties. During the hike, you'll see the many volunteers preparing the candles, making the Illumination all the more moving and impressive. This is a great way to learn about Civil War history. All are welcome, including kids and leashed dogs.


If you are interested, let me know and I will send detailed information about the meeting time and place, and the event, by late next Tuesday. (If you've already expressed interest and don't get information by next Tuesday night, let me know.)


Dinner: After the Illumination, many of us will have dinner at the historic Old South Mountain Inn ( Reservations are required. To reserve, email me and send me $5/person deposit as a check payable to Michael Darzi (POB 2308, Rockville, MD 20847). I will confirm receipt, and will consider you reserved after I receive the check.


The deposit goes towards your meal. If you need to cancel and I can find a replacement, I'll refund it to you. If the trip is rescheduled due to weather, the restaurant keeps it, although you are welcome to go there on your own.


If the Illumination is cancelled due to weather, it will be rescheduled for December 12, as will the hike. There is no guarantee of dinner reservations for December 12. FYI, in the last eight years, the Illumination was rescheduled once.


Pix from previous two Antietam hikes:


In the meantime, have a great Turkey Day!



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