Situated in the Cumberland Valley and ringed by the Appalachian Mountains to
the west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, Hagerstown and surrounding
Washington County offer many family, recreational and cultural activities.
Hagerstown also has a major mall, plus the largest outlet mall in Maryland, a
grotto cave, a nice city park, a museum of fine arts, five state parks including
the civil war battlefield at Antietam Creek, home to five area golf courses golf
courses, ice rinks in a ice and sports complex, biking trails, and river rafting
during the Feast.
Fine dining restaurants, neighborhood pubs and grills, bustling eateries and
diners and quick to-go delis and fast food chains provide eclectic menus with
dozens of choices for all budgets.
Traveling the Western Maryland Rail Trail, residents and visitors experience
the beauty of Washington County's rolling farmland and abundant wildlife. People
commonly enjoy hiking, biking, jogging and roller-blading along the 10-mile
trail, which follows the former Western Maryland Railroad line. For more
information click on their website at www.marylandmemories.org.
Hagerstown is equidistant (70 miles) from Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, and
Harrisburg, PA, plus less than an hour to Gettysburg. This proximity provides
the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational field trips and
enjoyable excursions to these metropolitan areas.
At Hagerstown, U.S. Interstate 81 traveling north and south crisscrosses U.S.
Interstate 70 traveling east and west making easy access for members.
The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Antietam Creek will host church
services and provide the bulk of housing accommodations. Rooms will be $65 per
night and is enhanced by the $1 million refurbishment that the hotel completed
this past year, which include new carpet, wall coverings and furnishing in our
guest rooms and suites, freshly painted meeting rooms, new lobby furniture and a
hi-tech Fun Zone for children of all ages. The Clarion also features on-site
restaurant, indoor pool / atrium area, fitness center (membership free for hotel
guests) and an indoor track. Check out their website at www.ClarionAntietam.com.
Major airports nearby are Baltimore's BWI, Washington's Dulles and Ronald
Reagan National, and even Harrisburg International Airport.
Expected attendance will be around 1000.
Location of Services: Clarion Hotel & Conference
Center Antietam Creek, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, Maryland 21740
First Service: Friday, September 20, 2002, at 7:30p.m. Complete Events Calendar
Taxes: There is 10 percent room tax and 5 percent sales tax.