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Shooting Star
Astronomy event
OCTOBER 7, 2023
y and night 

Free with payment of park entrance fees.  Rain cancels.

2:00pm - 5:00pm 


Join the Westminster Astronomy Society during the day to view the Sun through a solar telescope.



William Houck (Lake) Area
39.6268, -77.4629
14274 William Houck Drive
Thurmont, MD 21788


From US 15 in Thurmont, take MD 77 west for 3 miles. Turn left on to Catoctin Hollow Road and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn right on to William Houck Drive, proceed 0.4 miles.  After the entrance station, turn right into the large parking lot.  The viewing is at the far side of the parking lot, by the lake.  An entrance fee may apply in season.

9:00pm - 11:00pm 


Come back in the evening to see the Moon in its waxing gibbous phase and enjoy viewing other celestial bodies through telescopes.


Dam Overlook Parking Area

39.6275, -77.4552

14372 Catoctin Hollow Road

Thurmont, MD 21788



From US 15 in Thurmont, take MD 77 west for 3 miles.  Turn left on to Catoctin Hollow Road and proceed 0.4 miles.  The Dam parking lot is on your right.  The viewing area is on the adjacent dam, use a headlamp or flashlight to walk out of the parking lot and on to the dam.

More information:
Autumn Leaves

Friends 10K - 5K
and Fun Run/Walk

Sunday- November 5, 2023
Thurmont, MD
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  Registration now open!  

"Become a race Corporate Sponsor"

The 8th annual Friends footrace occurs at the peak of fall foliage in the cool, crisp air.  Early-bird discount for registrants in Summer 2023.  Family-friendly, food, prizes and a great race t-shirt.

The paved 5K begins and ends at the Lake parking lot, and includes "The Hill".  The 10K is a challenging double-loop of the 5K course.  The un-timed 1.4-mile Fun Run/Walk is at your own pace.  

For more information and Registration:

For Corporate Sponsorship information, please CONTACT US.

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