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Historical Entertainment, LLC Holds February 28 Release Party for Pen Mar Park Film

Historical Entertainment, LLC Holds February 28 Release Party for Pen Mar Park Film

(Cascade, MD): Historical Entertainment, LLC, a one-stop source for special effects, props, wardrobes, stunts, actors, and reenactors for nationally and internationally distributed films, will soon release a documentary about Pen Mar Park, a tourist attraction that, between 1877 and 1942, attracted thousands of visitors each weekend from the Baltimore-Washington region.
The film's release party will be held at the new Fort Ritchie Community Center at 14421 Lake Royer Drive in Cascade, Md., on February 28, 2009 at 7 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale for couples at $30, individuals at $25, and families of four for $40. Children under 13 will be admitted free of charge. Each admission category, whether for a couple, family, or individual, includes one free copy of Greetings from Pen Mar: The Pen Mar Park Story.
Historical Entertainment, LLC, invites anyone with an interest in Pen Mar Park to call 1-877-434-3456 to reserve tickets. Because of limited seating all seats must be reserved in advance.
"We are thrilled to be ready to share this documentary of Pen Mar Park," said Russell Richards, Historical Entertainment's CEO and project manager for the company's Historical Extras division.
"It's eye-opening, it's exciting, and it's important history," Richards said.
Frank and Suanne Woodring, who publish Maryland Cracker Barrel magazine and wrote the 2005 book Pen Mar for Arcadia Publishing, served as historical advisors for the project.
"This documentary is a great way to pay tribute to the individuals who worked at the park prior to its closing after the 1942 season. Those people deserve all the accolades that come their way. They were instrumental in getting the park open again in 1977," said Frank Woodring. "It's unbelievable how many people remember the park. It was an outing everybody looked forward to, and it holds many wonderful memories for many, many senior citizens."
Featuring interviews with past park patrons and employees, the documentary will explore the storied past of the Washington County, Md. park where 10,000 to 15,000 weekend visitors once dined, danced, enjoyed a carousel and other amusement rides, and rode a miniature railroad. The park also offered a photo studio, movie theatre, and scenic overlook. Record park attendance was often more than 20,000 visitors per day.
Many park visitors were attracted by their belief that areas with elevation over 600 feet were safe from risk of malaria. Additionally, the mountain air was cooler in an era before air conditioning.
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the major financial sponsor of the documentary. According to CVB President Tom Riford, "This is a great project which will help bring to light a fascinating part of Washington County's past. Today, Pen Mar Park is a beautiful county park, with Sunday concerts from late May through early October."
Riford said that the documentary will be well-suited for Maryland Public Television and will be for sale on DVD. "I've seen a preview of this documentary, and it's very impressive. We're pleased to be the financial sponsor of the February 28th Release Party, and we have wonderful musical entertainment scheduled." Members of the Ray Birely Big Band will be performing, and refreshments will be available.
First opened August 31, 1877, Pen Mar Park was the brainchild of Colonel John Mifflin Hood, a former Confederate soldier who became president of Western Maryland Railroad in 1874.
Dismantled in 1943, Pen Mar Park reopened in 1977 as part of the Washington County, Md. park system. The park includes a scenic overlook and a dance pavilion. The county park is on the Appalachian Trail, and very close to High Rock - which is near the highest point in the county. The park is also adjacent to the South Mountain State Park, one of the eight state parks located in Washington County.
Historical Entertainment, LLC, offers a one-stop shop for authenticity, production quality, and cost-effective details that make for great documentary film.
To purchase tickets, call 1-877-HE4-FILM. For more information about Historical Entertainment, see www.hetvfilm.com.
Historical Entertainment is a member of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau - a Proud Leading Sponsor of the project. For more information, see www.marylandmemories.com.
Washington County is part of the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area (see: www.heartofthecivilwar.org) and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area (see: www.hallowedground.org).

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com

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