LIFESTYLE

Humorist to speak at Allison-Antrim Museum

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Tim Rowland, an award-winning humor and political columnist, will speak at the Allison-Antrim Museum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct.10. He will talk about liquor and moonshining, the subject of his book, Maryland’s Appalachian Highlands: Massacres, Moonshine and Mountaineering.

Allison-Antrim Museum will hold its October monthly speaker’s meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the restored German bank barn at 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle. The featured speaker is Tim Rowland.

Honey has been described as the perfect food, but for settlers on the Maryland frontier it was hooch. Liquor didn’t spoil, it traveled well and it was always in demand. It was an escape from tough life on the edge of civilization; it served as both medicine and money.  Liquor was the leading economic indicator in the Western Maryland mountains and its illicit production has survived to this very day. Whiskey was nearly as integral to the development of Western Maryland as flour. The stories it generated were simultaneously tragic and hilarious. Liquor and moonshining play a central role in Rowland’s book, Maryland’s Appalachian Highlands: Massacres, Moonshine and Mountaineering, on which  he will be speaking.

Rowland is an award-winning humor and political columnist at Herald-Mail Media in Hagerstown, Md. Prior to becoming a columnist, he was a reporter covering Capitol Hill and state legislatures in West Virginia and Maryland.

He is a regular contributor to America’s Civil War magazine, the Bay Journal News syndicate and Cato’s Regulation Magazine. His travel pieces have appeared in newspapers across the country and internationally.

Rowland has authored a number of books, which include: All Pets are Off: A Collection of Hairy Column; Petrified Fact: Stories of Bizarre Behavior that Really Happened; Mostly; Earth to Hagerstown; High Peaks: A History of Hiking the Adirondacks from Noah to Neoprene; Maryland’s Appalachian Highlands: Massacres, Moonshine and Mountaineering; and most recently Strange and Obscure Stories of the Civil War.

Rowland is an avid outdoorsman, and has climbed mountains and trekked in spots such as Nepal, Norway, Alaska, Austria and Bolivia. He has ridden a bicycle across the United States and has climbed all 46 high peaks in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

A devotee to sustainable agriculture and humane animal treatment, he and his wife Beth raise beef cattle and poultry in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

The program is open to the public.  There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted toward Allison-Antrim Museum's annual speaker series. Just prior to the speaker, Allison-Antrim Museum’s membership will vote on directors for the upcoming year. Please park on South Ridge Avenue and use the ADA accessible brick walk that leads directly to the barn door at the “welcome banner.”

For more information visit www.greencastlemuseum.org, Facebook, on Twitter @greencastlemuzm, or call 717-597-9325.