Downtown concerts move to Hager's Row

August 06, 1997


Staff Writer

The downtown Hagerstown summer lunchtime concert series on Fridays will be moved this week because of renovations at The Maryland Theatre, officials said Monday.

Barbara Bland, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council, said she was notified on Friday by theater board President Patricia Wolford that the TGIF concert series could not be held on the theater's front plaza for the remainder of the summer.

The plaza will be torn up starting Thursday or Friday to install water lines for the upstairs ladies restroom, which is undergoing a one-month renovation, Wolford said.


The concert series will be moved to Hager's Row behind the Tres School for the Arts, Bland said.

Public Square couldn't be used because it will be under reconstruction for three months, starting this week.

Whether the concert series returns to the theater's front plaza next summer will be up to theater officials, Bland said.

"That just depends whether we're welcome or not," she said.

The concert series has four dates left this year. The series is sponsored by the council, the City of Hagerstown, the Downtown Assessment District and Ferris Baker Watts.

The $50,000 renovation to the restroom and several minor projects will be done this month while the theater is not hosting any shows, Wolford said.

The stage will be painted and there might be some electrical upgrades, Wolford said.

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