Out & about

July 02, 2004

Patriotic beach party

Family event sponsored by the City of Hagerstown. Music provided by DVK Entertainment; games; prizes. Today, 7 to 10 p.m. Claude M. Potterfield Pool, Frederick Street, Hagerstown. Season pool passes will not be honored. $4 per person; $10 per family with up to five members. Admission discounted $1 per person or $3 per family if dressed in a patriotic, beach-style theme. Event canceled if it rains. Call 301-733-2599.

Nature programs

Cowan's Gap State Park offers a variety of nature programs this weekend. Today - Wildflower walk at 6 p.m., Bat presentation at 8 p.m.; Saturday - Nature bingo at 4 p.m., Pennsylvania black bears at 8:15 p.m.; Sunday - "Making Tracks" at 6 p.m. All programs are free. Cowan's Gap State Park, three miles off Pa. 75, Fort Loudon, Pa. Go to on the Web or call 1-888-PA-PARKS.

Salute to Independence

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra's Salute to Independence concert features patriotic music and fireworks. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., concert; fireworks, 9:45 p.m. Antietam National Battlefield, Md. 65, Sharpsburg. No admission charge to the park, but donations accepted. Vehicle access for parking is via Starke Avenue. County Commuter provides shuttle bus service for $1 from the parking lot at National Cemetery on Md. 34 to the concert grounds. Call 301-797-4000 or go to on the Web.


Greencastle celebration

Includes a puppet show, singers and musicians, children's parade, most patriotic family contest, magic show and other activities. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tayamentasachta Environmental Center in the pavilion and walnut grove areas, Greencastle, Pa. For information and directions, call 1-717-597-4610.

Folk music

David LaFleur, folk singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, performs. Saturday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Charles Town Visitors Center, 108 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va. Call 1-866-435-5698.

Car show

Franklin-Fulton Auto Club hosts show of cars, trucks and motorcycles. First-, second- and third-place trophies for each class. No trailered vehicles. Registration Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. St. Thomas American Legion, St. Thomas, Pa. Rain date Sunday, July 4. Registration is $8 in advance, and $10 on the day of the show. Call Richard Miller at 1-717-485-3412.

Battlefield hike

The hike, "Death of a Brigade," focuses on events leading up to the deployment of Confederate Brig. Gen. Thomas Drayton's brigade and loss of troops in the "sunken road" of South Mountain. Meet in the lower end of the parking lot at South Mountain Inn by 2 p.m. Sunday. Hike about one mile to Fox's Gap. Bring water and a snack. Transportation will be provided back to participants' vehicles. Call 301-432-8065.

Truck and tractor pull

Mountain State Truck and Tractor Pull classes 13,500-pound, stock tractors; 6,200-pound, 4-by-4 street trucks; 6,000-pound, modified classic tractors and other classes. Sunday, gates open at 11 a.m., pull starts at 1 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Leetown Pike. $8, adults; $4, ages 8 to 12; free for ages 7 and younger. Call 1-304-725-5113 or 1-304-725-1731, or on the day of the pull, call 1-304-261-7336.

Patriotic concert

Flag retreat, Mercersburg Community Band concert and fireworks. Sunday, 7 p.m. Chambersburg Memorial Park band shell, Chambersburg, Pa. Bring blanket or lawn chair. If it rains, concert will be in Chambersburg Area Middle School auditorium. Free. Call 1-717-261-3275 or 1-717-264-3367.

Community band

Hagerstown Municipal Band presents a concert featuring trumpet soloist John Pursell performing "From the Shores of the Mighty Pacific." Sunday, 8 p.m. Hagerstown City Park, Peter Buys Band Shell, Hagerstown. Free.

Community band concert

Williamsport Community Band performs patriotic music. Sunday, 8 p.m. Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport. Fireworks will follow the concert.

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