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Rail Days entertainment includes rock'n'roll and Civil War re-

July 15, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Legendary musical group The Drifters, featuring the vocal talents of veteran Drifter Charlie Thomas, will headline the live entertainment lineup at the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center's sixth annual Rail Days celebration this weekend.

Rail Days will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, and Sunday, July 18.

Charlie Thomas' Drifters, including Jerome Manning, Steven Brown and Louis Bailey, will perform four shows throughout the weekend. The Drifters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

The entertainment schedule also will include performances by Mick Souter, The Stoney Creek Blue Grass Band and Hometown Idols - vocalists Lauryn Snapp, Kristin Kane and Zach Sharp, who won a local contest modeled after "American Idol."

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"They might come back someday and be as big as The Drifters," said Jennifer Baker, office manager at the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center off East Liberty Street.

Rail Days also will feature model train vendors and displays, Civil War re-enactors, children's activities, arts and crafts, food and farm equipment.

"It's educational. It's a family thing. And it's good for the community," Baker said. "You're learning about the roundhouse, its history, and where we intend to go."

Proceeds from Rail Days will benefit the Martinsburg Roundhouse Authority's restoration efforts. The roundhouse complex was built before the Civil War and destroyed by Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It was rebuilt after the war. The project will restore the center to its 19th-century appearance.

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