Out & About

August 06, 2004

Swing and rockabilly

The Blue Comets perform. Today, 8 p.m. Box office opens at 5 p.m. Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $15. Purchase tickets at the theater box office or at

'Alice's Adventures'

Old Opera House's summer youth production of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Today and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va. $10, adults; $7, students; $5, ages 12 and younger. Call 1-304-725-4420 or 1-888-900-SHOW.

Snakes, birds, bats

Cowans Gap State Park offers a variety of nature programs this weekend. Today, kids' nature hike at 6 p.m.; bat discussion and bat watching at 8 p.m. Saturday, family scavenger hunt at 4 p.m.; snake presentation at 7 p.m. Sunday, birds of prey at 6 p.m. All programs are free. Cowans Gap State Park, three miles off Pa. 75. For information, go to or call 1-717-485-3948 or 1-888-PA-PARKS.

'Mountain Medley'

Local bands perform bluegrass music in an open mic format. Saturday, 7 p.m. Hagerstown City Park band shell. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The concert will be canceled if it rains. Call Washington County Arts Council at 301-791-3132.

Car, truck show

All cars, trucks, motorcycles and special interest vehicles welcome. Food, games, prizes, face painting, music, more. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bethel Assembly, 515 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. $15 registration. No fee for spectators. Proceeds benefit the church's children's ministry.

Fireman's parade, festival

Part of the 103rd annual convention of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. Hancock Fireman's Parade begins Saturday at noon at Park-N-Dine and moves along Main Street to Widmeyer Park. Firefighters' games begin at 1 p.m. at Widmeyer Park; children's fire safety house conducted by Washington County Fire and Rescue Association. Call Fire Chief Greg Yost at 301-678-7739.

Family fest

Rhodes Grove, a Christian camp and conference center, hosts an open house. Camp activities offered free Saturday, including swimming, waterslide, zipline, more. At 5:30 p.m., a pig roast dinner available for purchase. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Rhodes Grove, off U.S. 11, south of Chambersburg, Pa. Free. For directions, go to If it rains, call the office at 1-717-375-4162.

Summer concert series

The Massacoustics perform. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Berkeley Springs State Park, U.S. 522, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Free. Call 1-304-258-2300 or go to

Frontier Craft Days

Two-day event focuses on crafts and music that typified the time when the Jonathan Hager House was built. Saturday's entertainment includes Whippoorwill at noon and 2 p.m., and Ken Kolodner at 1 and 3 p.m. On Sunday, Bona Fide performs at noon and 2 p.m., and Driftwood at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jonathan Hager House, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-8393 or go to

Sporting clays

A 50-target fun shoot. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Izaak Walton League of America, Washington County Chapter, 12759 Independence Road, Clear Spring. $8, IWLA members; $10, nonmembers. Eye and ear protection required. Shooters younger than age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Concert in the park

Morningstar Singers perform. Sunday, 7 p.m. Shafer Memorial Park gazebo, Boonsboro.

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