Out & About

September 25, 2004

Steam engine show

Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show will feature arts and crafts, flea markets, antique steam traction engines, gas tractors and gas engines. Food will be sold. The show will begin today at 9 a.m. and run until the parade, which begins at 5 p.m. The show runs Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a kids' pedal pull scheduled for 2 p.m. Smithsburg Fire Hall grounds. Sponsored by Smithsburg Athletic Boosters Club of Smithsburg High School. Call 301-824-3593.

Chili Cook-off

The Hagerstown Suns Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival will feature a chili contest. The following bands will perform: noon, Borderline; 1 p.m., Danny Sullivan Band; 2 p.m., Stack O' Blues; 3 p.m., Possum Holler; 4 p.m., Good For Nothing; 5 p.m., Crunch Mob; 6 p.m., Saving Lisa; 7 p.m., Distorted Penguins. Awards for best overall chili and hottest chili will be given at 3 p.m.; People's Choice Award for best chili will be given at 5:30 p.m. Today, noon to 8 p.m., Municipal Stadium, 274 E. Memorial Blvd., Hagerstown. $12, adults; $6, ages 12 and younger; free for ages 3 and younger. Adult admission charge includes four chili sample tickets; child admission charge includes two chili sample tickets. Call 301-791-6266 or go to on the Web.

Bedington Day

Activities include llamas, miniature horses, search-and-rescue dogs, stagecoaches and antique items, gospel music, children's games, craft tables, antique cars from Norwalk Car Club, chicken barbecue and ice cream, firetrucks and pottery painting. Today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bedington Ruritan Club, U.S. 11, near Crossroads Store. Call JoAnn Overington at 1-304-274-1791. Proceeds will benefit Bedington-area schools and the community.

Heritage festival

The Hispanic Heritage Festival will feature Natalia Cummings singing and playing flamenco-style guitar and Grupo Amigo playing Mexican-Spanish music. Free food provided by Mexican restaurants in Martinsburg area; food available while supplies last. Blood pressure checkups available. Today, noon to 6 p.m., War Memorial Park, Martinsburg, W.Va. Hosted by the Eastern Panhandle Hispanic Advocacy Coalition. Call 1-304-263-0916, 1-304-264-0298 or 1-304-876-0822.

Open house

Programs will be shown inside the Berkeley County Planetarium and solar observing will take place outside, weather permitting. Today, 1 to 4 p.m., Berkeley County Planetarium, Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School. Call 1-304-754-3354.

John Berry

John Berry will perform. Today, 8 p.m., Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15 for balcony seats; $20 and $25 for orchestra seats. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling 1-304-263-6766.

Concert finale

Musical groups Jeremiah 1:5, His Own vocalists and the Rada Sound Ensemble will perform at the final performance in the 2004 youth concert series. Today, 5 p.m., City Park band shell, Hagerstown.

Wind quintet

The Appalachian Wind Quintet will perform compositions by Adrien Barthe, Franz Danzi, Ferenc Farkas and Frances Poulenc. They also will feature the world premiere of "Woodwind Dances" by Mark McCoy. Scott Beard will join the ensemble for a performance of Poulenc's masterpiece "Sextet." Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-5727.

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