Out & About

December 04, 2004

Memorial illumination

The 16th annual ceremony honors fallen soldiers. Today, 6 p.m. Antietam National Battlefield. Enter at Md. 34 (Shepherdstown Pike) only. Free; donations accepted. Driving tour participants are asked to continue along the route without stopping and to use parking lights only, no headlights. Cover headlights with dark construction paper, if necessary. In case of heavy rain or snow or winds stronger than 20 mph, the event will be delayed until Saturday, Dec. 11. To check on weather-related cancellation, call 301-432-5124.

Festival of Trees

Robinwood Medical Center, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, will hold a Festival of Trees. Highlights of the festival include a decorated tree display today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.; Breakfast with Santa, Room 142, today, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $15 for adults, $9 for children, free for ages 2 and younger; and Teddy Bear Clinic, atrium, today, 11 a.m. to noon, free, children will receive a free teddy bear. Washington County Hospital's Auxiliary Tree of Lights Ceremony will be Sunday at 5 p.m. at Washington County Hospital, 251 E. Antietam St., Hagerstown.

Doo-Wop Holiday Hop

The Coasters, The Platters and The Marvelettes will perform. Today, 3 and 7:30 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $30, $40 and $50 and may be purchased by calling 301-790-2000 today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., online at and at the box office at 27 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-790-3500.

Farmers market

Today's activities include customers helping to judge winners in vendors' decorated booths, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.; winter animal petting zoo, 9 a.m. to noon; and jewelry-making demonstration, 1 p.m. City Farmers Market, 21 W. Church St., Hagerstown.

Holiday marketplace

Vendors will offer wreaths from fresh and dried materials, rose hips, poinsettias and greens for holiday decorating and unusual quality handcrafted items. Holiday baked goods, cheeses, jams and jellies, as well as other kitchen items also will be available. Today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Story time

Listen to the tales of the holiday season with Mrs. Claus. Children at story time will receive a free gift and one child will receive a free 5-inch-by-7-inch photograph with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Saturdays through Dec. 18, 9:45 to 10 a.m., Valley Mall, Center Court, Hagerstown.

Holiday traditions

The performance will feature holiday music from many traditions performed by the Wind Symphony, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Masterworks Chorale. Today, 7:30 p.m. Shepherd University, Frank Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va. $10; $5, students; free for Friends of Music MAC card holders. For reservations and information, call 304-876-5555.

Open house

Hancock Historical Society will host a Christmas open house, Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Hancock Museum in Town Hall and Toll House on U.S. 40 west of Hancock. Free. Call 301-678-6308.

Organ recital

An organ recital with the music of Advent and Christmas will be sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. Sunday, 4 p.m. St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Hagerstown. Free. A reception will follow the program.

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