Out & About

December 24, 2004

'A Midnight Clear'

The Otterbein United Brethren Church choir presents "A Midnight Clear," a selection of Christmas music. Today, 6 p.m Otterbein United Brethren Church, 146 Leitersburg St., Greencastle, Pa.

Valley Art Association

An all-member show of holiday and winter themes continues through January. Meet artists Tamara Hoffman from 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday; Beulah "Snuffy" Hartman from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31; Donna Bingaman from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1; and Tamara Hoffman from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2. Mansion House Gallery, City Park, Hagerstown.

German Christmas traditions

The tour includes German Christmas traditions such as the Christmas tree, the yule log, werewolves, holiday wedding superstitions and more. Tours offered through Sunday, Jan. 2. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Jonathan Hager House, City Park, Hagerstown. $2 to $4 person, free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-739-8393 or send e-mail to


Candlelight tour

A self-guided candlelight tour featuring 14 of Frederick City's historic workshop houses. Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. Carillon concerts in Baker Park on the hour from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. A brochure with map and program descriptions is available at Frederick Visitors Center, 19 E. Church St., Frederick, Md., or the rest-area visitors centers on Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md.; or go to on the Web. Call 1-301-644-4047 or 1-800-999-3613.

Full-moon hike

Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club sponsors a five-mile hike on the Tuscarora and Darlington trails. A moderately paced hike on level terrain. Participants should dress warmly, bring a flashlight, hot drink and holiday munchies to share. Meet Sunday at 4 p.m. at the parking area on westbound Pa. 114, near exit 57 of Interstate 81. For information and directions, call Karen Balaban at 1-717-234-3357 or send e-mail to

Jingle Bell Swing

The Harrisburg, Pa., trio of Jay and the Jingoes will provide music for ballroom and swing dancing for the Jingle Bell Swing. Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. The Masonic Temple, 54 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. The cost is $5 per person. Tickets are available by calling 301-733-9156.

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