Out & About

November 18, 2005

'Keita, Voice of the Griot'

The film uses the story of a young man's encounter with a storyteller to explore the difficulties many African nations face as they try to preserve their cultural heritage in the face of modernization. Set in the West African nation of Burkina-Faso. Not rated but suitable for all viewers. Sponsored by Shepherdstown Film Society. French. 7 p.m. today. Shepherd University, Reynolds Hall, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Post-film discussion follows.

Tree lighting

Frank Mowen, dressed as the Town Crier, will ring the bell and read his holiday proclamation. Mayor Robert Pensinger will give the official welcome. Live music by Barry and Mandy Stottlemyer and family. 7 to 7:45 p.m. today. Square of Greencastle. Call 1-717-597-4610, send e-mail to, or go to

Farm toy show

A toy show entirely devoted to farm toys will be sponsored by Tri-Stet Farm Toy Collectors Club. 6 to 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A kiddie pedal pull will be at noon Saturday. Washington County Agricultural Education Center, Md. 65 (Sharpsburg Pike) south of Hagerstown. $2; $1.50, seniors; free for ages 10 and younger. A two-day pass costs $3. Call Ray Thomas at 301-790-2422 or Doug Artz at 301-797-3872.


Art show and sale

R. Benjamin Jones will sell some of his artwork this weekend in the annual R. Benjamin Jones Art Show and Sale to benefit HCC Foundation Inc. 4 to 9 p.m. today, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College campus off Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. Free.

Gospel concert

A gospel concert for Laura Swisher, who has cancer, will feature the Down Home Gospel Singers and The Country Gospelaires. Food will be available. 1 p.m. Saturday. The Emmanuel Chapel, Bayer Drive, Smithsburg.

Concert choir

Shippensburg University Concert Choir will perform. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Messiah United Methodist Church, 30 S. Penn St., Shippensburg, Pa. Free.

Air Force ensemble

The U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble will present a concert. 7 p.m. Saturday. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Free. Advance tickets are recommended; call The Maryland Theatre at 301-790-3500. Any leftover tickets will be available at the door before the concert.

Trash cleanup

Antietam Watershed Association will hold a trash cleanup on its "adopted" Rattlesnake Run Road, off Old Forge Road, just north of Camp Penn, Waynesboro, Pa. Saturday. For information, go to To sign up, call 1-717-762-9865.

NWL professional wrestling

Highlights include Doink the clown, Jason Static and John Rambo. Saturday, 6 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. matches begin. Newville Area Community Center, 2 Chestnut St., Newville, Pa. $15, reserved seating; $10, general seating. Call 1-717-776-4393.

Poetry readings

Elementary, middle and high school students are invited to read their poetry. Saturday, 1 p.m., elementary school; 1:30 p.m., middle school; and 2 p.m., high school. Contemporary Art Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-6191 or go to

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