Out & About

November 27, 2005

Artists at Mansion House

Meet artist Audrey Mentzer from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Mansion House Gallery, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-797-6813.

Discovery Station

Sunday Extra will feature Jay Frantz and "The Thrill of Skydiving." See skydiving techniques with safety first. 2 and 3 p.m. today. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. $7, adults; $6, ages 2 to 17; $5, seniors ages 55 and older and military. Call 301-790-0076.

Victorian Christmas

BRUNSWICK, Md. ? The event will include storytelling, food, St. Nicholas, holiday music and caroling, ornament making, model railroad layout and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Brunswick Railroad Museum, 40 W. Potomac St.

Gallery Quartet

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' Gallery Quartet will perform. 2:30 p.m. today. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown.


'Gift of the Magi'

BRUNSWICK, Md. ? O'Henry's tale of irony about a struggling couple who want to buy special Christmas gifts for each other. Presented by Brunswick Players. 1 p.m. today. Beans in the Belfry Café, 122 W. Potomac St. Free. Seating is limited. For reservations, call



The Trains of Christmas

The visions, sounds and snows of Christmas past and present on an "O" gauge railroad featuring the trains of Lionel, MTH, K-Line, Williams and Weaver. 1 to 5 p.m. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

This week

Wednesday, Nov. 30

'Drugs, Steroids, Polymers'

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. ? Eugene Volker, professor of chemistry will speak about polymers used to identify fungi in soil, flavor chemicals isolated from plants, and drugs used to reduce fever and headaches. After some thoughts on designing experiments, Volker will discuss the general background of science into which each experiment fits. The interaction of chemistry and biology will be emphasized. 7 p.m. Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies at Shepherd University. Go to

Thursday, Dec. 1

Holiday Party/Tree Lighting

BRUNSWICK, Md. ? The program will include games, crafts and a visit with Santa Claus. The Lions Club will help Santa give out goodies. 7 to 8:30 p.m. City Park Building. The tree lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Maryland Avenue.

'Juniata: River of Sorrows'

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? Dennis McIlnay will conduct a 30-minute multimedia presentation based on his book, "Juniata: River of Sorrows," during a meeting of Kittochtinny Historical Society. 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. lecture. Family Traditions Lighthouse Restaurant, 4301 Philadelphia Ave. Free.

Friday, Dec. 2

'Fields of Plenty'

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. ? Michael Ableman, farmer, author and conservationist, will speak on the topic, "Fields of Plenty: A Farmer's Journey in Search of Real Food." The lecture is part of the series Conservation & Community Public Lectures. Lecture at 7 p.m. A film about Ableman will be shown at 6:30 p.m. National Conservation Training Center, Shepherd Grade Road. Free. Call Mark Madison at 1-304-876-7276, send e-mail to; or go to



SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. ? The film tells the story of a woman who returns to a Senegalese village she was banished from 30 years before. She left poor, unmarried and pregnant, and now returns wealthy, free, and vengeful. A metaphor for post-colonial Africa. Not rated. Sponsored by Shepherdstown Film Society. Wolof. 7 p.m. Shepherd University, Reynolds Hall. Free. Post-film discussion.

Open market shopping

The festival will feature art, clothing, furniture, entertainment, uptown shops and various cuisines. Noon to 8 p.m. Hagerstown's Public Square.

Old Time Christmas

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. ? The event will feature children's activities, musical performances, and a live nativity. Shops open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9, Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10, and Sundays, Dec. 4 and 11. Live nativity at 6 and 8 p.m. Saturdays at St. Peter's Church. Events take place in Harpers Ferry. Call

1-304-535-2030, or go to or

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christmas at Ivy Hill Farm

SMITHSBURG ? Crafts, food, pies, citrus gift boxes, jellies and jams will be sold. Bethel Men's Choir will perform from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, and Santa visits from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 4. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Ivy Hill Farm. Call 301-824-4658.

Dances of Universal Peace

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