Out & About

May 19, 2006

Mayfest 2006

This year's Mayfest benefits REACH Caregivers of Washington County and the historic preservation of the church. Mayfest starts today with a wine tasting, silent auction and gourmet dinner, which is sold out. On Saturday, there will be free tours of the church, self-guided tours of local gardens for $10 a person. Garden tour tickets can be purchased at the church with tour hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children's activitites will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and a musical program with the organ and a chlidren's chorus from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Mayfest wraps up Sunday with church services, including communion, at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Saint John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Free admissions. Some events require tickets.

National Pike Festival

The wagon train will travel from Clear Spring to Boonsboro, over a three-day period. Special activities will be held along the way. Today through Sunday. For a detailed schedule, go to For information, visit the Web site or call the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 301-791-3246.


Ranson Festival

A variety of activities will be held during the Ranson Festival. Highlights include former NFL players appearing from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; "Star Wars" stormtroopers will appear from 1 to 3 p.m.; a puppet show, pony rides, home and garden vendors and a performance by the Page Jackson Elementary School chorus. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Ranson Civic Center, 431 W. Second Ave., Ranson, W.Va. Free. For information, call Elizabeth Stroop at Ranson City Hall, 1-304-725-1010.

Aid for Civil War soldiers

Members of the Maine Camp and Hospital Association will give a presentation on home-front efforts to aid Civil War soldiers. As a relief agency during the war, the Maine Camp Hospital Association provided aid to soldiers and to their caregivers. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Pry House Field Hospital Museum at Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg.


Robert Peters "The ReptileMan" will present a live demonstration of caring for and enjoying reptiles as pleasant pets. He will present facts about his collection of reptiles. Audience participation with hands-on experience will be invited. 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Admission costs $5 to $7.

Bluegrass concert

Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre will present a concert of bluegrass music featuring The Annapolis Bluegrass Coalition from Edgewater, Md., and The Hanover Express Bluegrass Band from Hanover, Pa. 7 p.m. Saturday. Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, The Barn, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $10; free for ages younger than 12. Call 1-717-762-4711.

Spring festival

The festival will include home-cooked food, games for children and adults, and a raffle. 11 a.m. Saturday. St. Stephen's United Church of Christ, 25445 Highland Road, Cascade. Call 301-241-4541.

Spring Fest

The festival will be held in conjunction with the National Pike Festival. There will be food, games and prizes, demonstrations from the Maryland State Police K-9 unit and the State Police helicopter will be on site. A petting zoo and Tails and Trails Reptile exhibit will be available. Clear Spring High School Jazz Band will perform. Other activities will be held. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. New Life Christian Ministries, Clear Spring. Free.

A Community in Bloom

The garden tour will feature local private and public gardens, informational pamphlets from the owners, mini-demonstrations and talks, music, and refreshments. The tour is self-paced. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. $10, includes tour maps with driving directions. Starting the tour at Hagerstown Community College is recommended if you are unfamiliar with the Chewsville directions, e-mail For information, call Teresa Schoeck at 301-797-2066.

Williamsport Community Band

The Williamsport Community Band will present its spring concert. 3 p.m. Sunday. Williamsport High School auditorium. Free.

Concerts at Central

Concerts at Central will feature classical guitarist Chris Anderson. 4 p.m. Sunday. Central Presbyterian Church, Memorial Square, Chambersburg, Pa. Free will offering. A gourmet reception will follow the concert. Call Kathleen Wold at 1-717-264-4113, ext. 206 or e-mail

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