Out & About

May 20, 2006

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 and 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 festival. Highlights include former NFL players appearing from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; "Star Wars" storm troopers appearing from 1 to 3 p.m.; and a puppet show, pony rides, home and garden vendors, and a performance by the Page Jackson Elementary School chorus. Today, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ranson Civic Center, 431 W. Second Ave., Ranson, W.Va. Free. Call Elizabeth Stroop at Ranson City Hall at 304-725-1010.

Mayfest 2006

This year's Mayfest will benefit REACH Caregivers of Washington County and the historic preservation of the church. Today, there will be free tours of the church, and self-guided tours of local gardens for $10 per person. Garden tour tickets may be purchased at the church, with tour hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children's activities will be today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a musical program with the organ and a children's chorus will be today 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 admission. Some events require tickets.


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. The Clear Spring High School Jazz Band will perform. Other activities will be held. Today, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Life Christian Ministries, Clear Spring. Free.

Spring festival

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

'The Reptile Man'

Robert Peters, aka "The Reptile Man," 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. Today, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Admission is $5 to $7.

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. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. $10, includes tour maps with driving directions. Starting the tour at Hagerstown Community College is recommended. Call Teresa Schoeck at 301-797-2066. If you are unfamiliar with the Chewsville directions, send e-mail to

Williamsport Community Band

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

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