Politics is guaranteed to come up at two meals this month, when Washington County's two major parties hold their annual picnics.
The Republicans will go first. Their picnic will be Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Smithsburg Community Park on Bikle Road. The gate will open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m.
The special guest will be Kristen Cox, Maryland's secretary of disabilities, who is running for lieutenant governor with Gov. Robert Ehrlich.
Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for ages 7 to 16 and free for those younger than 7.
To make reservations, call Wanda McGurl, secretary of the Washington County Republican Club, at 301-790-1539 by Friday.
The Democrats will follow. Their picnic will be Thursday, Aug. 24, at Williamsport American Legion at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Call Democratic headquarters at 301-797-4385.
Two nights of candidates forums
Candidate forums will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in Hagerstown Community College's Kepler Theater.