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Host of October attractions find Washington County haunts

October 06, 2006|by TOM RIFORD

Special to The Daily Mail

October is a wonderful month: fall foliage brings people outside to look at the trees and landscapes ? and people have a "colorful" last chance to explore Washington County, before the winter.

There are a lot of things going on in October ? but first of all, hot off the press, is the CVB's Calendar of Events for Washington County (October through March). This guide is an event-filled list of happenings throughout our county, and really provides everyone a lot of things to see and do. There are hundreds of festivals, concerts, shows, exhibits, fairs, and more ? all listed in the Calendar of Events. Be sure to swing by the Downtown Hagerstown Visitors Welcome Center to pick up a copy. You'd be amazed how much there is to see and do in Washington County. We print tens of thousands of these event brochures, and they "go like hotcakes!" It takes months for us to put the calendars together, so I hope you have a chance to get a copy.

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Fly-In

Coming up are several events including the 8th Annual Fly-In and Fairchild Reunion at the Hagerstown Regional Airport on Oct. 7 and 8. Go to Hagerstown Aircraft Services on Basore Road (take a left at Tony's Pizza). You'll see a lot of great airplanes, and the Hagerstown Aviation Museum has a special announcement planned at 2 p.m. on Sunday. With so many people who have worked in aviation (and still do today), Hagerstown is known around the world for its aircraft. I understand that if you added up all the people during all the years that Fairchild operated, that there were more than 65,000 workers. A large percentage of those people still are in our area. The reunion is a great idea, and I'm glad that the Hagerstown Aviation Museum people continue to carry the torch. After all, the first aircraft manufactured in Maryland ? was made right here in Hagerstown! Again this year there will be a tour bus taking people around to all the various aviation sites.

Cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also ? there are many fun activities scheduled for this month, including the annual Step and Stride at HCC's ARCC. This event is scheduled for Oct. 21st. I think I've emceed this event every year for the past 10 years. There are a lot of businesses and organizations involved in this month's events, including many CVB members.

Mummers Parade

October is a month with harvest hoedowns, haunted houses, ghost tours, Halloween costume contests, and of course, the annual Alsatia Mummers Parade. The Mummers Parade is the single largest annual outdoor event in Washington County, and for years has been known as the largest night-time Halloween parade in the East. The parade is set for Saturday night, Oct. 28.

This year marks the 82nd annual Mummers Parade. The parade generally includes about 10,000 participants and more than 50,000 spectators, depending on weather. In talking with organizers, the parade announcer and judges are usually set up in front of Bester Elementary School. Bands and groups are required to perform at the three ticketed seating areas, including near the Armory Building on North Potomac Street, right at Public Square and in front of Bester Elementary School. Get your tickets early if you want to be in the good spots ? I understand that tickets can be purchased at The Maryland Theatre by calling 301-790-3500. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event until noon at the Alsatia Club at 141 W. Washington St. and after noon near the bleachers set up at Bester Elementary School.

The CVB has gotten in the Mummers Parade spirit, not only as a sponsor of the parade, but also by decorating our Visitor Welcome Center windows in a Halloween theme. I hope you take a chance to look at the windows âEUR¦ Lou Scally said they are "spook-tacular."

Monster movies

I was thrilled when I first heard that Brian Sullivan had dreamed up showing old horror movies at The Maryland Theatre. What a great place to bring back the scary black-and-white classics! The Maryland Theatre used to be an old-time movie house ? and this is the month of Halloween ? so why not spend a couple of bucks on popcorn and a drink, and see Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, and The Mummy? Here's the upcoming schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 7 ? 1931's "Frankenstein." Boris Karloff as Frankenstein.

Friday, Oct. 20 ? 1941's "The Wolf Man." Lon Chaney Jr. stars as the Wolf Man.

Friday, Oct. 27 ? 1932's "The Mummy." The black-and-white version!

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