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Weekend events

December 02, 2006

Star party

CLEAR SPRING - TriState Astronomers will host a free public star party. The astronomers will set up telescopes and allow the public to observe objects of the winter night sky. Neptune and Comet Swan will be visible in the southwest until about 9:30 p.m. Uranus will be visible in the southwest until about 11:30 p.m. Scopes available from 6:30 to 11 p.m. today. Fairview Outdoor School. Call 301-766-2898 or go to www.tristateastronomers.org.

Memorial Illumination

SHARPSBURG - More than 1,400 volunteers will place 23,110 luminarias over a six-mile portion of the battlefield. Each luminaria represents a soldier who was killed or wounded at the Battle of Antietam on Sept. 17, 1862. 6 p.m. today. Antietam National Battlefield. Driving directions and map are available at www.nps.gov/anti.

Christmas in Shepherdstown

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The annual Christmas in Shepherdstown celebration continues with a holiday marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at War Memorial Building; Christmas parade at 11 a.m. today on German Street; Ford Model A rides through town from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; organ performance from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., historic Shepherdstown. For a complete schedule, go to www.christmasinshepherdstown.com.

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Mansion House holiday open house

A special open house to coincide with the lighting of City Park's Christmas tree. German band, art raffle and refreshments; also face painting for children. Also meet artists Lucy Ecker from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; and Janie Moltrup from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mansion House Gallery, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-797-6813.

A Renfrew Christmas Celebration

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The museum house will be festooned with natural decorations handmade by local garden clubs and other friends of Renfrew. There also will be musical entertainment. Also refreshments, musical and storytelling for youngsters. 6 to 8 p.m. today. Renfrew Museum, 1010 E. Main St. Free. Parking is available in the lot off Welty Road. Call 717-762-4723.

Trains of Christmas

The visions, sounds and snows of Christmas past and present on an O-gauge railroad featuring the trains of Lionel, MTH and others. 1 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday; continues weekends through Feb. 25. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4.50, ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

Mercersburg Area Community Chorus

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will present its holiday concerts. Soloists are Jan Aaland, Kate Honan-Carter, Corey Rotz and Alex Helsabeck. The chorus and orchestra will perform Schubert's "Magnificat," Mendelssohn's "Ave Maria," Rutter's "Gloria" and other Christmas music. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, 3 p.m. Sunday. Mercersburg Academy Chapel. Free-will offering. Call 717-328-2324.

Book signing

FUNKSTOWN - Meet local authors of the Potomac Writers Guild. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Valley Antiques and Uniques, 108 E. Baltimore St., Funkstown. Call 301-739-5070.

Guitar and clarinet

Duo Classico with Susan Mott on flute and Candice Mowbray on guitar will perform with special guest Michael Hoover on clarinet. Called "Silver and Rosewood," the concert will include an array of work by composers around the world, who have written music for this instrument pairing. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727.

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