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Spring and summer festival preview

Across the Tri-State area, festivals bloom this spring and summer

Across the Tri-State area, festivals bloom this spring and summer

May 10, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

After the successful merger last year of two local events celebrating heritage of Martinsburg, W.Va., the new tradition continues Saturday with Heritage Day.

The event is one of many festivals being held this spring and summer in the Tri-State area.

Heritage Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at three sites in Martinsburg, adding Boydville at 601 S. Queen St. to Belle Boyd House and Museum at 126 E. Race St. and Gen. Adam Stephen House at 309 E. John St.

The Belle Boyd House and Museum will host several new entertainment acts this year, including a lecture about Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard, Ward Hill Lamon, by author Bob O'Connor, said Cinda O'Neill, a volunteer at the house.

Other entertainment includes a clown, an a cappella men's quartet, a skit, a puppet show and a women's chorus, the Belles of Berkeley.

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Last year about 200 people came to the Belle Boyd House, and 500 visited the Gen. Adam Stephen House on Heritage Day, which combined Gen. Adam Stephen Day and Belle Boyd's birthday, officials said.

All activities are free, with donations accepted at each site. Free trolley rides will be available to shuttle visitors to the three sites. Historian Don Wood will discuss several city historic districts as the trolley drives by those areas, too.

Entertainment and activities at the Stephen House includes folk, dulcimer and percussion music, American Indian drummers, storytelling, craft demonstrations, a black powder rifle demonstration, living history camps focusing on the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War periods, tunnel tours, colonial children's games, ceramic decorating, and food for sale, curator Keith Hammersla said.

For more information about Heritage Day, go to www.bchs.org/heritageday.html or call 304-267-4713 or 304-267-4434.

Also, Saturday is the Welsh Song Fest in Welsh Run, Pa.

A bagpiper will greet people at 1 p.m. The Rehoboth Welsh Choir from Delta, Pa., will perform Welsh songs, including hymns, and discuss Welsh culture at 2 p.m. Following the choir, at about 3:30 p.m., there will be Welsh cakes, tea and cookies.

The event is at Robert Kennedy Memorial Presbyterian Church at the intersection of Pa. 995 and Pa. 416. Call 717-597-8807, e-mail mhartman@innernet.net or go to www.geocities.com/welshrunpa/songfest.html.

The following is list of upcoming festivals in the Tri-State area:

Washington County

· National Pike Festival will be Friday, May 18, through Sunday, May 20. Wagon train departs Plumb Grove in the Clear Spring area at 9 a.m. Saturday and travels east along U.S. 40 to Hagerstown, and on Sunday to Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park. Boonsboro will host activities Sunday. Go to www.nationalpikefestival.org.

· Mayfest 2007 at Saint John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction Friday, May 18. Church tours, children's juried art show, box lunches and garden tour of Hagerstown-area residential gardens 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Church services Sunday, May 20. Tickets/admission fees required for some activities. Call 301-733-2560.

· Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival from Friday, May 25, through Saturday, June 2, in Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro. Food sales start at 5:30 p.m., amusement rides at 6 p.m. and nightly concerts at 7:30 p.m. Concerts include Megan Mullins on May 25 and Carolina Rain on Monday, May 28, (Memorial Day). Fireworks on Friday, June 1. Call 301-739-3219.

· Halfway Park Days at Martin L. Snook Memorial Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27. Entertainment includes a magic act, South Hagerstown High School's jazz band and Ho-Kiss Po-Kiss performing top 40 music from the 1960s through 1980s. Also about 100 arts and crafts vendors, food and face painting. Call 301-739-3219.

· Twelfth annual Western Maryland Blues Fest from Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3. (A lunchtime Blues Prelude will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at University Plaza downtown.) The Lotta Blues concert will be held from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the city's central parking lot; Saturday's Downtown House Party is from noon to 9:30 p.m. at the same location; and Sunday's Family Blues Picnic at City Park will run from noon to 5 p.m. with free music. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 116, or go to www.blues-fest.org.

· Hancock Firemen's Carnival at Widmeyer Memorial Park from Tuesday, June 5, through Saturday, June 9. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Possum Holler with Tori Anderson performs at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Fireworks Saturday night. Amusement rides and food. Call 301-678-7739.

· Strawberry Festival at the Ringgold Ruritan Club building on Windy Haven Road at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, until sold out. Strawberries, ice cream, shortcake, pies, soups, country ham and other sandwiches will be sold. Call Louise Frey at 301-824-3881.

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