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Exciting events are coming up

June 07, 2007|by TOM RIFORD

There's a lot happening in Washington County during the next several weeks! Please explore Washington County, and make some great memories.

Smithsonian exhibit to premiere in county

June 22 is the invitation-only grand opening event of a Smithsonian Institution Exhibit - premiering for the first time in Maryland! The exhibit will open at the Rural Heritage Museum on the Sharpsburg Pike, and is called "Key Ingredients - America by Food." The new exhibit runs through Aug. 4.

This exhibition uses photographs, illustrations, and artifacts to explore American culture through foodways: the procurement, preparation, and presentation of the things that we eat. The result is a provocative and thoughtful look at the historical, regional, and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and special celebrations. It is wonderful that this exhibit premieres in Maryland right here in our county, before traveling onward to Bowie, Cambridge, Elkton, Frostburg, and Prince Frederick.

The Washington County Rural Heritage Museum will host a complementary exhibit and a full menu of related public programs that focus on regional foodways. Look for hearth cooking demonstrations, presentations on Civil War rations, Hagerstown's famous City Market, and church suppers. The Master Gardeners will also be working with local children to plant heirloom vegetable gardens. The exhibit opens officially to the public on June 23. For a complete schedule, see www.ruralheritagemuseum.org.

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Body Carnival exhibit

Discovery Station has unveiled a new exhibit called "Body Carnival: The Science and Fun of Being You!" The new 2,000-square-foot exhibit includes interactive, carnival-themed displays will teach visitors about the human body while investigating force, pressure, light, color and more. The Tunnel of Blood enables young visitors to crawl through a giant artery to see and hear the effects of plaque buildup on blood flow. A dizzy tunnel tests visitors' balance as they walk through a 10-foot tunnel that simulates a rotating star field. Visitors can put on a pair of vision-distorting goggles and discover how sight affects the ability to walk straight. Other displays include the House of Color, featuring different sources of light and the chance to "hear" through bones and muscles. The exhibit runs through September.

Railroad Heritage Days

Don't forget to visit the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum's Railroad Heritage Days on June 9 and 10. There's a lot going on, including special events, displays, and more! This 17th annual event includes model train displays, clowns, food, locomotive and caboose displays, law enforcement exhibits, and a lot more. Hundreds of people enjoy this annual event, and if you haven't been to the Roundhouse lately, please stop in!

Renaissance Festival

Did you hear about the annual Renaissance Festival planned for June 9 at the Jonathan Hager House? From 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., about 300 re-enactors will be providing a Middle Ages living history demonstration, including mock fighting. Also, there will be vendors selling wares from the time period. This annual event is a lot of fun to watch, and it's great that the Hager House is again helping bring this event to Hagerstown's City Park.

Scoops and Wickets

This second annual fun event will be held Saturday, June 16, on the Brooklane Health Center grounds. Running from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., this family event features croquet games, bocce ball, children's games, concessions, homemade ice cream, and auction. Proceeds from the fun event will benefit the Brook Lane gym. For more information, call 301-733-0331, ext. 272.

Miss Maryland Pageant

The wonderful annual Miss Maryland Pageant week runs from June 24 through June 30. The pageant is being held at the Maryland Theatre are on Wednesday, June 27 (preliminary competition), Thursday, June 28 (preliminary competition), Friday June 29 (Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen final night), and Saturday night, June 30, when the new Miss Maryland is crowned.

This event has been held at the historic Maryland Theatre for more than 25 years, and this year the City of Hagerstown, Washington County, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau have joined together to help host the pageant in Hagerstown. The pageant is great to see, and also importantly brings positive local economic impact on our community.

Smithsburg Carnival

This fun annual event runs from Monday June 25, through Saturday June 30. The carnival features entertainment, rides, games and great food. A parade Saturday will celebrate the fire company's 75th anniversary. Call 301-824-2888 for more information, or see www.smithsburgVFC.org.

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