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August 30, 2007

Downtown Live! seeks visual artists

Visual artists are invited to participate in the Downtown Live! Artists' Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The Artists' Fair will be held in conjunction with the Downtown Live! music festival.

The Downtown Live Artists' Fair will be set up on the first block of West Washington Street in front of the Washington County Arts Council. The music portion of Downtown Live! will be set up at public square and the first block of South Potomac Street.

For a reservation fee of $25, participating artists receive a 10-foot-by-10-foot spot in the Downtown Live Artists' Fair and the benefit of a coordinated advertising and marketing campaign. The Arts Council will administrate the program and will not charge a commission on sales during the event. Participating artists should be prepared to conduct their own sales transactions.

Interested artists should contact WCAC Gallery manager Lindsay Weaver at or call 301-791-3132.


Luhrs Center releases season schedule

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University announces its 2007-08 season schedule. Single tickets, season subscriptions and flex series tickets are on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Luhrs Center Box Office or by calling 717-477-7469 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on the Web at

The 2007-08 season includes performances by The Oak Ridge Boys on Wednesday, Sept. 26; Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby on Saturday, Oct. 27; Michael Bolton on Thursday, Nov. 8; Marie Osmond on Friday, Nov. 30; Anne Murray on Thursday, Feb. 14; and Jeff Dunham on Saturday, March 29. Featured Broadway musicals include "Gypsy" on Wednesday, Oct. 3; and "Ring of Fire - The Johnny Cash Musical" on Thursday, April 3.

Battlefield guide info offered on Web site

SHARPSBURG - The Western Maryland Interpretive Association announces the launch of a new Web site for Antietam Battlefield guides. The Web site provides details about the guide program, reservation instructions and individual guide pages. Three of the guides have personalized pages detailing their interest in the Battle of Antietam and more will be added.

The battlefield guides have a variety of backgrounds. Some are retirees and others are local scholars who have studied the battle throughout their lives. All guides must pass a written and verbal test to prove they have significant knowledge of the battle, as well as give a tour to one of the Antietam Park rangers. In addition to having knowledge of the battle, they must be familiar with all the area landmarks and features of historical interest.

There are 10 guides available for tours of Antietam. Tours can take place any time during regular park hours. They can be scheduled for weeks in advance and in some instances, guides who live close to the park are available for walk-ups. Typical tours last two hours and cost $50 for up to six people. They cover the Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Customized tours can be scheduled if planned in advance.

The Antietam Battlefield guides web site is at

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