SMITHSBURG ? Michael Baer said he'll miss performing at events like Hollyfest next year when he's away at college. For now, though, he's going to enjoy his fourth and final performance at the annual downtown Hagerstown event, as he plays violin with the Smithsburg High School Orchestra.
Hollyfest, which is free to the public, will be Monday at The Maryland Theatre at 7 p.m. The tree lighting in Hagerstown's Public Square will take place at 5 p.m.
In addition to Smithsburg High's Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, other performances at Hollyfest will include Tri-State Twirlers Extreme Majorettes, Northern Middle School Orchestra, Dancin' Time Studios and Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company. Miss Washington County will read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Michael, 17, started taking private violin lessons when he was in second grade. He plays his grandfather's violin, which is about 100 years old, Michael said.