Weekend calendar

November 30, 2007

City Park tree lighting

After the tree lighting, receptions with activities and entertainment will be held at the Hager House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Mansion House Art Gallery, all at City Park. 7 p.m. today, lighting at the lower lake at Hagerstown's City Park. Receptions continue until 9 p.m. Free.

Boys choir holiday concert

Maryland State Boychoir will be joined by three local choirs. 7 to 9:30 p.m. today. Bridge of Life Church, also known as Faith Chapel, 14 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. $10; $5, ages 3 to 12; includes admission to Festival of Trees at Robinwood Medical Center. Call 301-790-8631.

Christmas in Shepherdstown

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The yearly Christmas celebration. Special events are scheduled today through Sunday, at various locations throughout town. The full schedule is at


Memorial illumination

Volunteers place more than 23,000 luminarias on the battlefield, each representing a killed, injured or missing soldier from the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest, single-day battle in American history. Driving tour begins at 6 p.m. Saturday on Md. 34 east of Sharpsburg. In the event of high winds or heavy rain, the event will be rescheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8. The park visitor center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Several of the park roads will close at 3 p.m.

Live nativity

SMITHSBURG - Outdoor nativity portrayed by high school and middle school students with miniature farm animals. Bring a canned food item for the local food bank. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Road. Call 301-824-3941.

Harpers Ferry Christmas

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Live greens, fruits, bows and luminarias will decorate shops, streets and homes for a circa-1860s yuletide celebration. St. Peter's Church will host a living nativity and traditional musical events. Children's activities such as taffy making, a puppet show and ornament making will take place throughout town. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. Park entrance fee. For information, call 304-535-2511 or go to


Hagerstown Choral Arts will present "Messiah." 4 p.m. Saturday. The Maryland Theatre, South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. $18 and $22. For tickets, call 301-790-3500 or go to

Community chorus

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - The 130-member Mercersburg Area Community Chorus and full orchestra will be joined by soloists Jan Aaland, Kathryn Honan-Carter, Alex Helsabek and Paul McIlvaine. The concerts will feature selections from Handel's "Messiah" and Rachmaninoff's "Vespers." Holiday carols will complete the performance. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Mercersburg Academy Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St. Freewill offering. No reserved seats. Call 717-328-2324.

Holiday parade

INWOOD, W.Va. - Parade starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Musselman High School. Call Frank or Darla Rutherford at 304-229-2202.

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