Weekend calendar

December 01, 2007

Shepherdstown event

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

Trains of Christmas

O-gauge layout featuring trains operating in a snow scene. Also trains for children to operate, HO- and O-scale model railroads, artifacts and photos. 1 to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 through 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

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. today 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. today. Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Road. Call 301-824-3941.

Modern impressionism

Works by Leslie Norris will be on display. Reception 1 to 3 p.m. today. Continues through December. Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-6191 or go to

Yuletide celebration

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Live greens, fruits, bows and luminarias will decorate shops, streets and homes for a circa-1860s yuletide celebration. Historic St. Peter's Church will host a living nativity and traditional musical events. Children's activities such as making taffy, a puppet show and making ornaments will take place throughout town. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today; 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. today. The Maryland Theatre, South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. $18 and $22. For tickets, call 301-790-3500 or go to

Community concerts

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. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. Mercersburg Academy Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St. Free will offering. No reserved seats. Call 717-328-2324.

Holiday parade

INWOOD, W.Va. - Mark Rypien, retired Redskins quarterback, will be sports grand marshal; Pieter Bickford, WHAG-TV reporter, will be grand marshal; other special guests include Miss West Virginia Summer Wyatt. 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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