Weekend calendar

December 28, 2007

German Christmas

Learn how German Christmas traditions influenced the way Christmas is celebrated in America. Today and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m. Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. $3; $2, senior citizens; $1, ages 6 to 12. Call 301-739-8393 or send an e-mail to

Dark Star Orchestra

The Dark Star Orchestra, a Grateful Dead tribute band, will perform a set list based on one of the Dead's many shows. Today, 8 p.m. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. Tickets cost $25, $27 and $29. For ticket information, call 301-600-2828 or go to

Railroad club open house

Christmas open house with displays and layouts of various model train gauges. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Also will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 13, from noon to 5 p.m. Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, 440 Nelson St., Chambersburg, Pa. Call Bill Robinson at 717-264-3081 or the club at 717-263-6447.


Discovery Station

Jay Frantz will present "The Thrill of Skydiving" as part of Discovery Station at Hagerstown's Saturday Plus program. Saturday, 1 and 2:30 p.m. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Free with museum admission of $5 to $7. Call 301-790-0076 or go to

Model railroad open house

The Waynesboro Model Railroad Club will hold an open house. The club features large layouts with scenery and trains for all ages. New this year are a viewing platform, Thomas the Tank Engine layouts for young children, new scenic features on all of the layouts and the running of the new Lionel Harry Potter Hogwarts Express. Various model train and toy items will be for sale. Two new layouts will be raffled along with an O-scale freight train. Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Also will be held Saturdays and Sundays, Jan. 5 and 6, Jan. 19 and 20, and Jan. 26 and 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. Makeup dates for snow/ice closings are Feb. 2 and 3. Waynesboro Model Railroad Club, Pa. 16 in the old mill at the Waynecastle rail overpass, Waynesboro, Pa. Free. Go to

Reel Awakenings

The next Reel Awakenings Film Festival presentation will feature "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and, after a brief intermission, Michael Moore's documentary film "Sicko." Following "Sicko," there will be a question-and-answer session on the film led by Robin Deibert, a Democrat who is running for Congress. Sunday, 3 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. $7. Send an e-mail to

Secrest Memorial Sing

The Morning Star Singers host a New Year's Eve concert featuring Crossover, Tim Moffit, Holly Helfrick and other musical acts. There will be food. Monday, 7 to 11 p.m. Heritage Academy auditorium, Walnut Point Road, west of Hagerstown. Freewill offering. Call 301-733-9365.

New Year's Eve bash

Entertainment for the Downtown Live 2008 New Year's Eve bash includes a live jazz band and two DJs. Dinner and dessert menu. Cash drop at midnight. Admission includes limited beer and wine and champagne toast. Black tie optional. Monday, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Shindel-Rohrer building, Hagerstown. For ticket prices and information, go to

Make Me Laugh

Entertainers for the New Year's Eve Make Me Laugh include Chad Beadle, C.J. Binney, Mikey Two-Shoes, Dale Scully and J. Nuff. Music by OJ. Free buffet and drink specials. Monday, 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m. Georgia Boy Cafe and Lounge, 3058 Charles Town Road, Kearneysville, W.Va. $25 per person; $40 per couple. Call 240-367-7713 or go to

Carillon concert

Carillonneur Charles Farrish will perform. Monday, midnight. Mercersburg Academy, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Call 717-328-6302.

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