Festival season has sprung

May 09, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

This spring and summer festival season will include an Incredible Drifting Whistle Pig and the Wild Horse Band as well as Shin Diggin', a Possum Holler and Sister Mary Elephant.

These aren't cartoon characters -- Possum Holler was probably the giveaway -- they are some of the bands performing at Tri-State-area festivals and carnivals through August.

Some of the festivals have changed their dates, usually only by a week or so. However, Renfrew Museum and Park's Cumberland Valley Pottery Fest has been moved from June to Sept. 13 so as not to conflict with the Western Maryland Blues Fest and Frederick Festival of the Arts, said Bonnie Iseminger, administrator at Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro, Pa.

Other schedule changes: There won't be a Fairplay Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival this year. Also, the Hancock Barge Bash has moved up to coincide with the last day of the Hancock Carnival.


Several festivals open this weekend, including:

Martinsburg's Heritage Day -- Colonial period children's games, living history demonstrations, square- dancing, live music and more will take place at Martinsburg's Heritage Day on Saturday, May 10. The Arts Centre will feature an exhibit of sculptures and paintings of local scenes by area artists. Boydville mansion will offer tours and the sale of gardening books. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be activities at the Belle Boyd House and Museum and on the grounds of the Gen. Adam Stephen House.

The grounds of the Stephen House will feature several activities, including Colonial period children's games, living history camps representing the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War, an excerpt from Apollo Civic Theatre's production of "Fantasticks," storytelling and live music, including bagpipes, dulcimer and Native American music. There also will be tours of the house and the tunnels.

The Belle Boyd House and Museum will have tours, Civil War-era music, a puppet show, a clown, authors, and a square dance.

Grave markers will be dedicated for two previously unknown soldiers buried at the Confederate monument at Green Hill Cemetery, 486 E. Burke St., at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about Heritage Day, call the Berkeley County Historical Society at 304-267-4713 or go to

Baker Heights Volunteer Fire and Rescue Carnival -- Running through Saturday, May 17, the carnival features amusement rides and starts at 6 p.m. weeknights and 1 p.m. Saturday. It is in Berkeley County, at the former Lowe's parking lot at the corner of W.Va. 9 and Winchester Avenue. Call 304-263-7755.

Two notable festivals are this weekend in Frederick County, Md. -- one new and one returning.

The Frederick Celtic Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Urbana Volunteer Fire Department Fairgrounds. Festival admission is $15 and free for ages 12 and younger. Tickets to only the 7 p.m. concert are $10. The Celtic Festival features several bands, Scottish and Irish dancing, and professional Highland athletes competing by tossing tree trunks and throwing heavy weights. There is a miniature version of Highland games for children. For more information, go to

Pangaea Frederick festival -- New this year, Pangaea Frederick features international music (including Caribbean steel drum band, African music, Andean instrumental music and salsa), international food (including Thai, Mexican and Vietnamese) and dance demonstrations (including hula, belly-dancing and Celtic dancing). The festival is at Westgate Square Shopping Center on U.S. 40 at Hillcrest Drive will kick off with a naturalization ceremony at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-600-2845 or go to

Other festivals this season include:


National Pike Festival will be Friday, May 16, through Sunday, May 18. Potato Pickers bluegrass band will perform at Plumb Grove at 7 p.m. Friday night. Also, homemade soup and sandwiches; mingle with horses and mules; chat with pioneer re-enactors on the wagon train. Wagon train departs Plumb Grove in the Clear Spring area at 9 a.m. Saturday and travels east along U.S. 40 to Hagerstown, and on Sunday to Boonsboro's Shafer Memorial Park. Boonsboro will host activities Sunday. Go to

Mayfest at Saint John's Episcopal Church, corner of West Antietam and Walnut streets, Hagerstown, will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 16. Wine tasting and dinner for $50 in advance; wine tasting only for $25 at the door or $20 in advance. Benefits Hagerstown Neighborhood Center's Afternoon Arts Program. Call 301-733-2560.

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