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The top five things to do this weekend

September 25, 2008

Let the games begin



It won't be "Celebrity Deathmatch," but Barack Obama and John McCain will have a war of words Friday night during the first presidential debate between the two -- unless both sides agree to a delay proposed as Loop went to press. If it's a go, catch the debate on, well, almost every channel at 9 p.m. Friday. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, C-SPAN, PBS and MSNBC.

Leapin' Leopards



We've been assured there are no actual leopards harmed in the making of Leopard Stew. Try the dish yourself at this weekend's Smithsburg Steam Engine & Craft Show and find out for yourself. Let us know if you "spot" any leopards.

Feeling crafty



Whaddya mean it's September and you haven't started your holiday gift shopping yet? A good place to start, or continue, is the Fall Mountain Heritage Arts & Craft Festival Friday through Sunday in Jefferson County, W.Va. The festival features the works of about 200 craftspeople.

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Rev those engines



You're never too old to play with a remote-control powerboat, as RC Model Boaters of Baltimore prove this weekend at Greenbrier Lake. As many as 200 boats will race, including hydroplanes, like the one pictured. There's also a novice class. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Greenbrier State Park east of Hagerstown. Park entry fee is $3 or $4 per person; free for children in car seats or booster seats and for ages 62 and older. For more info about the boat races or to enter your own speedster, call Tim Clark at 301-448-8063.

A novel idea



Alexander McCall Smith won the Saga Award for Wit with his fifth novel in the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. With nine books in the series, Smith brings his wit to the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., on Friday. He will speak, answer questions and sign autographs. S

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