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Have fun staying at home on Memorial Day weekend

Have fun staying at home on Memorial Day weekend

May 22, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

If you're not heading to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, there are plenty of Tri-State-area events to enjoy with family and friends.

They include parades, minor league baseball games, auto shows and races, festivals, living history events, public pool openings and student art exhibits.

Then go home, fire up the grill and relax.

Here are some of the events going on this weekend:

The Great Boonsboro Rescue Co. Carnival opens tonight at 5 p.m. and runs through Saturday, May 30, in Shafer Memorial Park in Boonsboro. Carnival opens at 5 p.m. nightly with food and amusement rides. Free nightly concerts at 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Concerts include Hicktown tonight, the Boro Boogie Pickers on Saturday, Tori Anderson & Possum Holler on Sunday, and The Legends on Monday. Call 301-432-6979.

Mason-Dixon Dragway east of Hagerstown will host the Memorial Day Classic today through Monday, May 25. Four days of racing includes a Friday Nite Gamblers Race with gates opening at 3 p.m., time trials at 5 p.m. and eliminations around 7 p.m.; and junior dragsters on Saturday and Sunday. Spectator admission is $10 each day; free for ages 12 and younger. 21003 National Pike. Go to www.masondixondragway.com or call 301-791-5193.

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The Hagerstown Suns will host the Hickory Crawdads, a Texas Rangers affiliate, for a four-day series starting tonight. Fireworks on Friday and Sunday after the games. On Saturday, the first 1,000 fans will receive a Grady Little Hall-of-Fame statuette. Little is a former Suns manager. Thirty minutes before the Sunday game, Suns players will read to a group of young children. Before Sunday's game, selected Suns players will sign their photos and, after the game, kids get to run the bases. The stadium has a playground. Game times are 6:35 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday; and 2:05 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $5 to $9 with kids 3 and younger getting in free. Call 301-791-6266 or go to www.hagerstownsuns.com.

The Frederick Keys, a Baltimore Orioles affiliate, will host the Kinston Indians, a Cleveland Indians affiliate for a four-game series, including a doubleheader today at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md. Fireworks after Friday's and Saturday's games. On Saturday, former NBA player Gheorghe Muresan will make an appearance at the stadium as part of a family fitness-themed night. Keys Cafe will host a beer tasting. Before Sunday's game, play catch on the field and collect autographs from selected Keys players. The stadium has a carousel, carnival games and a playground. Game times are 5 p.m. today; 6 p.m. Saturday, May 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Tickets cost $5 to $11 with ages 2 and younger getting free general admission seating. Call 301-662-0013 or go to www.frederickkeys.com.

Two student art exhibits featuring the work of Washington County students are on display at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park. Includes Washington County Public School Art exhibit and Young Artists of the Home School Community exhibit, which opens Saturday. Both exhibits feature a wide variety of media. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission, though donations are welcome.

Totem Pole Playhouse near Fayetteville, Pa., will host a free Family Fun Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Includes children's story theater, costuming, a look backstage, stage makeup, children's games and crafts, rehearsals for "Cotton Patch Gospel," flea market, food and on-stage discussions. 9555 Golf Course Road. Call 888-805-7056 or go to www.totempoleplayhouse.org.

The Sharpsburg Memorial Day parade on Saturday starts at 1:30 p.m. at Sharpsburg Elementary School and heads north on Main Street toward Antietam National Cemetery. The parade is expected to include Miss Washington County, Little League teams, Civil War re-enactors, firetrucks, dignitaries and at least four marching bands, including Boonsboro High's and Boonsboro Middle's. Before the parade, at 11 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at Sharpsburg's Town Hall. Rohrersville Band will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Town Square. After the parade, at 3 p.m., a commemoration ceremony will be held at Antietam National Cemetery. Boonsboro High School's concert band will provide music at the cemetery ceremony. Retired Navy Rear Adm. J. Michael Johnson,will be the parade's grand marshal; he will speak at the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. ceremonies.

God Bless America Kids Parade and Ice Cream Social will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Middletown Park on Coblentz Road in Middletown, Md. Free ice cream. Deck out your bikes, skateboards and scooters, or create a patriotic float with your wagon. Parade begins at 11 a.m. Design postcards to send to U.S. troops. Visit with soldiers. Bring items to donate for care packages for U.S. troops. For more information, including list of suggested items to donate, go to www.middletownartsandactivities.com/events.cfm or call 301-371-6171.

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