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June 04, 2009

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Walk it off

Enjoy great food and music in the fresh air, burning off calories as you walk from chef to chef during Cumberland Valley School of Music's Neighborhood Chefs' Walk this Saturday in Chambersburg, Pa. Features Neighborhood Chefs' Walk along Alexander Avenue starting at 4 p.m. At 6 p.m. everyone will gather in the backyard of Paula Hepfer's home for a concert by CVSM faculty and friends. $45 per person. Call 717-261-1220 or go to

Audience with Polka's king

"She wore blue velvet." Bobby Vinton's 1963 classic inspired David Lynch to name his 1986 cult classic film for the love song. Vinton performs Saturday night at the Luhrs Center. See Royalty arrives

Military music

Classic country music and an open-air venue seem a perfect pairing. The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band kicks off the annual Red, White and Blue Concert Series at HCC's amphitheater on Sunday. The band will perform at 4 p.m. at Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater, Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 346 or e-mail


Hooked on fishing

Yeehaw! Round up them fish! One of the area's more popular fishing rodeos is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Cushwa Basin in Williamsport. For ages 15 and younger. Bring your rod. Free admission. Call 301-582-0813.

Raise a glass to good times

There's wine and art, but don't get all spiffed up. Relax at ArtShip Art & Wine Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Shippensburg, Pa. Attendees can enjoy microbrews, art demos, children's activities and live music such as an acoustic show from Brian and Nick of local rockers Ledbetter Heights. North Earl Street Triangle near the Old Main Drive campus entrance of Shippensburg University. $20 wristband, includes souvenir wine or beer glass, sampling and entertainment. Must be 21 years old or older to purchase wristband. Call 717-532-5509, go to or e-mail

Top five free things to do

Rockin' in the Free State

Guitarist Carl Filipiak and his Jimi Jazz Band kick off City Center Jazz Nights tonight at 5 at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown. Series continues Thursdays through July 2. University Plaza, West Washington Street, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183, or go to


There will be a new O-gauge train layout for children to run at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum introduced at this weekend's Railroad Heritage Days. The event features historic railroad equipment, trains for children to operate, model railroads and trolley ride to Locomotive 202. Railroad songs and stories from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $4; 75 cents for ages 12 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

Wall-to-wall finals

It's Superman versus Kobe as the Magic and Lakers battle it out in the NBA Finals starting tonight at 9:01 on ABC. Or skate over to Versus (Antietam Cable's channel 133) tonight at 8 for game four of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Red Wings and Penguins; NBC will pick up game five on Saturday at 8 p.m. If you prefer racquet sports, the French Open finals will be on NBC this weekend. Women's final is at 9 a.m. Saturday with the men's final at 9 a.m. Sunday. Defending champion Rafael Nadal is out. Who will win this year?

Back in time

Yes, it's the 21st century, but in Hagerstown's City Park, there will be plenty of slashing swords and colorful medieval costumes 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday during the annual Highland River Melées.More than 200 reenactors from four states will attend this year's Highland River Melees event. Guests will have a chance to try shooting traditional archery equipment and participate in other hands-on activities. Also merchants and artisans. Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown.

Summer TV kicks off

Brenda's married, but there are still murders to solve. "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick, starts season five Monday at 9 p.m. on TNT. Over on Bravo, it's a "Top Chef" spin-off with "Top Chef Masters" premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m.

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