Top five things to do

June 18, 2009

Top five things to do

Got cotton candy?

Karaoke, rides, fireworks and Elvis (well, at least an impersonator) are just some of the highlights for the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Co.'s Carnival. Runs Monday, June 22, through Saturday, June 27 behind the firehall. Runs Monday, June 22 through Saturday, June 27. Carnival opens at 6 p.m., showtimes start at 7 p.m. to for complete schedule. Read the story about one of the entertainers Elaini Arthur

Go fly a kite

Ben Franklin was a printer, musician, philosopher and economist. On Saturday, June 20, the Conococheague Institute will celebrate the man with a day of lectures and concerts. Go to for more info. Read Birthday bash honors Ben

A wild ride

Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival celebrates the West Virginia town's rapids with a few races as well as music and kids' activities. Starts at noon Saturday at the Harpers Ferry KOA campgrounds. Silent auction from noon to 8 p.m.; vendors; live music until 10 p.m. Harpers Ferry Cup Amateur Raft Race at 10 a.m.; Tim Gavin Down River Race at 1 p.m. Activities from noon to 10 p.m. KOA Campground, off U.S. 340. $10; free for overnight guests of KOA, participants of the Tim Gavin and the amateur raft races, and children younger than 12.Call 304-676-6853 or visit


Giddy about Gettysburg

There's more than just history in Gettysburg, Pa. The Gettysburg Festival kicks off today and continues through Sunday, June 28, with music, dance, theater, haute cuisine and more. Live jazz and brass, artist demonstrations, free classes and gourmet dining. Continues through Sunday, June 28. Tickets for the festival's culinary events are on sale through the festival headquarters. Call 717-334-0853 or go to www.gettysburgfestival .org.

At the movies

The Chambersburg, Pa., premiere of "Route 30," a backwoods comedy set in South Central Pennsylvania. The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, at The Capitol Theatre Center, Chambersburg, Pa. Cost is $15. Go to

Top five free things to do

Fire on the Mountain

The Rebels and Yankees met at what would become the Battle of South Mountain on Fox's Gap. A living history event takes place Saturday and Sunday. Demonstrations throughout the day. Free to the public. For more information, call 301-432-8065.

Theater in trio

Greencastle Amateur Players, a group of actors ranging in age from 7 to 16, will present "Hat Trick -- A Collection of Three Short Plays." Shows are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 19; 2 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20; 2 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at Jerome R. King Playground Bandshell. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

At the hop

Get out those poodle skirts for Main Street Martinsburg's Classic & Custom Car Show & Sock Hop. The Saturday event features classic and antique cars and trucks on King and Queen streets in downtown Martinsburg. Free to spectators; fee for car show entrants. Call 304-262-4200 for more info.

Rockin' with the Navy

U.S. Navy Cruisers performs a concert of classic popular music covers Saturday at Renfrew Park, Waynesboro, Pa. Concert is free; so is the ice cream. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Go to for more info.

Plays in the park

The Authentic Community Theatre will present a series of musical, interactive storytelling in Washington County Parks. The first one is at 11 a.m. Monday, June 22, at Smithsburg Veterans Park. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

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