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Top five things to do

September 03, 2009

Top five things to do this week



Ready for some football?

Washington County high school football season kicks off Friday night. The only county high school team playing at home this weekend is North Hagerstown High, which tackles Gov. Thomas Johnson High School at 7 p.m. $4 for adults; $2 for students. See the high school football special section in today's paper.

Franklin fest

Franklin County, Pa., celebrates its 225th anniversary with a parade, a Benfest in honor of its namesake, Ben Franklin, and fireworks on Monday in Chambersburg. Parade at 10 a.m. Benfest features a presentations by Ben Franklin portrayed by Bob Harrison, Michael Levick and Robert Fox; and contests such as the oldest person and man with the longest beard. Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St. Call 717-709-7204 or 866-646-8060 or go to Explore FranklinCountyPa .com.

Rev 'em up

The local pulling season is coming to a close soon. Check out the truck and tractor pull this Saturday at Washington County Agricultural Center for plenty of big engines and noise. Sponsored by Western Maryland Pullers.6 p.m. Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagers-town. $10; free for ages 10 and younger Call 301-491-6222 or 301-491-5222.

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Keep them holstered

At least a dozen antique firearms, many made locally, and accoutrements will be on display at the Old Franklin County Jail in Chambersburg, Pa., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Monday. $3 to see the exhibit; $5 for museum tour with exhibit. Call the Franklin County Historical Society at 717-264-1667.

Poolside pooches

Cool off the dog days of summer with the annual Pooch Plunge at Potterfield Pool at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9. Go swimming with your dog for $5. Proceeds benefits the Humane Society of Washington County. $2 each per additional dog or person.




The five free things to do this week



Free Country, free concert

The Marines are coming to Harpers Ferry and they're bringing country music with them. The U.S. Marine Band's Free Country ensemble will perform Saturday night at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Lawn at Mather Training Center, Fillmore Street, the former campus of Storer College. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and insect repellent. No rain date. Call 304-535-6029.

More football fun

If you didn't get enough pigskin action Friday night, college football season starts Saturday. West Virginia hosts Liberty at noon on WJAL (Antietam Cable channel 8) and the Big East Network. Penn State hosts Akron at noon on the Big Ten Network. Maryland plays at California at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

C&O on canvas

Get a look at views of the C&O Canal that might not exist anymore. An exhibit of Garnet Jex's paintings, including views of the canal prior to flooding during the 1920s, opens Saturday at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown's City Park. Reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6. Exhibit continues through Jan. 17. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 301-739-5727.

Show your pride

Join Maugansvillians - or is it Maugansvillagers? - on Saturday as they celebrate their pride in their community at Maugansville Pride Day at the Ruritan park. Crafts, displays and a country-western dance demo are on the agenda. Read the story Roundup of Labor Day events

Terrorizing teddy

"The Treacherous Teddy"? Sounds criminal. Meet John J. Lamb, who likes to mix teddy bears into his murder mysteries, at Washington County Free Library at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

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