Weekend calendar

September 18, 2009

Sharpsburg Heritage Festival

SHARPSBURG -- A celebration of Sharpsburg's history. The day will include regional bands, craft vendors and food. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Sharpsburg Town Square, at Main Street (Md. 34) and Mechanic Street. Main Street is accessible from Md. 65. Free admission. For a full schedule, go to

Book signing

Former Hagerstown resident Bill Kendle will sign copies of his new cookbook, "Healthy Eating Made Easy." 5 to 8 p.m. today. Borders Books, 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., Hagerstown.

A new documentary by Ken Burns

HANCOCK -- A sneak peak of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" a new documentary by Ken Burns. 6 p.m. today. Widmyer Park.

High school band spectacular

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Bands from the four-state area will perform. Sponsored by Martinsburg High School Band Boosters. Concessions. 3 p.m. today. Martinsburg High School's Coburn Field. $6; $4, seniors and students; free for children younger than 5. E-mail


Steam and gas show

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- Daily events include threshing wheat, baling straw, sawmill, running gas engines display. There will be flea market and crafts. Entertainment each evening. 1 p.m. parade of equipment. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. today and Sunday. Two Top Ruritan, 12270 Two Top Road.

Charles Town Heritage Festival

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Festival honoring Charles Town's history, including the 125th anniversary of the town's two fire companies and the 150th anniversary of the John Brown raid, trail and execution. Features original drama about Brown and Robert E. Lee, exhibit of original courtroom drawings, a street festival, magic shows, Civil War music, a historical town walk, a farmers market, arts and craft vendors and a display of antique fire equipment. Today and Sunday. For information, call 304-535-2627.

Rumsey Radio Hour

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. --  Features local musicians, poets and storytellers, combined with old-time radio sound effects. 2 and 8 p.m. today; and 6 p.m. Sunday. Saturday evening's performance will be preceded by dinner at 6 p.m. Call for location and admission cost, 304-876-2783.

Corn maze at Cearfoss

A five-acre maze in a standing cornfield. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays. Tri-State Fellowship, 13153 Cearfoss Pike, west of Hagerstown. $4; free for ages 4 and younger. Call Beth Ostoich at 301-790-1774 or go to

Hancock Canal-Apple Days

HANCOCK -- Parade at 11 a.m. today at Park-N-Dine Restaurant and goes to the park. Craft vendors. Variety music by Square Deal Band on Saturday and by Russ and Donna Miller Band on Sunday. Baby contest, Sunday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. Widmeyer Park. Call 301-678-6555 or 301-573-1927.

Hagerstown Hispanic Festival

Hagerstown Hispanic festival features food, dance, soccer tournament. Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fairgrounds Park of Hagerstown, 420 N. Mulberry St. Call 240-217-5119.

Piano recital

Pianist Jennifer Tao will perform during the Inez H. Perry and Mary G. Brandenburg Memorial Recital. Refreshments follow. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727.

Army band concert

The Red, White & Blue Concert Series concludes with the 229th United States Army Band. 4 p.m. Sunday. Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 346.

Nature/plant ID walk

BIG COVE TANNERY, Pa. -- Woodland Owners of Southern Alleghenies, forester Dave Scamardella and Fulton County Parks and Recreation will offer a two-mile hike through the Buchanan State Forest. 3 p.m. Sunday. Meet at the Kerper Tract along Big Cove Tannery Road. Raindate is Sunday, Sept. 27. Free, donations welcomed. Advance registration is not required but appreciated. Call 717-552-0071.

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