WEG's top five

October 08, 2009

The top five things to do this week

Pumpkins away!

Have a smashing good time Saturday at the inaugural Great Pumpkin Siege Festival. Fire a pumpkin in a trebuchet or just watch as the monstrous catapults fling pumpkins hundreds of feet. See story.

War comes to Williamsport

A Fairchild Aircraft flyover, a GI Joe display, history speakers, a pancake breakfast, a parade, a concert, and a USO dance are part of the festivities planned for the World War II Weekend in Williamsport this Friday through Sunday. See story.

Crafts at Catoctin

One of the best and biggest craft shows in the Tri-State area is this weekend in Thurmont, Md. Catoctin Colorfest is so big it's spread out in Thurmont Community Park and on the activities grounds of Guardian Hose Company. The festival features 350 juried arts and crafts vendors. In addition to the official festival vendors, lots of folks in town have yard sales too.


Festival time

At the Apple Butter Festival in downtown Berkeley Springs W.Va., on Saturday, the focal point is the apple butter. There will be food, craft vendors and live music. But don't miss a turtle race and the beard and mustache contest.

Symphony season begins

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra kicks off its MasterWorks series this weekend with violinist Elena Urioste. See story.

The five free things to do this week

Family fun at fairgrounds

The first 750 kids 12 and younger at Saturday's Harvest Hoedown in Hagerstown's Fairgrounds Park will get free pumpkins. The first 500 families will get to make scarecrows. There also will be a petting zoo, pony rides, hay wagon rides and barrel cart rides. Most events are free.

Greencastle hosts apple boil

Live music, craft demonstrations, garden tours, hay rides, antique engines at the Apple festival from 9 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Tayamentasachta Environmental Center, 500 Leitersburg Street, Greencastle, Pa. Call 717-597-6458.

The art of history

The Waynesboro (Pa.) Historical Society pays tribute to Waynesboro artist Landis Whitsel with an exhibit of his work at the Oller House, 138 W. Main St., opening at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Whitsel is being honored for his efforts to preserve local history and landmarks through his art. Call 717-765-0191.

Mozart heard in Chambersburg

The Eaken Piano Trio will perform the music of Mozart and others on piano, violin and cello at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 750 Norland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-267-3085.

A man, a mule

"M*A*S*H" star Mike Farrell will talk about his new book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cultural Arts Center of Frederick County, 15 W. Patrick St., in Frederick, Md.. Farrell wrote about his 8,000-mile trip from L.A. to New York and back in a rented Prius he nicknamed Mule. Call 301-662-4190 or go to

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