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WEG's top five

October 15, 2009

The top five things to do this week



Historic matters

On Friday, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park starts three busy days of commemorating the 150th anniversary of abolitionist John Brown's raid. Saturday's events include the premiere of Delfeayo Marsalis' "Tattered Souls." See story and schedule.

A 'peeling' event

A variety of apple contests, a parade, a cruise-in and many other activities are planned for Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The festivities begin today and run through Sunday. See story.

Scary sites

Two of the major haunted attractions in the Tri-State area open this weekend. The Haunted Fairgrounds at Jefferson County (W.Va.) Fairgrounds opens Friday night. The Apollo Civic Haunted Theatre opens Saturday night in Martinsburg, W.Va.

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Gearing up for a fun time

Helicopter rides, a parade, lawn mower races and pulls with tractors, pickups, steam engines and horses are on the agenda at the Grease, Steam and Rust Association's Antique Tractor, Small Engine & Machinery Show from Friday to Sunday at the Fulton County (Pa.) Fairgrounds.

They can do magic (with music)

Folk-rock group America performs Saturday night at Shippensburg University's Luhrs Center. The group had several hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, including "A Horse with No Name," "Ventura Highway" and "You Can Do Magic."




The five free things to do this week



Star light, star bright

If seeing ghosts and goblins isn't your thing, try looking at stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae as TriState Astronomers hosts a public star party Friday and Saturday night at Antietam National Battlefield. Meet near the visitors center. The party will be canceled if the sky is cloudy.

Colorful change

The leaves have begun their autumn color change. Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, Md., begins its fall color walks this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Go to www.nps.gov/cato. For more information about the seasonal color change, call the Maryland Fall Foliage & Festival Hotline at 800-532-8371.

An apple a day ...

Celebrate apple season with about 150 craft vendors, a food court and music during the annual AppleFest on Saturday in downtown Chambersburg, Pa.

Touchdown!

The Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings are two hot teams that could end up in the playoffs. The Rams play in Minnesota at at 1 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

Slinking along

Earth with its creepy critters. Valley Mall will host the Ultimate Reptile Show with reptiles and amphibians from around the world on Saturday and Sunday. The show includes a cobra and an alligator.

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