Top Fives for May 20-26

May 20, 2010
  • Opera-metal band Cassandra Syndrome will perform Saturday in Williamsport at a fundraiser benefitting the Humane Society of Washington County.
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Top Five things to do

Big band in the barn

Grab your dancing shoes and head for the Allison-Antrim Museum on Friday for a dance. Music will include big band, fox-trot, rumba, waltz, Latin, swing and a little country. Dress is casual. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday. Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave. $10, includes one free dance lesson and refreshments. Guests may also bring refreshments; alcohol is prohibited. Call 717-597-9325.

Coffeehouse series

South Mountain String Band will perform Appalachian, bluegrass, Celtic and Civil War music. 7 p.m. Friday. open mic; 8 to 10 p.m. concert. Salem United Methodist Church, 25 S. Main St. To sign up for open mic, call 240-329-1969. Suggested donation $5 to $10, includes unlimited coffee/espresso bar, tea and gourmet light fare.

Food, wine and kitchen demos

The In Good Taste food festival featuring local restaurant's samples, wine tasting, culinary demonstrations and live music. It all goes down Sunday afternoon from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. $10 admission for adults; complimentary cookbook for attendees. For advance tickets, call Randi McClure at 301-745-3620.


Dance recital

Ballet and All That Jazz dance students will perform classical ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop styles. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday The Maryland Theatre, South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. $5. Purchase tickets at The Maryland Theatre box office or call 301-790-2000. For information, call 301-797-2100.

Garden tour and tea

Shepherdstown Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea features private gardens, an urban organic vegetable garden and tea. Gardens open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Tea served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Tickets cost $25. Call Mary at 304-876-1856 or go to

Top Five Free things to do

Pen Mar memories

Everyone is invited Saturday to a one-day celebration of the trains, music, buildings and vistas of Pen Mar Park, the popular, turn-of-the-last-century, hilltop park near Cascade. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most activities are free. "The Grand Hotels of the Blue Ridge" DVD showing at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m., $5; free for OMF members. "Greetings from Pen Mar" DVD showing at noon, $5; free for OMF members. Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive. Call Bill at 301-241-4501 or go to

Theater fest

A day of theater-themed activities, including backstage tours, children's theater games, face painting, children's story theater, stage combat and more. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., rain or shine. Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Caledonia State Park, at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Pa. Rt. 233. Free. Call 888-805-7056 or go to

Blues Fest posters on display

Kurt Cushwa's Blues Fest poster collection will be on display. Opening reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, June 3. Exhibit continues through Saturday, June 19. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

The Jackson Brothers

Tom Crawford joins the Jackson Brothers on Saturday at Always Ron's, 29 N. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. They'll play jazz and fusion from 9 p.m. to midnight. 301-797-7887.

Still 'Lost'?

Jacob, the Man in Black, time travel, paradox worlds and the Locke-ness monster -- it's all sorted out this weekend when the final episode of "Lost" airs on ABC from 9 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday. For more perspective on the show, go to for an online-only story by Herald-Mail Tri-State Editor Bill Kohler or go here for a blog by Herald-Mail interim Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle.

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