Staff picks: Our top ten events

July 08, 2010

Top Five Events

Contemporary American Theater Festival

The Contemporary American Theater Festival opens Friday with original plays from five American playwrights. Continues through Sunday, Aug. 1. Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va. For tickets, call 304-876-3473 or 800-999-2283. For a schedule, go to

Auto racing

Ernie D's 25 Special, a 25-lap race with a $2,600 purse. 7 p.m. Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike. Tickets cost $16 to $25. In case of inclement weather, call 301-582-0640, e-mail or go to

Gone to the dogs

Have a family picnic with the family dog Sunday. Bring a picture of your dog and enter the dog-photo contest. Music and prizes. 1 to 4 p.m. Morgan's Grove Park, W.Va. 480 in Shepherdstown, W.Va. $10; $5, children younger than 10. Admission includes food. Proceeds benefit Shepherdstown Visitors Center. Call 304-876-2786.


Civil War drama

A young man travels back in time to 1864, just hours before the burning of Chambersburg. Show continues through Sunday, July 26. Post-show discussion on Saturday, July 17. Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, Pa. Go to

Retreat through Williamsport

Union encampments, Confederate encampments, children's programs, infantry and artillery demonstrations, music. Friday through Sunday, July 11. Various sites in Williamsport. Call 301-582-0813 or go to

The Top Five Free

Bicycle racing

More than 300 racers are expected to participate Saturday in the Hagerstown Challenge Criterium in Hagerstown's North End. Racing will take place on Woodland Way, Park Lane, The Terrace and West Irvin Avenue. Traffic will be blocked in the area. Free for spectators. Free children's ride at 1:30 p.m. For more information, go to and click on Hagerstown Challenge Criterium or call 301-739-5653.

Jazz in downtown Hagerstown

Anita Thomas Quintet performs Thursday evening. Light refreshments. 5 to 6:30 p.m. University Plaza, 32 W. Washington St., near Public Square in downtown Hagerstown. Free.

Classical guitarist

Candice Mowbray will present an informal classical guitar performance. Noon to 1 p.m. second Saturday of each month. Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Go to

Solo photo show

Congressional photographer Janie Moltrup will display personal photographs. Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit continues through July. Mansion House Art Gallery, City Park, Hagerstown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to

Coffee shop jazz

Gene Johnson and Zach Worthy plus other jazz musicians and vocalists perform 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Port City Java, Long Meadow Shopping Center, Hagerstown. Call 301-790-5040.

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