Staff picks: Our top ten events

July 15, 2010

Top Five Events

Animals, tractors and crashing cars

The Washington County Ag Expo and Fair is a weeklong celebration of farm life and farm activities, with chainsaw carving demonstrations, dog and pig races, amateur cheese carving contest, a horse pull, and demolition derbies and mini-rods. Opens Friday and continues through Thursday, July 22 at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike. For a schedule, go to

'Tuesdays' with Morrie's brother

Full Circle Theater Co. presents "Tuesdays with Morrie," an autobiographical story of Mitch Albom and Morrie Schwartz. The show opens Friday but the 2:30 p.m. show on Sunday, July 18, features a post-show discussion with David Schwartz, Morrie's brother. Full Circle Theatre Co., 113 S. Princess St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Call 304-268-7798 or e-mail

Goose Route Dance Festival

The festival features 10 professional contemporary dance companies, performances, master dance and yoga classes, classes for kids, family shows and post-performance discussions. The festival begins Friday and continues through Sunday, July 25. War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Tickets cost $10 to $15 for master classes. All events for children and families are free. Go to or call 304-876-6751.


'Bye Bye Birdie'

The story of an early rock 'n' roll singer who is drafted into the U.S. Army. Presented by Hagerstown Children's Theater. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 17. The Academy Theater Banquet and Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. Tickets cost $12 and $15 and are available at the door. Call 301-733-8261, e-mail or go to

Zupe and Nichols

Grammy Award-nominated duo Zupe and Nichols will perform their brand of progressive rock-jazz at an outdoor concert Sunday from 3 to 5 Widmeyer Park, Main Street and Park Road. Free; the public is invited. For more information, call Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719.

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Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers

Maryland Shakespeare Festival presents "Romeo and Juliet." 7:30 p.m. today and Friday. Baker Park band shell, Second and Bentz streets. Free. Call 301-668-4090, e-mail or go to

Fighting in Funkstown

Craft vendors, Civil War period music, re-enacted street battles Saturday. Events continues through Sunday, July 18. Downtown Funkstown and Funkstown Memorial Park and Ballfield. Go to

Eating and making music

Bands and individual musicians welcome to perform Friday. Musicians should bring a side dish to the pavilion next to the bandshell. Sign up from 3 to 5 p.m., music from 5 to 9 p.m. Peter Buys Band Shell, City Park, Hagerstown. Call Lauren Kahn at 301-305-6561. Sponsored by Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Music on the square

Lucas and the Lovelys perform grunge-folk, with opener Golden Tiger. 7 to 9 p.m. today in Public Square in downtown Hagerstown, Potomac and Washington streets. Free. Call Ashley at 240-520-3483.

Art opening

Artwork by Margaret Warfield will be on display. Reception from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Exhibit continues through Sunday, Aug. 8. Just Lookin' Gallery, 40 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Call 301-714-2278 or go to

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