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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 http://www.agexpoandfair.org.

'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 info@fullcircletheaterco.org.

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 http://www.gooseroute.org or call 304-876-6751.

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'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 hagerstownet@yahoo.com or go to http://www.mytheaterarts.com.

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 p.m.at 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 info@mdshakes.org or go to http://www.mdshakes.org.

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 http://www.funkstown.com/day-in-the-park.

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 justlookin.com.

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