Staff picks: Our top ten events

August 26, 2010

The Top Five

The end of the season

Riverknot performs for the season finale of Wind Down Friday. 5 to 8 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Tickets cost $5 at the door. Call 301-790-2000 or go to

County fair in W.Va.

Highlights of the fair include: Today, Tuff truck and car contest at 7 p.m.; cow chip bingo at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, tractor and four-wheel drive pull, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday Obsession performs, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, tractor and four-wheel drive pull with two interstate classes at 6:30 p.m., Stony Creek Bluegrass Band performs at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Events at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 1707 Old Leetown Pike, Kearneysville, W.Va. Admission costs $5; $3 ages 6 through 15; free for ages 5 and younger. Go to

Auto racing

The 30th annual Shorty Bowers/Bull Durham Championship, 30 laps late models plus late model sportsman and pure stocks. 7 p.m. Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike, west of Hagerstown. Tickets cost $12 to $20; free for ages 11 and younger. In case of inclement weather, call 301-582-0640, e-mail or go to


'Divorce Italian Style'

In this 1961 Italian film, a baron longs to marry his nubile young cousin, but one obstacle stands in his way: He's married, and divorce was illegal in Italy in the 1960s. In Italian with English subtitles. Black-and-white. 7 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $5. Call 301-790-3500 or e-mail

Wine and food benefit

Benefits The Capitol Theatre. Featuring Pennsylvania wineries, food vendors, other vendors, entertainment inside and outside. Noon to 7 p.m. The Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. $14 in advance; $17 at the door; $6 admission for designated driver includes two coupons for soft drinks. Call 717-263-0202.

The Five Free

Old-fashioned potato harvest

Potatoes will be harvested by horse-drawn plow. Prizes will be awarded to children by age groups, for finding the largest and smallest potatoes. There will be an antique tractor show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., demonstrations of a stone crusher and corn sheller. Activities include barrel rides and hay rides, potato sack race, spoon relay. Harvesting begins at 11 a.m. Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. Free, donations accepted. Call 240-420-1714 or go to

Electric blues

The Outpatients perform electric blues. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Yankauer Nature Preserve, north of Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. For directions, go to No pets. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 304-676-3397.

Everybody's Day at Pen Mar

Pen Mar Park's Everybody's Day features a performance by the Josh Tindall Orchestra, Hub City Lindy Hop dancers, dance contests, American Indian dance re-enactors, miniature carrousel builders, a magician, children's games and Hub City Model A Ford Club. Noon. Pen Mar Park, off Pen Mar High Rock Road, Cascade. Free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Call 240-313-2700.

Jazz festival

Renfrew Institute Jazz Festival will feature alto saxophonist Jim Snidero, baritone saxophonist Roger Rosenberg and the Paul Bollenback Trio. 2 to 4 p.m. Lawn behind Renfrew Museum, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Rain site is Waynesboro Area Middle School auditorium. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Call 717-762-0373 or go to

'Mockingjay' parties

Borders Books, Music and Cafe in Hagerstown and in Frederick, Md., will celebrate the release of "Mockingjay," the third book in the "Hunger Games" trilogy, with a fan fest geared for ages 14 to 17. Debate, trivia contest, raffle and other activities. 4 p.m. Free. Borders in Hagerstown at 17636 Garland Groh Blvd., west of Hagerstown; call 301-745-5897. Borders in Frederick at 5533 Urbana Pike; call 301-624-1577.

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