Staff picks: Our top 10 events

September 16, 2010

The Top Five

An Evening with Randy Travis

Randy Travis performs. 8 p.m. H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa. Tickets cost $45 to $65. Call 717-477-7469 or go to

Auto racing

Small Car Nationals Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18. Late model sportsmen, pure stocks and a powder-puff race. 7:30 p.m. Hagerstown Speedway, 15112 National Pike, west of Hagerstown. Tickets cost $10 to $20; free for ages 11 and younger. In case of rain, call 301-582-0640, e-mail or go to

Autumn Arts Festival

Activities happening throughout City Park. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts activities include: fish printing, origami, Japanese comic art, children's dance workshops. Mansion House will feature local cellist Mia Hoover Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. Hagerstown Railroad Museum features Thomas the Trackless Tank Engine. Jonathan Hager House will host a French and Indian War re-enactor encampment. Petting zoo on the grounds between Hager House and the art museum. Both days will feature live music at Peter Buys Band Shell. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 19. City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-8393 or e-mail


Band spectacular

Performances by bands from the four-state area. Food will be sold. Sponsored by Martinsburg High School Band Boosters. 2:30 p.m. Martinsburg High School's Cobourn Field, 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. For information, e-mail

Colonial music and activities

Artists, authors, antique cars, yard sales, storytelling and displays about town history. Music by Kelly Carmichael, Hucklebuck, The Gary Jackson Blues Band, Skyla Burrell Blues Band and Golden Butter Band. The 2nd Maryland Drum and Fife will perform and lead a candlelight alley walk through Sharpsburg at 7 p.m.; event from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Downtown Sharpsburg. Go to

The Five Free

Haitian boy's choir

Les Petits Chanteurs and Chamber Ensemble of the Philharmonic Orchestra from the Holy Trinity Cathedral Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will open the Music at St. John's Series. 7:30 p.m. St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. Call 301-733-2560, ext. 108.

Hurl the ball down the road

The inaugural Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run brings Irish road bowling to Jefferson County. 1:30 p.m. Trough Road, Shepherds-town, W.Va. Spectators are free; competitors pay a small fee. To compete, call Road Master Mary Wolfe, 304-258-4958 or e-mail

Pottery festival

Thirty potters at Cumberland Valley Potter Festival will sell bowls, pots, urns, mugs and other pieces. Some artists will demonstrate their technique. Silent auctions. Food will be sold. Live music by Ladies in the Parlor from noon to 3:30 p.m. Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pottery workshops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Free admission. House tours are available for a fee. Call 717-762-4723.

Washington Family Homes

The tour features four privately owned Washington Family homes in the Charles Town, W.Va., area -- Happy Retreat, Harewood, Beallair and Claymont Court. Sponsored by Friends of Happy Retreat. $20 in advance or $10 per home in advance; $25 for the tour or $10 per home on the day of the tour. Go to or call 304-724-7956.

Canal-Apple Days

Two-day festival. Parade opens the festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18; fiddle and banjo contest, arts and crafts, food through 6 p.m. Activities from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19; baby contest from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Russ and Donna Miller Band plays for dancers from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Widmeyer Park, Hancock, Md. Call Larry at 301-678-6555.

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