Staff picks: Our top 10 events

September 30, 2010

The Top Five

Country music an corny humor

Joanne Stiffler will perform with the Pennsylvania Opry. The show features musicians, vocalists and comedians. 2 p.m. today and Thursday, Oct. 21; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 2, and 9. Star Theatre, 23 W. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Tickets cost $36 per person at the door. Call 717-328-5959 or go to

Appalachian music

Shepherd University hosts concerts on Friday and Saturday in Shepherdstown, W.Va., as part of the college's annual Appalachian Heritage Festival. On Friday, gospel singer Ethel Caffie-Austin, fiddler Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers Band will perform at 8 p.m. On Saturday, old-style Appalachian singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, guitarist John Lilly and Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will perform at 8 p.m. Both concerts at Shepherd University's Frank Performing Arts Center, off University Drive, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Tickets cost $5 to $15; $5 to $20 for a two-night pass good for admission to concerts on Friday and Saturday. Call 304-876-5000 or go to


Images of the gritty city

Contemporary realist painters Rick Dula, Roland Kulla and Stephen Magsig will display their industrial and architectural images. Wine-and-cheese reception, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Reception costs $20; $15 members. Exhibit continues through Sunday, Jan. 9. Call 301-739-5727.

Halloween fun walk

Historic and scary stories from the 1800s, 30-minute walk on Civil War-style battlefield with interpreters and re-enactors. Not suggested for young children. 8:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 2 and 9. Wilson's General Store, 14921 Rufus Wilson Road, west of Huyetts Crossroads. $5, adults; free for ages 9 and younger accompanied by an adult. Call 301-582-4718 or 301-582-9009.

Putting the 'mock' in democracy

The Capitol Steps will perform. 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. $10. Tickets will be sold at the door or call the box office at 717-263-0202.

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'Grim Reapings'

Learn about the history of death in early American culture -- burial customs, folklore, superstitions, body-snatching and more. 7 p.m. Jonathan Hager House, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-8393 or go to

Last concert of the season

The Martinsburg Big Band performs the final big-band dance concert of the season Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. Pen Mar Park in Cascade. Free. Call 240-313-2700.

Barnyard Jamboree

Fun for the family, with wagon rides, live music, riding demonstration, stick horse races, pedal tractor pull haunted corn field and much more. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3. Star Community, 13674 Greencastle Pike, west of Hagerstown. Proceeds benefit Star Community. Free admission; some activities charge a fee. Call Katie Hoover at 301-791-0011, ext. 114.

Poetry festival

Poetry readings and book signings, a panel discussion, adult and children's workshops and individual consultations. Most sessions will be free and open to the public. The adult workshops and individual consultations will require advance registration and fees of $20 to $50. Friday and Saturday. Various locations in Shepherdstown, W.Va. For complete schedule, go to or call 301-667-1391.

Bluegrass concert fundraiser

Autumn Pickin' Celebration features bluegrass music by the Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band. Food available. Noon to 5 p.m. Plumb Grove, corner of Broadfording Road and North Martin Street, Clear Spring. Free admission. Call David Sword at 301-842-3592.

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