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German Christmas traditions
Who put up the first Christmas tree? Where did St. Nicholas come from? And who is Christkindel? During tours of Hager House, visitors will hear about medieval German holiday traditions that came to the New World, including the Christmas tree and the Yule log. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 30. Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. $3; $2, senior citizens; $1, children ages 6 to 12; free for children 5 and younger. Call 301-739-8393.
Matt Stillwell with special guests Hicktown and Tori Anderson with Possum Holler will perform; proceeds benefit Food Resources. 8 p.m. Friday at Break Away II Sports Lounge, 13726 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. $5 of each ticket goes to Food Resources. Call Break Away II at 240-420-6550. For more on Stillwell, go to www.mattstillwell.net.
‘A Christmas Carol’
“Bah, Humbug.” See Scrooge in action at Maryland Ensemble Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md. Tickets cost $12 to $22. Call 301-600-2828 or go to www.weinbergcenter.org.
‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ live
No sets, costumes or props, just a wonderful story. Gettysburg Stage will present a radio-play version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Grand Army of the Republic Hall, 60 E. Middle St., Gettysburg, Pa. $15; limited seating. Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.gettysburgstage.org.
Victorian Christmas tea
British actress and narrator Anne Flosnik will read from Charles Dickens’ Christmas stories. The event includes Victorian-era merrymaking and traditional Yuletide delicacies from England. 3 to 5 p.m. The Women’s Club, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown. $30; reservations required. Call Judy Larkin at 304-274-8971.
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HCC student art show
An exhibit of Hagerstown Community College art students concludes today, Dec. 16. Work by more than 50 students, including painting, drawing, mixed media sculpture, ceramic sculpture, pottery, digital photography, and graphic design prints. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. HCC’s Career Programs Building, room 211, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Call 301-790-2800, ext. 221.
Remembering loved ones
Tree-lighting ceremony and walk to mausoleum, choir and bagpipe music and refreshments. Candles provided to visitors. 7 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-739-3630.
Emerging artist exhibit
Members of the Pride family will exhibit artwork. Opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Contemporary School of the Arts & Gallery, 4 W. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown. Call 301-791-6191, e-mail email@example.com or go to www.csagi.org.
Strike up the band! The Williamsport Community Band will present its annual Christmas concert. 3 p.m. Williamsport High School, 1 S. Clifton Drive, Williamsport. Call 301-223-6538.
Historic photo book
Dennis Frye will sign copies of “Historic Washington County.” Noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 16 Public Square, downtown Hagerstown. Books will be sold at the signing. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 104.