Staff picks for Jan. 27-Feb. 2

January 27, 2011
  • Downtown Chambersburg, Pa., hosts its annual winter festival, with ice carving, a 40-foot-long ice slide and other cold-weather fun.
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The Top Five
All-county orchestra
Washington County middle and high school students will participate in the 2011 All Middle and High School Orchestra concert. Petr Skopek will conduct the middle school orchestra and Elizabeth Schulze will conduct the high school orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. $4 in advance; $5 at the door. Purchase tickets at the middle and high schools. Senior citizen gold cards and school board IDs will be honored.

Rent some Hairspray, you Miserable, Wicked Phantom
A sharp-edged revue satirizing top Broadway shows and classic characters. 8 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, and Saturdays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 5; and 3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Potomac Playmakers, Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. $16; $10, kindergartners through 12th-graders. For tickets, call 301-797-8182.

Rockin’ for a cause
Sponsored by Youth United Way of Washington County. The concert will feature up-and-coming bands from the area competing in front of judges and fans. Proceeds will benefit Youth United Way of Washington County. 4 p.m. Saturday at Leitersburg Cinemas, Leitersburg Pike, north of Hagerstown. $6; $4, ages 18 and younger. Call 301-739-8200, ext. 12, or e-mail

Actor bring his music to stage
Actor and singer-songwriter Jeff Daniels will present music from his second album, “Grandfather’s Hat.” 8 p.m. Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., downtown Frederick, Md. Tickets cost $27.50 to $37.50. Call 301-600-2828 or go to

‘The Music Man’
A con man poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. But falling in love was not part of his plan. 8 p.m. Saturday at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $30 to $50. Call 301-790-3500 or go to

Top Five Free
Civil War in Chambersburg
Bob Windemuth will present “In Defense of the Union — Chambersburg Reacts to Secession.” 2 p.m. today Grove Family Library, 101 S. Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-1667 or e-mail

Cool fun
IceFest starts tonight in downtown Chambersburg, Pa., and runs through Sunday, Jan. 30. Highlights include giant ice sculpture carving, food vendors, ice slide, snowfall ball, artists, chili cook-off, ballet performance, scavenger hunt. Various locations in downtown Chambersburg, Pa. Fees for some events. For a schedule, go to

Museum reception
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosts a reception from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday to open a show of prints, watercolors and oils by Bruce Etchison, the late director of Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, are on display. Exhibit continues through Sunday, April 24. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

Readings and music honor King
Readings from Martin Luther King Jr.’s writings interspersed with presentations by the church choirs of Shepherdstown, W.Va. 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Reformed Church, 304 E. German St., Shepherdstown. Call 304-876-3354.

Winter concert
Cumberland Valley School of Music Community Symphonic Band will hold its annual winter concert. 3 p.m. Chambersburg Area Middle School auditorium, 1151 E. McKinley St., Chambersburg, Pa. Free, donations accepted. Call 717-261-1220 or go to

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