Staff picks for Feb. 24-March 2

February 24, 2011
  • Danny "Machine Gun" Kelley, left, defeated Don Forbes in the sixth bout of the 2006 Toughman Contest. The amateur boxing tourney returns to Martinsburg, W.Va., this weekend.
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Are you tough enough?
Guts and muscle will be the order of the day Friday at Parsons Ford Original Toughman Contest, a single-elimination boxing tournament, open to area men and women ages 18 to 39, with limited amateur experience and no pro fights. 6:30 p.m. doors open; event starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26. Berkeley 2000 Recreation Center, Lambert Park, Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, W.Va. Tickets cost $20 to $35. To purchase tickets, call 800-296-3897 or go to

Do they live happily ever after? Hagerstown Children’s Theater will present a musical production of “Cinderella.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27. The Academy Theatre Banquet & Conference Center, 58 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. $15; $12, children, students and seniors. For tickets, call 301-733-8261 or go to

Circus comes to town
Walker Brothers Circus presents contortionists, clowns, trained animals, an aerialist and more at 3 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Randolph Millholland Armory, 18500 Roxbury Road, Hagerstown. $14; two children ages 14 or younger get in free with paid adult. Call Kelly Fairchild 800-528-6577. Go to

Play festival preview
Season Teaser features excerpts from the 2011 Contemporary American Theater Festival plays: “From Prague,” “Race,” “Ages of the Moon,” “We Are Here” and “The Insurgents.” Reception, 7 p.m. Saturday; 8 p.m. performance. Studio Theater, Sara Cree Hall, 310 N. King St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $45. Call 304-876-3304, e-mail or go to

Cardboard sled derby
Cedar Ridge Ministries of Williamsport will sponsor the Wild & Wacky Cardboard Sled Derby, a competition on tubing slopes using cardboard sled creations, on Sunday. registration is from 1 to 2:45 p.m.; 3 p.m. sled racing begins. Whitetail Adventure Snow Tubing at Whitetail Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, Pa. $25 in advance, $30 per team. For rules, fees and information, call 301-582-0282 or go to

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Follow the Oscars
Follow Lifestyle Editor Crystal Schelle on Twitter (@crystalschelle) beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday as she tweets about the Academy Awards. She’ll dish on what the stars are wearing and then continue throughout the broadcast. Join in the discuss at #HMoscars or follow along during the awards ceremony at

Choral concert for King
Among area tributes to America’s civil rights struggle is the Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church Senior Choir’s production of “The Dream Endures,” a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Wacohu Grange, U.S. 40 just west of Huyetts Crossroads. Free and open to the public. Call 301-739-9417 or e-mail

Take the waters
Tastings and awards will take place for the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. More than 1,000 entries from around the world will compete for municipal and bottled water awards. The public may take home leftover bottled water at the end of the evening. Begins at 2:30 p.m. The Country Inn at Berkeley Springs, 110 S. Washington St., Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Free admission for spectators. Call 304-258-2210.

Classical music for kids
The Washington County Museum of Fine Art’s Museum Consort will present a children’s program, including works by King Henry VIII, William Hill and consort member David Styer, at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

Student choral concert
The Saint James School Chapel Choir will perform the program previewing its upcoming 10-day, three-state tour. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at Saint James School Chapel, 17641 College Road, Saint James. Free and open to the public. Call Michael Straley at 301-733-9330.

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