Hagerstown City Council briefs

March 09, 2011

Street closures set for summer music

 The city of Hagerstown will again close a portion of South Potomac Street on Fridays this summer for Wind Down Fridays Music Program, hosted by The Maryland Theatre.

Wind Down Fridays is in its fourth year, said Karen Giffin, city public relations and marketing director.

As in the past, the city will use fire police to close the street and set the barricades, according to city documents.

Because alcohol will be served, the permit will need to be signed by the theater and the city to exempt the event from the open-container law, the documents said.

The council agreed to close the first block of South Potomac Street from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the following dates in 2011: May 13, May 20, June 10, June 17, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19, and Aug. 26.

Giffin said the list of dates does not include the Fridays of Blues Fest, June 3, or the Miss Maryland pageant on June 24.

Street to close for 'Phantom of the Opera'

The Hagerstown City Council Tuesday agreed to close the first block of South Potomac Street on April 9 in connection with the student performance of the "Phantom of the Opera."

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Parent Guild hopes to use the street to raise funds and host live performances from cast members between the showings, according to city documents.

The street would be closed from 4 to 9 p.m. The left lane of traffic would remain open for emergency vehicles, the documents said.

In a letter to city officials, Guild Vice-President Marci Howes wrote that the street closing will "create a convenient and highly visible location for the event and will ensure the safety of those volunteers setting up and breaking down and the students performing."

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