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First block of South Potomac Street to close for arts school fundraiser

April 08, 2011

The first block of South Potomac Street between Washington and Antietam streets in Hagerstown will be closed today for activities related to the student performance of "The Phantom of the Opera" at The Maryland Theatre.

The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Parent Guild will be in the street starting at 3 p.m. today for fundraising and to host live performances. The street is expected to reopen to traffic by 10 p.m., according to a city news release.

Motorist traveling south on Potomac Street will be detoured onto East Washington Street, the release said.

Motorists can use East Washington, Mulberry and East Antietam streets to bypass the event.

The left lane of traffic will remain open for emergency vehicles, the city said previously.

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."

She also wrote that the guild also hopes that hosting activities in the street will keep audience members downtown to patronize restaurants and businesses.

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