Staff picks for April 16

April 16, 2011
  • Hagerstown-area garden clubs interpret art pieces with floral arrangements in Art in Bloom, an annual fundraiser for the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.
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Top Five Events

Art in Bloom
Local garden clubs, educational groups and organizations display floral arrangements that interpret a piece of art. Exhibit open with free admission from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Musical entertainment on Sunday. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

Big used book sale
Bargains on books, including DVDs, videos, children’s and old and rare tapes. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Saturday is half price day. The Arc of Washington County, 1000 Florida Ave., Hagerstown.

German Easter
A look at German Easter customs and traditions. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 21, through Saturday, April 23. Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. Admission is $1 to $3; free for children younger than 6. Go to

The old ball game
Memorabilia and photos of all levels of baseball, telling the 150-year story of baseball in Washington County. Tours 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. $5; $3, seniors and students; free for children younger than 14. Call ahead at 301-797-8782 to make sure staff or volunteers are available for tours.

War comes to Harpers Ferry
“War Comes to Harpers Ferry: The Burning of the Arsenal” features ranger-guided programs, book signings and author discussions, music, family and youth activities, archeology activities. A special visitor participation commemoration from 8 to 9 p.m. Saturday, called “Destroy: What I Cannot Defend: Burning of the Arsenal.” 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, off U.S. 340, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. For a complete schedule, call 304-535-6298 or go to

The Five Free

‘The Burning of Chambersburg’
A two-day event with a book reading, cannon firing, lecture, and closing on Saturday, April 16, with “The Ransoming and Burning of Chambersburg,” a light show illustrating what it was like to live in the heart of Franklin County in the summer of 1864. For a schedule, go to

Art on the street
The Barbara Ingram School for the Arts Foundation has installed 27 hot air balloon sculptures on sidewalks and plazas in downtown Hagerstown. The balloons will remain downtown until Wednesday, June 15. Go to

Alpaca fun
All things alpacas including educational seminars, fiber demonstrations, events for children, alpacas and alpaca products, fleece and yarn, raffles, food. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 17. Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-393-5878.

Spring beauties and violets
Guided wildflower walks, children’s activities, a poetry walk and refreshments. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Yankauer Nature Preserve, W.Va. 54 Whiting’s Neck Road, north of Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Call Kristin Alexander at 304-676-3397.

Music, art and recycling
Bring catalogs, aluminum cans, glass, newspaper (bundled), soda cans, used cell phones and magazines to be recycled. Also gently used books. Entertainment by Chelsea McBee, the Rolling Coyotes and Reptile Wonders. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16. War Memorial Park, 500 N. Tennessee Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. Free. Go to

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