Staff picks for July 14 to 20

July 14, 2011
  • Re-enactors portraying units from Union and Confederate troops will face off in the Battle of Funkstown this weekend.
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The Top Five
Hagerstown Bike Week
Events kick off from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. tonight with a welcome party with live music at Cancun Cantina, Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Continues Friday from 4:30 to 11 p.m. at Wind Down Friday in front of The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St. Two bands, the Knuckle Dusters and Sack O’Blues. $5 cover. Vendors will be on the square. Downtown Hagerstown. Go to or call 301-790-2000. For complete Bike Week schedule, go to

Country music
Dierks Bentley will perform on Friday with special guests Burns & Poe. 5 p.m. gate opens; 8 p.m. show. Chambersburg Area Senior High School sports field, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets cost $45 to $55. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or 866-468-7619 or go to or

Book author
Christopher Webber, author of “American to the Backbone: The Life of James W.C. Pennington. The Fugitive Slave Who Became One of the First Black Abolitionists.” Presentation, light refreshments and book signing. Proceeds benefit the Washington County Free Library’s Western Maryland Room and the museum's children's educational programs. 7 p.m. tonight, July 14, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Tickets $25, available at the door. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 128, or go to

Rock the Forge 2011
Bands from the alternative, indie, pop, rock and hardcore scene will perform. Bands include Fallen Sparrow, Living Like Wolves, The Dead Mixtape, Emotional Wreck, Burn False Idols and others. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. $10. On Facebook, search for RCM presents Rock the Forge 2011.

Ballroom dance classes
Singles or couples at all levels will learn fox trot, waltz, country, West Coast swing, mambo/salsa and night club two-step during Tuesday classes. Round dances will also be taught. 6:30 p.m. beginners; 7:30 p.m. intermediate. Continues Tuesdays through Aug. 30. Allison-Antrim Museum’s barn, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa. Pay-as-you-go, $10 per person for all evening. Call 717-597-9325 or 301-331-3616 or go to

Top Five Free
Two carnivals
Rescue Hose Co. 1 carnival begins Monday with concert by Tori Anderson and Possum Holler; Tuesday, July 19, The Carroll County Ramblers; Wednesday, July 20, karaoke contest for ages 18 and older; Thursday, July 21, youth karaoke for children younger than 18; Friday, July 22, The Legends; and Saturday, July 23, Chris Woodward. Carnival starts at 5:30 p.m.; entertainment starts at 7 p.m. Carnival rides all night $20. Greencastle Special Events Center, 407 S. Washington St., Greencastle, Pa. Go to
The Shepherdstown Fire Department Carnival features rides, cash bingo, games and free entertainment. Monday, Try Frye and Thomas Blue, 8 p.m.; Tuesday, July 19, Allegro School of Dance, 7 p.m.; Wednesday, July 20, pro-wrestling demo matches; Thursday, July 21, New Hopewell Center for the Arts, 7 p.m.; Friday, July 22, baked good auction, 7:30 p.m., fireworks, 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, Shepherdstown Has Talent concludes. Shepherdstown Fire Department carnival grounds, behind the fire department, 8052 Martinsburg Pike, west of Shepherdstown. Call 304-876-2311.

Thomas the Tank Engine Day
Children may ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, plus Thomas-themed activities and giveaways. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Railroad Museum at City Park, off Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Free. Call to confirm events and for information, 301-739-7393 or 301-739-8577, ext. 180.

Potomac River Artists show
Original works in all styles from traditional old masters through contemporary abstract. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 16; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Reception 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16. War Memorial Building, 102 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Call Sue Parker at 304-258-4046.

Calebrate the Arts at Old Market Day
Daylong street festival of music, arts, crafts and food. Entertainment at Courthouse Plaza beginning at 9 a.m. with Grandpoint Station performing from 9 to 9:45 a.m., Launies with Jamie O’Brien from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the Chris Dean Band from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Entertainment also on the Capitol Theatre stage from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Downtown Chambersburg, Pa. Part of ChambersFest. Call 717-264-0072.

Weekend fun in Funkstown
The battle of Funkstown will include one street and two field battle re-enactments, plus Civil War encampments, fireworks, food and craft vendors, sutlers, kids’ events and music. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17. Funkstown Community Park and downtown Funkstown. Call 301-739-4212 or go to

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