Staff picks for Sept. 15 to 21

September 15, 2011
  • The 167th Airlift Wing opens its facility to the public, with acrobatic aircraft, F-16 demonstration team, precision honor guard, childrens activities.
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The Top Five

Two Top Ruritan’s steam and gas show
Displays and entertainment Friday through Sunday; parade of equipment, 1 p.m.; threshing wheat, baling straw, sawmill, running gas engines display, flea market and crafts. Friday features a truck and tractor pull, 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17, tractor pull, 2 p.m. and pedal pull, 10 a.m.; Sunday, Sept. 18, lawn mower pull, 11 a.m. Event, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Two Top Ruritan, 12270 Two Top Road, five miles south of Mercersburg, Pa.

Sharpsburg Heritage Festival
Food, arts, crafts, historical re-enactments, demonstrations, commemorative program cover art exhibit, lectures, book signings, live music, Dutch oven cook-off, horse and wagon rides, a farmers’ market, antique car exhibit, candlelight alley walks, ghost tours, yard sales and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, Sharpsburg. Call 301-991-0265 or email

Band Spectacular
High school marching bands will compete on Saturday. Shepherd University will be the exhibition band and Martinsburg High School Band will perform. 2 p.m. gates open; 3 p.m. competition. Martinsburg High School, Cobourn Field, 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. $6; $4, students and seniors; free for ages 5 and younger. Call 304-707-1812.

Canal-Apple Days
Two days of traditional fun. Saturday will include parade, arts and crafts, food, fiddle/banjo contest, bluegrass entertainment. Sunday will include arts, crafts, food, antique tractors, baby contest, entertainment by Russ & Donna Miller Band with dancing in the band stand. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Widmeyer Park, Main Street, Hancock. Free. Call 301-678-6555 or email For parade information, call 717-294-3459.

Sinatra songbook
Corey Evan Rotz will present “Come Fly With Me,” featuring songs from the Frank Sinatra songbook. 2 p.m. Sunday at Wilson College’s Thomson Alumnae Chapel, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $20; $14 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call Cumberland Valley School of Music at 717-261-1220.

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Autumn Arts Festival
Appalachian-style music, crafts for kids to make, craft vendors, food and Hager House tours. Events and activities throughout City Park. Free admission to festival; reduced admission to Hager House. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. City Park, off Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or email

149th Battle Anniversary Weekend at Antietam
Special battlefield hikes, two concerts by the Wildcat Band on Saturday, Sept. 17. Artillery demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at New York Monument. Infantry firing demonstrations will be behind the visitor center at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Call 301-432-5124 or go to

Martinsburg air show
The 167th Airlift Wing opens its facility to the public, with acrobatic aircraft, F-16 demonstration team, precision honor guard, children’s activities. Parking lots open at 7:30 a.m.; shuttle service begins at 8:30; gates open at 9 Saturday and Sunday. 167th Airlift Wing, follow signs off Tabler Station Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. Free; $10 donation requested. Go to

Ballroom dancing
Variety performs. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Pen Mar Park, off Pen Mar High Rock Road, Cascade. Free. Rain or shine. Call 240-313-2700.

Dunker Church Service
The worship service will be similar to an 1862 Dunker workship service. Stan Noffsinger, the Church of the Brethren general secretary, will preach. 3 p.m. Sunday at Dunker Church, Antietam National Battlefield, off Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Call 304-267-4135 or 301-432-2653.

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