Weekend calendar - September 17

September 16, 2011

Kids Bash

Veggie Tales' Bob and Larry will appear. Thirty "Veggie Tales" DVD giveaways, free backpacks, family photos, hay rides, slide, crafts, games, barrel train rides, petting zoo, miniature horses, food and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The Good Shepherd Ministries, 19763 Longmeadow Road, Hagerstown. $1. Call 301-665-3767 to register in advance.

'Somethin' to Do'

Free activities include carnival-type games, face-painting, snacks, a sand craft, train ride. Geared toward elementary school-age and younger. Performance by Barb & Friends puppets, 3:30 p.m. Event from 3 to 5 p.m. today. Ruritan Park, State Line, Pa. Call 717-597-4217.

Canal-Apple Days

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

Sharpsburg Heritage Festival

Food, arts, crafts, historical re-enactments, demonstrations, commemorative program cover-art exhibit, lectures, book signings, live music, Dutch oven cookoff, 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. today. Main Street, Sharpsburg. Call 301-991-0265 or email

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. today and Sunday. City Park, off Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or email

Cumberland Valley Pottery Fest

A clay-only celebration of ceramic arts. Regional potters and ceramic artists will sell their works. There will be hands-on pottery workshops, Raku pottery demonstration and firing from noon to 2 p.m. Ladies in the Parlor will perform live music from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Renfrew Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Park in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. Call 717-456-0476 or email

Civil War medicine

Presentations on aspects of Civil War medicine and the home front, including a portrayal of a Union field hospital. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Md. 34, Keedysville. Call 301-416-2395 or go to

Joshua Beall's Co.

The garrison weekend will feature volunteers demonstrating the life of soldiers at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. Fort Frederick State Park, off Md. 56, Big Pool. Service charge. Call 301-842-2155 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thunder Over the Blue Ridge

The 167th Airlift Wing opens its facility to the public, with aerobatic 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 today and Sunday. 167th Airlift Wing, follow signs off Tabler Station Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. Free; $10 donation requested. Go to

Bluegrass concert

Beachley & HeartTown Bluegrass Band will perform. 7 p.m. today. Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $13; free for ages younger than 12. Call 717-762-4711. Go to www.beck-benedict

Band Spectacular

High school marching bands will compete. Shepherd University will be the exhibition band, and Martinsburg High School Band will perform. 2 p.m. gates open; 3 p.m. competition today. 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.

Antietam Creek cleanup

Join Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance for its sixth annual rubbish roundup to clean up a three-mile stretch of Antietam Creek. 9 a.m. to noon today. Check in at Dixon-Troxell American Legion Post 211, 12 N. Westside Ave., Funkstown. Food and T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Call 301-745-3169 or email

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