Staff picks for Sept. 22 to 28

September 22, 2011
  • Stand-up comic Chad Beadle hosts a comedy show at Next Dimensions on Friday, Sept. 23.
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The Top Five

Comedy show
The show will feature Chris Ables, Abaylah Banks, Will Abeles, D. Rock, hosted by Chad Beadle. DJ Tracy G will provide music at the after party. 9 p.m. Friday to well past midnight. Next Dimensions Dining and Catering, 132 Old National Pike, Hagerstown. $12 in advance; $15 at the door. VIP passes available. Call 240-367-5052 or go to

Pro wrestling
National Wrestling League and House of Pain Wrestling Federation will present the Lord of the Rings 7, with the Neil Superior Memorial Cup. 7 p.m. Saturday. National Guard Armory, 2096 Kelly Island Road, Martinsburg, W.Va. Tickets cost $10 to $20. For tickets, call 301-797-0627 or email or

Magic show
A magic show with master of ceremonies Michael T and performances by Frank Culler of Culler Magic, Dean Burkett, Khan-Du and Co., The Magic of David Wayne, Joe Tripi, and Two Slick Guys with Louis Paul and Derrick Robey. 7 p.m. Saturday at Hancock Performing Arts Center at Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock. $7; $5 children; or $20 for a family of two adults and two children. Purchase tickets at Town Hall or by calling 301-678-5622.

Smithsburg Steam Engine and Craft Show
The festival features steam-driven shingle milling, straw baling, blacksmithing, grain threshing and lumber milling; plusa flea market, arts and crafts, tractors and gas engines and steam traction engines. Smithsburg carnival grounds behind the fire department at 22 N. Main St., Smithsburg. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Free admission, parking by donation. Call Sharon at 301-991-4270.

Christian comic
Comedian Mark Lowry will perform with pianist Stan Whitmire. 6 p.m. Saturday at Chambersburg Area Senior High School, 511 S. Sixth St., Chambersburg, Pa. $20 in advance; $25 at the door; free for ages 12 and younger. Call 717-264-5138.

Top Five Free

‘The Black-Eyed Children’
Local filmmakers Neon Reel will show their short film, “The Black-Eyed Children,” on Friday. Still upset following the death of her father, an emotionally fragile young woman grapples with the unexplained appearance of two unearthly children. Q&A to follow with filmmakers. 7 p.m. Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. Free. Call ahead to register at 301-824-7722.

Mercersburg Townfest
Music from the Toy Soldiers, plus face painting, 90 vendors, silent auction, family games, reptile demonstration and a street-vaulting event. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday along East and West Seminary streets from Mercersburg Elementary School to First United Methodist Church on Fayette Street, Mercersburg, Pa. For information on the street vault, go to Call 717-328-5827 or email

Ballroom dancing
Four Easy Pieces will perform Sunday. This is among the last dances at Pen Mar this season. 2 to 5 p.m. Pen Mar Park, off Pen Mar High Rock Road, Cascade. Free. Rain or shine. Call 240-313-2700.

Convoy of Hope
There will be free groceries, free health fair, free family fun and more when Convoy of Hope rolls into Hagerstown’s Fairgrounds Park on Saturday. The public is invited from 10 a.m. until supplies run out. No ID required. For more information, call 301-739-1167 or go to

Bark in the Park
Games and activities for dogs and owners on Saturday, plus vendors, demonstrations and rescue groups. Registration begins at 10 a.m.; activities from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Custom designed T-shirts to the first 40 registrants. Games include bobbing for hot dogs (canines only), musical sit, owner-dog look alike, best tail wager, best vocalist, and My Dog’s Got Talent. Demonstration by Rene Napier of Corporal Punishment Flyball. Five-kilometer fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. in the west pavilion, followed by Dog Jog at 9:15 a.m. All proceeds will benefit Humane Society of Washington County. Jonathan Hager House & Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. Go to For fun run and Dog Jog, go to

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