Staff picks for Nov. 17 to 23

November 17, 2011
  • The National Players will present William Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew with a Wild West theme at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wilson Colleges Laird Hall in Chambersburg, Pa.
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Mad, funny men
The show features Chris Abeles, Gregg Stevens, CJ Stottuth and Howard G. 9 p.m. Friday; doors open at 7 p.m. Next Dimensions Restaurant, 132 Old National Pike, south of Funkstown. $12 for the first 100 people; $15 at the door. VIP passes available. Call 240-367-5052 or email

Books and authors
Light refreshments, music and silent and live auctions. Local authors Gail Barrett, Susan Donovan, Lauren Carr and Tim Rowland will be on hand to meet and talk with attendees. Books by these authors will be sold throughout the evening. 6 p.m. Friday at Boonsboro Library, 401 Potomac St., Boonsboro. $25. Benefits the Washington County Free Library’s capital campaign. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 128, or go to

To be or not to be. Yee-haw!
The National Players will present William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” with a Wild West theme. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wilson College’s Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets cost $7.50 to $15; free for children. Call 717-262-2003, email or go to

The Trains of Christmas
O-gauge trains operate in a snow-scene layout. Also, trains for children to operate. 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Nov. 19; and Sunday, Nov. 20. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $5, adults; 50 cents, ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

‘Two Days Back’
The Mont Alto Film Project will premiere its student-run, low-budget motion picture, “Two Days Back,” a mystery with traces of horror. Panel discussions follow both showings. 7:30 p.m. Friday; 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. $10. Meet and greet pre-show reception Friday, Nov. 18, $25. Proceeds will benefit the Cumberland Valley Film Club and The Capitol Theatre. Go to

Top Five Free
Christmas comes to the city
Local school bands and singing groups being the evening’s activities which end with the arrival of Santa and his elves and the lighting of the Christmas tree on the square. 5 p.m. Monday at Public Square, downtown Hagerstown. Free.
Followed by Holly fest, a traditional Hagerstown holiday event with entertainment by local children’s choruses, dance groups, twirlers, special visitors and more. 7 p.m. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free. No ticket required. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

Dancing in the Isles
The Museum Consort will play “Dances, Grave and Light,” selections from “Ten Songs and Dances of the Playhouse,” “Paduan, Gilliard & Courant” and “Three Scottish Country Dances.” 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-739-5727 or email

Waynesboro tree lighting
Entertainment by Waynesboro Children’s Theater Troupe, teen bagpiper Patrick Willock and Waynesboro High School’s Wayneaires. There will be horse-drawn sleigh rides, pony rides, alpacas to pet and more. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Center Square, Waynesboro. Call 717-762-0397 or go to

Holiday parade
The parade features floats, marching bands and a scale model of the first airplane to fly over Chambersburg, Pa. 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-261-0072 or email

‘A Message From the Tree’
Radford Wine will present his short film, “A Message From the Tree.” The film tells the story of the Battle of Antietam through the eyes of the Witness Tree, also known as the Burnside Sycamore. Wine will sign copies of his DVD following the presentation. 2 p.m. Sunday at Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center theater, Sharpsburg Pike, near Sharpsburg. Call 301-432-5124 or go to

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