Staff picks for Dec. 1 to 7

December 02, 2011
  • Tours of Hager House will include a program on German Christmas customs, such as these dolls, representing different characters who visit children who have been naughty or nice.
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1862 village by candlelight
The holidays as they were celebrated in 1862, following the Battle of Antietam. Re-enactors portraying local historical characters will talk about the aftermath of battle. Other re-enactors will demonstrate 19th-century home and farm activities. Live music, refreshments, wagon rides. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro. $10, family; $5, single. Call 240-420-1714 or go to

Elvis and Conway
Tribute artist Kevin Booth will perform as Elvis Presley and Conway Twitty in a Christmas show on Friday, Dec. 2. 6 p.m. doors open; 7 p.m. performance. Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa. $18, pre-order only. Includes snack bar. Call 717-597-0800.

Stories by de Sade
Robinwood Players will perform “Marat/Sade” based on the story of the Marquis de Sade and the plays that he staged with fellow inmates while imprisoned in Charenton Asylum. Contains mature subject matter and not suitable for children. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3; 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Hagerstown Community College, Classroom Building Auditorium, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $10; free for HCC students, staff and faculty. Purchase tickets in advance at the HCC Bookstore by calling 240-500-2271 or at the door. Email

German Christmas
Tours which include a program on German Christmas customs. By appointment only with 24-hour advance notice. Available dates: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 16 and 23. Jonathan Hager House and Museum, City Park, Hagerstown. Admission is $1 to $3; free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183 or 116. Go to

Christmas ballets
The Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company will present “Nutcracker Suite” and “The Gift of the Magi.” Local dancers will join professional guest artists in this presentation of two ballets featuring original scores and live professional orchestra. 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. $13; $8 students ages 18 and younger. Call 717-263-0202 or 717-709-1800.

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Christmas concert
Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will present its holiday concerts. The concerts will feature selections from Handel’s “Messiah,” as well as carols and anthems. This year’s soloists are soprano Elisabeth Turchi, bass Alex Helsabeck and tenor Colin Eaton. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Mercersburg Academy chapel, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Call 717-328-2324 or go to

City Park lighting
On the evening of Friday, Dec. 2, the Christmas tree and decorations will be illuminated on City Park lake. Refreshments, music and activities at Jonathan Hager House, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and the Mansion House Art Gallery. 7 to 9 p.m.; Museum of Fine Arts opens at 6 p.m. City Park, Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

Town holiday parades
• Annual Williamsport holiday event. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Parade starts at Water Tower and continues through Conococheague Street and ends at Byron Park. Call 301-223-7711 or go to
• Food, music and more. Parade at noon Friday in downtown Smithsburg. Event 6:30 to 9 p.m.; carriage rides 7 to 9 p.m. Veterans Park, West Water Street. Go to
• A parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, will bring Santa Claus into Hancock and to the large Christmas tree on Main Street at Joseph Hancock Jr. Park. Santa Claus will meet children; parents may bring their cameras. 6 p.m. Call 301-988-2776 or email

Open house
All buildings will be decorated. Christmas trees will be decorated by local school children. Period music and refreshments. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. at Conococheague Institute Museum and Library, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pa. Free. Call 717-328-3467.

Merry oom-pah
Low-brass players are invited to bring their instruments and perform in a holiday concert of Christmas carols on Saturday, Dec. 3. Players and their horns are encouraged to wear their Christmas best. 9:30 to 10 a.m. registration; 10 to 11 a.m. rehearsal; concert at noon. The Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick, Md. $5 for players. Audience admission is a nonperishable food item or monetary donation for the local food bank. Go to or

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