Staff picks for Dec. 8 to 14

December 08, 2011
  • Rest Haven Funeral and Cemetery in Hagerstown will hold a memorial concert and lighting of 9,000 luminarias Saturday. Free and open to the public.
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The Top Five
Candlelight walk
Members from Emmanuel United Methodist Church will sing and Rick Conrad will play bagpipes. 7 p.m. Friday at Rose Hill Cemetery, corner of Memorial Boulevard and South Potomac Street, Hagerstown. Parking is available at Bester Elementary School. Call 301-739-3630.

‘The Nutcracker’
Presented by City Ballet School. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $23 to $60. Call 301-790-3500 or go to

Christmas in Clear Spring
An evening of 19th-century fellowship and refreshments. 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Plumb Grove, Broadfording Road and North Martin Street, Clear Spring. $5. Call 301-842-2342.

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’
George Bailey learns what the world would be like if he had never been born. 8 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 9 and 16, and Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays Dec. 11 and 18. Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va. Tickets cost $8 to $17. Call 304-725-4420.

Christian comedy
Guitarist Mike Rayburn will perform. 7 p.m. Friday at Covenant Baptist Church, 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown, W.Va. $15; $10 for groups of 10 or more; $25 VIP. Go to For directions, go to

Top Five Free
Festivals of lights
• Memorial concert by the O’Hurley’s General Store String Band from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday in the chapel. Lighting of 9,000 luminarias at 4 p.m. Rest Haven Funeral and Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Free and open to the public. Call 301-733-3575.
• Cedar Lawn Memorial Park luminaria ceremony. 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-733-6682.

The Best Local Art of 2011
A show of art submitted by area residents, plus images from Benita Keller’s advanced photo students at HCC. Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Exhibit continues through Wednesday, Jan. 4. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

Washington’s apron
Shepherdstown’s Masonic lodge, Mount Nebo Lodge No. 91, will celebrate its bicentennial with a public open house. The highlight of the event will be at 1 p.m. with a display of President George Washington’s Masonic apron. Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lodge hall, second floor of 121 E. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Go to

Choral Arts concerts
Hagerstown Choral Arts will perform two free Christmas concerts in Hagerstown. Call 301-665-9424 or go to
• 4 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown.
• 4 p.m. Sunday at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, corner of East Washington and Mulberry streets, downtown Hagerstown.

Old Tyme Christmas
Activities throughout Funkstown, including Yule log bonfire, guitar performances by Barbara Ingram School of Fine Arts guitar students, a piano recital, craft show, ornament-decorating contest for children, and Santa at Town Hall. Event 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at various sites in Funkstown. For complete schedule, go to

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