Staff picks for Dec. 29 to Jan. 4

December 29, 2011
  • The Hillbilly Gypsies will perform Saturday evening at Shepherdstown Opera House.
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The Top Five

Wine Down Friday
Matt Zimmerman, acoustic singer and songwriter, will perform. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Knob Hall Winery, 14108 St. Paul Road, Clear Spring. $5. Call 301-842-2777 or email

Bluegrass jam
The public is invited to listen or bring an instrument and play. Refreshments. 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Beck and Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $4. Go to or call 717-762-4711.

Make me laugh!
Hosted by Chad Beadle. Comedians Corey Monroe, Todd Fleming, Chris Ables, Will Abeles and Julian Cohen.  Baltimore Comic Cop Timmy Hall will perform on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m. Show begins at 6 p.m. Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center, 1910 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call 240-367-5052 or go to

For kids only
A fun-filled New Years Eve party for boys and girls ages 6 to 18 with food, snacks, drinks, music, games. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Xtreme Magic Diva Allstarz, 920 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Hagerstown. $10 per child. Reservations required. Call 301-991-9455 or email

Bluegrass music
The Hillbilly Gypsies will perform. 9 p.m. Saturday at Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $15. Call 304-876-3704.

Top Five Free

Go take a hike
Fort Frederick State Park and Greenbrier State Park will offer hikes on New Year’s Day. 11 a.m. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool; meet at the Beaver Pond Trail. 1 p.m. Greenbrier State Park, U.S. 11, east of Hagerstown; meet at Greenbrier Visitor Center. Call Fort Frederick at 301-842-2155 or Greenbrier at 301-791-4767.

New Year’s Eve gala concert
Concert featuring Victory Express, The Heavners and The Morning Star Singers. Food. Freewill offering. 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Academy Auditorium, Walnut Point Road, west of Hagerstown. Call 301-733-9365.

Carillon recital
Charles Farris will perform a carillon recital. Midnight on New Year’s Eve. Mercersburg Academy, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Free. Go to

Drop the Anchor
New Year’s Eve party in Shippensburg, Pa., with horse and carriage rides, entertainment and activities. 7 p.m., anchor drop at midnight. Downtown Shippensburg, Pa. To RSVP, go to Call 856-404-4176.

Go jump in the lake
Polar Plunge on New Year’s Day starts with a bonfire, DJ and music, and hot chocolate on the beach, followed by a dip in Lake Royer. Noon, bonfire and party; 1 p.m., plunge. Fort Ritchie’s Lake Royer, Lake Royer Drive, Cascade. Go to

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