Staff picks for Feb. 23 to 29

February 23, 2012
  • On Sunday, Cedar Ridge Ministries hosts the annual Wild & Wacky Cardboard Sled Derby, a competition in which participants bring their own cardboard sleds and attempt to race them down the hill at Whitetail Adventure Tubing near Mercersburg, Pa.
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The Top Five
‘Ezra & Jake’
The play by local playwright Leigh Horne tells the true story of two local brothers raised in a cave in the woods. The play has some strong language and mature themes. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 25; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26. Full Circle Theatre Company, 113 S. Princess St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $17. Purchase tickets by going to Call 304-268-7798.

Parsons Ford Original Toughman Contest
The champion in the men’s divisions will each receive $1,000 and the runners-up will each receive $300. Prize money for the women’s divisions will be based on the average number of bouts and paid up to the same amounts as the men’s divisions. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25. Berkeley County 2000 Recreation Center, Lambert Park on Woodbury Avenue, Martinsburg, W.Va. Tickets cost $20 to $30. Call 800-296-3897 or go to

Christian dinner theater
Solomon’s Dinner Theater will present “Virgil and the City Slickers.” Dinner shows at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25; dessert show at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 26. Solomon’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4856 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets cost $8 to $20. Reservations and prepayment are required. Call 717-267-2266 or 717-264-7845.

Concert and show choir festival
The concert will feature high school and middle school show choirs and concert choirs. 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Martinsburg High School’s Good Times Show Choir will perform at 9:15 a.m. Saturday. Martinsburg High School, 701 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Tickets cost $4 to $7. Call 304-267-3530.

Variety show fundraiser
It’s like “America’s Got Talent,” but more local. Hagerstown Community College’s Robinwood Players Theater Club will hold a variety show featuring 20 singing, dancing and instrumental acts. 7 p.m. Saturday at HCC’s Kepler Center, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $10; free for HCC students, staff and faculty. Proceeds will go to fund the club’s new arts sculpture, which will be placed in front of Kepler Center in March 2012. Tickets will be sold at the door. Call 240-500-2513 or email

Top Five Free
Movie and CATF preview
Ed Herendeen will announce the 2012 repertory of new plays and other programming for the Contemproary American Theater Festival on Thursday, followed by a free screening of “The Ides of March,” an Oscar-nominated movie based on a play presented at the 2009 CATF. 7 p.m. Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Go to

Cardboard sled racing
On Sunday, Cedar Ridge Ministries hosts the annual Wild & Wacky Cardboard Sled Derby, a competition on the tubing slopes. Participants bring their own cardboard sled creations and attempt to race them down the hill. Limited to the first 136 sleds to register. 1 to 2:45 p.m. registration; 3 p.m. racing starts. Whitetail Adventure Tubing, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, Mercersburg, Pa. For rules, fees and information, call 301-582-0282 or go to Proceeds benefit Cedar Ridge Children’s Home and School Inc. Adventures Program.

S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G  B-E-E
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students from Washington County private and public schools will compete. 1 p.m. Saturday at Western Heights Middle School, 1300 Marshall St., Hagerstown. In case of snow, call 301-791-2191 after 9 a.m.

Hot Wheels show
Come and see the model cars, track and accessories. Bring your Hot Wheels and enjoy an afternoon of racing, or bring vintage Hot Wheels cars for display. 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown. Call 301-991-7839 or go to

Romance during the war
Author Charles Mills will discuss “Love, Romance and Marriage in the Civil War.” Sponsored by The Sharpsburg Historical Society. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sharpsburg Town Hall, downtown Sharpsburg. Call 301-992-9767 or go to

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