Staff picks for April 26 to May 2

April 26, 2012
  • Artisans, craftspeople and sutlers inhabit an 18th-century encampment for Fort Frederick's annual Market Fair. The event will be Thursday, April 26, through Sunday, April 29, at Fort Frederick State Park.
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The Top Five
18th-Century Market Fair
Artisans, craftspeople and sutlers and an 18th-century encampment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. Admission is $5; $2, ages 6 to 12; free for ages 5 and younger. Call 301-842-2155 or go to

Robinwood Players perform “Camelot,” the love triangle of King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and the knights of the Round Table. 8 p.m. Thursday; 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Center, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $10; free for HCC students, staff and faculty. Tickets will be sold at the door. Call 240-500-2253 or email

Blue Ridge Jazz Festival
Area high school jazz bands will compete Friday, April 27. This year’s bands include Boonsboro High School, South Hagerstown High School, Damascus High School, Musselman High School, Martinsburg High School, Urbana High School, Williamsport High School and Smithsburg High School. 5:30 p.m. Smithsburg High School’s auditorium, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. $5; $3  students. Purchase tickets at the door.

House and garden tour
This year’s tour is Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, and includes three homes built in different centuries in Berkeley County, W.Va., and three circa 1800 homes in Jefferson County. All six homes will have fresh floral arrangements. The tour will also include the Judicial Center Rain Garden in Martinsburg, W.Va., which will be shown at no charge by Berkeley Jefferson Master Gardeners. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets available at all six homes on the day of the tour for $20, adults; $5, ages 12 and younger. Single admissions: $6; $3, ages 12 and younger. Go to

‘Opera, Broadway and Popera’
Cumberland Valley School of Music’s next musicale “Opera, Broadway and Popera” featuring coloratura soprano Elisabeth Turchi, soprano Beth Jacobs, baritone Jason Widney, and Christyan Seay. Valerie Merriman will accompany at the piano. 3 p.m. Sunday April 29, at the home of Hank and Jan Guarriello, 373 Craig Road, Greencastle, Pa. $65, includes food, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Call 717-261-1220 or go to

Top Five Free
Romance writer book signing
Nora Roberts and 15 authors will sign books. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Call 301-432-4588. For book-signing rules and etiquette, go to

Star party
The TriState Astronomers will host a public star party. Telescopes will be set up so the public can view the night sky. The event will be canceled if it’s cloudy. 7:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28. Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg. Call 301-988-9828, email go to

Poet speaks at HCC
This year’s Kreykenbohm lecture will feature New York Times Book Review-featured author and poet Mary Jo Salter. A book signing will follow. 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28; reception at 7 p.m. Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Center, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Free. Call 240-500-2245 or email

‘To View the World’
Art student Laura Harmyk will talk about her photographs. Selected images will be on display. Reception 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Exhibit continues through Sunday, May 20. Bogigian Gallery, Lortz Hall, Wilson College, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. Free. Contact Philip Lindsey at 717-264-4141 ext. 3305 or

Bird watching
Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a morning birdwalk led by Jon Boone and Janet Ardam. Bring water and bug spray. 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 29, at Eidolon Nature Preserve, Orleans Road, Great Cacapon. For information and directions, contact Nature Niche at 304-258-0992 or email or go to

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