Staff picks for May 18 to 23

May 18, 2012
  • Ballet and All That Jazz students will present their spring recitals on Saturday, May 19, at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.
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The Top Five

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Featured bands include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Boxcars, The Roys and The Seldom Scene. Today through Sunday, May 20. Granite Hill Camping Resort, 3340 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, Pa. Tickets cost $30 to $125. For complete schedule, go to

Metaphysical thriller
Diane Draper will sign copies of her book, “Precious Souls: Book One: The Loathing Oblivion.” Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Inner Beyouty, 57 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free admission. Call 443-527-8461.

Standup comedy
Comics from BET, Comedy Central with Hurricane, and Def Jam All-Star Comedian Kevin Anthony. Chad Beadle hosts. 9 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Zodiac Bar & Grill, 1910 Dual Highway, east of Hagerstown. $20. Call 240-367-5052 or email

Treasures from the attic
“Potpourri — Treasures from the Attic” will include a naval uniform from the Spanish-American War, a 1866 ball gown, 1834 hatbox, a quilt, Native American pieces and ancient Egyptian oil and salt lamps. Reception 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Exhibit continues through the end of June. Miller House Museum, 135 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. $5; $3, seniors and students; ages 14 and younger admitted free. Call 301-797-8782 or go to

Dance recital
Ballet and All That Jazz students will present their spring recitals on Saturday, May 19. The 2 p.m. recital will feature the youngest ballerinas as “Stars — Tiny, Sparkling and Shining.” The 7 p.m. recital will feature the ballet school’s intermediate and advanced dancers. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $5 all seats. Call 301-790-3500 or go to

The Five Free

Art show opening
Eightieth annual Cumberland Valley Artists Exhibition. Opening reception and awards ceremony, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Continues through Sunday, July 29. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

Smithsburg Pride Days
Highlights include live music with UnWoUnd from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday; craft and food vendors and a parade at 11 a.m., street dance with DJ at 6 p.m., fireworks at dusk Saturday, May 19; Bingo at 2:30 p.m., craft and food vendors, music with Take Two Variety Band from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Sunday, May 20. Hours are 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Veterans Park, Smithsburg Library and throughout Smithsburg. Call 301-824-7234 or go to

Kids Alive Fest
Family festival features food, mini car rides. Also K-9 demo at noon, auto extrication demo at 1 p.m., helicopter landing and Medivac demo at 1:15 p.m., Ronald McDonald Safety Show at 2 p.m. plus child ID program and fire hose spraying challenge. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Children’s Village, 1546 Mount Aetna Road, east of Hagerstown. Free. Rain or shine. Call 301-733-4443.

Ferry Hill opens to public
New exhibit tells the Civil War stories of the C&O Canal. Ferry Hill will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at C&O Canal National Historical Park, Ferry Hill Place, 16500 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. Call Ranger Lisa Dittman at 301-582-0813 or go to

Bike around Hagerstown
A 10-mile ride lead by Hub City Cycles. 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19. Meet at Hub City Cycles, corner of Franklin and Prospect streets, Hagerstown. Helmet and signed release required to participate in ride.

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