Weekend calendar - May 19

May 18, 2012

19th-century garden party

A garden party to prepare the 19th-century-style kitchen and medicinal garden. Bring gardening tools. Includes 19th-century refreshments. Today, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pry House Field Hospital, Antietam National Battlefield, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike (Md. 34), Sharpsburg. Call 301-695-1864 or go to

Smithsburg Library Pride Days

A part of Smithsburg Pride Days. Used book sale today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Smithsburg High School student art exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free children’s craft from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while supplies last; bagpipe music by Patrick Willock from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; story time at 1:45 p.m. Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. Call 301-824-7722.

Kids Alive Fest

Timed ball toss, food, minicar rides. Also K-9 demonstration at noon, auto-extrication demonstration at 1 p.m., helicopter landing and medical evacuation demonstration at 1:15 p.m., Ronald McDonald Safety Show at 2 p.m. plus child ID program and fire-hose spraying challenge. Today, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children’s Village, 1546 Mount Aetna Road, east of Hagerstown. Free. Rain or shine. Call 301-733-4443.

Spring Fling 2012

Garden tractor pull. Today, 11 a.m. 12305 Smithsburg Pike, Smithsburg. Free. Go to Rain date is Sunday.

Railroad Heritage Days

Displays include Thomas the Tank Engine trackless train ride, historic railroad and military displays, G-, H0- and O-scale model railroads, trains for children to operate, Trains of Christmas display, railroad artifacts and photographs, gift shop and food sales. Today, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum, 300 S. Burhans Blvd., Hagerstown. $5; 50 cents for ages 4 to 12; free for ages 3 and younger. Call 301-739-4665.

Thunder on the Mountain

Learn about the important role artillery played in the Battle of South Mountain. Cannon-firing demonstrations today at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.; and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Road, near Boonsboro. Free.

Antietam monuments

Join a park ranger to learn about the veterans who returned to place the monuments at Antietam and the ceremonies that commemorated service and sacrifice on this field. Today, 11 a.m. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg. Go to

Live music

Twin Radio, Gabriel the Marine, Comrades, Sun Buffalo, My Favorite Colour and Cardigan Club will perform. Today, 6 to 10 p.m. Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. $5. Call 301-797-8157.

Christian rock concert

Seven X Seventy and Daniel’s Vision will perform. Today, 7 to 9 p.m. Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 3346 Gapland Road, Rohrersville. Call 301-432-2621 or send an email to

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