Staff picks for June 7 to 13

June 06, 2012
  • Francesca Aguado sings the title role Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9, in the Hub City Opera production of "Carmen."
By Robert C. Murray

The Top Five

The Hub City Opera Ensemble will present “Carmen,” the story of a dutiful soldier’s obsession with a hot-blooded woman. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, and Saturday, June 9. Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Theater, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. At the door, tickets cost $25; $20, students and seniors. For tickets, go to

Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival
Artisans will demonstrate their works such as pottery, basket making, weaving, painting and glass blowing. Activities for children. Music by Patent Pending, Bill Emerson and The Sweet Dixie Band, The Hillbilly Gypsies and David Davis and Warrior River Boys. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 8, Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10. Sam Michaels Park, off U.S. 340, between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, W.Va. $7; $4, ages 6 to 17. Call 304-725-2055 or go to

Washington County Garden Tour
Presented by the Friends of the Washington County Rural Heritage Museum. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9. Purchase tickets at gardens on tour. Tomlin gardens, 326 N. Main St., Boonsboro; The Sharing Gardens of Kathy Kline, 8125 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro; German Four-Square Garden, Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro; English cottage garden, 207 W. Main St., Sharpsburg; Klein gardens, 20326 Townsend Road, Rohrersville; and Aldis gardens, 4911 River Road, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Tickets cost $10 per person. Call 240-420-1714 or go to

Music during the Civil War
Sior-Og, comprised of Jean Mulherin, violin, Marsha Nice, guitar and Howard Rhile, tenor and alto saxophone will perform tunes popular during the Civil War. 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, City Park, Hagerstown. $5 per person; free for museum members. Call 301-739-5727 or email

Downsville Ruritan Carnival
Food, bingo, amusements. Monday, June 11, through Saturday, June 16. Byron Memorial Park, U.S. 11, Williamsport. Advance tickets cost $10 and are available through Sunday, June 10, at Williamsport Town Hall (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday), G.A. Miller Lumber Co. and Downsville General Store. $16 at the gate.

The Five Free

19th-century weapons
Among weapons in the display are authenticated artifacts from Little Big Horn and a Sharps carbine similar to those taken during John Brown’s raid in Harpers Ferry, Va., in 1859. Exhibit opens Thursday, June 7, and continues through Friday, June 29. Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa. Free; donation requested. Call 717-597-9325 or go

Military band concert
The United States Air Force Heritage Brass Ensemble will perform. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, at Hagerstown Community College Amphitheater, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Free. Call 240-500-2346.

Summer art shows
Art will be displayed at Bridge of Life, 14 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown, in conjunction with Wind Down Friday concerts. 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, June 8, 15 and 29, July 6, 13 and 20, Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31, and Sept. 7, 14, 21, and 28. Email or go to

Scoops & Wickets Family Fun Day
Children’s games, petting zoo, inflatable, face painting, clown making balloon sculptures, learning canopies, croquet and bocce ball, food concessions, homemade ice cream and more. For ages 1 to 12. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Brook Lane campus, 13218 Brook Lane Road, off Leitersburg-Smithsburg Road, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-733-0330 or email

Folk music
The duo Simple Gifts will perform jigs, Americana reels, Klezmer frailachs and Gypsy melodies. 2 p.m. Sunday, Hune 10, at Hancock Community Center, 126 W. High St., Hancock. Freewill donation. Email

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