Some people camp out all night in parking lots for concert tickets or Black Friday sales.
For others, all-nighters are less about amusement and more about essentials. Some are just trying to keep their teeth.
Eager patients camped out Friday night to secure a spot in the dentist’s chair Saturday at Hagerstown Smiles Dental Care’s Dentistry from the Heart event.
Roughly 65 volunteers — dentists, oral surgeons and dental hygienists among them — offered free dental services to adults on a first-come, first-served basis between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the practice on Mt. Aetna Road.
Susie Sholty, a receptionist at Hagerstown Smiles, said as soon as news of the event became public, people started calling to ask if they could camp out. A small number of patients already had planted themselves in the parking lot when employees left work Friday around 6 p.m.
“One women was here with two bags, almost like luggage, her cane and a backchair. She was probably in her high 80s,” Sholty said. “She took a bus to Dual Highway and walked from there.”