Staff picks for July 5 to 11

July 05, 2012

The Top Five
Contemporary American Theater Festival
This year’s plays are “Gidions Knot” by Johnna Adams; “The Exceptionals” by Bob Clyman; “In a Forest, Dark and Deep” by Neil LaBute; “Captors” by Evan M. Wiener” and “Barcelona” by Bess Wohl. Runs through Sunday, July 29. Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va. Tickets cost $30 to $55 for plays. Other activities cost $25 to $30. Call 304-876-3473, or 800-999-2283 or go to

Hagerstown Bike Week
Four days of motorcycle-themed activities today through Sunday throughout Hagerstown. For complete schedule, go to
• David Allen Coe, 8 p.m.Thursday, July 5; Surreal, 9 p.m. Friday, July 6; HyJinx, 9 p.m., Saturday, July 7; Afternoon Biker Bash, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 8; Band TBA, 1 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Cancun Cantina West, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown.
• Wind Down Friday -- Prophets of the Abstract Truth and Stack O’Blues will perform in an extended Wind Down. Cash bar. 6 p.m. Friday, July 6, at The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. No cover charge. Call 301-790-3500 or go to
• City Center Bike Night -- Live music, food and drinks in the square. 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, in downtown Hagerstown.
• Bikini bike wash, stunt show, open house. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Twigg Cycles, 200 S. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown.

Book signing
Nora Roberts celebrates the 17th anniversary of her Boonsboro bookstore Saturday, July 7. Book signings by Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb, Jennifer Armentrout, Virginia Kantra, Diana Peterfreund, Caridad Pineiro, Mariah Stewart, Karen White and local baseball author David B. Stinson. Free tickets distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Books to be sign must be purchased at Turn the Page. Noon to 2 p.m. Turn the Page Bookstore, 18 N. Main St., Boonsboro. Call 301-432-4588 or email

Tour the war in Hagerstown
The Battle of Sharpsburg Camp 1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans will host a tour of the “Battle of Hagerstown” with historian Stephen Bockmiller. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. Meet in front of the Visitor Welcome Center, 6 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-992-3122 or email

Christian concert
Music by Driven Quartet, Victory Express, Covalt Family, The Pittmans, Kenny Johnson & Co. and Morning Star Singers. Food will be available. 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Falcon Park, 13024 Greencastle Pike, Hagerstown. $6. Call 301-733-9365. Bring lawn chairs.

Top Five Free
Photo show and student art
“The Light and Color of Nature and the World of Man” will feature works by Ira Lourie; and “Body and Soul” will feature student works from Janet Salter’s portraiture and figure-drawing classes at Hagerstown Community College. Exhibit runs Friday, July 6, through Tuesday, July 31. Reception 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7. Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132.

National Kitchen Garden Day
Learn about the uses of herbs and vegetables by people in the 19th century for cooking and homeopathy. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Pry House Field Hospital, Antietam National Battlefield, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. Call 301-416-2395 or go to

West Virginia string band
Hillbilly Gypsies will perform. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the western border of Berkeley Springs State Park, U.S. 522, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Rain location is Ice House. Free. Call 304-258-2300.

Free concert
The Wayne Band will perform patriotic music, show tunes and other favorites. 7 p.m. Monday, July 9, at Renfrew Museum and Park, lawn behind house, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Free. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Call 717-762-4723 or email

City Park gospel concert
Guilford Station Bluegrass Gospel Band will perform. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at City Park band shell, Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-791-5464.

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