Five for your planner: Monday, July 30

July 27, 2012
  • Green Grove Gardens east of Greencastle, Pa., will host a hot-air balloon festival Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5.
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1. Balloon festival
Fireworks Friday, Aug. 3; helicopter rides and skydivers, Saturday, Aug. 4; vespers Sunday, Aug. 5. The event will also include tethered balloon rides, food and craft vendors, a balloon glow on Saturday night, Black Rock Reptiles, Magician Michael T, carnival games, children’s activities, demonstrations, pony rides and barrel train. 5 p.m. to dark Friday; noon to dark Saturday; 3 p.m. to dark Sunday. Green Grove Gardens, 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa. $10 per car Friday; $15 per car Saturday and Sunday; $25 all weekend. Call 717-597-0800 or go to

2. ‘Almost, Maine’
A play comedy set in Almost, Maine, where residents find, lose and rediscover love. Opens Tuesday, July 31. 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays through Sunday, Aug. 12. Totem Pole Playhouse, 9555 Golf Course Road, Fayetteville, Pa. $15 to $39. Call 717-352-2164 or 888-805-7056 or go to

3. First Friday Greencastle
Shops will stay open and team up with local artists, vendors and performers. Kerensa Gray, shown, will provide music. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in downtown Greencastle, Pa. Rain date is Saturday, Aug. 4. Go to

4. Modern still lifes
Realistic paintings by artists associated with George Billis Gallery in New York City. Opens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. The show continues through Jan. 20. Call 301-739-5727 or go to

5. Rock the Forge 2012
Twelve hours of a Warped-style concert. Bands include Horizon, Twin Radio, MayWeather, Aim Your Arrows, The Getaways, Katies Got Guts, Armory Infirmary, The Drummer Quits, Spiteful Scum and others. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. $10. Call 301-797-8157.

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