Staff picks: the top 10 events for Aug. 2 to 8

August 03, 2012
  • Green Grove Gardens, east of Greencastle, Pa., hosts a hot-air balloon festival Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 5. The event will include balloons lifting off at dawn, tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides and childrens activities.
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The Top Five

Elvis tribute artist
Kevin Booth will perform Saturday, Aug. 4, at 5:30 p.m.; racing starts at 7 p.m. Hagerstown Speedway, National Pike, west of Hagerstown. Admission $5. Go to or call 301-582-0640.

Rock the Forge
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.

Hot air balloon festival
Fireworks Friday, Aug. 3; helicopter rides and skydivers, Saturday, Aug. 4; vespers Sunday, Aug. 5. The event will also include balloons lifting off at dawn, tethered balloon rides, food and craft vendors, a balloon glow 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

Robinwood Players will perform Neil Simon’s farce. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 4; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Theater, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $10; free for HCC students, staff and faculty. Purchase tickets in advance at the HCC Bookstore by calling 240-500-2271 or at the door prior to the performance. The show is intended for ages 18 and older. Email

Artillery battle
Saturday, Aug. 4, at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, living history staff will present Federal artillery demonstrations on the battle which led to Gen. Stonewall Jackson’s capture of 12,700 Federal soldiers in 1862. Artillery demonstrations at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Military camp open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors will be shuttled from the Visitor Center at Cavalier Heights to the Bolivar Heights Battlefield. Call 304-535-6029.

The Five Free

Jamaican music
The Players Band will perform. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Berkeley Springs State Park, U.S. 522, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. Rain location is Ice House, corner of Mercer and Independence streets. Free. Call 304-258-2300.

Two-show gallery opening
“Brushes with Nature” will feature artwork by Ruth Ann Smith, Marti Yeager, Anne Finucane and Laurie McKelvie. “A Work of Heart” will feature artwork by members of Girls Inc. of Washington County. Opening reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132 or go to

Friday night fun
Shops will stay open and team up with local artists, vendors and performers. Kerensa Gray will provide music. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in downtown Greencastle, Pa. Rain date is 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4. Go to

The old ballgame
“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” exhibit highlights include local and national baseball artifacts. Pro baseball player Leo Burke, 1952 graduate of Hagerstown High School, who played for Chicago and Baltimore, will attend the ribbon cutting along with Hagerstown Suns players. Reception at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Free admission for ribbon cutting. Call 301-790-0076.π

Mother and son artists
June Savannah and Robert Savannah will display watercolor paintings of still lifes and landscapes and acrylic wildlife paintings. Reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Exhibit continues through Wednesday, Aug. 29. Mansion House Art Gallery, City Park, Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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