Staff picks for Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

November 29, 2012
  • Decorated trees, Santa, plush reindeer in the rafters and a horse-drawn wagon ride are featured this weekend at Charlie Brown Christmas at Springfield Farm Barn in Williamsport.
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The Top Five

‘Almost, Maine’
Presented by Boonsboro High School Drama. In a town called Almost, Maine, the meaning of love, in all of its beautiful and sometimes troubling ways, is addressed. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, and Friday, Nov. 30. Boonsboro High School, 10 Campus Ave., Boonsboro. $5. Call 301-766-8022 or email

Christmas by candlelight
Ring in Christmas 1876 during Rural Heritage Village by Candlelight tour. Visitors will listen to storytellers, learn holiday customs, sing carols, and see traditions from early Washington County settlers and period decorations. Dress for the outdoors. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, south of Hagerstown. $10, families; $5, singles. Call 240-420-1714 or go to

Bad actors, good theater
Robinwood Players will present “Noises Off” a story of an acting group preparing to perform a terrible play called “Nothing’s On.” 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Theater, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $10; free for HCC students, staff and faculty. Call 240-500-2271. Tickets will be sold at the door prior to each performance. Email

Comedy against cancer
Eddie Bryrant and Chad Beadle will perform stand-up comedy for ages 18 and older. 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Cancun Cantina West, 901 Dual Highway, east of Hagerstown. $20. Call 240-367-5052 or email

Christmas 1864
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park features ornament-making workshops, re-enactors, walking tours, a concert and a dance as the park re-creates Christmas in 1864, when Union forces controlled the town. Advanced registration and payment required for some events; call 304-535-1523. Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, off U.S. 340, Harpers Ferry, W.Va. $10 park entry fee per vehicle. For complete schedule, call 304-535-6748 or go to

Top Five Free

City Park illumination
Christmas activities in City Park, including the lighting of the Christmas tree and lighted features. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; tree lighting at 7 p.m. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Mansion House and Hager House at City Park, off Virginia Avenue, Hagerstown.

Barnful of holiday cheer
Decorated trees, Santa and “Buster” the talking bear will visit with children at Charlie Brown Christmas, plus music, train display, reindeer in the rafters, and a horse-drawn wagon ride. 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 15; noon to 5 pm. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Springfield Farm Barn, Springfield Lane, off U.S. 11, Williamsport. Free admission. Call 301-223-7229 or go to

Antietam Memorial Illumination
Volunteers place and light more than 23,000 candles on the battlefield, each representing a casualty from the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg. Call 301-432-5124 or go to

Holiday concerts
Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will perform Poulenc’s “Gloria,” works by Praetorius, Gabrieli and Bruckner, and a selection of carols and anthems. 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Mercersburg Academy, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Freewill offering. Call 717-328-2324 or go to

Christmas greens show
Seven garden clubs from Washington County decorate the 1825 Miller House for the season, interpreting holiday musical selections using flowers, greenery and collateral materials. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, opening reception. Miller House, 135 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Free admission to reception. Call 301-797-8782 for times to tour. Go to

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