Luminaria displays, Christmas music and other staff picks for Dec. 13 to 19

December 13, 2012
  • The annual Festival of Lights and concert at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown is one of three luminaria displays on Saturday, Dec. 15.
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The Top Five

Tie-dyed tribute band
On the Bus will present Grateful Dead music. 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. $10. Call 304-876-3704 or go to

Civil War Christmas
Learn what Christmas was like during the time of the Civil War. Speakers, handouts, songs, decorations and treats. Have your photo taken with Civil War Santa Claus Jim Tent. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. $3 per person. Call 301-695-1864, ext. 14, email or go to

Breakfast with Santa Claus
Walker Performing Arts serves up breakfast buffet and time with Santa Claus, Frosty, Rudolph, Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves. Special holiday show, holiday crafts and activities. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Academy Theater, 58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. $10; $5, children. Call 800-969-2603, email or go to

Three luminaria displays
• Annual Festival of Lights and concert — Applachian Wind Quintet will perform. 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Rest Haven Cemetery’s chapel. Festival of Lights. A bagpiper will perform Christmas music throughout the cemetery while volunteers light luminarias. 4 p.m. Rest Haven Cemetery, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown. Call 301-733-3575.
• Luminarias in honor of those who served — Hundreds of luminarias will light up the night in honor of the veterans and those who serve. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Widmeyer Park, Park Road, Hancock. Call 301-988-2776 or email
• Festival of Lights — Luminaria ceremony. Reflections, Clear Spring High School show choir, will perform Christmas carols. Light refreshments will be served. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, 17636 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Call 301-733-6682. Rain date 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.

Dessert theater
Patrons will be treated to a show featuring holiday classics like “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” original works written by the theater students, and Applemen Cobbler and brownie sundaes. 6:30 p.m. desserts served; 7 p.m. show. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Musselman High School, 126 Excellence Way, Inwood, W.Va. $15; $25 couples; special rates for Berkeley County Schools employees. Call 304-229-1900 or email

The Five Free

‘Argo’ book signing
Meet the author of “Argo,” Tony Mendez. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. Call 301-791-3132, email or go to

Living nativity
Children and youth will present the story of the Nativity as traditional and contemporary Christmas music plays in the background. Live animals are included. 6 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 10813 Donelson Drive, Williamsport. Call 301-223-8887.

Candlelight tours
Colonial Christmas at The Adam Stephen House. Holiday music and refreshments. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16. The Adam Stephen House, 309 E. John St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Free. Call 304-267-4434 or go to

Carols and readings
The Mercersburg Chorale, Chapel Choir and String Ensemble, and members of the Academy Band will provide music. Members of the school community will serve as readers. School minister Lawrence Jones will preach on the topic “Herod Speaks.” Services at 4 and 7:30 p.m.; carillon recitals at 3 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Mercersburg Academy’s Irvine Memorial Chapel, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa. Free and open to all.

Christmas concert
Williamsport Community Band will present its Christmas concert. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at St. James Brethren Church, 17718 Lappans Road, St. James. Free. Call 301-223-6538 or go to

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