Staff picks for Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

December 27, 2012
  • Chris Kopco presents Dark Matters, a program exploring what is known about the invisible matter in the universe, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and Feb. 5, at William Brish Planetarium at Washington County Board of Education in Hagerstown.
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The Top Five

Alternative music
Count to Four, Battleghost!rva and Finally Fading will perform. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Right Choice Ministries, 20204 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. For ticket prices, call 301-797-8157 or email

Steve Warner and Rob Schuweiler will perform. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Bloomery Plantation Distillery, 16357 Charles Town Road, Charles Town, W.Va.

Stand-up comedy
Lonnie Davis and Chad Beadle will perform. Afterparty with DJ Full Alarm. Ages 21 and older. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at Webbs Sports Bar, 114 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Call 240-367-5052 for ticket pricing. Go to

New Year’s Eve bashes
There’s lots of opportunities to celebrate the new year. Check out The Herald-Mail’s listing of New Year’s Eve dance parties at THECalendar.

Planetarium show
“Dark Matters” will discuss what is known about dark matter, where it might be and the physics behind the universe. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and Feb. 5. William Brish Planetarium at Washington County Board of Education, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. If schools are closed or dismissed early, the planetarium will be closed. $3; $2, students and children; free for senior citizens with a Gold Car from Washington County Public Schools. Family will pay a maximum of $10. Call 301-766-2800.

Top Five Free

Profile of past poet
“The Immortal Essence of Danske Dandrige: Shepherdstown’s Poet, Garden Muse and Historian (1854-1914),” is an hour-long video by Terry Tucker and Ardyth Gilbertson, with a script written by Jim Surkamp. For ages 7 and older. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. Free. Go to

Meet gallery members
Meet Valley Art Association artist Sue Parker from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29; and Liz Hurley from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30. Mansion House, City Park, Hagerstown. Free admission. Call 301-797-6813, email or go to

Christmas tour of churches
Smithsburg Area Church Association will hold a Christmas Tour of Historic Houses of Worship on Sunday, Dec. 30. The tour will include 11 churches and will start at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s (Beard’s) Lutheran Church, 21348 Old Forge Road, Hagerstown. For a list of churches, call 301-824-7460. Maps will also be available at each church.

Carillon recital
Charles Farris will play this year’s midnight carillon recital. Midnight on Monday, Dec. 30. Mercersburg Academy, 300 E. Seminar St., Mercersburg, Pa. Free. Go to

Chess and Scrabble night
Game boards will be provided. For all ages. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Port City Java, Center Court at Long Meadow Shopping Center, 1551 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown. Call 301-790-5040.

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