'Mary Poppins,' a star party and other staff picks for Jan. 24 to 30

January 24, 2013
  • Look at the moon and stars, or search for tiny Comet ISON, now dim but expected to be very bright later this year, when TriState Astronomers hosts an outdoor star party Tuesday at Smithsburg Library.

The Top Five

A spoonful of sugar
Hagerstown Children’s Theater will present the story of a magical English nanny. 7 p.m. Fridays, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, and Saturdays, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2; 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. The Academy Theater, 58 E. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown. $15; $12, children and seniors. Call 800-969-2603, email or go to

Student orchestras
The 2013 All County Middle and High School Orchestra concert, with Jan Wagner conducting the middle school orchestra and Elizabeth Shulze conducting the high school orchestra. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at North Hagerstown High School auditorium, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown. $4, advance; $5, at the door. Senior citizen Gold Cards and Washington County Public School employee ID badges will be honored.

Who’s the best?
Senior citizens ages 60 and older demonstrate their vocal talents in the Maryland Senior Idol from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Bridge of Life Church, 14 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Tickets are $5. Parking available at downtown parking decks. Call Ruth at 301-790-0275, ext. 205.

Mash-up of high and low art
The story in Richard Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos” follows the cast of an opera forced to perform with burlesque comedians. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hagerstown Community College’s Kepler Theater, 11400 Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. $20. Call 240-347-3001 or email

(Goat) cheese and wine fundraiser
Wine and cheese tasting, plus silent and lively auctions. Items up for auction include an antique player piano. 50/50 raffle, door prizes. Proceeds benefit Community Free Clinic. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at The Gourmet Goat, 41 N. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $25 per person; credit cards will not be accepted for auction items. Call 301-790-2343.

The Five Free

Painting show
Shippensburg, Pa., artist Viktoriya Hoover will display her paintings. Exhibit on display Thursday, Jan. 24, through Friday, April 19, at Franklin County Area Development Corp., 1900 Wayne Road, Chambersburg, Pa. Call 717-264-6883 or go to

Coffeehouse music
David’s Harp Band will perform. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at The Way Station Coffeehouse, 300 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Email

Modern dance 
Equinox Dance Company will perform modern dance with jazz and tap. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Hagerstown Community College, Kepler Theater, Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown. Free. Email

Free concert
Robert Randolph & the Family Band will perform funk and soul. 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, W.Va. Free. Must be 21 or older. Go to

Star party
Look for the new Comet ISON, now very dim but expected to be very bright later this year, when TriState Astronomers hosts an outdoor star party Tuesday. Dress warmly and see the moon and stars through state-of-the-art telescopes. Bring telescopes and binoculars. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Smithsburg Library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. To register, call 301-824-7722.

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