Staff's top picks: Thursday, Feb. 14

February 14, 2013
  • George Wunderlich will play banjos and talk about them with visitors Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg.
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Louisiana comes to Chambersburg, Pa., when Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas perform zydeco music Friday at Wilson College. 7:30 p.m. Wilson College's Laird Hall, 1015 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. $15. For tickets, call 717-262-2003 or go to

Fairy tale detective story

Potomac Playmakers present "Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective," a story about missing fairy tale props. The show opens Friday at Women's Club in Hagerstown.  Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 15 and 22, and Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23; and 3 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24. Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown. Call 301-797-8182 or go to

Old-time banjo

George Wunderlich will play banjos and talk about them with visitors Saturday at Pry House Field Hospital Museum, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. $3 admission. Call 301-416-2395, email or go to


On Saturday, Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre in Waynesboro, Pa., presents a concert featuring the Patuxent Partners and Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band. 7 to 10 p.m. Beck and Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $4. Go to or call 717-762-4711.

Romantic ballet

Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will present excerpts from Swan Lake, Winter Scene, Beauty and the Beast, and Stratus. 2 and 7 p.m. The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa. Tickets cost $3 to $13 plus service fee. Call 717-263-0202 or go to

Top Five Free

Try Hockey for Free Day

Children ages 4 to 9 are invited to a free clinic to experience  ice hockey for the first time and learn the basics of the sport. All gear supplied. Arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. Event ends at 9:45 a.m. Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex, 580 Security Road, Hagerstown. Call 301-766-9122.

Civil War book signing

On Sunday, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown holds several Civil War-related programs, and Jessica James signs copies of her book on war-time love letters. From 1 to 5 p.m.  Jessica James will sign copies of her book "From the Heart: Love Letters From the Civil War." Free. At 2:30 p.m., Kelly Hancock from the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va., will present a collection of wartime love letters, valentines and home-made items of affection.  Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown. $5; free for members and children younger than 12. .

Evensong and concert

Choral evensong and concert for the first Sunday in Lent sung by the choir of the Cappella Antiqva Vasingtonensis, viz. The Washington Cappella Antiqua. 5 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro. Freewill donation. Call 301-582-0417, email or go to

Shakespeare in Love

Hancock Performing Arts Center presents a musical celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday with poetry by Shakespeare and music of the Renaissance presented by the Springs Chamber Ensemble. The program will feature the poetry of Shakespeare and music of the Renaissance. Tamme Marggraf will read sonnets. Hancock Performing Arts Center, 126 W. High St., Hancock. Free, donations accepted. Call 304-258-0838.

Fall of 1862

On Monday, Keedysville Historical Society presents historian Dennis E. Frye, who discusses his book "September Suspense: Lincoln's Union in Peril." Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 7 p.m. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, North Main Street, Keedysville. Call 301-432-8216 or email

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