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Monday Breakdown - Music at City Market

July 07, 2013

Piano music has been a long-standing element of the Hagerstown farmer’s markets on Saturday mornings, but a Funkstown reader recently inquired through Mail Call about the music being halted due to a complaint.

“I have gone to the City Market in Hagerstown for 30 years, and have enjoyed the hymns played on the piano. No one sang; just piano music,” the reader wrote.

“Last week when I asked why no one was playing the piano, I was told a lady complained about the religious music, and they stopped,” the reader wrote. “... If religious music offends you, stay home. I can’t believe one sad person can change something so many people enjoyed.”

City spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said recently she was not aware of any issues with the music at the farmer’s market. She said the piano is still available to be played by anyone who would like to do so.

Those interested in playing the piano at the farmer’s market should contact the city’s community affairs office to sign up, Wolfe said.

The weekly farmer’s market takes place from 5 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 25 W. Church St. in Hagerstown.

The market offers approximately 30 vendors, selling produce, baked goods, sweet treats, handmade crafts and a variety of other products, according to the city’s website.

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace


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