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By DAN DEARTH | May 8, 2007
HAGERSTOWN The Hagerstown City Council postponed giving a local developer its blesssing to expand an October street festival downtown until more information is gathered concerning hindrances that the event might create for emergency vehicles. Mike Deming of The Demcore Companies asked the council at its Tuesday work session for consideration to allow open containers of alcohol on some city streets during Downtown Live, an October street party that was ushered in last year.
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by DAN DEARTH | May 9, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council postponed giving a local developer its blessing to expand an October street festival downtown until more information is gathered concerning hindrances that the event might create for emergency vehicles. Mike Deming of The Demcore Companies asked the council at its Tuesday work session for consideration to allow open containers of alcohol on some city streets during Downtown Live, an October street party that was ushered in last year. In addition, Deming requested that the festival's borders be expanded to Public Square to accommodate more people.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 5, 2006
FREDERICK, Md. - City officials say there's good reason for teenagers to be in the streets of Frederick all day Saturday, during the city's 24th annual In the Street festival. The entertainment-laden event is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, on Market Street from All Saints Street to Seventh Street and along the Carroll Creek Linear Park. In the Street tends to draw about 50,000 people per year, but 65,000 attended last year, said Jennifer Martin, marketing and events coordinator for the City of Frederick.
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August 24, 1997
By JULIE E. GREENE Staff Writer The 1997 Western Maryland Blues Fest made less than a third of the money than the first festival brought in last year, but organizers weren't crying the blues on Thursday. "This is not an event to make money. It's a community event. If we break even we're happy," said Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin. "It's amazing the amount of sponsors we had this year," a sign people liked the event, Giffin said. The June 6-8 event drew $41,187 in sponsorship funding compared with $23,630 the year before, Giffin said.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 17, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Organizers plan to use "Sharpsburg-isms" to lure crowds to Sharpsburg Heritage Festival on Saturday. Meredith Poffenberger and Natoma Vargason organized events based on two Sharpsburg-isms that could earn people prizes: residents' claims of relation to Capt. Riley Bender; and a resident's (or restaurant's) pronouncement of having made the best steak-and-cheese sandwich ever. Sharpsburg Heritage Festival is a celebration of the town's history and will showcase regional bands, craft vendors and food.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 6, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Friday, artists and business owners hope people will flood Main Street Chambersburg to get a "Taste of the Arts. " Organized by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts, "Taste of the Arts" is a free street festival along the borough's Main Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. Organizers said attendees can expect typical downtown-centric festival fare - local performers, local eats,...
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October 2, 2008
Carving out an afternoon Pumpkin painting, horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, baked goods -- these are things that make Williamsport's Original Harvest Hoedown a true family event. This year's festivities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park. Don't forget to bring along a can of canned food to benefit the local food pantry. All aboard Celebrate the history of railroading in Maryland at the annual Brunswick Railroad Days. Festival is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, along East and West Potomac streets.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | May 28, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com About 450 tickets have been sold for this weekend's eighth annual Western Maryland Blues Fest, with some people taking advantage of the festival decision to sell tickets for the first time via the phone and Internet, Hagerstown spokeswoman Karen Giffin said. Last year was the first time the city sold tickets before the event, and then they only were available at a local business, Giffin said. This year, blues buffs can buy tickets in advance at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Center on Potomac Street, by calling 301-791-3246 or by going to www.blues-fest.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | July 19, 2008
SMITHSBURG -- The community of Smithsburg might seem to have a proverbial spring in its step at the 15th annual Smithsburg Pride Days event. After Pride Days thrived for more than a decade as a street festival, organizers moved the event last year to Veterans Park. During the transition, the committee maintained its previous vendors, added fireworks and other attractions, and drew a crowd of around 2,500 people. This year, Pride Days burgeoned, more than doubling its number of vendors from less than 30 to 74, adding additional attractions and offering a more elaborate fireworks display.
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June 5, 1997
Hub City gets down to the real nitty-gritty City ready for thousands of blues fans By TERRY TALBERT Staff Writer Come this weekend, Hagerstown will have a heavy dose of the blues. The city is hosting the Western Maryland Blues Fest, featuring top blues performers from across the country, for the second year in a row on Saturday and Sunday. Downtown Coordinator Karen Giffin said at a press conference in Public Square on Wednesday that 16,000 jazz buffs from across the nation are expected to attend.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 29, 2012
There was a Little Heiskell sighting Saturday in downtown Hagerstown, and it wasn't the replica of the original wrought iron weathervane that sits atop City Hall. Wearing a specially-made red, white and blue pre-Revolutionary war soldier's outfit and carrying a rifle, local performer Chaz Rittenhouse was popular with visitors of all ages as he walked around Hagerstown's 250th anniversary street festival in and around Public Square. Rittenhouse, who started portraying the character in the Alsatia Mummers Parade during the early 1980s, stopped to take photos with children and adults alike, mastering the pose of one of the most recognizable symbols of Hagerstown in the process.
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 6, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Friday, artists and business owners hope people will flood Main Street Chambersburg to get a "Taste of the Arts. " Organized by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg and the Council for the Arts, "Taste of the Arts" is a free street festival along the borough's Main Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. Organizers said attendees can expect typical downtown-centric festival fare - local performers, local eats,...
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By TIFFANY ARNOLD | September 17, 2009
SHARPSBURG -- Organizers plan to use "Sharpsburg-isms" to lure crowds to Sharpsburg Heritage Festival on Saturday. Meredith Poffenberger and Natoma Vargason organized events based on two Sharpsburg-isms that could earn people prizes: residents' claims of relation to Capt. Riley Bender; and a resident's (or restaurant's) pronouncement of having made the best steak-and-cheese sandwich ever. Sharpsburg Heritage Festival is a celebration of the town's history and will showcase regional bands, craft vendors and food.
NEWS
October 2, 2008
Carving out an afternoon Pumpkin painting, horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, baked goods -- these are things that make Williamsport's Original Harvest Hoedown a true family event. This year's festivities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Byron Memorial Park. Don't forget to bring along a can of canned food to benefit the local food pantry. All aboard Celebrate the history of railroading in Maryland at the annual Brunswick Railroad Days. Festival is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, along East and West Potomac streets.
NEWS
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | July 19, 2008
SMITHSBURG -- The community of Smithsburg might seem to have a proverbial spring in its step at the 15th annual Smithsburg Pride Days event. After Pride Days thrived for more than a decade as a street festival, organizers moved the event last year to Veterans Park. During the transition, the committee maintained its previous vendors, added fireworks and other attractions, and drew a crowd of around 2,500 people. This year, Pride Days burgeoned, more than doubling its number of vendors from less than 30 to 74, adding additional attractions and offering a more elaborate fireworks display.
NEWS
by DAN DEARTH | May 9, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown City Council postponed giving a local developer its blessing to expand an October street festival downtown until more information is gathered concerning hindrances that the event might create for emergency vehicles. Mike Deming of The Demcore Companies asked the council at its Tuesday work session for consideration to allow open containers of alcohol on some city streets during Downtown Live, an October street party that was ushered in last year. In addition, Deming requested that the festival's borders be expanded to Public Square to accommodate more people.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | May 8, 2007
HAGERSTOWN The Hagerstown City Council postponed giving a local developer its blesssing to expand an October street festival downtown until more information is gathered concerning hindrances that the event might create for emergency vehicles. Mike Deming of The Demcore Companies asked the council at its Tuesday work session for consideration to allow open containers of alcohol on some city streets during Downtown Live, an October street party that was ushered in last year.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 5, 2006
FREDERICK, Md. - City officials say there's good reason for teenagers to be in the streets of Frederick all day Saturday, during the city's 24th annual In the Street festival. The entertainment-laden event is scheduled from 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, on Market Street from All Saints Street to Seventh Street and along the Carroll Creek Linear Park. In the Street tends to draw about 50,000 people per year, but 65,000 attended last year, said Jennifer Martin, marketing and events coordinator for the City of Frederick.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | June 22, 2006
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherdstown is known for being a good source of live music and cultural fare. This Saturday the music, food and artistic wares will hit the streets for the second annual Shepherdstown Street Fest. A full lineup of live music by local bands is scheduled, including bluegrass, rock 'n' roll, Latin rock and jazz. The stage will be on King Street between German and High streets. This year's event will be bigger with more vendors and bands, says Donn Marshall, event manager.
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by SCOTT BUTKI | May 28, 2003
scottb@herald-mail.com About 450 tickets have been sold for this weekend's eighth annual Western Maryland Blues Fest, with some people taking advantage of the festival decision to sell tickets for the first time via the phone and Internet, Hagerstown spokeswoman Karen Giffin said. Last year was the first time the city sold tickets before the event, and then they only were available at a local business, Giffin said. This year, blues buffs can buy tickets in advance at the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Center on Potomac Street, by calling 301-791-3246 or by going to www.blues-fest.
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