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Sept 12 - Shiloh United Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast

Shiloh United Methodist Church Pancake Breakfast 19731 Shiloh Church Road, Hagerstown, MD 7am-11am All you can eat pancakes.  One serving of sausage, sausage gravy or puddin, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee   Adults:  $6 Children 6-12:  $3   Carry-outs available   *Benefits:  Julie Taylor Cancer Treatments 301-797-4083

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Sept 13 - The Heavners Headline Experience Sunday at Maranatha Brethren

THE HEAVNERS HEADLINING EXPERIENCE SUNDAY AT MARANATHA BRETHREN Southern Gospel act The Heavners will lend their musical talents to Experience Sunday at Maranatha Brethren Church Sept. 13 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The group will give a 45-minute concert combined with a casual worship service. Then a picnic lunch will be held outside.  Climaxing the good food and fellowship will be more entertainment and games for all ages, including a cornhole tournament with prizes for adults and teens.  There will also be cotton candy and doorprizes. Maranatha Brethren Church is at 19835 Scott Hill Drive on the East edge of Hagerstown, off Jefferson Boulevard (Rte. 64).

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Sept 12 - HAGERSTOWN MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM Trainfest (Model Train Sale)

HAGERSTOWN MODEL RAILROAD MUSEUM Trainfest (Model Train Sale) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What:               Trainfest Summer 2015 What is it:        Model Train Sale regarding railroading and model railroading. When:              Saturday, September 12, 2015 Where:            Washington County Ag Center                         7313 Sharpsburg Pike                         Near Sharpsburg Maryland  (6.5 mile south of I-70 on Rt 65) Time:               9am – 2pm  Cost:                $5 adults, under 12 free. Contact Info: Email:  Hmrrm@myactv.net Phone:  301-800-9829 Web Site: www.antietamstation.com Show directions:  Follow I -70 to Rt 65 (exit 29); use Rt 65 south for approximately 6.5 miles to the Washington County Ag Center; 7313 Sharpsburg Pike; Boonsboro, MD 21713.  Loacted on the left side of the road.  Show is in the buildings at the rear of the center.

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June 29-July 5 - What's Happening in Washington County

Washington County Arts Council Exhibit ·        Perspectives: Photography Images by John Kuhn ·       Watercolors by Shari Kuhn WCAC Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am - 5pm; Saturday 10am-4pm. This exhibit runs thru July 28. Washington County Arts Council, 34 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD. 301-791-3132 or http://www.washingtoncountyarts.com. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Special Exhibits Thru July 5:  Diana Suttenfield Exhibition ·        Thru September 13: Shepherd University Faculty Exhibition Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, 401 Museum Drive, City Park, Hagerstown, MD. Museum hours: Tuesday – Friday, 9am - 5pm; Saturday, 9am - 4pm; Sunday, 1pm - 5-pm. 301-739-5725 or www.wcmfa.org July 2 - 5 – Hagerstown Bike Week Various venues throughout the area will be participating. Check website for schedule. http://www.HagerstownBikeWeek.org July 4 - MSO Salute to Independence Light classical and patriotic music, complete with cannon fire and fireworks. 7:30 pm. Fireworks will follow concert. Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. 301-797-4000 or http://www.marylandsymphony.org July 4 - Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park Opening ceremonies begin 6pm; entertainment at 6:30pm, Fireworks at 9:30pm with 15,996 shells in 30 minutes. Fairgrounds Park, Fairgrounds Avenue, Hagerstown, MD. 301-739-8577 ext. 116 or http://www.hagerstownmd.org July 4 – The Fourth in the Park Patriotic concert and the Giant fireworks display. Williamsport Community Band's Annual Patriotic Concert and the Amazing Fire Works. Events start at noon and last into dark. (Rain date July 5). Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport MD. 301-573-1501. July 5 - Pen Mar Park Music and Dancing The Dave Winters Group. 2pm - 5 pm. Pen Mar Park, 14600 Pen Mar/High Rock Road, Cascade, MD 21719. 240-313-2807 or http://www.washco-md.net/parks_facilities/p-PenMarPark.shtm July 5 - Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series The 229th United States Army Band will perform. Free. 6:15 pm Hagerstown Community College Amphitheater, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742. 3240-500-2346 or http://www.hagerstowncc.edu July 5 - Hagerstown Municipal Band Concert Fifty member concert band will be playing marches, overtures, show tunes, and a variety of compositions. FREE.  7:30pm. Hagerstown City Park Band Shell, 501 Virginia Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740. http://www.hagerstownband.org

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September 12 - Farm Day at Ravenwood

Farm Day at Ravenwood ….free fun family event on the Ravenwood campus of Diakon Senior Living Hagerstown. Bluegrass music, pony rides, games, petting zoo, obstacle course for kids, barrel train rides by the Washington County Antique Tractor Club, food and more.  Wholesome fun for all.  1158 Luther Drive Hagerstown MD September 12th        9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call Abby Housel at 240-420-4251 or visit www.seniorlivinghagerstown.org

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July 4 - 30th Annual "Salute to Independence" concert

The 30th Annual "Salute to Independence" concert, presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Saturday, July 4 at the Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg.  The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m.   Music Director Elizabeth Schulze has programmed a concert that will honor, through words and music, the men and women who have served our country in the past, and those currently members of the United States Armed Forces. The "Salute to Independence" has become one of Maryland's most patriotic outdoor events and Washington County's largest, one-day tourism event, attracting nearly 30,000 people each year.  In recent years it has been recognized by the American Bus Association as one of the "Top 100 Events in North America."    Antietam National Battlefield is one of America's National Parks and is the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history.  On September 17, 1862, more than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or declared missing in action after 12 hours of savage combat.  For more information on the battlefield, www.nps.gov/ancm/ The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is supported by a grant from the Maryland States Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  # # #  

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July 18-19 - Historic Antietam Station Museum & Model Train Open House

The HMRRM will host an Open House on Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM to allow the public to view operating model train layouts and the continued restoration and maintenance of the historic Antietam Station, learn Railroading history, see real trains passing by.  Kid friendly and handicapped accessible. _____________________________________________________________________ What:               Open House What is it:        Historic Antietam Station Museum and Model Train Layout When:              Sat/Sun: June 20,21 & July 18, 19 & August 22, 23, 2015 Where:             Antietam Station                         17230 Shepherdstown Pike                         Sharpsburg, MD 21782 Time:               10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Cost:                FREE – Donations always appreciated

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July 4 - Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park

The City of Hagerstown will host Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The annual Independence Day celebration features musical entertainment, kids activities, and a special ceremony to observe the holiday.                  Guests will be able to take a free bus service from downtown Hagerstown to the park beginning at 6:00 p.m. Shuttle pick-up will be located in the Central Parking Lot at 14 North Potomac Street, located near the Visitors Center. City Center offers more than 1,000 public parking spaces. Parking will be FREE at both parking decks and all metered locations for the Independence Day weekend. For a map of all the available parking in City Center, see: http://www.hagerstownmd.org/DocumentCenter/View/1916.                   Parking at Fairgrounds Park is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space fills up quickly. If on-site parking is at capacity, attendees are encouraged to park downtown and use the shuttle service. Please see the attached map for the Independence Day Celebration Parking and Shuttle Guide to determine the best way to enter and exit the event.                                 Follow the Hagerstown Police Department on Twitter (@HagerstownPD) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/hagerstownpolicedepartment) for traffic and news updates throughout the event. Members of the Auxiliary Police will be directing traffic around the park, and Citizens on Patrol will be assisting with the shuttle route.                   The event at Fairgrounds Park will begin at 6:00 p.m. with opening ceremonies hosted by Lou Scally. The ceremony will include the posting and retiring of colors by VFW Post 1936 of Hagerstown and Boy Scouts Troop 2. The National Anthem will be sung by Nadia McClain of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, and God Bless America will be sung by Michael Heyser. The invocation will be done by Councilmember Don Munson and the benediction by Delegate Brett Wilson. Remarks will be made by Mayor Dave Gysberts. The Color/Honor Guard of the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County and the Marine Corps League of Hagerstown will do a 21-gun salute and echo taps.                   Entertainment will follow at 6:30 p.m. on the stage, featuring Inside Out with the Kickin' Brass Horns and MPG-High Octane Blues, including original members of Roy Buchanan & the Snakestretchers with special guests Michael "Pokey" Walls, Mike Scheer, Malcolm Lukens and David Gabaldon.                   "We are very excited to have Inside Out with the Kickin Brass Horns and MPG-High Octane Blues featuring original members of Roy Buchanan & the Snakestretchers," stated Ted Bodnar, Chair of the Fourth of July Fireworks event at Fairgrounds Park. "This is an excellent group of musicians that will entertain you with a repertoire that spans the past 40 years of pop and rock history, and these musicians have had chart-topping songs that will get everyone moving. To top it off, we'll set off a fireworks display that showcases 15,996 shells in 30 minutes. We hope that everyone can enjoy their Independence Day holiday at Fairgrounds Park."                   Free children’s activities, including crafts, will also be available from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (while supplies last) as well as an inflatible slide and moonbounce.                 Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to Fairgrounds Park.  Please remember that personal fireworks, alcoholic beverages, sparklers, remote controlled ground or aerial devices and smoking are prohibited in all city parks.  Only service animals are permitted in the festival area. Individuals may call (301) 739-8577, ext. 116 for more information.

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July 4 - Shepherdstown 4th of July Parade & Picnic

SHEPHERDSTOWN 4TH OF JULY PARADE AND PICNIC SET FOR THIS SATURDAY Shepherdstown will hold its annual Independence Day parade and community picnic rain or shine this coming Saturday, July 4. The parade will be held starting at 11:00 a.m. on German Street downtown. So far, more than 60 entries are expected. They will include veteran's groups, antique cars, local societies and organizations of all kind, local theaters, businesses, government officials, children's organizations, animals, historical re-enactors, fire trucks, and more. This year's Parade Grand Marshal will be Mary Ann Hammann, representing her late husband, Connie Hammann, a prominent long-time local resident and proud US Navy veteran who passed away last spring. Plenty of parade parking will be available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets. The picnic will be held right afterwards, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., in the pavilion at Morgan's Gove Park on Kearneysville Pike (Route 480) just southwest of town. Everyone is welcome at both events and admission will be free. The parade and picnic are organized annually by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown. The goal is to provide a wholesome, family-oriented Fourth of July celebration for the town. The picnic will feature live music, with two local bands: the Speakeasy Boys will play from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the Gypsy Ramblers playing from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. There will be lots of free children's activities, including a scavenger hunt, a water balloon toss, face painting, a waterslide and more. The Rotary Club will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and non-alcoholic beverages at reasonable prices. All proceeds from those sales will be used to help cover event costs. People can bring their own picnic lunches if they prefer. There is plenty of parking at the park. For more information contact Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net.

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July 4 - Freedom Flapjacks Breakfast at St. Marks Episcopal Church

FREEDOM FLAPJACKS BREAKFAST JULY 4 AT ST. MARKS EPISCOPAL CHURCH Pancake breakfast perfect starter for Antietam Salute to Independence Attendees Boonsboro, MD – Historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is hosting the ssecond of its Summer Pancake Breakfast Series. Freedom Flapjacks Breakfast will be held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 7 - 11 a.m. The menu will consist of “Freedom Flapjacks,” scrambled eggs, sausage and hot and cold beverages. Suggested donation of $6 for adults, $3 for children, FREE for toddlers and younger. All in the community are welcome. Proceeds from the breakfast will help support the church ministries. “This can be a wonderful start to anyone’s day,” said The Rev. Anne Weatherholt, rector of the church. It will be especially nice for people who are heading to the Antietam National Battlefield to set up early for that evening’s Salute to Independence concert and fireworks. Go set up your tarp, and then stop in for breakfast!” Tours of the original church building, still in use, and historic cemetery will also be available upon request. Freedom Flapjacks is the second of the church’s Summer Pancake Breakfast Series. An additional breakfast will be offered on August 1, and the theme will be in keeping with the summer heat, Holy Hotcakes!    Another event coming up is “Historic Heavenly Tea and Silent Auction,” Saturday June 27, from 2-4 PM.  Catered by LJ’s, this “high tea” features place settings provided by various church members, live music and the display of an historic Russian Samovar from the Tsarist era of the 18th century.  Samovar’s were used in pre-electricity days to heat water that was added strong tea for a constant source of hot drink during the long Russian winters.  This brass Samovar has all the attending pieces including tray, bowl, teapot, extra chimney, and tea caddy.  Tours of the historic church and cemetery, including the recently restored gallery, will be offered as well.  The auction features many “tea” related items including a tea cozy and tea spoons from England, a “tea angel” statue and several teapots, along with wreaths and some “Christmas in June” items.      Founded in 1849, this landmark church has served many generations in Washington County. Recent research by Dr. Emilie Amt, professor of history at Hood College, uncovered a treasure trove of information about the church’s African American history, and in fact, there are slave graves in the church yard cemetery. Original church construction included a gallery at the back of the church specifically for use of the slaves of the eight founding members of the church. St. Mark’s hosts the Growing Tree @ St. Mark's -- Pre-School which has had a partnership with St. Mark's for over twenty years.  Classes are offered during the school year, Monday-Friday from 9-12 for Toddler and pre-K children.  Registration for the coming academic year is going on now.    St Mark’s is located at 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD 21713.   Visit www.stmarkslappans.org for information on the location of the Church. 

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July 18 - St. Paul's United Methodist Ice Cream Social


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July 26 - St. Paul's United Methodist Church Concert

St. Paul Special Events is pleased to host St. John’s Summer Singers in concert on Sunday, July 26, 2015, at 3:00 PM, in the church nave located at 750 Norland Avenue, Chambersburg, PA. Under the direction of Gary Crum and accompanied by Gloria Crum, the choir will entertain all with a wide selection of sacred, spiritual, secular, and patriotic music. This is the seventh year of performing by this 55-member choir. The choir is comprised of individuals from 15 different local churches who come together each summer simply because they love to sing. They present six or seven concerts a summer. There is no admission charge for the concert. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the church office at 717-267-3085 or Linda Strickler at 717-263-4975.

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