Staff picks for Dec. 6 to 12
A Yule log bonfire kicks off Olde Tyme Christmas in Funkstown on Friday, Dec. 7. Events include live music, Santa, wagon rides and a living nativity. (File photo / December 6, 2012)
Hot holiday barbecue
Buffalo wing cook-off on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; barbecue samples all day, barbecue items sold. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mason Dixon BBQ Services, 1542 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle, Pa. Free admission; 50 cents per wing to judge entries. Go to www.mdbbqservices.com.
The Scott Brannon Band and Buck and Paul The Bluegrass Travelers will perform. 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Beck & Benedict Hardware Music Theatre, 118 Walnut St., Waynesboro, Pa. $13; free for children younger than 12. Call 717-762-4711 or go to www.beck-benedicthardware.com.
The City Ballet School and Western Maryland City Ballet Company will present “The Nutcracker.” 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., downtown Hagerstown. $23 to $60. Call 301-790-3500 or go to www.mdtheatre.org.
Williamsport Community Band will present its Christmas concert. 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Tri-State Fellowship, 13153 Cearfoss Pike, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-223-6538 or go to WmsptCommunityBand.webs.com.
Santa in the stars
’Tis the Season will examine many of the seasonal customs based on light, as well as winter holiday traditions, including Yule, greenery, Santa and the Christmas Star. 7 p.m. Tuesdays Dec. 11 and 18. William Brish Planetarium at Washington County Board of Education, 820 Commonwealth Ave., Hagerstown. If schools are closed or dismissed early, the planetarium will be closed. $3; $2, students and children; free for senior citizens with a Gold Car from Washington County Public Schools. Family will pay a maximum of $10. Call 301-766-2800.
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Olde Tyme Christmas
The Friday, Dec. 7, event begins with a Yule log bonfire at 6 p.m. The evening will include music and Santa at Town Hall; wagon rides, music at St. Paul’s Church, living nativity in the park; shopping; raffles. 6 p.m.; 8:30 p.m. raffle and contest winners announced at Town Hall. Sites in Funkstown. For a complete schedule, go to www.funkstown.com.
‘Four Tickets to Christmas’
A Broadway-style musical that follows an out-of-work family performing group who unexpectedly spend Christmas in a small rural town in Ohio. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Saturday, Dec. 8, Sunday, Dec. 9. Otterbein Ministry Center, 912 S. Potomac St., Waynesboro, Pa. $5; free for children younger than 13. A special free presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, for residents of area nursing homes and senior citizens who are not able to be out at night. Activity directors of nursing homes can call the church at 717-726-7147 and ask for Dave.
A Christmas event
The event will include illusionist Brett Myers, the original play “Stolen,” presentation for Operation Christmas Child, cookies and hot chocolate and prizes. A freewill offering will be taken for Operation Christmas Child. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8. Montgomery Brethren in Christ Church, 6701 Montgomery Church Road, near Mercersburg, Pa. Free. Contact Tonia at 717-729-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Costumed characters, music and narration as the Christmas story is revealed through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, Innkeeper, shepherds, angels and the crowd. Refreshments. 7 and 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church lawn, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Call 301-733-4720 or 301-790-2303.
Singing and songwriting duo Aca-Perco will perform. 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Branch Library, 12624 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring. 301-842-2730 to reserve seats. Free.