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The magazine for families in the quad-state area! September/October 2011 Frederick & Washington counties, MD Eastern Panhandle, WV Frederick & Clarke counties, VA Franklin County, PA

Back to School Helping Kids Develop a Good Body Image Classroom Respect

Readers Giveaways Germ zappers Bathtime fun Burp cloths for baby Books for all ages DVDs

Streamlining the Paper Deluge

Remembering... 9/11 Discussing this emotional piece of history with your kids

A Teaching Icon Children’s book honors Sue Wheeler Lloyd

Our Heads Up calendar of events features the area’s best family-friendly fun!

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Departments: Dear Teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 From the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Heads Up Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 It’s fall festival season!

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Features: Raising Kids is Expensive . . . . . . . 21 A Living Legacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Helping Kids Develop a Good Body Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Oral Health Tips for Back-to-School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Streamline the Back-to-School Paper Flood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Talking to Your Kids about 9/11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Resource lists: Birthday Club & Party Planner . . . . .8 New! Helpful Resources . . . . . . . . .33 Index to Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . .36

From the cover Jillian of Hagerstown prepares for Back to School. Jillian is a winner from Child Guide’s 2011 Cover Kids Contest.

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n the Rhyne household this year, back to school means a big transition ... to middle school for my son, Steven, now a sixth grader. I am incredibly grateful that he is able to continue in Washington County’s magnet program, which allows him to stay with most of his classmates from the last two years. I am also quite pleased that the “feeder schools” for his middle school, E. Russell Hicks, have reunited him with several former classmates from other schools he has attended. It is a pleasant opportunity for me to reconnect with the mothers of those students. There’s quite a bit of trepidation for us parents as our kids make this big move. It is such a huge change – going from a school with around 300 students to one with almost 800. Not to mention changing rooms for almost every class, which as a parent means having to deal with five or six teachers instead of one. On back to school night, we were able to walk the schedule with our kids, giving us a chance to see which classrooms they would be reporting to the next day. I must say it was exhausting, but that’s due (at least in part) to the fact it was done in a little over an hour. Then there’s the “O-dark-thirty” time that school starts, which means an usually early bedtime. Thank goodness for DVRs, because I doubt that I’ll see a 10 p.m. show any time soon. An early start time means an early release time, about which Steven is quite pleased. He says he’ll still have half the day after school is out to do “fun stuff” (or homework, I say). And, as if there wasn’t enough concern about what lies ahead, the afternoon before school started there was the earthquake to shake our nerves. It was our first experience with one ... and, hopefully, our last. Now if I could just get that song out of my head, “I feel the earth move under my feet...” The shake up certainly served as a reminder as to who is in charge. Like those who have gone before, though, we will survive middle school, Lord willing. It’s an exciting time for our “tweens,” who have somehow gone overnight from children to young adults. One of our features in this issue, “Helping Kids Develop a Good Body Image,” is especially fitting for this age group and beyond. Personally, I look forward to sharing in some of the knowledge Steven will acquire – especially in Social Studies, where they will study Ancient History, from the rise of civilization through the ancient Americas. As they learn about various regions, empires and societies, they will also look at the influence religions had on the development of these civilizations. Fascinating! I wish I could be the veritable “fly on the wall” to take it all in. Speaking of history, another feature explores “Talking to Your Kids about 9/11.” As the tenth anniversary of this terrifying day for our country approaches, we grown-ups will recall where we were at that fateful time. But for most our children, this event is not something they can recall, even if they’d been born. It is a piece of history – as foreign to them as the World Wars are to us. A leading child and adolescent psychiatrist offers advice on how to open a discussion with our kids on this emotional topic. I hope you enjoy the variety our Back to School issue offers. Thanks for reading Child Guide! Cecilia “Cis” Rhyne, Editor


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Tidbits to help raise happy, healthy tikes Reviewed items are available as Sept/Oct issue’s Readers Giveaways. Use form on page 6 to enter or go online to and click Giveaways.

Mr. Bubble® turns 50 In celebration of the 50th birthday of the Mr. Bubble Brand, two new body washes – Original Bubble Body Wash and Extra Gentle Body Wash – join a line of other childfriendly personal-care products. Mr. Bubble has been Making Getting Clean Almost as Much Fun as Getting Dirty!® since 1961. To celebrate turning 50, Mr. Bubble is now social! Find him on Facebook and Twitter to see more of his new personality. The new was also just launched to celebrate this special milestone. Four giveaway items available: Body Wash, Bubble Bath, Foam Soap, & Hand Soap

Barney: Mother Goose Collection Come along with Barney, BJ, and Baby Bop on a magical and music-filled journey into the land of Mother Goose. Join the fun and sing along as classic nursery rhymes like Hickory Dickery Dock, Humpty Dumpty and London Bridge and more come to life. Bonus music CD and book, Barney’s Alphabet Fun with Mother Goose. One DVD set available for giveaway. More DVDs online at

appreciating all living things. The colorful tale introduces readers to Jimmy, a young squirrel whose life is changed forever when machines destroy his home forest. Friendships are formed and courage is tested as Jimmy and his friends search for a new home before winter comes. One book available for giveaway.

Bilingual Fun: Spanish For Children A unique Spanish learning program This DVD program makes learning Spanish an active experience, through a unique use of repetition with music, singing, movement and dance, participating along with the children on the DVDs as they learn and practice their new language skills. Great for toddlers up to early grade school. Two DVD set retails for $13.99. One set available for giveaway.

The Pocket Purifier

Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day Avast means to hold fast T or F Keel hauling is a most insidious punishment T or F Ahoy is a call for attention T or F The poop deck is where you go to the bathroom T or F In his new book for young adults, The Tides of Avarice, author John Dahlgren gets salty with lots of pirate dialogue. “I spent a couple of years researching 18th century idioms commonly used by seafarers,” says Dahlgren. “I found it to be an incredibly rich and entertaining form of verbal expression. The trick was to become comfortable with the rhythms of the language.” Reminiscent of Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, The Tides of Avarice is full of the swashbuckling action, teen friendly humor and plenty of pirate speak. One book available for giveaway.

Jimmy the Squirrel New children’s book promotes teamwork, eco-friendliness When forests are destroyed, what happens to the creatures that call them home? Author Amr Taher explores this question in his new children’s book Jimmy the Squirrel, an entertaining read with a message on the importance of teamwork, courage and, above all,

Any parent will testify that kids are dirt and germ magnets. Experiments with specific cold and flu germs have shown potential survival times ranging from a few minutes to over 48 hours. Cold and flu germs generally remain active longer on stainless steel, plastic and similar hard surfaces than on fabric and other soft surfaces. Parents need all the advantages they can get when trying to keep kids healthy and germ free, which is why the Pocket Purifier is the latest must-have. It is a compact germicidal light with the same UV-C light used to sterilize surgical instruments, eliminating 99.9% of germs that cause colds, and flu, plus e-coli, salmonella, mold, fungus and more in under 15 seconds. Powered by AAA batteries, the Pocket Purifier is priced under $20. One Pocket Purifier (pink) available for giveaway.

Boogie Wipes Fill a small room with twenty to thirty children and before long you will have all types of germs crawling along every surface. Coughs, sneezes and the unspeakable nose picking occur the minute kids step into the classroom and despite all the good manners parents try to teach, tissues are not always used. Luckily, teachers and parents will be able to make healthy habits more fun this school year with the introduction of the Boogie Wipes Canister. A moist, saline nose wipe, Boogie Wipes are available in fun scents like Great Grape that make kids want to use them. The new jumbo size canister with 90-wipes can handle classroom duty or a familysize dose of colds and flu. continued on page 6

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Items reviewed in Kidbits & Mombit are available as giveaways for this issue. Please list your preference(s).

Please enter my name in the drawing for Child Guide’s Sept/Oct giveaway. Entries by October 5 please. Enter online at or mail form to: Child Guide, Attn: Sept/Oct Giveaway, PO Box 3529, Hagerstown, MD 21742-3529. Name _________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________ City/State/Zip __________________________________________ Phone ________________________Email ___________________ Preferences: ___________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ By submitting this form, entrants have given permission for their names and cities of residence to be published in Child Guide magazine.

The BabbaBurpie from BabbaCo The BabbaBurpie is a simple innovative twist to the traditional burp cloth. When one side is wet or dirty, just turn it inside out and you have a whole new burp cloth. It’s truly a 2in-1 burp cloth for extra functionality. Perfect for moms on the go, just flip it inside-out for a fresh, clean, burp cloth, alleviating the need to carry more than one. Made of soft french Terry Cloth, the Burpie is available in multiple patterns and is completely machine washable. Retails for $22.50 – 2 per pack. Two packs (2 per pack) of BabbaBurpies available for giveaway.

And a bit for Mom Editor’s Note:

I’ve always thought I’d like to live near the water, so when the email about this book came to my Inbox, I jumped at the chance to review it, and I started planting the seed with my family about making a trip to the beach for vacation this year ... it had been five years since we were last there. So while I read Toes in the Sand, I was able to wiggle my own toes in the sands on the Outer Banks in NC. I’d recommend both ... the book and OBX.

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Toes in the Sand by Nena Jackson How One Woman Discovered the Gift of Unwavering Faith that Changed her Life Completely Have you ever wanted to understand the power faith can have on your life? Learning to live daily with unwavering faith is a beautiful gift available to everyone. It changes everything you do, speak, think and feel. In her book, Toes in the Sand, Nena Jackson recounts the journey of her struggles as her family experienced heartbreaking losses during the recent economic crisis and what she gave up in order to follow her faith in hopes for a better life. Nena left a beautiful family home, a high-paying job and a settled life in the Midwest to move and plant her toes in the warm and reassuring sands of the beaches in Charleston, South Carolina – the city of her dreams. Page 6

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Streamline the Back-To-School Paper Flood By Christina Katz he first day of school is promising. Your children are coiffed and coutured in their cleanest and newest. They are nervous, excited, maybe a little anxious, while you probably feel elated by the possibility of a little time for yourself. Surely there are a few tears to wipe away, maybe a couple of family members to call or e-mail with the reports of “how big” and “so brave.” Emotions and expectations are running high, and then, guess what comes home along with the report on how the first day was? A deluge of paper, that’s what. And this is only the beginning.Piles form, coming via backpacks or extended in the clutches of paint-and-glitter-covered hands. Stacks quickly start to teeter with appeals for donations, requests for volunteer time, yearbook payments and extra-curricular enrichment, and calls to rally school spirit. If you have multiple kids, you’d better act fast before a torrent of paper takes over an entire room in your home. It’s only a matter of time before papers come reminding you of their predecessors, which you forgot to sign and return. Or maybe you just lost track of them in the flood. What happened to the paper-free plan? Remember how technology was going to relieve us of all of this paper madness? Maybe we’ll get there some day. In the meantime, a steady stream of paperwork is heading your way, and you need to learn how to manage it. After five years of dividing and conquering a volley of school communications, I've got my paper-flow systems down pat. Here's what I’ve learned: Recycle Most Of It: Initially, you will look at what your kids hand you and think, “Oh my gosh, my baby made


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this.” But, trust me, the thrill quickly chills. Ask yourself instead, “Will I die, will my child suffer, or will we experience serious social disgrace or bumble critical parent-teacher communication if I throw this away?” If the answer is, “No,” toss it-quickly. You won’t miss it. I promise. When you are unsure, invest in some inexpensive cloth wall pockets to temporarily store the papers you can’t bear to part with yet, like school directories or instructions for future events you plan to participate in. Pick & Choose: Your first year through the “paper mill,” you'll need to learn what to participate in and what to pass over. So think of year one as your paper prioritizing initiation. PTA? Yes. Fun Run? Okay. Basketball fundraiser? Maybe not this year. Scholastic book purchases every month? It's up to you. Select what you can manage and don't worry about doing more. Whatever you can handle; let it be enough. Respond Immediately: By the third round of requests for payments for the annual yearbook, you won't even hesitate to toss that sucker in the trash. Why? Because you always respond immediately to anything you want to participate in and you chuck the rest. Don't confuse matters by waiting until later. If “immediately” doesn’t work for you, take care of multiple-step responses on Fridays or Mondays or whatever day works best. Then, the next time the teacher is hollering through her paper megaphone that this is the tenth reminder to send in field trip money, you will smile smugly and recycle it. Because you always take care of those requests the first time around. But It's Art!: You can keep it. But have some display cycles that you put your kids' artwork through for maximum enjoyment before the works go to the big craft heaven in the sky (or the big plastic tub in the basement or the attic or under the bed). In the meantime, hang up a “clothesline” in the kitchen, put up kid’s artwork frames around the house, and hang strips magnetized or cork strips in their rooms for the parade of self-expression to come. If you put art up and out for a while, and take photos of it, you might be willing to let go of it sooner. Preserve The Standouts: Your child does not want to remember that she was the last one in class to memorize her addition and subtraction tables, so throw the evidence away. But she may wish to remember the awesome story she wrote when she could barely spell about how she and her best friend stared down a millipede on the playground during recess. Set aside one large plastic tub for each child's artwork and ephemera. The best time for shaking down the clutter that is bound to accumulate in tubs is each summer, once you've regained some detachment. My, That’s Bulky: More power to teachers who can make lessons three-dimensional wonders of elbow noodles, glue, and glitter. Have your child pose with the masterpiece. Get several shots. Make sure you get a good one. Then "store" the masterpiece in the basement or garage on a special shelf or rack set aside for amazing artwork. When the shelf is full, take some shots of the whole range of work, from many angles. Then discretely dispose of the whole lot at the beginning of each new school year. Share The Wealth: At some point, you will have your paper trail tamed but there is virtually nothing you can (or should) do to hamper your child's insatiable desire to create. Encourage your little Picasso instead. Keep manila envelopes addressed and ready-to-mail relatives in one of your cloth wall pockets so you can easily capture and share some of the seasonal artwork overflow for relatives. You've got a lot of paper joy floating around your homeyou may as well share the wealth. Happy back to school!

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Back to School Child Guide looks at choices in our area for private schools, preschools and extracurricular activities Since 1982, The Banner School in Frederick, MD, has offered a strong liberal arts education for students in kindergarten through grade eight. The Banner School is now an independent school comprised of a Preschool for 3, 4, and some 5 year olds (established in 2008-09), a Primary School

for grades K-4, and a Middle School for grades 5-8. Banner offers families a choice beyond the public school system. Its mission is to provide an academically challenging curriculum in a secure environment. Banner strives to motivate students to achieve to the best of their abilities while simultaneously stimulating a lifelong love of learning. Banner encourages a strong schoolfamily partnership, individual self-worth and respect for others. Banner strives to graduate responsible individuals who will contribute to society. Reflecting the diversity in today’s society and our student body, Banner provides an international education and global perspective through the study of various cultures, societies, histories, and peoples of the world. Visit or call 301-6959320. See ad on page 17.

Competitive Edge Gymnastics, in Winchester offers cheerleading, gymnastics, tumbling, and competitive programs for a ages ranging from little ones just walking to 18 years old as well as a recreation for boys class for ages 6 and up. The “Parent and Me” Program for 16 months to 3 years old is a 30-minute class, great for bonding with you child. The class is designed to develop gross motor skills, spatial awareness and hand-eye coordination. Children participate in games, obstacle courses, music, parachute and many other wonderful activities. Autumn classes are now enrolling. Call 540-6622686 or visit See ad on page 14. Educare Learning Center (formerly Dandelion Child Care), a Maryland State Department of Education Accredited Program, is a place to grow healthy and happy children and support families as partners in education. The spacious 7,000 square foot facility nestled on 22 wooded

acres in Jefferson, MD, offers developmentally appropriate classroom environments supported by endless outdoor possibilities. Educated and experienced staff serve children aged eight weeks through schoolage, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Our preschoolhours-only program for 3’s and 4’s follows the FCPS calendar. The Educare Family Association provides year-round events for the entire family. or call 301-8349007. Consider becoming a part of our Educare community; “Where we don’t only enroll the child, we enroll the entire family.” See ad page 12.

Evolution Rock School, “Where Rock Stars Evolve”, is a new parent owned, performance based rock-n-roll music school in the heart of downtown Hagerstown, at 435 E. Baltimore Street. Evolution Rock School provides a cool, safe outlet for creativity in a self-esteem building environment. Students, starting as young as five years old, will have the opportunity to learn and play different genres of rock music and become a member of a band. With a talented and educated staff of instructors, the school offers music lessons in vocal, guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The school’s schedule consists of threemonth semesters including an end of semester live concert at Cancun Cantina located in Hagerstown. A rolling enrollment is offered, which means students are encouraged to sign up at the beginning of a semester, but can join anytime at a prorated price. Kid’s World, Inc., Bunker Hill, WV, offers a variety of services for children aged 1-5 years. Kid’s World will provide a nurturing environment for children to expand their knowledge and grow as an individual.

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Our preschool programs are designed for children 3-5 years of age. They are offered as 3 day (MWF) or 2 day (TuTh) and run from 9:00 a.m.-noon. Kid’s World focuses on teacher-directed and student-directed teaching methods. Our teachers will work with the children on their level. Mini Classes for children from 1-5 years of age are approximately 30-45 minute sessions, depending on the class. Mini classes offered include: Toddler Music, Toddler Arts & Crafts, Preschool Music, Preschool Arts & Crafts, Preschool Cooking. Visit or call 304-5960006. See ad on page 12.

The Light of the Child Montessori School, LLC’s mission is to discover the light of each child. The teachings and principles of Maria Montessori are taught through well-prepared environments that meet the needs and challenges of all children. TLC strives to promote academic excellence through practical exercises in the areas of Language, Math, Geography, Science, Sensorial activities and Practical Life. We commit to instilling in the child a natural and ongoing curiosity towards the world around them and create a true love of learning that will stay with the child throughout life.

The Light of the Child Montessori School, located in Shepherdstown, WV, offers 2, 3 and 5 half-day programs in the morning or afternoon plus a full day kindergarten. Call 304-268-7075 or visit www. See ad on page 11.

Morgan Academy, Shepherdstown, WV, maintains a limited enrollment to mirror a real-world, caring family. Your child will join 30 lively brothers and sisters of all ages, from 5 to 14, in a one-room schoolhouse setting. Everyone works, plays and eats together, just as it is in real-world workplaces, neighborhoods, and families. The gifted teachers at Morgan Academy are proven master educators with teaching talent and degrees. There are three fulltime, core academic teachers and six parttime enrichment teachers for art, music appreciation, choir, Spanish, yoga, and physical education. Children work one-onone, or in small groups of five, or for group projects there may be up to 15 in a class. Intense, gifted teaching and a bright student body form the core of Morgan Academy. Children’s natural instincts are nutured to enable them to become creative thinkers. They will not only be textbook smart, but a kindhearted, socially aware

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Private schools, preschools and extracurricular activities human being. 304-262-0188 or 540-336-3465. See ad on page 1. An excellent value, Mother Seton School inspires Pre-K to Grade 8 students to strive for academic excellence and dedicate their lives to love and serve Christ. On a scenic, modern campus easily accessible by bus from throughout the region, MSS students excel academically, with 86% scoring higher than the national average on standardized tests. There are many opportunities for leadership and talent, including Band & Chorus, Science & Engineering Clubs, Student Council, Talent & Art Shows, Geography & Spelling Bees, Middle School Spanish, up-to-date Science & Computer Labs, and more. A vibrant, faith & family centered community, MSS is an independent school approved by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, sponsored by the Daughters of Charity, accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary Schools, and certified as a Maryland Green School. Before & after school care and financial aid are available. For more information, call 301-447-3161 or visit Our Little Preschool, now located at War Memorial Park in Martinsburg, provides learning experiences for 3- and 4-year-old children that are potty trained. Traditional early childhood education topics of interest are explored through books, songs, crafts, and more. Alphabet letters and their sounds are introduced. The program has a non-denominational Christian component. Classes include a balance of guided play activities, creative art work, music, outdoor play, conversation, story time, dramatic play and group activities. Enrollment options are 2 or 3 days a week, mornings 8:45-11:45 a.m. or afternoons, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Call 304-264-9728 or visit See ad on page 12.

Saint Thomas More Academy is a Catholic school educating the hearts, minds, and souls of children PreK3 through grade 8. This elementary and middle school is nestled in the scenic pastures of beautiful Buckeystown, MD. Recognized by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as a Catholic School, St. Thomas More Academy provides the rigors of a classical liberal arts curriculum with lessons in spirituality and virtuous living. STMA students are inspired to reach their fullest potential through the gentle education of the heart, mind and soul. Call or visit See ad on page 13. Shepherdstown Montessori Academy, Inc. is a combined approach Montessori elementary school for ages 5-12, grades K-6. We follow the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori and offer authentic learning experiences in a small group environment. We also understand that students may at some point matriculate to a nonMontessori environment, therefore we incorporate a variety of assessments and other learning methods within our curriculum, which is a combined approach designed to prepare students for the various learning experiences they will encounter in their educational journey. Students will participate in a variety of specials such as Music, Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Media, Sign Language, Health and Nutrition, as well as a variety of others based on interests. The school is located at 7485 Shepherdstown Pike in Shepherdstown. Call 304-268-7075 or visit


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Shepherdstown School of Dance is committed to keeping the art and discipline of classical dance alive in our community. Ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance are offered along with the Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique. No dance experience necessary, come explore the gentle meditative technique that promotes proper alignment and well being for all ages and fitness levels. The Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® Technique is a gentle and highly effective method for correcting and refining body alignment, building muscular strength and length, strengthening joints and increasing vitality and artistic expression. For more information, contact Emily Romine at 304-886-8398. For dance classes and schedules as well as registration, visit See ad inside front cover.

St. John Regional Catholic School has an outstanding academic program with a Christ Centered atmosphere for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Our state-of-the-art facility comes complete with a science lab, computer lab, and gymnasium. Tour our school and you will see why we are proud to celebrate 180 years of academic excellence in Frederick County. SJRCS is a designated a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) school for the 2011/2012 year, and is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We will help your “Little Treasures” grow and develop in our four- and five-year-old programs! Our teachers encourage laughter and sharing while children develop a love for learning that we believe endures for years to come. If your tots are not quite old enough for school bring them to our Free Story Time Tots, and Musactifun programs for ages two and up. Our Fall Open House is November 9th from 9-11a.m. or 7p.m. to 9p.m. Come and see why over 400 families pick St. John Regional Catholic School. See ad on page 14. Trinity School is a private K-8 school in Frederick, MD offering an accelerated academic program, individualized instruction, small class sizes, and lots of specials: P.E. four times per week, Spanish three times per week (starting in kindergarten), art and music twice per week. Teachers deliver lesson plans in highly creative ways, weaving in lots of hands-on activities to bring subject matter to life and ensure that students succeed regardless of learning style. Middle school students receive high school credit for Spanish, algebra, and geometry. Trinity is conveniently located at the junctures of Rt. 15, I70, and 270, right behind Harry Grove Stadium. Extended day and before care are available. Trinity is an independent school sponsored by Evangelical Lutheran Church of Frederick and the Frederick Region of Episcopal Churches. Visit www. or call 301228-2333.” See ad page 11.

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Modern Manners 101 Relevant Etiquette Training for Today’s World


Do as I Do Classroom Courtesy for Students and Teachers

s our children begin a new school year, we give them advice on how they should behave for their teachers. When they get to school, teachers and administrators do the same. When I was a teacher, classroom expectations were outlined on day one of each new school year. But I tried to make sure that these expectations were not just for my students. One of the most important things I would tell them was, “Respect is a mutuality. I will be respectful to you, and I will expect the same in return. That’s the environment I’d like to see in our classroom.”


Was it a flawless plan? Of course not. But when students feel respected by their teachers, I do believe they are more likely to reciprocate the behavior. Teaching students to “Do as I say” isn’t enough; when that statement seems to be followed by “not as I do,” the message doesn’t yield good outcomes. Modeling respectful behavior makes a much bigger impact and greater return on the investment. Here are five basic rules for students and teachers to foster a more pleasant learning environment: 1.) Be polite. Students and teachers alike should make eye contact, speak clearly, use those magic words “please” and “thank you,” and actively listen to each other. 2.) Be prepared for class. Students should come to class prepared – with textbooks, homework, writing implements, etc. They should be well rested and eager to learn. Teachers, too, should be prepared with good, welltimed lesson plans and the tools needed to accomplish those plans. Teachers should try to check their problems at the door as much as possible and be enthusiastic about the subject matter and eager to teach. 3.) Don’t be late for class or waste others’ time. Students need to be on time. It’s a disruption to the flow of a tightly packed schedule when students are late to class. Teachers should also honor their students’ time -- whether it’s class time or individual conferences. And filler activities like movies that don’t Page 16

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really apply to the lesson are fun at first, but after a while, good students know it’s just wasting time and they may begin to lose respect for the teacher. 4.) Make deadlines. Students are expected to turn in assignments on time. And that should be reciprocated as much as possible. Although sometimes it’s difficult for teachers to grade dozens of papers and turn them around in a short period of time, the sooner students can receive feedback, the bigger impact this feedback will make. 5.) Admit mistakes and apologize when wrong. Apologizing for a mistake or missed assignment is better than making up defensive excuses. Teachers can also admit mistakes. It’s not fun, but students will appreciate their sincerity. And graciously accepting correction from a student (when offered politely) shows respect.

Wendy Kedzierski is the founder of Child Guide Magazine and Modern Manners 101. She is a certified etiquette trainer and has taught students of all ages. She is also the mother of two daughters. For more information on current classes available or to arrange for her to work with your group or organization, visit or e-mail

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Oral Health Tips for Back to School Contributed by Antoinette de Janasz n the rush to get ready for school, most kids don’t spend enough time brushing their teeth. Poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth decay, the #1 most common chronic childhood disease. Over 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness! Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever… but it is preventable! Teaching your kids good dental hygiene habits early on will not only ensure their oral health, reducing dental bills, but also their overall health! Help them get an A+ on their next dental report card by:  Let your child choose his or her own toothbrush as long as it’s the proper size and soft bristled – it makes for a more enthusiastic brusher! Replace a toothbrush when it’s worn, bristles splayed, or after an illness and never share a toothbrush.  Kids are sensitive to strong flavors and usually dislike adult toothpaste. Finding a flavor of children’s toothpaste they like will be trial and error but worth it in the long run.  Using a 2 minute tooth brushing timer, like the Twooth® Timer, will help to keep track of the time and make sure they’re brushing for the recommended two minutes.  Pack a nutritious lunch & snack. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese are great choices. Cheese, like aged Cheddar, Swiss, and


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Monterey Jack, is especially good for teeth because it neutralizes acids. Avoid fruit juices & sodas because they are very acidic and erode tooth enamel. Also avoid foods that are sticky or chewy because they will cling to the tooth surface, allowing the bacteria in plaque to produce more acid.  It’s unlikely that kids can brush their teeth after lunch. But a quick trip to the water fountain to rinse their mouths is almost as good!  Floss picks make flossing easier for kids and come in fun flavors. Find one they like and the battle is almost won! If you can’t get your kids to floss twice a day, make sure they floss before going to bed.  Set a good example. Regular dental checkups will make sure their smiles are healthy. A healthy mouth = a healthy body! About The Twooth Timer Company: The Twooth Timer Company’s first product, Twooth® Timer, began as an idea in August 1998 during a routine dental checkup. After being told by the dentist that her children needed to brush their teeth for two minutes (instead of ten seconds!), company Founder/President & Twooth Fairy, Antoinette de Janasz designed the Twooth® Timer. Through the development and marketing of the Twooth® Timer, Antoinette has learned of the importance of dental hygiene and its role in the overall health of the body. Through their products, website, and free downloads, Antoinette hopes to share this knowledge with others and help them achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles! Twooth® Timer is a patented two-minute tooth-shaped tooth brushing timer. It was introduced to the market in 1999 and that same year won a Parents’ Choice Approved Award. In 2000 the Twooth® Timer won a Dr. Toy Award and recently won a Kidlutions Seal of Approval Award and a PTPA Award! MSRP $10.99.

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Answer: Parents can make back-to-school time less traumatic by clearing their schedules so they can focus on being there for their children. The less parents have to do at home and on the job, the more relaxed they will be. Children tend to be especially anxious if they are attending a new school or have had bad experiences the previous year. This is the time for parents to be calm, positive and reassuring. They also need to be careful not to overreact to problems that pop up in the first days and help their children develop coping strategies. If their children have been bullied or teased the previous year, their new teachers need to know about this during the first days of school to stop it from happening again. Parents also can make the start of school more comfortable for their younger children by arranging play dates for them during the first weeks of school. This helps them rebuild social relationships with their classmates.

Communicate with Your Children’s Teachers Question: How important is it for me to communicate with my children's teachers? Some of my friends call their children's teachers all the time. My children do so well that I never thought it necessary to talk to their teachers except at the regularly scheduled conferences. – No Communicator

Answer: Research does show that frequent parent/teacher communication really helps children succeed in school. So start communicating with your children's teachers early this year. It will show them that you truly want to be involved in your children's education. Communication with your children's teachers does not have to be formal meetings. Brief notes, e-mails and phone calls are all effective ways to communicate with each other. Before starting to communicate, be sure to find out how individual teachers wish to be approached. A good ice-breaker is a reference to a lesson, a teaching technique or a homework assignment that really motivated your children. Informal chats are also very effective communication tools. Plan to volunteer for classroom activities and to attend parent/teacher events. These are great settings for parents and teachers to get to know each other. However, they are not the time to resolve any problems. Mutual disclosure is important to parent/teacher communication. Parents need to tell teachers about anything that is happening at home that may be affecting their children's work. And teachers should tell parents what is happening at school. How often parents and teachers communicate with each other truly depends on whether there are any serious problems. Some may need to communicate almost every day. If children are handling school well, casual chats with teachers and occasional notes or e-mails should build a good relationship. Parents should send questions and comments to or ask them on the columnists’ website at

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Business Briefs Bright Eyes Child Care will be opening a new child care facility this fall in Hagerstown, just off Eastern Boulevard at 1145 Omega Court. Bright Eyes provides quality daycare at 10 locations in Maryland, including Urbana and New Market, plus others toward the metropolitan areas. Bright Eyes Child Care is dedicated to providing the guidance of warm and gentle caregivers. 301-800-9931. See ad on page 9.

Dance Dimensions of Hedgesville, LLC has expanded, moving to Eagle Plaza, which is just past Hedgesville High School, on the right when coming from Martinsburg. Dance Dimensions offers classes for ages 3 to adult in Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Hip-hop, Modern, and a specially designed Early Childhood Program for ages 3-6. 304-671-3688. Ellsworth Music Supply & Repair has consolidated their two stores from Shepherdstown and Charles Town to one location in the Potomac Market Place in Ranson at 217-6 Oak Lee Drive. There will be an Open House on Saturday, September 17, with Music Together demonstations, sign ups for the fall session of their School of Music, sales and more!

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Our Little Preschool has moved to a new location at War Memorial Park, 500 N. Tennessee Ave, Martinsburg. Orientations will be held on September 1st & 2nd. Our Little Preschool is a non-denominational Christian preschool now enrolling 3 to 4 year olds that are potty trained. 304-264-9728. See ad on page 13. Shepherdstown Montessori Academy opened September 1 at 7485 Shepherdstown Pike, Shepherdstown. Shepherdstown Montessori Academy, Inc. is a combined approach Montessori elementary school for ages 5-12, accepting students Kindergarten through 6th grade. 304-2687075. See ad on inside front cover. Shepherdstown School of Dance has moved to 400 South Princess Street in Shepherdstown with larger studios and a more convenient location. The school offers Ballet, Tap and Jazz for toddlers through adult. Rommett Floor Barre for all ages and fitness levels is also available. 304-876-8277. See ad on inside front cover.




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Raising Kids Is Expensive By Jennifer Guenther, Founder/CEO/Mommy of Enkore Kids


he Consumer Expenditure Survey by the U.S. Department of Labor figures that households with incomes above $39,000 per year will spend between $170,000 and $250,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18. Of that, $1,320 to $1,720 is for clothing in the first eight years. Another $3,000 to $5,000 will be spent in those same years for miscellaneous expenses that includes toys, equipment, etc. Housing, food, health, daycare, and education are not in that category. This article is meant to help you cut your clothing and miscellaneous expenses in half or more for a potential savings of $2,160 to $3,355 over eight years. But money isn’t the only thing we need more of when raising a family. Especially for two-income families or single parents, time is a very scarce commodity as well. Tips on saving money that cost you time wouldn’t be very helpful. We’ll show you several methods of cutting expenses, in order of time savings (least to most). You decide which method(s) best suit you and your needs.


Whether new or used, from family or friends, gifts obviously are the cheapest way to clothe and equip your child. Unfortunately, we don’t have control over the generosity or timing of others. A couple tips, however, to maximize this method: 1. Register for what you need for your baby shower, and ask your shower's hostess to let guests know where you are registered. Also let them know that second-hand gifts in good condition would be welcome. Your guests can afford to be much more generous and instead of getting the tenth set of “take-me home” clothes, you’ll get something more useful. 2. After your child arrives, there will be many more occasions for gifts, such as birthdays and Christmas. Before these holidays, be sure to let potential gift-givers (most notably the grandparents) know what your child most needs and that second-hand items in good condition are fine. After all, will your two-year-old really care? 3. Be sure to send out the “thank-yous.” As soon as your child can hold a crayon, include their scribble on the note. It will be something Grandma will cherish for years.

Yard Sales:

These can yield feast or famine, but some prior planning can help you make the most of yard sale season. 1. Always have your best tools with you before you leave: the newspaper and your map. Read the paper the night before and map out your route. If any yard sales have phone numbers, call them. You can be sure the best items will be gone before the sale even starts. 2. Go to the most promising sale first. If you go there second, what you wanted will be gone. 3. Don’t be afraid to negotiate – nothing ventured, nothing gained. 4. Look at rain as being a friend. Unless the ad specified a rain date, chances are it will still be held. After all they paid for the ad, and you’re more likely to have less competition and get a better price.

Ebay: There are whole books (and courses) written for Ebay,

but here are a few tips: 1. Always know the retail value of what you are bidding on. And, know the condition of the item. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request additional pictures. 2. Know exactly what the shipping & handling and insurance costs will be. Understand the seller’s return policy and if S&H is covered – most do not. 3. Only bid if the seller has an established (and good) reputation. 4. Search for items with common typos or misspellings. Most people search by keyword rather than by category, so the $200 “brest pump” starting at $10 may go unnoticed unless you search harder. 5. Check out “Buy It Now” items. You won’t have to wait for the auction to end before you know if you get it.

Second-Hand Stores:

There are several types – thrift, which are run by non-profits and receive their items by donations; consignment, for-profit and receive items from consignors with whom they split the sale after the fact; and resale, also for-profit and buy their items outright from the previous owner. To get the most out of second-hand, keep the following in mind: 1. Organization: It won’t save you any time having everything in one place if you can’t find it. However, even in the best organized shop, you should always check neighboring sizes for misplaced treasures. Also, different manufacturers may size differently. 2. Lighting: That great deal on the Osh Kosh overalls won’t seem so great if you could see the yellow stain dim lighting might hide. 3. Return Policies: If there isn’t a place for you to have your child try on the clothes, think twice if there is any possibility it might be too small unless you can return it. 4. Wish List: Second-hand stores are constantly changing. If you don’t see what you need today, it may be in tomorrow and sold the next day before you visit again next week. Ask if the shop maintains a wish list, so they can notify you if your item come in. 5. E-Mail/Direct Mail List: Many second-hand stores also keep customers informed of sales and inventory by e-mail, direct mail or on their website. Make use of them to save you time and money. 6. Play Area: Is there something to keep your child occupied while you shop? A bored child will make it hard to find bargains. 7. Layaway: In these tough times, it’s helpful to avoid the credit card whenever possible – ask about layaway policies for larger purchases and plan ahead for the holidays.

Final Thoughts:

The different methods of shopping second hand were, as I said, in order of time savings, least to most. Not in order of money saved. I’ve seen yard sale prices and Ebay auctions higher than items in second-hand stores and vice-versa. The best way to ensure you save money is to be familiar with the prevailing retail price. You should never pay more than 50% of the retail value for something second hand, including S&H (if using Ebay). Be open to what you may need in the coming year, not just the current season, as great deals don’t always come around when you need them.

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Living Healthier B Y K ATHERINE C OBB

“Let’s Move!” is mostly a good thing By now, most people have probably heard of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The mission: to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation by “combining comprehensive strategies with common sense.” Remember common sense? I only need to look back to my own childhood to recall it in spades. Play outside every day — in addition to gym or recess at school — and eat the largely nutritious food my mother put on the table. Fast food? Maybe, as a treat, a few times a year when we were on an outing. Ice cream? Only when our family walked the ten city blocks to get a cone, but never a staple in our own freezer. The initiative states, “Everyone has a role to play in reducing childhood obesity, including parents, elected officials from all levels of government, schools, health care professionals, faith-based and community-based organizations, and private sector companies.” I mostly agree, with parents being in the number one slot. When children are young, parents have total authority over what they eat

and when they eat — including whether they can have those government-monitored school lunches. Starting good habits from the get-go is obviously optimal, putting kids on the right track hopefully for life, but many parents (myself included), have allowed some of the rules we grew up with to go by the wayside. The reasons are clear. Our lifestyles have changed dramatically in the past three decades. Many mothers now have jobs in addition to raising their kids and running the household. Meanwhile, more kids reportedly sit around gaming or watching TV unsupervised. Tired, time-challenged parents rely more on take-out, fast food and processed food choices, which are less healthy (and high in fats, calories and chemicals) than what could be made at home from scratch. As a result, one in three kids in America are overweight or obese, as are adults. This is serious stuff, not just a case of vanity — every two minutes a person dies of weight-related causes and obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States (second only to smoking).

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While I agree with the overall Let’s Move! concept, I don’t agree with following the government’s nutritional guidelines. The outdated Food Pyramid is blessedly gone, but it’s been replaced with MyPlate, which gives a visual of how our plates should be filled at every meal. Fruits and vegetables get half the plate; protein and grains get the other half, plus a glass of dairy. Research has proven this is not sound nutritional advice, as over half this meal is carbohydrate-driven. I do agree with kids (and adults) moving more, and Let’s Move! provides a wealth of data for families and schools, even entire cities. The program states active families should engage in physical activity each day: a minimum of 60 minutes for children, and 30 minutes for adults. The Let’s Move! website ( provides helpful information for parents, kids, schools, community leaders, elected officials, chefs and health care providers. Log on to take the pledge, join or create a Let’s Move! Meetup in your area, or be linked to other resources fighting the same fight. If your own family is fighting obesity, it’s a resource worth checking out. Katherine Cobb has been studying nutrition, fitness and mental health for the past 20 years.

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Helping kids develop a good body image B Y K ATHERINE C OBB Increasingly, adolescent girls — and boys — are struggling with a positive self-image when it comes to their bodies. As early as first grade, there are indications of children being concerned about weight or body size. A U.S. Department of Health task force reported 80 percent of third through sixth grade girls have bad feelings about their bodies. Another study showed 30 percent of girls aged 10 to 14 are dieting while 80 percent are afraid of being fat. A Harvard study concluded that by 17, only three out of 10 girls have not been on a diet and up to 8 out of 10 will be unhappy about what they see in the mirror. Other studies indicate boys struggle most through puberty, wanting to be tall and muscular before their bodies catch up to their ideal — and constantly compare themselves to their peers.

“super preps.” Reports also indicate an increasing number of adolescents have eating disorders. Anorexia usually affects teens — and mostly girls — although one out of every four pre-teen kids with anorexia is a boy. A study published by the Journal of American Pediatrics reported the number of kids 12 and younger being hospitalized for eating disorders rose 119 percent from 1999 to 2006.

The media reinforces a warped depiction of beauty ... The messages are In addition to the damaging, providing known list of eating disorders — food an unrealistic restriction and purging or the use of comparison diuretics, which stem that few can from negative body — a newer one “measure up” hasimage been identified: body to ... dysmorphic disorder, a

Walk through many public schools and you’ll be staring back at a sea of designer clothes, shoes and even hair. It’s hard to tell anyone apart since they all look the same. It’s an identity crisis where everyone wants to fit in, and these are the clothes and styles deemed most popular. Wear them or be an outcast. The kids with the whole package — who also seem the most popular — even have a name:

chronic mental illness in which a person obsesses about their appearance and/or perceived flaws. These conditions are serious, and require medical attention. There are a number of contributing factors to today’s body image struggles for kids (although there are plenty of adults struggling, too). There is always the pressure to fit into society, and these perceptions can seem ultra-important when we’re young. The desire to be popular and liked can be easily linked to our outward appearance and social skills. The media reinforces a warped depiction of beauty with its starved,

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digitally enhanced models, whitened smiles, hair extensions and use of cosmetics and “beauty products.” The messages are damaging, providing an unrealistic comparison that few can “measure up” to or sending the directive we need to use products or wear certain clothes to be accepted. Many parents unwittingly contribute to their children’s lack of self-image as their own struggles with food, exercise or body-image play out in front of the family. Some parents make disparaging remarks to children about their weight or physical features, or restrict food or treats as punishment for their “lack of control.” They don’t realize they are paving the way for their kids to develop an eating disorder or have low self-esteem. In addition, other adult figures can play a role in a child’s perception of his or her body. A physician recommending weight loss to a child or an aunt making critical comparisons

between cousins or a teacher favoring a student can trigger negative feelings and add to the delicate nature of a child’s budding esteem, causing them to question whether they are good enough.

What you can do as a parent Avoid negative statements about food, weight, and body size and shape — whether it’s about you, your spouse or your children. Also avoid stereotyping, being prejudiced, and using words like ugly and fat. Be a good role model. Model a healthy relationship with food and exercise. Keep your life balanced, and not in constant state of stress or busyness. Make physical activity a fun part of your family dynamics. Educate children about how the body functions and how nutritious food and exercise fuel those functions and make bodies strong and able. Put the focus on health, not weight. Allow your child to make their own decisions about food, but provide plenty of healthy and nutritious meals and snacks for them to choose from. Promote healthy movement and exercise. Teach your children there are many body types, and not one “ideal.” Moreover, explain how bodies change and grow, especially through adolescence.

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Help children focus on their efforts, talents, accomplishments, and personal values — not on their physical appearance.

Signs your child has a negative body image

Restrict and discuss the various media images with which your children come in contact. Use it as an opportunity to teach about reality, health and the distortion of beauty. Reinforce that wearing designer or brand-name clothing or accessories do not make them better than anyone else. Promote individuality and style.

Double-check this list to determine if your child is on or off-track with his/her body image. Does your child:

Keep the communication lines open with your child. Listen for cues they are struggling with their image or putting down others.

Seek professional help if you see your child exhibiting signs of an eating disorder or body dysmorphia.

Increasingly seem preoccupied with his/her physical appearance?

Appear self-conscious or say disparaging remarks about themselves?

Diet or exercise excessively?

Weigh his/herself excessively?

Cover up his/her body with lots of layers or oversized clothing?

Frequently comment about the weight of others?

Worry about sexual attractiveness?

It’s never too late to make changes in your parenting style, and it’s a proven fact kids learn by example. If you are one of the 80 percent of adult women who are reportedly unhappy with what they see in the mirror (no such figure was available for men), stop and take a moment to reflect on what your role is and how you can change it. It can only benefit your children — and you. Katherine Cobb is an award-winning writer who has been published in magazines, newspapers and specialty publications.


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Talking to Your Kids about 9/11 How much info is too much? Should you bring your child to the memorial? A renowned expert offers his advice

With the 10th anniversary of September 11 upon us, and the media attention of the tragedy again widespread, it may be confusing to know what to do or say to your kids about this act of terrorism that in many instances occurred before they were born; to them, it’s history. But it is a world event with major impact, and how you discuss it with your children is critical. For insight and discussion guidelines we spoke to Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., founding president of the Child Mind Institute and one of the nation’s leading child and adolescent psychiatrists. Since 1997, Dr. Koplewicz has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology; he has also served as a member of the working group organized by the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address the effects of terrorism on children’s mental health. In our recent interview, he shares his advice, general reactions, and most importantly, tips on how to ensure your kids are well informed without being overly informed.

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The 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on September 11, the 10th anniversary of the attacks, in a ceremony for victims’ families. It will open to the public on September 12, and will welcome visitors who have reserved advance passes. Pictured: Renderings of the South Memorial Pool Vista and the Memorial Glade. Visit to request visitor passes.

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Q: Why should parents talk to their kids about 9/11? Is it necessary to do so? A: We always tell parents they need to discuss these types of events with their children, but this is a little more complicated. If we don’t talk about it, kids will find out about it elsewhere. It’s like sex: If we don’t talk to our kids about sex, then they find out from their friends and the information is incorrect or incomplete. Also, what many people don’t realize is that kids will fill in the blanks. Q: How should parents start the discussion? A: It’s never one conversation. The child may want to talk more at a later time or may stop the discussion. Also, be available to talk. If you notice that they are hearing about it but aren’t responding, you may want to say something like, “I know you’ve been hearing about 9/11, what do you think about it?” A child whose sleeping or eating habits change around that time is asking you, without words, to have a discussion. Finally, don’t answer questions that kids don’t ask. It’s not about you or what you want to discuss or get off your chest. A question younger kids might ask is, “Are we safe today?” If that’s the case, talk about all the changes that have been made since 9/11 to keep us safe, such as showing an ID when entering a building, or tell them “that’s why we have to get to the airport so much earlier now.” Q: What else should parents keep in mind? A: While adults have a relationship with 9/11, it’s important that we don’t telegraph our own anxiety or anger about what happened onto the child. For kids there are no relationships—it’s history. When discussing 9/11, parents need to model a calm, emotionallyappropriate response. What I mean by that is, teens

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have a lot of bravado and will say things like “I think we should go out and kill a bunch of Arabs.” They give a very “I’m freezing, I’m boiling” response. But parents should not minimize their response. Saying that it’s stupid or inappropriate is a sure way to end a discussion. Q: What is a good age to start having the 9/11 talk? A: Parents have to know their child. It’s not about starting a discussion, but being open to discussion. In the first grade, that is when they start to learn about history, about things like the first president. Discussing it in a historical way is okay. Talk about it factually and simplistically. Saying something like, “Ten years ago there was an attack on the U.S.” or, “Have you been hearing a lot about 9/11? What have you heard?” Q: What if the discussion goes badly, or a parent says something heated? A: Parents can always have a redo if a discussion doesn’t go well. Also, there will be a whole section on our website,, that includes tips on how to talk to your kids about 9/11. It will be up before September. Q: Is it appropriate to take a child to the 9/11 Memorial? A: It’s a very individual decision. Think of Washington D.C. We have the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War memorial. All memorials are an opportunity to discuss historic events. We think of memorials in that way. The trip requires some preparation on how to explain it and what to say. If you get visibly upset, say it is okay to get upset, but look at how the country has bounced back; I think it’s about resilience. People are remarkably strong.


A Literary Legacy Popular educator’s book published posthumously B Y W ENDY C. K EDZIERSKI


tragic accident took four lives less than a year ago in Charles Town, W.Va. The family of one of those victims is making sure that a phoenix rises from the ashes in the form of Mother


Sue Wheeler Lloyd, her husband, and two teenage girls died on Nov. 6, 2010, in a horrific automobile accident. Lloyd, a popular educator, was the founder of Mother Goose Preschool at Charles Town Presbyterian Church. Although she was loved and respected as a teacher in the community, many didn’t know that she also aspired to be a children’s author. Her friends and family are making this dream come true by publishing “Greg Likes Triangles for Lunch,” a book written and illustrated by Lloyd. In the story, 5-year-old Greg’s anticipation on his first day of school turns to disappointment when lunch isn’t all he had imagined it would be. A kind teacher helps Greg solve his problem and see that school can be a happy place after all. “She actually wrote the book 20 some years ago and did have it printed but couldn’t afford at the time to have it published,” says Tiersa Foley Johnson, Lloyd’s daughter. “She wrote the book when she was teaching at PageJackson Elementary School and she names them in the story. The book is in her handwriting and she did all the illustrations — in kindergarten form of course. Recently she had talked with her aunt, who was also a retired teacher that had written and published a children’s book, and she convinced Mom to do it now. So excitedly and a bit anxious about it, she started the process over again.” Lloyd had a contract with a self-publishing company and had made 2/3 of the payments before she died and the project came to a halt. The family made a few minor revisions, as well as the last payment, and now has printed up enough copies to sell to those who fondly remember Lloyd (previously known as Miss Foley) and wish to have

Tiersa Foley Johnson stands with her mother, Sue Wheeler Lloyd, shortly before Lloyd’s untimely death. Lloyd’s memory lives on through a children’s book Lloyd wrote and illustrated, which Johnson self-published to honor her mother. a tangible reminder of the love she poured into the hundreds of children she taught. Johnson is willing to sign the books, too. “So many people meant so much to my mom and she knew so many people here, I wanted to be able to sign some of the books if they wanted me to,” says Johnson. Lloyd grew up in Coal Mountain, W.Va., and graduated from Concord College with a degree in Elementary Education. She later obtained training in Early Childhood Education from West Virginia University. She taught for 31 years in W.Va. and Md., founding Mother Goose Preschool in Charles Town before W.Va. added regular kindergarten to their program. “She loved ‘all her kids’ and usually recognized them when she would run into them and realize that she had taught them – and their kids — and even their kids’ kids!” recalls Johnson. “We want to share her little story with anyone we can,” says Johnson. To order a copy of “Greg Likes Triangles for Lunch” by Sue Wheeler Lloyd, e-mail Books can be purchased this way for $13 plus shipping, or for $16.99 plus shipping through or

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Through September 5 Steam Engine Show, Williams Grove Steam Engine Show Grounds, Williams Grove Rd., Williams Grove, PA. Steam traction engines, old PRR steam train, antique tractors, working saw mill, model train exhibit, food and flea market stands. Consignment sale Sept. 3, 8 a.m. Admission. 717/766-4001.

Through September 17 Campfire programs, Cunningham Falls State Park, Houck Area, Catoctin Hollow Rd., Thurmont, MD. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Topics will range from campfire cooking, natural history, environmental conservation and live animal presentations. Service charge for entry into the campground. 301/271-7574. CunninghamFalls.html.

A look at what’s happening in the region COMPILED BY SUZANNE HOVERMALE

Time for Fall Fun & Festivals

Through September 27 Music in the Cedars concert series, Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s Yankauer Nature Preserve, Whitings Neck Rd., Martinsburg. Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. 304/676-3397.

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Through October 2 Summer Music Series at Pen Mar Park, 11400 Pen Mar-High Rock Rd., Cascade, MD. Sun., 2 to 5 p.m. Big band music for listening and dancing. Free. 240/313-2700.

Through October 7 1st Friday Concert Series, N. Charles Street, between Washington and Liberty, downtown Charles Town, WV or behind the Ranson Visitor’s Center on Mildred St. 7-9 p.m. Check website for each Fri. location. Free.

Through December 1 South Mountain Creamery Tours, 8305 Bolivar Rd., Middletown, MD. Tours Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., weather permitting. Children under 3 are free, but do not count in the 10 person minimum. $7.50/person, includes tour, goodie bag and a single scoop ice cream cone. 240/347-1076.

September “Botany for Gardeners,” Blandy Experimental 1Lane, Farm, State Arboretum of VA, 400 Blandy Farm Boyce, VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Hands-on workshop to examine plant structure, growth, and reproduction in our quest to grow healthy specimens. Designed for all gardeners. $8, FOSA members; $10, nonmembers. 540/837-1758. Homeschool Exclusive Day, The Rose Hill Manor House, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Take a self-guided tour and use modern day GPS technology to explore the Rose Hill property and discover how the past has influenced the present. $4. Children under 3 are free. 301/6001650. and October 7 First Friday Fun, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30-10:30 a.m. “The Red Barn” on 9/2 and “Pumpkin Circle” on 10/7. Story, craft and program. For ages 3 and up. Pre-registration recommended. $4. 301/6001650.


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Free First Friday, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, 54 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. 5-7:30 p.m. Explore the Museum free of charge. Come use your imagination. 540/722-2020. First Friday in downtown Chambersburg, PA. 58 p.m. In-store specials, refreshments, artists, kids activities, musical entertainment, extended hours at shops and restaurants and more. 717/2610072. First Friday Greencastle, downtown Greencastle, PA. Specials and extended hours at shops and restaurants. 5-8 p.m. 717/597-4610. Western Maryland Tractor Pullers Pull, Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 240/313-2807. Maugansville Pride Day, Maugansville Community Park, Maugansville, MD. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Community picnic with homemade food, crafts and entertainment. 301/739-6742. Track Car/Museum Day, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular fare buys all day pass on the train and on track cars. Enjoy train videos in the museum. 301/898-0899. A Taste of Yesterday, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 12 noon-2 p.m. Open-hearth cooking demonstration. See the typical tools used in a 19th century kitchen and sample the food cooked. 540/592-3556. Golden Gears Club car show, Everedy Square and Shab Row, 125 N. East St., Frederick. 12 noon-8 p.m. Eclectic car show, music and free trolley rides from 5:30-8:30 p.m. 301/662-4140. Creative Outlet: Australia – On the Other Side of the World, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Young people and their families engage in art activities that focus on a different culture or region each


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month. $1 per activity. All ages welcome. 301/6980656. 7th Annual Potomac Street Mile Race, W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD. 3-9 p.m. Fun run for adults and children. Celebration afterwards in Square Corner Park. 301/834-5591. Rock Around the Block, First Saturday event, downtown Frederick. 5-9 p.m. Celebrate the music, the clothes and the culture of the 1950s. Live music, dance contest, 50s themed celebrities and more. 301/698-8118. Concert by the U.S. Marine band “Free Country,” Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Camp Hill, Mather Training Center grounds, off U.S. 340, Harpers Ferry, WV. 6 p.m. Free. 304/535-6029. Campfire programs, Catoctin Mountain Park, Owens Creek Campground, 15882 FoxvilleDeerfield Rd., Sabillasville, MD. Sat., 6-7 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Programs are ranger’s choice and can cover themes of history, nature, or fun. Early programs at 6 p.m. appropriate for younger ages. Free. 301/663-9388. Owl Prowl, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 7-8 p.m. Learn about native owl species and their interesting nocturnal habits. 540/592-3556. and 4 Interstate Coin Show, Venice Ballroom, Hagerstown. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Buying, selling, trading of coins, currency, stamps, and sports cards. 301/739-5414. and 17 Dinner Trains, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 6 p.m. Four-course dinner served on fine china in our beautiful 1920s dining car. Reservations required. Regular trains on weekends at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. 301/898-0899. , 17 and October 1 Free Movie Night, Bridge of Life Center, Hagerstown. 7-9 p.m. Come and enjoy a movie, free popcorn and soda in a safe, family-friendly environment. 301/791-1674. and October 1 First Saturday event, South Queen St., downtown Martinsburg. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendors, crafters, music, and fun activities for children. 304/262-4200. Guided Driving Tour of Cedar Creek Battlefield, 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown, VA. Free 2-hour, 13mile guided tour follows the major events of the battle, from south to north, and includes stops at key landmarks. to October 30 Corn Maze 2011, Celebration Farm, 17638 Garden View Rd., Hagerstown. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon-10 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. and Labor Day, 12 noon-6 p.m. 8 acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkin patch. Moonlight mazes Fri. & Sat. nights. 301/393-4377. BROOD Dog Ramble, Washington County Agricultural Education Center, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 240/313-2807. 5K/10K Trail Walk/Run at Thorpewood, Thorpewood, 12805A Mink Farm Rd., Thurmont, MD. 8-10 a.m. Annual fundraising event for Thorpewood. 301/271-2823.

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EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM Hayfoot, Strawfoot and Meet the Zouave, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Learn about the daily life of a Confederate Infantryman and a Union Zouave soldier as costumed interpreters visit various locations throughout the park. 540/5923556. Geocaching 101, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 10 a.m.-12 noon. Learn to use the GPS to engage in geo-caching that’s fun for the whole family. Program includes a rangerled hike to find caches in the park. $3, person; $8, family. Fee includes use of park GPS units. 540/5923556. Old Tyme Gospel Concert, Red Run Park bandshell, Rouzerville, PA. 1-4 p.m. The Mountain Jamboree, Massanutten Resort, 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville, VA. 3-8:30 p.m. Music, children’s activities, beer garden, food. $15 per person presale; $20 per person day of event; ages 10 and younger admitted free. 540/289-9441.

and October 2 4 Carillon concert, Baker Park, Carillon Tower, Frederick. 12 noon. Free. 301/600-2888 or 800/9993613. Olde Tyme Toys and Games, Sky Meadows State Park, Mount Bleak House, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 11 a.m. Play with some 19th century toys. For all ages. 540/592-3556. Crumland Farms Rest Fest Music and Art Festival, 7612 Willow Rd., Frederick, MD. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Blind Melon, Pat McGee Band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Amish Outlaws, Telesma, Knolly Moles, Jah Works, Golden Butter Band, Frederick Rock School, Lucy, Old Indian, Reid Schoenfelder and more. Fireworks. Tickets available at 877/332-7292, x11. 240/566-5653. “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick County History, David A. Reed Memorial Activities Room, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. “Pancakes! Pancakes!” Ages 3 to 5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. Light the Creek, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick. 6-9 p.m. Concert and fundraiser for nonprofit organizations. Carroll Creek will be lit by luminaries for the night. $5 admission; ages 17 and younger




admitted free. 301/600-2844. , 10 & 11 Pickin’ in the Panhandle: West Virginia State BBQ and Bluegrass Festival, Lazy A Campground, 317 Kathy’s Lane, Hedgesville, WV. Bluegrass, roots music, arts and crafts, BBQ and more. $40, adult 3day pass in advance; $50, adult 3day pass; $25, adult 1-day pass; free, children 12 and under. $25 per night camping spot. 304/264-8801. 55th Annual Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show, Catoctin High School, 14745 Sabillasville Rd., Thurmont, MD. Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Farm machinery displays, petting zoo, pony rides, book sale, turkey & ham supper, martial arts demo, bands, poultry, livestock, hay and straw exhibits and more. 301/271-2104. Horse Fun Show, Washington County Agricultural Education Center horse ring, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 240/313-2807. City Farmer’s Market Celebrates Grandparents, City Farmers’ Market, 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown. 5 a.m. Enter to win a Grandparents Day basketful of market goodies. Drawing at 12 noon. Hagerstown Model Railroad Show, Washington County Agricultural Education Center MP Building and Kennel Building, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Model train sale of all gauges to support activities at Antietam Station. 301/800-9829. In the Street Festival, Market St. & Carroll Creek Linear Park, Frederick. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Outdoor festival. 301/600-2844. Learn to Ride, Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-12 noon for ages 4-10. JCPRC staff will help your child succeed in riding a bike without training wheels. $15. 304/728-3207. Woodmont Open House, Fort Frederick State Park, Woodmont Lodge, 11761 Woodmont Rd., Hancock, MD. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hear stories of the early days of conservation and wildlife management in MD. Free. 301/842-2155. Second Saturday Kids’ Craft at Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 1-3 p.m. A different



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Creative Kids @ the Capitol, Capitol 14 Theatre Center, Wood Center, 159 S. Main St., Chambersburg. 10 a.m. Mommy and Me.

history- or natured-themed craft project each month. For kids ages 4-12. $5. Advance registration recommended. 540/592-3556. Annual Crab Feast, The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Provincial House grounds, 333 S. Seton Ave., Emmitsburg, MD. 1-5 p.m. Live entertainment. Proceeds benefit Seton Heritage Ministries. 301/447-6606. Creative Outlet: Russia - Folk Tradition, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, 40 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 3-5 p.m. Young people and their families engage in art activities that focus on a different culture or region each month. $1 per activity. All ages welcome. 301/698-0656. Parents Night Out, Centerville Rec Center, 3601 Carriage Hill Dr., Frederick. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Drop your kids off for a fun night of games, crafts, a movie and more. $15 per child; $10 per second child in family. 301/600-2936. Family Fun Night, Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 6-9 p.m. for ages 3-12. D.J., moonbounce, food and fun for everyone. $10. 304/728-3207. and 11 Boonesborough Days, Shafer Park, 37 Park Drive, Boonsboro, MD. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Annual craft festival with crafts, food, antiques, collectibles, trolley rides, living history and more. 301/432-5889. and 24 Parent’s Night Out, Clarke Co. Parks and Rec, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 5:30-9:30 p.m. for ages 3-12. Children enjoy popcorn, games and fun while the parents have a night out. $15, child; $10 per child when 2 or more children from the same family attend. 540/955-5140. and October 8 Babes in the Woods, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 10-11 a.m. Park naturalist takes parents and babes on a leisurely walk in the park to help baby discover nature. Ages 0-3. $12. Parents free. 301/6002936. Full Moon Walk, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 7:30 p.m. on 9/10 and 6:45 p.m. on 10/8. Hike up to the Piedmont Overlook to view the full moon. Moderate 1.5 mile hike. 540/592-3556. to October 30 “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Sat. & Sun., 12 noon & 2 p.m. $4.50; under 2 free. 304/2584074. Happy Grandparents Day!

Classes are open to children ages 18 months to pre-kindergarten. $5. 717/263-0202. and October 20 Storytime at ThorpeWood, 12805A Mink Farm Road, Thurmont, MD. 10-11:30 a.m. Stories, crafts and nature-related activities. Open to ages 2-5. $5 per child. Registration required. 301/271-2823. Home School Days, Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center, 8511 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 1-2:30 p.m. Experienced naturalists enrich your child’s studies. “Wetland Splash” on 9/15 and “Spiders” on 10/20. For ages 5-12. Parents encouraged to register and attend. $5. 301/600-2936. 3rd Thursdays, downtown Charles Town, WV. 5-9 p.m. Fun for the whole family. Businesses stay open late and activities include live music, wine tastings, face painting, historic walking tours, Charles Street marketplace and more. 304/535-2627. and October 21 Toddler Time, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Interactive program. “Wild, Wild West” on 9/16 and “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!” on 10/21. Program in the Rose Hill Carriage Museum on 10/21. Preregistration recommended. $8, adult and child pair; $4, for each additional child. 301/600-1650. and 17 $10 Fill A Bag Event, Wear It Again, Kid! Children’s Consignment Boutique, 311 W. Washington St., Charles Town, 304/7257549 and 2013 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, 540/665-0683. Doors open early Friday at 8 a.m. to 18 Fourth Annual Berkeley Springs Fall Birding Festival, Berkeley Springs, WV. Festival headquarters at The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs. Early Sat. morning birdwalk along the Cacapon River, birding fundamentals, backyard birding, Sun. morning walk at Sleepy Creek Retreat. 304/258-0992 or Charles Town Heritage Festival, downtown Charles Town, WV. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Colonial kids games, food, pony rides, craft fair, face painting, reenactors, live music, 225th birthday cake and more. Kid’s Closet Connection consignment sale, Best Western Grand Venice Hotel, 431 Dual Highway, Hagerstown. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Buy and sell gently used children’s clothing, toys and equipment. Make 70% on all your sold items. ½ price sale day sun. No admission fee. or to 24 The Great Frederick Fair, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Events include beef, sheep & swine sale; carnival rides, concerts, concessions, motorsports, horse shows, harness racing, horse pull, kids harness racing, agricultural exhibits, food and more. 301/6635895. to November 6 Gaver Pumpkin Patch & Fall Fun Festival, Gaver Tree Farm, 5501 Detrick Rd., Mt. Airy, MD. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 5-acre “Hayride to the Patch” corn maze,

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Kids love Halloween and dress up all year long! These twins from Hagerstown, Alena and Reed, were winners in Child Guide’s 2011 Cover Kids Contest, featuring on our Jan/Feb front cover. singing, color guard, testimonial, dignitaries, veterans. 240/508-3049. Concert, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 2:30 p.m. Perry/Brandenburg Recital. Emil Chundenovsky on violin. 301/739-5727. Naturalist Stroll, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 3 p.m. Take a casual walk with naturalists Mary Alexander and Steve Malone. 540/592-3556. Annual Remembrance Parade, Main St., Boonsboro, MD. 7 p.m. Parade in memory of the fire, rescue and law enforcement personnel that lost their lives September 11, 2001. 301/4324772. and 26 Playtime Mondays, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to explore the museum and learn through creative, hands-on play. $3, child; adults must be accompanied by a child. 301/600-1650. Manners and More with Certified Etiquette Instructor, Middletown Rec Center, 403 Franklin St., Middletown, MD. 4-5:15 p.m. Interactive class makes learning etiquette skills fun. For ages 8-12. $65. 301/600-2936. and October 11 Home Schooled Junior Naturalists, Catoctin Creek Park & Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10-11:30 a.m. Hikes, experiments and handson activities each month. Ages 7-12. $5. 301/6002936. and October 11 Home School History Days, Manor House, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 1-2:30 p.m. for ages 5-12. Enrich your child’s studies with a multi-disciplinary, hands-on approach to history. “Seasonal Traditions: Samhain” on 9/13 and “Lights that Flicker, Lights that Flash” on 10/11. Program in Rose Hill Carriage Museum on 10/11. Pre-registration required. $5. 301/600-2936.



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EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM animal arena, jumping pillow, pedal kart track, giant slides, straw activities, mini mazes, obstacle course and more. 301/865-3515. to November 9 Lawyer’s Moonlight Maze, 13003 Creagerstown Rd., Thurmont, MD. Fri., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon10 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. 42-acre corn maze, pumpkin cannon, teepee with bonfire, indoor playground and hay bale maze, night showings of movies. 240/315-8133. Grand Opening, Ellsworth Music at the Potomac Marketplace, 217-6 Oak Lee Dr., Ranson, WV. Come help us celebrate our new location! Music Together demonstrations , learn about the fall session for our School of Music, shop for instruments and much more. 301/7287060. Sharpsburg Heritage Festival, Sharpsburg, MD. Celebration and street festival with arts & crafts, historical reenactments, food, demonstrations, music and more. 301/730-7242. Fall community center indoor yard sale, Jefferson County Community Center, Sam Michael’s Park, 235 Sam Michael’s Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 304/728-3207. Saturday Stroll-Furmont Days/Fall Harvest, Water and Main S., Thurmont, MD. 12 noon-4 p.m. Food, shopping, local artisans, live music, activities and prizes. Community pets invited to “strut” for prizes. Support our community of furry friends. 301/271-7313. Princess Party, ARCC at Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Dr., Hagerstown. 1-3 p.m. For princesses ages 0-10 and their families. Come dressed in your finest princess/fairy attire. Royal activity stations, autograph and photo opportunities, dancing and more. $5, ages 0-10; $2, ages 11 and up. Register in advance. No tickets sold at the door. 240/313-2805. Grand Opening & Open House! New studio at Craftsworks at Cool Springs, 1673 Lloyd Rd., Charles Town. 1-4 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony, displays and demos by our teaching artists, live music, local vendors, food, kids craft activities and more. $5 per car; free for those on foot or bike. 304/728-6233. A Step Back in Time, Sky Meadows State Park, Mount Bleak Historic Area, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 2-3:30 p.m. Take a tour of the Mount Bleak Historical Area. Walk in the footsteps of the people who cultivated this farm from 1843 through the mid 20th century. 540/592-3556. Rumble in the Jungle overnight family adventure, Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, U.S. 15, Thurmont, MD. 6 p.m. Sat. to 9 a.m Sun. Tent sleepover in the zoo with a picnic dinner, twilight tour and campfire. Ages 5 and older with adult supervision. 301/271-3180. and 18 Thunder Over the Blue Ridge Open House and Air Show, 167th Airlift Wing, Shepherd Field, Martinsburg. Event will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights, aircraft displays and a kids’ village. Free admission; donation asked to benefit the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle. 304/616-5100.

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Apple Harvest Festival, Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. Arts & crafts, ethnic foods, Virginia State Apple Butter Making Championships, regional apple pie baking contest, Old Tyme Apple Growers Exhibit and more. www. Autumn Arts Festival, Hagerstown City Park, Fine Arts Museum, Jonathan Hager House and Museum, and Railroad Museum, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle, Hagerstown. 10 a.m. Appalachianstyle music, food, and Hager House tours. Free admission to festival and reduced admission to Hager House. Crafts, country and bluegrass music, tours and more. 301/739-8577, x115. Living History Demonstrations, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Members of the recreated Joshua Beall’s Company will garrison the fort, perform living history demonstrations and explain the life of soldiers during the French and Indian War. Service fee. 301/842-2155. Canal Apple Festival, Hancock, MD. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. Arts, crafts, contests, food, 11 a.m. Sat. parade, live entertainment and more. 301/678-6555 or 301/573-1927. Antietam Anniversary Weekend, Pry House Field Hospital and General McClellan’s Headquarters, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Living history. Portrayal of a Union field hospital, military camp and more. 301/416-2395. and October 15 Western Maryland Rail Trail Guided Bike Tour, C & O Bicycle Shop, 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Hancock, MD. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Free. 301/8422155. to November 5 “Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure,” Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and Children’s Theatre, 5 Willowdale Dr., Frederick. For performance times and ticket information, 301/662-6600. Bird Walk with Scott Baron, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 9-11 a.m. 540/592-3556. Annual Oktoberfest Outdoor Celebration, Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, WV. 12 noon-6 p.m. German food, live German band, dancers, arts & crafts, moonbounce, children’s activities, pony rides, beer & wine, and more. 304/876-2551. “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick County History, David A. Reed Memorial Activities Room, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. The selection for this date will be “John Henry” Ages 3 to 5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. and 21 Butterfly, Flutterby, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m.12:15 p.m. Learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and use provided butterfly net to try and catch some. Ages 3-5. $12. Parents free. 301/600-2936.

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Charles Town Heritage Festival, Sept. 16-18 Learn how children in the Colonial Era had fun! Play Quoits, Rolling Hoops, Fox and Geese and more! This free hands-on workshop for children will be taught by Reliving History, a group dedicated to the preservation of the Peter Burr Living History Farm.

September cont. from page 31 Apple Picking Time, Catoctin Creek Park & 21 Nature Center, 2929 Sumantown Rd., Middletown, MD. 10-11 a.m. Songs, stories and apple print painting project. Ages 2-5. $12. 301/600-2936. Hawk-watching, Washington Monument State Park, South Mountain, off Alternate Route 40 near Boonsboro, MD. Annual Broadwinged Hawk migration should be at or near its peak, and this is the best venue in the area to see it. Naturalist Dave Weesner will be on hand to help identify the birds seen. Free and open to the public. Contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465. Billy Ray Cyrus, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. 8 p.m. $35-$50. 717/477-1123, x3297. to 25 18th Annual Oktoberfest, Lovettsville, VA. Celebrate Lovettsville’s German heritage. Scramble golf tournament, live band, food, crafts, entertainment, pancake breakfast, fun run and more. Fall Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, Sam Michael’s Park, Job Corps Rd., Shenandoah Junction, WV. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Food, bluegrass music, and approximately 200 juried artists and craftspersons selling and demonstrating their wares. Adults, $7; ages 6 to 17, $4; younger than 6 admitted free. 800/624-0577. National Public Lands Day Volunteer Effort at Antietam National Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 8 a.m. Volunteers work hand-inhand with park rangers on various projects. Meet at visitor center. Contact Park Ranger Debbie Cohen at or 301/432-2243. Middletown Heritage Festival, Downtown Middletown, MD. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Celebrate the heritage of the Middletown Community with living history, children’s games, entertainment, parade and food. 301/371-6171.





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Civil War Re-enactors, Walkersville Southern Railroad, 34 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Walkersville, MD. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Union and Confederate reenactors on the train and in the bushes trackside. There will be the sound of gunfire with skirmishes along the line and a mock battle at the park. 301/898-0899. National Public Lands Day Volunteer Clean-up, Sky Meadows State Park, Visitor Center, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Give back to the park as we celebrate National Public Lands Day with a park-wide clean-up event. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Christa Kermode at 540-592-3556 to sign up. 540/592-3556. Union Artillery at Antietam, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Living history volunteers portraying Battery B, 4th U.S. Artillery will take to the field for demonstrations of loading and firing the cannons. Monument Walk, Antietam Battlefield, Sharpsburg, MD. 2 p.m. Join the ranger for a discussion of the preservation and monumentation of the Antietam National Battlefield. “Writing Short Stories,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Chris Copley. For ages 6 and above. 301/790-0076. MSO Pops Concert, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. 8 p.m. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Broadway-based show tunes that will include music by the Divas of the “Wicked.” 301/797-4000. and 25 Smithsburg Steam and Craft Show, Smithsburg Fire Hall grounds, Smithsburg, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Numerous antique tractors and farm equipment, flea market and crafts. 301/824-1009 or 443/277-4963. and October 22 Astronomy Night, Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 8-11 p.m. Meet behind the historic Mount Bleak House. Multimedia presentation on the latest in U.S. space research and a night sky tour. Look at deep space objects through large telescopes. Junior Astronomer program for children ages 5-12 begins half-hour before evening program. $5, parking per vehicle. 540/592-3556. and October 29 Mommy and Me, Middletown Cooking Studio, 7628 Coblentz Rd., Middletown, MD. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mom and child will create yummy food. Learn the basics and eat what you make. $32. For ages 4-7. 301/600-2936. to October 30 The Pumpkin Patch at Crumland Farms, 7612 Willow Rd., Frederick, MD. Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission and hayride to Pumpkin Patch is free, pumpkins are $0.50 a pound. Corn maze is open until 10 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. and is $9 per person. 301/845-8099. to October 31 Summers Farm Fall Adventure Festival, Summers Farm Adventure, 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick. Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 1-7 p.m.; Fri., 1-10:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Patriotic-inspired 13acre corn maze and giant pumpkin patch, gigantic jumping pillow, giant slides, straw mountain, pedal carts, barnyard animals, and pig races. Moonlight

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EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM food including: brats, haute dawgs, hamburgers, warm pretzels and hand-cut fries. Harvest Hoedown, Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport, MD. Food silent auction, vendors, raffles, children’s activities, music and more. 301/223-8887. 7th Annual Chili Cook-off, downtown Martinsburg. 304/262-4200. Waynesboro’s 7th Annual Market Day celebration, downtown Waynesboro, PA. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crafts, food, all-day entertainment, pony rides, beer garden, sidewalk sales, Mad Anthony’s chilicookoff, annual scarecrow display, and more. 717/762-0397. Friend’s Delight Fall Festival, Deep Creek Lake State Park, 3735 Sang Run Rd., Sang Run, MD. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monarch butterfly tagging, hay rides, basket weaving demonstrations, historical talks, Appalachian music, pumpkin patch and more. 301/387-7067. International Children’s Festival, Jim Barnett Park, 1001 E. Cork St., Winchester. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Educational country exhibits, international food court and cultural entertainers. Free admission. 540/662-4946. “Mr. Lincoln Returns to Harpers Ferry,” Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Lower town, off U.S. 340, Harpers Ferry, WV. 1 and 3 p.m. Our 16th president comes to life as Jim Getty portrays Abraham Lincoln. 304/535-6029. Japanese Cultural Exhibit, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. 301/790-0076. Into the Night, First Saturday event, downtown Frederick. 5-9 p.m. Fall harvest evening. Hayrides, pumpkin painting, square dancing, exhibit openings, guest artists, live entertainment and more. 301/698-8118. Fall Campfire, Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center, 8516 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 7:30-9 p.m. The whole family is invited to join us at the fire ring for old-fashioned fun. Bring lawn chair or blanket to sit on and marshmallows to roast if you would like them. $4. 301/600-2936. Gordon Lightfoot, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. 8 p.m. $35-$50. 717/477-1123, x3297. and 2 Mt. Airy Fall Festival, Main Street, Mt. Airy, MD. Old-fashioned street festival. 301/829-2112. Living History, Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd., Big Pool, MD. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Members of 5th VA will camp near fort, perform living history demonstrations, and explain the life of the confederate soldiers during the American Civil War. $3, adults; $2, ages 6-12. 301/8422155. Fall Festival Weekend, Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-4 p.m. Rose Hill Manor Park’s and the Frederick County Farm Museum Association’s festival will include antique and kiddie tractor pulls, apple butter boiling, music and craft and food vendors, and more. Parking, $1; hayrides, $1;


Manor House tours, $4; kids’ crafts, 25 cents per ticket. 301/600-1650. Brunswick Railroad Days, Brunswick, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual celebration of railroad heritage. Street and stage entertainment, craft show, train rides, car show and lots of activities for all ages. Visit the model train show and the Brunswick Railroad and C&O Canal Museum. 240/508-3049. and 2 Kid’s Closet Connection Consignment Sale, Clarke County Fairgrounds, 890 W. Main St., Berryville, VA. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make 70% on all your sold items. ½ price sale day Sun. No admission fee. Frederick’s Oktoberfest, Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Celebrate Frederick’s German heritage with German oompah bands, dancers, crafters, children’s activities and German food and beer. $5. Ages 2 and younger admitted free. and 15 Parent’s Night Out, Clarke Co. Parks and Rec, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 5:30-9:30 p.m. for ages 3-12. Children enjoy popcorn, games and fun while the parents have a night out. Emergency forms must be completed for all participants prior to enrollment. $15, child; $10 per child when 2 or more children from the same family attend. 540/955-5140. to 30 Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Misty Meadow Farm, 14230 Misty Meadow Rd., Smithsburg, MD. Fri., 4 p.m.-dusk; Sat., 10 a.m.dusk; Sun., 1 p.m.-dusk. Corn and rope mazes, pumpkin patch and farm animals. 301/824-7455. Fall Farm Festival at Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. Celebrate the fall harvest at Mount Bleak Farm. October weekends feature live music, interpretive programs, living history demos, Ghosts of Mount Bleak House Tours, a children’s play area and oldfashioned children’s games. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch open daily. Oct. 1-2 is Colonial Weekend, Oct. 8-9 is Wildlife and Habitat Weekend, Oct. 15-16 is Dairy and Agriculture Weekend, Oct. 22-23 is Native American Weekend, and Oct. 29-30 is Civil War Weekend. 540/5923556. Art in the Park, Berkeley Springs State Park, Rt. 522, Berkeley Springs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Juried monthly outdoor art fair for local and regional artists to show and sell their work. 800/447-8797. “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick County History, David A. Reed Memorial Activities Room, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. The selection for this date will be “The Story of Ruby Bridges” Ages 3 to 5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. to 30 Green Meadows Petting Farm, 10102 Fingerboard Rd. (Rt. 80), Ijamsville, MD. Farm with over 200 animals, “Barnyard Pals” show, cow milking, tractor drawn hayride, barnyard maze and pumpkin patch and free pumpkin with $12 admission. Ages one and under are free. Closed Mon. and Tues. 301/ 865-9203.



Helpful Resources family service organizations 2-1-1 • Get Connected. Get Answers. Information and Referrals for Health & Human Services Frederick County, MD WIC • 301-600-2507 Hagerstown Regional Childbirth Resources offers a Birth Circle for conceiving/ expectant/and new parents on the first Monday of every month. Parent-Child Center, Inc. of Washington Co., MD 301-791-2224 P.R.A.Y. (Providing Relief for Autistic Youth, Inc.) • 240-310-9112 Shenandoah WIC Serving the Eastern Panhandle, WV area 1-866-WIC-KIDS • Berkeley Co., WV 304-267-5477 Jefferson Co., WV 304-725-2028 Support group for parents of children with ADHD meets on the last Monday of every month from 6-7:30 pm at Little Eagle Child Care Center in WV. 304-433-4722 Washington County, MD WIC • 240-313-3335 Washington Co. Community Partnership for Children & Families • 240-313-2092 Non-profit organizations providing free family services in our region may request free listing in Child Guide’s Helpful Resources. Email





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Colin and Camden of Gerrardstown were winners in Child Guide’s 2011 Cover Kids Contest, appearing on our last cover for the July/August issue at JayDee’s Family Fun.


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House tours, Jonathan Hager House, 110 Key St., Hagerstown. Tours at 7 and 8 p.m. Reservations required. $3 per person. 301/739-8393. Community yard sale, Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown. 7 a.m.-2 p.m. 301/739-8577, ext. 190. Daddy and Me, Middletown Cooking Studio, 7628 Coblentz Rd., Middletown, MD. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dad and child spend quality time in the kitchen. South of the Border. $32. For ages 4-7. 301/600-2936. A Spooktackular Event, Lehmans Mill, 19935 Lehmans Mill Rd., Hagerstown. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come dressed and win a prize for best costume, $100 gift certificate. Witches brew and lots of “stew.” Preview your Halloween costume. 301/739-9119. Fall Festival, Massanutten Resort, 1822 Resort Dr., McGaheysville, VA. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Music, children’s activities, crafts, wine tasting and more. 540/289-9441. Harvest Hoedown at Fairgrounds Park, Cannon Ave., Hagerstown. 1


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p.m. Music, fall activities and vendors. 301/739-8577, ext. 183. “Lap Puppets,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Carolyn Manning. 301/7900076. The Boxcars and the Springfield Exit, Berryville Bluegrass Series, Williams Community Auditorium, 110 Lincoln Ave., Berryville, VA. 7 p.m. Ongoing series to raise funds for Clarke County High School athletes. Advance tickets, $22; tickets at door, $25. 540/837-2187. and 9 The Great Pumpkin Patch, Old National Pike District Park, 12406 Old National Pike, Mt. Airy, MD. Hay ride, moon bounces, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decorating, Trick or Treat Trail to meet-n-greet your favorite cartoon, superhero or movie characters, and more. 301/6002936. 38th Apple Butter Festival, downtown Berkeley Springs, WV. Parade, apple-butter making, games, contests, entertainment, arts, crafts and food. Free admission. 800/4478797. and 9 Arborfest, State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fall festival and plant sale. $10 parking fee. 540/837-1758. Pickin’ in the Park! Clearbrook Park, 112 Brucetown Rd. (off I-81 exit 321), Clearbrook, VA. 12 noon-6 p.m. Music from 1-6 p.m. Event will feature Lonesome River Band, Lonesome Highway, Linda Lay & Springfield Exit. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the gate. Ages under 8 are free. 540/665-5678. Concert featuring Project Natale, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 2:30 p.m. Jazz. $5, non-members; free for museum members and children 12 & under. 301/739-5727. and 24 Playtime Mondays, The Children’s Museum at Rose Hill Manor Park, 1611 N. Market St., Frederick. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to explore the museum and learn through creative, hands-on play. $3, child; adults must be accompanied by a child. 301/6001650. Super Scientific Circus, Weinberg Center for the Arts, 20 W. Patrick St., Frederick. 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Recommended for ages 7-11, this amazing show proves that






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science can be fun and funny. $6-$7. 301/600-2828. to 16 TotSwap children’s and maternity consignment sale, Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301/330-2678. to 16 Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival, Martinsburg, WV. Sports breakfast, parade, apple judging, apple pie baking contest, craft fairs, 5K race, square dance and more. Elizabethtowne Feaste and Frolic, University Plaza of USMH, Hagerstown. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jugglers, magicians, sword fighting, flute players and more. Join in the merriment of this unique scholarship fundraising event. to 16 Shenandoah Valley Hot Air Balloon, Wine and Music Festival, Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood, VA. Fri., 4-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Hot air balloons will launch as weather permits. 877/868-1811. AppleFest, Main St., Lincoln Way, and Courthouse Plaza in Chambersburg. Family-friendly fall festival celebrates the main crop of South Central PA. Craft and food vendors, entertainment. 717/2610072. U.S. Constitution Week with displays, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 301/790-0076. Pumpkin Fest, Renfrew Museum and Park, 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro, PA. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fun, food and entertainment. 717/7624723 Abrakadoodle Parent’s Night Out Camp! Tuscarora Rec Center, 6321 Lambert Dr., Frederick. 7-10 p.m. Parents enjoy adult time while child has fun creating art and making friends in a safe, structured environment. For ages 4-12. $36 per child. 301/600-2936. and 16 Civil War 150th Commemorative Event, Harpers Ferry Historical Park, Harpers Ferry, WV. In the Shadows of John Brown: The 1861 Battle of Bolivar Heights. Book signings and author discussions, family and youth activities, archeology activities. Park at the Cavalier Heights Visitor Center and board shuttle buses to the event on Bolivar Heights. 304/535-6029. and 16 Family Festival at the Farm, farms throughout








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Frederick County, MD. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-4 p.m. Rain dates: Oct. 22 and 23. Visit Frederick County farms on this self-guided adventure. Tours and activities will be available at various locations. 301/600-1058. Maryland Pumpkin Festival, Summers Farm, 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Special weekend celebrating pumpkins. 301/620-9316. Myersville Trolley Festival, Canada Hill Rd., Myersville, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour an original 1918 H&F trolley and roadbed at this family festival. Event will also feature a bluegrass competition, crafts, displays, children’s activities, specialty foods and more. Free admission. Oktoberfest, Schifferstadt Architectural Museum, 1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. German cultural activities, arts & crafts, oompah band, children’s activities, living history demonstrations and more. 301/668-6088. www.frederickcountylandmarksfound South Mountain Creamery Fall Festival, 8305 Bolivar Rd., Middletown, MD. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. A day full of fun and education: ice cream and butter making demonstrations; hayrides, petting zoo, tours, local vendors, and South Mountain Creamery and vendor samples. 301/371-8565. “hiStory Hour,” Museum of Frederick County History, David A. Reed Memorial Activities Room, 24 E. Church St., Frederick. 1 p.m. Book with a historical theme, historical games and crafts. “Abraham Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books” Ages 3 to 5. Registration recommended. 301/663-1188, x105. Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA. 8 p.m. $28-$55. 717/477-1123, x3297. The Park at Dark, Doub’s Woods Park, Hagerstown. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Moonbounce, prizes, games, scary stories, hayrides, spooky graveyard, goodie bags, costume contest and more. $5, ages 2-11; $1, ages 12 and up. Everyone age 2 and up must have a ticket. Tickets limited, register early. 240/313-2805. City Center Ghost Tours, Hagerstown. 7 p.m. Call for reservations. 301/739-8577, x116.


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EMAIL: CALENDAR@CHILDGUIDEMAGAZINE.COM , 22, 28 and 29 Haunted Camp21 ground, Rocky Gap State Park, 12500 Pleasant Valley Rd., Flintstone, MD. 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets sold from the concession stand at the Camp Store Parking Lot. $5, children; $8, adults. 301/7221480. Washington County Antique Tractor Pull, Washington County Agricultural Education Center Tractor Pull Track, 7303 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 240/313-2807. Halloween Festival, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fun-filled, non-scary day filled with Halloween art projects, face painting, magic show, seasonal treats and refreshments. Appropriate for all ages. Tickets on sale Sep. 1. $5, person; $15, family. 301/739-5727. “Goods from the Hearth,” Roger B. Taney House, 121 S. Bentz St., Frederick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration of 19th-century cooking methods and food preservation. Registration required. 301/663-1188. Living History Day, Washington County Rural Heritage Museum, 7313 Sharpsburg Pike, Boonsboro, MD. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn of life in Washington County after the Civil War. 240/4201714. “Take Me Out to the Ballgame…more than a game” Exhibit Opening, Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Bob Savitt, author, presents book “The Blue Ridge League.” 301/790-0076. Spirits of the Furnace, Cunningham Fall State Park, Manor Ave., Rt. 15 S., Thurmont, MD. 7-9:30 p.m. Guided night hike to the historic Catoctin Iron Furnace. Hear historical accounts and spooky tales from costumed interpreters. $5, adults; free, under age 10. Advance tickets required. 301/271-3676 or 301/271-7574. and 23 Pumpkin Festival, Marker-Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 12 noon-5 p.m. Food, wagon rides, barrel trains, pick-your-own



pumpkin, music and pumpkin patch. 540/6621980. Children’s Experience Weekend, Antietam Battlefield, Pry House Field Hospital Museum, Keedysville, MD. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Hands-on activities and programs focused on how children lived during the mid-18th century. Staff and children dressed in period attire will lead games and a craft. 301/416-2395. Year End Celebration, Railroad Museum at City Park, Hagerstown. 1 p.m. Close out the season with style. Barrel Cart rides from 1-4 p.m. Family activities & giveaways. Maryland Symphony Orchestra Concert, The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Masterworks Series I, Spontaneous Combustion. Guest artist Nick Kendall on violin. 301/797-4000. Batty for Bats, Fountain Rock Park & Nature Center, 8511 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 10-11:15 a.m. Hear the story of Stella Luna, play fun bat activities and games, and make a take-home craft. Ages 3-5. $12. Parents free. 301/600-2936. Middletown Halloween Parade, downtown Middletown, MD. Costume-judging will be held at the tennis courts at 5:45 p.m. Parade begins at 6:15 p.m. Dress in costume and march down Main St. Treats for children will be handed out after parade. 301/371-6171. Pumpkin Art Appreciation Day at City Farmers Market, 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown. 8 a.m. First 150 children can paint a free pumpkin at the Market. Trick-or-Treating from 911 a.m. 301/739-8577, x190. Berryville Main St. Autumn and Holiday Arts and Crafts, John Ender’s Fire House Social Quarters, VA. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 540/955-4001. Henry and Mudge, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA.



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11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A theatreworks children’s musical. $15. 717/477-1123, x3297. Enchanted Pumpkin Patch, Clarke Co. Parks and Rec, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for ages 3-10. Halloween themed party and play area. Games, prizes, music, and candy. Youngsters are encouraged to wear costumes. $5. 540/955-5140. “Butterfly Life in the Fall” and “Monarch Watch,” Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. 2 p.m. Dave Kaplan, “Mr. Butterfly.” 301/790-0076. Mummers Day Parade 2 Mile Spooky Sprint, race from Hagerstown Fairground Park on 351 N. Cleveland Ave. and finish at Bester Elementary School on Memorial Blvd. in Hagerstown. 5 p.m. Course closed to traffic from 4:45 p.m. until end of race. Registration/packet pick up 3:45-4:45 p.m. Costumes encouraged. T-shirts to first 200 registrants and award ceremony at 6 p.m. $20, registration fee before Oct. 28; $25, registration fee after Oct. 28. 240/313-2808. Alsatia Mummers Parade, Hagerstown. 6 p.m. Longtime fall traditional parade features local floats, bands and individual costumed mummers. 301/739-2044. Halloween Campfire, Fountain Rock Park and Nature Center, 8511 Fountain Rock Ct., Walkersville, MD. 7:30-9 p.m. Wear your costume and join us for Halloween tales and mysteries. Enjoy a guided flashlight hike. $4. Free for under age 3. 301/6002936. Gallery Quartet Concert, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown (MD) City Park, Virginia Ave. at Park Circle. 2:30 p.m. Chamber music program. $5, non-members; free for museum members and children 12 & under. 301/739-5727. Happy Halloween from Child Guide!

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September/October 2011 Child Guide  

The magazine for families in the quad-state region, covering Frederick & Washington Co., MD; the Eastern Panhandle, WV; Berryville & Winches...

September/October 2011 Child Guide  

The magazine for families in the quad-state region, covering Frederick & Washington Co., MD; the Eastern Panhandle, WV; Berryville & Winches...