Washington County Government, 100 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, (240) 313-2210, www.washco-md.net.
Antietam National Battlefield, Rte. 65, Sharpsburg, (301) 432-5124, $3. You can stand on the very ground where 23,000 men were killed or wounded in a single day. It's sure to lift your spirits. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, City Park, Hagerstown, (301) 739-5727, free, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. This museum has often been called the Louvre of Washington County. Specializing in 19th and early 20th century art, the WCMFA is also the location for musical concerts, lectures, and film showings.
Augustoberfest, Aug. 27-28, Central Parking Lot, Hagerstown, (301) 739-8577, ext. 116, www.augustoberfest.org. Can't wait till October to get absolutely wasted? Well here's the perfect excuse: Oktoberfest in August. The event's Web site claims to have lots of "family-oriented activities," but we're somewhat skeptical. Western Maryland Blues Fest, 4 p.m. June 4, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. June 5, 1:30 p.m. June 6, Central Parking Lot, Hagerstown, (301) 739-8577, ext. 116, www.blues-fest.org. Numerous local, regional, and nationally-known jazz and blues artists, including Grammy Award nominee Jay McShann, will perform over the three days.
SPORTS AND RECREATION
Black Rock Golf Course, 20025 Mount Aetna Road, Hagerstown, (240) 313-2816. This recently-opened golf course has views of the Appalachian Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. River and Trail Outfitters/C&O Canal Bicycling, 604 Valley Road, Knoxville, (301) 834-4173, (888) 446-7529. In addition to selling kayaks, canoes, and inner tubes, this company also provides guided rafting and kayaking tours on Antietam Creek and the Potomac.
Hagerstown City Farmers Market, 25 W. Church St., Hagerstown, (301) 739-8577, ext. 183, 5 a.m.-noon Saturdays. A classic farmers market with locally-grown produce, meats, poultry, and eggs. You can also sit down for an Atkins-friendly breakfast. Hepburn Orchards, 557 E. Main St., Hancock, (301) 678-6147, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This country store says they "do things the way grandma used to," selling over 30 kinds of fresh pies, as well as homemade jams and jellies. Why didn't our grandmas ever do any of that stuff? Memory Lane, 1350 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, (301) 733-7491, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. An antique store and flea market with a 10,000-square-foot showroom.