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Coming up NXT: The King, canines and colorful art in the Tri-State

Coming up NXT: The King, canines and colorful art in the Tri-State

Elvis celebration at The Capitol Theatre

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Elvis will be in the building at The Capitol Theatre Center in downtown Chambersburg on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8.

There will be an opportunity to meet Elvis’s actual “Kissin’ Cousins” movie co-star Cynthia Pepper and popular award-winning Elvis Tribute artist David King on the mezzanine of the historic theater on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pepper will personally introduce the 1964 film “Kissin’ Cousins” which will be shown on the big screen on Saturday, June 8, at 3 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A. In the film, an Army officer returns to the Smoky Mountains and tries to convince his kinfolk to allow the Army to build a missile site on their land. Once he gets there, he discovers he has a lookalike cousin. The film features Presley playing two roles: the Air Force officer, with dark hair, and his look-alike hillbilly distant cousin, with blond hair. Cynthia Pepper plays PFC Midge Riley opposite Elvis Presley.

Also, on Saturday, June 8 at 2 p.m., there will be a workshop in the theater to learn “How to Produce an Elvis Production” taught by King and Garry Gontz of The Spin-Outs.

The Elvis Celebration will be capped off by a Las Vegas-style show featuring King as Elvis and The Spin Outs at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets that will include entry for the meet & greet, movie and workshop are $25. Tickets to the live show range from $20 to $30. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting the Capitol Theatre Box Office at 717-263-0202. Tickets will also be available at the door until sold out.

Bark in the Park

The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is sponsoring the 13th annual Bark in the Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Jefferson Memorial Park, Charles Town, W.Va. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is a $10 donation per dog.

The event will feature a Blessing of the Animals, the Interactive Dog Pledge Walk, canine demonstrations; dog and owner games; canine contests that include the new “Puppachino Challenge (Man vs Dog) and a Harry Potter “Dog Warts Sorting” game. Many vendors including dog rescues, crafts, products; and food from Shack Dog and Jill’s Mobile Kitchen will be on hand.

This major fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Society depends on the contributions from pledges to help sustain the Society’s animal shelter on Leetown Pike and other programs. Pledge forms can be found at the AWS website.

Washington County Special Olympics Cruise-in & Car Show

A cruise-in and car show to benefit the Washington County Special Olympics will be held on Sunday, May 26, from noon to 4:30 p.m., at Byron Memorial Park, Williamsport.

Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. and is open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles. The cost is $10.

Food, drinks and desserts will be sold by WCSO volunteers and athletes throughout the day.

For more information, contact Jimmy at 301-573-1501.

Flowers spring forth at the Ice House Gallery

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — A wide range of artwork celebrates the season in the “Pocketful of Posies” exhibit in the main Ice House Gallery in Berkeley Springs. The show, curated by Cat Hutton, opens on Friday, June 7 with a reception starting at 7:30 p.m.

The show runs through Sunday, July 21. Gallery hours for the show are Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“A Pocketful of Posies” examines how artists incorporate flowers in their work. The show has items from clay to wood, collage to pottery, fabric to paintings, origami to lamps, as well as jewelry and garden totems. The works of local artists include glass by Veronica Wilson, metal by Maya Fredo, crochet by Hiroko Rubin, sculpture by Lynn Lavin, quilting by Jane Frenke, and watercolors by Pat Spranger, to name a few.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this show that has so many talented artists hailing from Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia,” said Hutton.

Eighteen different artists display their art as inspired by flowers in the Ice House Gallery.

For more information, call 304-258-2300 or visit the website.

Sharpsburg Historical Society presents John Schildt

John Schildt, historian and author of more than 20 books, will discuss his research methods before the days of computers and the internet on Thursday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 106 E. Main St., Sharpsburg.

Schildt’s first book was published in 1960. He will share details of his sources and discoveries through personal interviews, documents and libraries.

Schildt, a semi-retired minister, is a guide at Antietam National Battlefield. He has spoken to many Civil War Round Tables and presented at Civil War seminars.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 301-992-9767.

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