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Coming up NXT: Rambling, walking, leaping and singing in the Tri-State

Coming up NXT: Rambling, walking, leaping and singing in the Tri-State

The Ramble returns

The Washington County Museum Ramble will give people the opportunity to visit 25 participating museums and historical sites on weekends throughout May.

The Museum Ramble, which begins on May 4, is an opportunity to visit Washington County sites at a self-guided. The participating museums are opening their doors free of charge and many have special surprises planned for the weekend.

Of Maryland’s 300-plus museums, more than 10 percent are located in Washington County. A brochure is available at each site and the Visitor Welcome Center at 6 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown.

Ballet to bring classic fairytale back to life

The Western City Ballet Company and The City Ballet School will perform “Cinderella” on Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

The ballet is choreographed by Danielle Horochowski, artistic director of The City Ballet School, with hundreds of costumes and numerous props of various sizes created by the company’s costume and design team.

“Usually people who attend these shows are ballet lovers, but “Cinderella” is a show that is so connected to us as a community that if you don’t know anything about ballet, you can follow this story perfectly because you know all of these characters and you’re familiar with them,” Horochowski said.

Tickets range from $15 to $66. For more information or to order tickets, contact 301-790-2000 or visit

Promise Walk to support Preeclampsia Foundation

Promise Walk Hagerstown, a Preeclampsia Awareness Walk/Run, is scheduled to kick off Saturday, May 11, at Fairgrounds Park in downtown Hagerstown.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and the walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The fundraising event supports the Preeclampsia Foundation, which was created to provide patient support and education, raise public awareness, catalyze research and improve health care practices for millions of mothers and their babies every year who are impacted by preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. The Preeclampsia Awareness walks began in 2005 and were rebranded in 2010 to become the official Promise Walk for Preeclampsia. Since then, the event has raised millions of dollars to fund research and improve health care practices globally. The event is ran by incredibly committed volunteers and professionally guided and supported by our home office staff.

Registration is open to anyone and the cost is $15. To register, visit

Participants can create a team or run with a group. For more information, contact Mary Taylor at 240-217-3962 or email mary.taylor@preeclamp

Judy Collins to perform at the Weinberg Center

FREDERICK, Md. — Singer-songwriter Judy Collins will perform at the Weinberg Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

Collins has inspired audiences with her vocals, songwriting, personal life triumphs and a commitment to social activism.

The award-winning singer-songwriter had hits with songs such as “Both Sides Now,” “Send In The Clowns,” “Some Day Soon,” Chelsea Morning,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Amazing Grace.”

Her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, “Wildflowers,” has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Collins’ version of “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music,” won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several Top 10 hits and gold- and platinum-selling albums.

Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album “Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.”

Having produced more than 50 albums, Collins was nominated for her first Grammy award in 1964. Her most recent Grammy nomination came in 2017. That Grammy nomination span of 53 years is an all-time record in the music business.

Collins was also nominated for an Academy Award for the documentary “Portrait of a Woman”.

Tickets cost $49 to $79. A Meet & Greet opportunity is available for an additional $75, but is limited to 50 people.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the box office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick St. in Frederick.

Top photo: Erica Bergquist, 17, who plays Cinderella, and Benjamin Pierce, 14, who plays her prince, are seen during rehearsal at The City Ballet School in Hagerstown. (Photo by Valerie Bonk)

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