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Wizarding festival, speaker series coming to area

Wizarding festival, speaker series coming to area

WAYNESBORO, Pa. – Wizards and witches should be preparing their robes, spells and wands for the third annual Waynesboro Wizarding Festival in downtown Waynesboro.

The festival will be held Aug. 2 and 3, at various venues along Main Street and will feature paint parties, free movies, costume contests and the popular wand workshop.

“The festival has grown each and every year,” said Bill Kohler, economic director of development for Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc. “It takes a lot of volunteer and staff hours, plus a lot of hocus pocus, but the enjoyment we see on the faces of the kids young and old is quite magical.”

Crowds have been estimated at 3,500 to 4,000 in each of the first two years, Kohler said.

Friday’s highlights include outdoor paint parties at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Park, free music at Music Makers with local musician Jonathan Ingels, a succulent garden party at 6:30 p.m. at 74 W. Main St. and a free showing of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” on the big screen at Waynesboro Theatre, 75 W. Main St., at 9 ¾ (9:45) p.m.

Musselman & Creager, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, of Waynesboro, are the sponsor of the free Friday night movie.

To register for the Friday night paint parties, go to

Saturday’s highlights include the opening of Borogon Alley in Main Street Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 20 vendors featuring all kinds of magical creations and food will be featured. Market at the Park will not be open this Saturday, but several vendors from the market will be setting up shop in Borogon Alley for the day.

Other Saturday activities include:

Care of Magical Creatures at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Creatures from the Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro will be featured at this fun and free class. Paul and Barbara Dunlap of Waynesboro are the sponsors.

Wand Workshop from 10 to noon and 1:30 to 3 at Music Makers, 46 W. Main St. The cost is $2. Wizards and witches can craft their own wands thanks to the event coordinated by the Arts Alliance of Greater Waynesboro.

Plantacular succulent garden parties will be held at 74 W. Main St. at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Attendees will create a great take-home plant in a cool cauldron for $30. Sign up for the classes at Only 20 tickets will be sold per class.

Magical High Tea at TranquilaTEA Team Room and Gifts at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. are sold out. Call 717-765-8327 to get your name on the waiting list.

Character book signing at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library at 1:30 p.m.

A free magic show for kids of all ages with magician Frank Culler will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Main Street Park.

Costume parade and contest at 3:15 p.m. Prizes will be awarded.

A free showing of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at Main Street Park.

All events are closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. so volunteers and festival goers may stroll the grounds downtown and enjoy the fine food and drink at local restaurants, coffee shops and chocolate stores. Several food trucks will be parked along Borogon Alley as well on Saturday.

Starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, attendees may engage in a treasure hunt throughout downtown and Borogon Alley. A satchel of surprises awaits those brave and clever enough to read all the clues. Maps may be photographed at Borogon Alley.

“This is a great community effort that gives people the chance to come downtown and enjoy some free, fun activities while celebrating the magical world of wizarding,” Kohler said.

Tickets to go on sale for 2020 Frederick Speaker Series line-up

Frederick, Md. — Entering its eighth year, The Frederick Speaker Series has developed a reputation for bringing world-class speakers to the Frederick community. The 2020 line-up includes Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin (Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.); first woman of color in space, scientist and physician, Dr. Mae Jemison (Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.); best-selling author and leading political satirist, P.J. O’Rourke (March 19, 7:30 p.m.); and best-selling author and sustainable food advocate, Michael Pollan (May 9, 8 p.m.). All series events are held at the Weinberg Center for the Arts.

Tickets for all four speakers will go on sale to Weinberg Center members on Thursday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. and to the general public on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling the Weinberg Center Box Office at 301-600-2828, or in person at 20 W. Patrick St., in Frederick, Md. For more information about becoming a Weinberg Center member and gaining early access to tickets, visit

A separately ticketed meet-and-greet reception will take place immediately following each presentation. These exclusive events provide a chance for fans to meet the speakers, take pictures and obtain autographs. All proceeds from the meet-and-greet receptions will benefit children’s programs at Frederick County Public Libraries.

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