Places to...enjoy the arts
Places to...enjoy the arts
Art galleries aren't the only places you can enjoy the arts. Try these favorites:
Mansion House Museum, on Highland Way, Hagerstown, is situated in one of the most beautiful city parks in America. It is a Georgian-style mansion house built by John Heyser in 1846. The massive house with its large, inviting wrap-around porch is built of native limestone and bricks. The bricks were, in fact, made from the mud of the graceful lake, now inhabited by swans, which the house overlooks.
Today, the Mansion serves as the headquarters for the Valley Art Association and a gallery housing artwork from local artisans. The old Mansion House creates a beautiful setting for the art that is displayed.
Maryland Symphony Orchestra, located downtown Hagerstown, was founded in 1982 by a small group of Washington County civic leaders and music lovers. Throughout the year, MSO performs classical concerts at the Maryland Theatre and at schools and local events such as the Fourth of July celebration at Antietam National Battlefield.
Maryland Theatre was built in 1915. Located downtown Hagerstown, the Theatre provides comfortable seating for 1300 at performances of country artists, comedians, orchestra concerts, children's shows, musicians, recitals, stage shows, and others.
Potomac Valley Playmakers, in historic Hagerstown, has been around since 1926 and performs popular plays such as "Bye, Bye Birdie", and Neil Simon's "Jake's Women" in the Women's Club at 31 S. Prospect Street. For more information and reservations call 301 797-8182.
Washington County Arts Council Gallery, located downtown Hagerstown at 14 West Washington Street, provides a wide variety of programming, technical assistance, funding opportunities and encouragement to arts organizations and individual artists by helping forge connections between them and those who need art in their lives. Throughout the year, WCAC hosts storytelling for children and adults at various locations throughout the county. The City of Hagerstown hosts their new Wednesday morning storytelling series at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown.
Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theatre has offered an "all you can eat" buffet and professional theatrical productions for ten years. Located at 44 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, the Playhouse and Dinner Theatre is the place to be for entertainment this summer.
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts was founded by Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Singer, Jr. and incorporated in 1929. The Museum has a long and impressive tradition of cultural leadership in the Cumberland Valley region, providing residents and visitors with access to an outstanding Permanent Collection and an active schedule of exhibitions, musical concerts, lectures, films, art classes and special events for children and adults throughout the year. The Museum is located in Hagerstown's City Park.