The Cultural Trail comes to life!

Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy four afternoons of music, storytelling, dance, poetry, circus arts, painting, photography, and quite possibly more! FREE ADMISSION!
Between Antietam and Lee Streets (map here)

Saturday, June 29

KG Jazz
6/29, 3-5 pm

The Stage near the Mural of Unusual Size

67 W. Baltimore St.

20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner Kerensa Gray plays Imagine Hagerstown with her full band. She is often compared to the likes of jazz royalty - Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald and contemporaries such as Diana Krall.  She has shared the stage with artists such as Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas and opened for Grammy and Dove award winners CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans.  Decades of honing and refining a unique vocal style, multiple recordings and a plethora of stage performances have cemented Gray’s reputation as a singer, storyteller, composer, and teacher. She interweaves elements of jazz, folk, blues,  R&B, and classical to create sound that is undeniably hers.

 

www.kerensagray.com

Michael DeLalla

6/29, 12-3 pm - Entrance to the Cultural Trail
37 W. Antietam St.

 

One of the very best acoustic guitarists in the world....music of the most exquisite order.” (Matt Fink, All Music Guide)

For more than 30 years guitarist/composer Michael DeLalla has been serving up a delicious brew of  solo guitar compositions and arrangements drawn on musical traditions gathered worldwide, steeped in classical training and seasoned with jazz and folk influences. His fluency on classical, 12-string and steel-string acoustic guitar showcases gifted improvisation and dazzling technical facility that never sacrifices the richness and poignancy of his compositions. Michael has also earned acclaim for scores composed for film, video and dance, as well as over 100 credits as a producer, with projects ranging from solo instrumentalists to world music ensembles. Michael conducts workshops around the country based on his book The Mindful Guitarist. Through these interactive workshops he explores his principles on the creative process through a range of topics, for both guitarists and non-guitarists, where he guides participants through artistic principles we can employ to create a cohesion and connectedness in all our daily endeavors. www.fallingmountain.com

Dance - Wilson College MFA Program

6/29, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 pm

At various sites along the Cultural Trail

67 W. Baltimore St.

Current students, faculty, and alumni of Wilson's Master of Fine Arts program perform in and around the iconic public sculpture on the Cultural Trail.

Monika Wertman

6/8, 12-3 pm 

Between Antietam and Baltimore Streets

Monika Wertman is the award winning artist and owner of Wertman Photography in Hagerstown. She holds a BFA from Frostburg State University in Art and Design and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University (California). Monika has had work accepted into several regional art shows, including The Washington County Arts Council with a solo show in the main gallery space, the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD, the Fine Art and Craft fair at the Nassau Museum of Fine Art in New York, and the Washington County Museum of Art.

On the Trail, step back in time and play with a camera you would have used at the turn of the last century. Monika will capture you playing with the 'iphone' of the early 20th century while you're dressed in period garb. Photos will be rendered in sepia tone and available digitally and printed.

www.wertmanphotography.net

STEAM Works

6/29, 12-3 pm

Near the Stage by the Mural

Baltimore and Hood Streets
 

Beacon House brings arts and crafts, robots, and science activities to the Cultural Trail, where people of all ages, but especially kids, can experience the connection between arts, science, and technology.  www.thebeaconhouseinc.org 

Poetry/Song/Rap Open Mic

6/29, 1-2 pm

On the Stage near the Mural of Unusual Size

67 W. Baltimore St.

Share a poem, rap, or song - no more than 60 seconds long - that includes these 3 words – IMAGINE, HAGERSTOWN, CARROTS. Every word must be used once. Please keep your work family-friendly. Tekesha Martinez facilitates this hour of open mic.

past events

Saturday, June 8

JANELIASOUL
6/8, 3-5 pm

The Stage near the Mural of Unusual Size
67 W. Baltimore St.


With her exciting multi-cultural background, Nigerian-American singer and band leader Janelia Adetokunbo McNair-Sanya, charms listeners with her unique and charming melodies.

She developed her love of music while growing up in Nigeria, learning traditional Yoruba folk songs and discovering other musical genres such as soul and jazz. Fast-forward to now and the Baltimore resident's 7-piece band Janeliasoul is fusing those influences,  with pop and Afrobeat into one infectious sound. Janeliasoul is the only female-fronted world music band based in Baltimore, and is the winner of "Sound-off Live," Baltimore's biggest battle of the bands.

 

Her music is heavily influenced by world music artists Angelique Kidjo and Fela Kuti. Lyrically, she draws off of positive self-affirmations, something she practices in her own life, on a daily basis. After her video for "Love-Hate" reached more than 1 million viewers on YouTube, Janeliasoul released her debut EP, "Self Affirmation Project." As the album continues to gain momentum, with the lead single "I am Bold" leading the way, the sky's the limit for this Nigerian Goddess.  www.janeliasoul.com

Ryan Michael Rhone, Rhea Ming, and Sallay Bangura, aka WordSmith
Spoken Word and Music

6/8, 1-2 pm
Near 'Fantastical Garden' sculpture

between Baltimore and Lee Streets
 

Ryan Michael Rhone has been writing poetry since the sixth grade. What began as seeds, planted in personal journals to cope with tragedy and loss, would slowly grow into passion. With branches stetching outward, the 26-year old poet now finds purpose in sharing his stories, blossoming hope toward those who may relate.

Rhea Ming is a 17 year old violist from WV's Eastern Panhandle whose love for music has allowed her to reach new heights. She began her studies in 4th grade and her goal is a career in music. She constantly seeks out opportunities to be involved with music, including her school's Tri-M chapter, the Shepherd University Community Ensemble, the WV University High School String Honors Orchestra, and the WV All-State Orchestra.

​Sallay Bangura, aka WordSmith, is a  Christian spoken word artist who emigrated to the USA when she was 7 years old from Sierra Leone, West Africa. WordSmith  is a North Hagerstown High Alumni. Her greatest accomplishments are her three amazing children, Jadea, James, and Jillain. WordSmith delights herself in praising God, writing poems and short stories, and lives to advocate for those who have lost hope.

Jensuya Belly Dance

6/8, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30 - performances near "Rise"
6/8, 12:50 and 1:50 - interactive dance and rhythm experiences near "Rise"

 

Jensuya & Bob of Jensuya Belly Dance perform live belly dance shows, teach belly dance workshops, conduct Middle Eastern arts education programs in schools and colleges, and produce their YouTube channel. Hailing from Berkeley Springs, WV, they have been featured by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Turkish Association, and twice by the U.S. Government-funded Middle East Broadcasting Networks, an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 25.7 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.  JensuyaBellyDance

Kevin Neidig

6/8, 12-2 pm
Entrance to the Cultural Trail
37 W. Antietam St.

Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness. His musical influences include Darrell Scott, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, and Bela Fleck.  His performance credits include opening for Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, and Tom Paxton, and playing at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 

 

Kevin has won first-place awards in Male Vocal, Old-Time Banjo, and Guitar at the Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention.  He also owns and operates a studio in Mechanicsburg, PA where he teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo and many other instruments.   He has released seven solo albums, including his latest, “The Long Road.”

 

www.kevinneidig.com

Monika Wertman
Interactive Photography

6/8, 12-3 pm 

Between Antietam and Baltimore Streets
 

Monika Wertman is the award winning artist and owner of Wertman Photography in Hagerstown. She holds a BFA from Frostburg State University in Art and Design and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University (California). Monika has had work accepted into several regional art shows, including The Washington County Arts Council with a solo show in the main gallery space, the Ratner Museum in Bethesda, MD, the Fine Art and Craft fair at the Nassau Museum of Fine Art in New York, and the Washington County Museum of Art.

On the Trail, step back in time and play with a camera you would have used at the turn of the last century. Monika will capture you playing with the 'iphone' of the early 20th century while you're dressed in period garb. Photos will be rendered in sepia tone and available digitally and printed.

www.wertmanphotography.net

PAST EVENTS

Saturday, June 15

ORQUESTA NFUZION
6/15, 3-5 pm 
The Stage near the Mural of Unusual Size

67 W. Baltimore St.

Orquesta Nfuzion plays a variety of Latin styles that are sure to have you up on your feet dancing! Enjoy the exciting sounds and rhythms of Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, Latin Jazz and more!

 

Hagerstown's own Sandra Oblitas, Director of the Kasandra Cultural Center, will teach a 30 minute dance lesson before the band takes the stage. Learn some of the key moves of salsa, merengue, and bachata!

Stephen Darnell

6/15, 12-2 pm 

Entrance to the Cultural Trail

37 W. Antietam St.
 

Stephen Darnell is a spiritual and passionate performer of the Native American-style flute, Shakuhachi Flute, Irish Whistle, Didgeridoo, Armenian Duduk, and Moyo Drum, whose music is a place of peace, a place of rest, and a place for coming home.  Inspired by musicians such as Douglas Spotted Eagle, Michael Allen, and Ash Dargan, Stephen has embraced the melodic wonder that the flute and didgeridoo has to offer, opening a realm of soulful and empowering creativity. Classically trained, music has always been an important part of Stephen's life, starting in the 7th grade with the French horn. Since the turn of the century his interest has expanded to encompass world music. Stephen has become learned on the Native American style flute, didgeridoo, and Armenian Duduk, embracing a new home where soulful creativity and soothing mindfulness offers the encouragement and inspiration to play from the heart.  www.stephendarnell.com

Maryland Symphony Brass

6/15, 2-3 pm 

Entrance to the Cultural Trail

37 W. Antietam St.
 

The Maryland Symphony Brass is comprised of brass players of Hagerstown’s own renowned Maryland Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Elizabeth Schulze. In addition to frequent concerts with the MSO, members of the  group have performed numerous educational concerts and clinics throughout Washington County, from Symphony Saturdays to Kinder Konzerts. The individual members have had successful careers in a variety of musical settings, including The U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own), The U.S. Air Force Ceremonial Brass, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Brass Express, The Ocala (Florida) Symphony, and the Annapolis Brass Quintet. Members have also taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, Towson University, and the University of Kansas, as well as maintaining active private lesson studios and touring as clinicians. The musicians have also performed with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. Their repertoire spans the gamut from light classics to jazz inspired compositions and show tunes.

Lohr Family Follies

6/15, 12:15, 1:15, 2 pm

12:15 - Circus Show on the Stage at The Mural of Unusual Size

1:00 - Strolling Circus along the Cultural Trail

2:00 - Circus School, near the Mural of Unusual Size
 

The Lohr Family Follies Show mixes together hilarious slapstick comedy with amazing circus skills! They juggle, spin plates, walk on large rolling globes, jumprope and more! Their unique blending of buffoonery and skill is guaranteed to leave your crowd giggling and ohhh and awwwing.  

The leader of the pack is Mark Lohr, a 30 year veteran of the stage, the circus ring and more.  He has traveled the globe performing his unique slapstick inspired antics for audiences of many nationalities with nary a word.  He has taught his children the tricks of the trade and they have been performing together since they were all knee high to a grasshopper!  They’ve been performing together up and down the East Coast at renowned resorts and festive festivals.  If you hear a nearby commotion that involves the sounds of laughter and amazement it can only mean The Lohr Family must be nearby!!

Adam Booth

6/15, 1-2 pm
Near the "Fantastical Garden"
Between Baltimore and Lee Streets

Adam Booth's original storytelling blends traditional mountain folklore, music, and an awareness of contemporary Appalachia. A focus on craft propels his handling of story. He has been featured at the International Storytelling Center, the National Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the National Storytelling Conference, the National Academy of Medicine, and has been a Spoken Word Resident at the Banff Centre (Alberta). He is a member of the Recording Academy and his recordings have received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, two Parents’ Choice Silver Honors, and five Storytelling World Awards and Honors. He is a four-time champion of the West Virginia Liars' Contest.   www.adam-booth.com

Fanny Crawford

6/15, 1-2 pm
N
ear the "Fantastical Garden"Between Baltimore and Lee Streets

Fanny Crawford grew up in Philadelphia hearing an assortment of family stories, traditional tales, book learning and historical narratives from an extended circle of storytelling relatives and friends. Several years in Chicago was followed by a move to Maryland where she found inspiration and community one tale at a time. Retiring from a 40 year career working with children and families, Fanny parlayed a life-long passion for storytelling into a repertoire of stories from folk traditions around the world, tall tales, original stories and historical chronicles. Her credits include performances with Coyle Library Storytelling Festivals (Franklin County, PA), C. Burr Artz Library (Frederick), Catoctin Quaker Camp, Fox Haven Farm Story Festivals, Mason-Dixon Historical Association, PA Questers Historical Association, Wilson College Institute of Retired Persons, Philadelphia Folklore Project, Shepherd University SPEAKSTORYSERIES.com, Washington County Public Library, and Garrett County Autumn Glory Liars Contest.  She coordinated the 2018 season of Frederick's New Spire Arts Story Circles and 6 seasons - so far - of the Stories In The Round series in Hagerstown.

Sandra Oblitas - Salsa Dance Lessons
6/15, 2:15-2:45 PM 

Near the Stage at the Mural of Unusual Size

Sandra is the Director of the Kasandra Cultural Center in Hagerstown, MD, where she teaches ballet, folkloric dance, and ballroom, and also organizes an annual multicultural gala that showcases dance groups performing traditional dances from Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Sandra has been dancing since the age of 6. In her native Bolivia, she studied classical ballet and graduated from the Institute Bolivino de Cultura. She studied folkloric dance at Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Bolivia, learning the dances and cultures of several Latin American countries. Sandra is committed diversity and encourages young people to feel proud of their heritage.  www.kasandraculturalcenter.com

Common Ground Community Art Project

6/15, 12-5 pm - Along the Cultural Trail

between Antietam and Baltimore Streets
 

The Common Ground Community Art Project focuses on the Arts as way to express and highlight the diversity of the Four State Area. The arts incorporate naturally science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Art Project is way to showcase STEAM integration and our community’s diversity. 

Best of the Hub City, Saturday, June 15, 7:30 pm - FREE!

university Plaza, 50 W. washington St. - Bring a blanket and a picnic for an evening of lovely art and entertainment

Danielle Horochowski
Danielle Horochowski is the Owner/Artistic Director of The City Ballet School and the director and founder of The Western Maryland City Ballet Company. Horochowski graduated from The City Ballet School under founding Artistic Director Lauran Clowser and continued her training at Point Park Conservatory for Performing Arts in Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Dance from Belhaven University and danced with ClancyWorks Dance Company in Washington, D.C. Before returning to Hagerstown, Horochowski served on staff with the USA International Ballet Competition and was the director of dance for Center Stage Productions in Jackson, MS.  Horochowski has choreographed, directed and staged Giselle, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid for the Western Maryland City Ballet Company.

 

www.cityballetschool.com

Tekesha Martinez

Tekesha Martinez, born and raised in Hagerstown, is the mother of five and nan of three. She is a poet, mediator, activist and minister. As the creator of Spit Ur Peace, she inspires and empowers local writers of all ages. She serves the community as a member of Hagerstown Cease Pain that asks residents to take a peace challenge in solidarity, quarterly, for 72 hours. 

Lykoh
Acquiring over 4,000 fans and 15,000 Spotify streams across 29 countries in just one year, the 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and overall aural enigma, Lýkoh, has taken the Alternative Pop/Contemporary R&B scene by storm. His catchy lyrical hooks and driving instrumentation will have you captivated in the realm of electronic drums and soulful synths. In 2017, Lýkoh began to build traction as an up and coming solo artist. In 2018, Lýkoh (under the stage name Chima) released his debut single, “Where Do We Go from Here.” Since that debut release, two other singles were released, one of which,“Macie,” went on to gain over 15,000 views on YouTube. In early 2019, the decision was made to re-brand and begin releasing music under the new artist name “Lýkoh” (Lee-ko).

 

www.iamlykoh.com

Candice Mowbray and Danny Webber

Classical guitarist Candice Mowbray is regarded for her beautiful tone and lyrical style, sharing the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through modern and classic works. Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, she has been a featured artist for festivals and concerts series in Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington DC, Baltimore and Los Angeles. She earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and her recent CD, Reverie, has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and in Classical Guitar Magazine.

 

www.candicemowbray.com

Danny Webber is a jazz, classical, and rock guitarist. Keeping an active performing schedule, you can find him playing with some of the most celebrated local musicians throughout the tri-state area, and beyond. Playing in solo, duo, trio, and quartet settings, his refined yet energetic approach is earning an ever-growing fan base. When not performing, Danny is Associate Professor of Music and Humanities at Hagerstown Community College.

 

www.dannywebberguitar.com

Past events

Saturday, June 22

SERENE GREEN
6/22, 3:30-5 pm

The Stage near the Mural of Unusual Size

67 W. Baltimore St.

Serene Green is the collective musical vision of Pennsylvania musicians Quentin Fisher, Michael Johnson, Shane McGeehan, and Steve Leonard. This band's passion for playing together comes from a deep love for traditional bluegrass music. The members of Serene Green share a common goal: influence the legacy of bluegrass music with original compositions, while honoring the traditions set forth by the pioneers of the genre. Since 2017, Serene Green has toured in over fifteen states throughout the Northeast, Mid-west, and Southeast regions of the U.S. The quartet released its first all-original studio album, "To Whom It Pertains," in June 2017, and is set to record its second studio album, recorded at Patuxent Music, in 2019.

www.serenegreenbluegrass.com

Brian Wendell Morton - "The School for Swindlers" Magic Show

6/22, 12:15, 1:15, and 2:15 pm

Near "Rise"

at Baltimore and Hood Streets

Brian Wendell Morton has a hard time telling the truth. But unlike your accountant, your lawyer or possibly your congressman, that's Brian's job. What most people call "magic," Brian calls "the most honest job in show business: lying while telling the truth." A veteran of the Baltimore Harborplace street performer program, Brian and his comedy magic has opened for international recording artist Leon Redbone, performed for Fortune 500 companies, at the Kennedy Center, and for the nearly 300,000 people each year that visit the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The Baltimore City Paper said, "Wherever he got his training, Morton's sleight-of-hand and mind-reading act -- he calls it 'blatant dishonesty in the name of wonder' -- is something to behold."

Morton's “School for Swindlers” is a comedic romp that travels through time from Shakespeare to the present day, as he teaches an audience street cons old and new. Learn the meaning of “Fast and Loose,” a Tudor-era game of chance with a chain; The Three Shell Game, a timeless con that still separates marks from their cash, and see members of the audience become a “Monte Mob” in a lesson that entertains while teaching an age-old lesson: “Don’t Play These Games For Money!

HeARTworks Interactive ARTWorks

6/22, 12-5 pm - on the grass near the Mural

67 W. Baltimore St.


HeARTworks is a partnership of artists Heidi O'Toole and Matthew Walls. Their desire is to inspire! Their interactive art boards are provided for all who pass by, providing the opportunity for young, old, experienced, or first-time artists to paint! Enjoy a creative experience while building community and spreading hope and inspiration.

Gingerbreadman, G-Mills, and Tekesha 'Fiyahfly' Martinez
6/22, 1:30-2:00

Stage near the Mural of Unusual Size

67 W. Baltimore St.

Born and raised in Hagerstown, Tekesha Martinez is the mother of five and nan of three. She is a poet, mediator, activist and minister. As the creator of Spit Ur Peace, she inspires and empowers local writers of all ages. She serves the community as a member of Hagerstown Cease Pain that asks residents to take a peace challenge in solidarity, quarterly, for 72 hours. 

 

Tekesha will be joined by several other poets.

PBQ

6/22, 12-3 pm

Entrance to the Cultural Trail

37 W. Antietam St.

PBQ... a New Acoustic Experience!  Paul Beard, of BEARD Guitars, Ron Webb, an award winning mandolin player, Butch Moser of The Tonehounds, and Jeff Taulton of The Brandy Stills Band make up PBQ. The group performs an eclectic mix of acoustic music, spanning  the gamut... Hendrix, Hank Williams, Cheap Trick, The Beatles, John Prine. PBQ also tosses in original material penned by Taulton. PBQ is "Acoustic Classic Rock to Contemporary Americana."

 

www.jefftaulton.com

The Derailleurs

This raucous and high-flying quintet, led by Hagerstown native Trent Renshaw, plays the hot jazz of the 1930s and 40s. Think Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, and more – all of which will take you to another time and bring a smile to your face! Renshaw is joined by musicians extraordinaire Dwayne Brooke (The Woodshedders), Ken Bussey (Ginada Pinata), Jacob Smith (The Woodshedders), and Randy Ball (Hard Swimmin’ Fish). 

 

www.facebook.com/derailleursgypsyjazz/

Imagine Hagerstown

Department of Community & Economic Development
City of Hagerstown

dced@hagerstownmd.org
301-739-8577, x. 116

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This event is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org)

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