Area cancellations and closings – Herald-Mail Media

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Animal Welfare Society

The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County and Southern States in Ranson is cancelling the Rabies Clinic scheduled for March 21 due to COVID-19 concerns and precautions. The event will, hopefully, be rescheduled at a later date in the spring.

Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore

All parishes of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will limit attendance at all Masses and parish-sponsored events, regardless of location, to no more than 250 people until further notice.

Catoctin Furnace Historical Society

The Forged In Iron and Bone event scheduled for Saturday, March 14, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Delaplaine Arts Center. Dr. Douglas Owsley, Cheyeny McKnight, Elayne Bond Hyman, Elizabeth Comer, Christopher Gardiner, and David Key have all confirmed their attendance for the new date.

If you cannot attend on May 6, you may donate your admission to someone of your choice or provide the ticket to someone who could not afford a ticket. Your ticket price will be considered a donation to the historical society and you will receive a receipt for the cost. If you wish to receive a refund, please contact Elizabeth Comer at 443-463-6437 or email

Charles Town Library

The Charles Town (W.Va.) Library will be closed to the public until further notice. The popular Story Time events with Miss Debbie and Mr. Tim will continue live-streamed on Facebook when possible. Please check our website at and our Facebook page for updates.

Cunningham Falls State Park

The 50th annual Maple Syrup Festival, scheduled for March 14-15 and March 21-22, has been canceled.

Discovery Station

As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, Discovery Station will temporarily close to the public beginning on Saturday, March 14. The museum will reopen on Tuesday, March 31. Museum staff will use this time of closure to clean and disinfect all of its exhibits. Please follow the museum's social media pages for up-to-date information on the museum's operations.

Eastern Panhandle WVU Alumni & Fan Club

The Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner honoring Richard "Rick" A. Pill scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church

The Summit Supper scheduled for Thursday, March 26, will be carry-out only. Meal is free and carry-outs will begin at 6:30 p.m. Please arrive timely so all can be served promptly.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland

All parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will cancel public worship services through Friday, March 27. However, smaller groups, such as Twelve Step groups and other outreach ministries, should continue to meet. Check with your local parish for more information.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Hagerstown has canceled all church-related activities and all non-church functions scheduled on church property, including worship, through Saturday, March 28. Church staff will be available during normal office hours and will be working to provide weekly materials for families to worship from home. If you need pastoral care, please contact a member of the staff through the usual channels.

Four State Comic-Con

Four State Comic-Con has canceled an event scheduled to take place March 21-22 at Hagerstown Community Colleges Athletic, Recreation, and Community Center.

Franklin County Historical Society

The Franklin County Historical Society meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 26, has been postponed. A new date will be posted online at when it is scheduled.

Frederick County Senior Services

The Frederick County Senior Services Division has temporarily closed all senior centers to the public. All activities, programs and events are canceled until further notice. The Meals on Wheels program will continue to deliver two meals a day to homebound adults, Monday through Friday, or adults of any age with a chronic health condition or disability who meet program eligibility guidelines and live in Frederick County. Senior Services Division offices will remain open and staff are available to answer questions at 301-600-1234. Additional information is available by visiting

Frederick County Sheriffs Office

In addition to operational changes already announced, the following has been modified:

All courts in the Maryland Judiciary, court offices, administrative offices, units of the Judiciary, and the Offices of the Clerks of the Circuit Courts shall be closed to the public on an emergency basis, effective March 16.

Evictions will not be scheduled or executed until further notice

As a reminder, the following operations/services have already been modified:

All visitations at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center and Work Release Center have been suspended until further notice

All programs involving volunteers entering the detention center are suspended until further notice

Fingerprinting Services will be closed until further notice, however Fingerprinting Services provided elsewhere throughout the county might still be open and operating

Changes or updates to this list may occur as the event progresses. For up-to-date information on any operational changes, follow the Frederick County Sheriffs Office on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website.

Friends of Shepherdstown Library

"Left of the Bank," scheduled for Saturday, April 4, has been canceled.

Grace United Methodist Church

All church activities at Grace United Methodist Church in Hagerstown are canceled through Saturday, March 28. This includes Worship and Sunday School. Please visit for updates.

Graceham Moravian Church

The turkey and oyster dinner scheduled for March 27 and 28 has been canceled.

Greencastle-Antrim Education Foundation

The Daddy Daughter Dance scheduled for Friday, March 27, has been postponed. A new date to be announced in the next few weeks. All tickets sold will be honored for the new day.

Greencastle-Antrim Baseball/Softball Association

All league activities from March 13 and through April 6 are canceled. This includes all practices, games and league meetings. All G-ABSA fields will be closed to organized practices.

Hagerstown Civil War Round Table

The Hagerstown Civil War Round Table meeting for March 26 is canceled.

Hagerstown Community College

The STEMM Technical Middle College Info Session scheduled for March 18 has been canceled.

A March 18 concert that was to be performed by Mark Rust for Irish American Heritage Month has been canceled.

Hagerstown Community College Alumni

The 2020 HCC Alumni Cruise scheduled for May 3 to 16 has been canceled.

The celebrity bartending event at Benny's Pub scheduled for Friday, March 20, has been canceled.

Hagerstown Parkinson's Support Group

The Hagerstown Parkinson's Support Group meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 2, has been canceled.

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum

Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum will temporarily close to the public beginning on Friday, March 13. The museum plans to reopen on Friday, May 1. Museum staff will use this time of closure to clean and disinfect all of its exhibits. Please follow the museum's social media pages for up-to-date information on the museum's operations, or visit

Hagerstown Suns

Minor League Baseball has postponed the start of the 2020 season. The Hagerstown Suns were scheduled to open the season Thursday, April 9 at Rome, Ga., with their home opener scheduled for Thursday, April 16.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

The Michael Ray and Carly Pearce concert scheduled for Friday, March 13, has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 17. Tickets for Friday's concert are valid for the rescheduled date.

Interfaith Coalition of Washington County

The Interfaith Forum scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at Christ's Reformed Church in Hagerstown has been canceled. The event may be rescheduled at a later date.

The Seekers Book Club scheduled for Thursday, March 19, has been canceled.

Islamic Society of Western Maryland

The Islamic Society of Western Maryland is suspending all congregational activities and Sunday schools through March 27. The mosque is still open for individuals to visit, but bigger assemblies are discouraged.

The Jacob Rohrbach Inn and Antietam Mercantile Company

The Inn and the Mercantile will be closed for at least two weeks, effective Sunday, March 15. We will continue to accept online and phone reservations for future stays during this time period.

John Wesley United Methodist Church

John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown is canceling all in-person gatherings including worship services through March 27. The office will remain open, and can be reached by phone or email.

Knights of Pythias

The Knights of Pythias spaghetti dinner and bake sale scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.

Leadership Washington County

Leadership Washington County is postponing its April 21 event,LWC Presents Healthcare in Maryland and Washington County.

Mansion House Art Gallery

The Mansion House Art Gallery is closed from March 14 until April 3. The Valley Art Association general meeting on March 25 is cancelled. All art groups and classes at the Mansion House also will be cancelled during this period.

Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suspended all visits to correctional facilities effective Thursday to protect employees, inmates and detainees and their families.

The department will provide free phone calls and video visitation for inmates and is working on enhancing those visitation methods, according to a news release.

All inmate programming and volunteer activities, including outside job details, are suspended for two weeks, at which point they will be re-evaluated.

Maryland Ensemble Theater

Maryland Ensemble Theatre is suspending operations as of Monday, March 16. Its annual fundraiser, Retro Prom, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22.

Maryland International Film Festival

The 9th Annual Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown scheduled for March 27 to 29, has been postponed. The board of directors is working on rescheduling the date.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra concerts scheduled for March 14 and 15 have been postponed. MSO is working to reschedule these performances. Once confirmed in the coming days, MSO will reach out to all ticket holders to offer the option of attending an alternate performance, exchanging for another performance this season, or converting your tickets to a tax-deductible donation.

The Maryland Theatre

The Maryland Theatre is following the State of Maryland guidelines that it may not host gatherings of more than 250 persons through Friday, March 27.

Staff is working with promoters and local performance groups to reschedule events. Ticket holders will be able to use existing tickets for rescheduled events. No refunds or exchanges are being considered at this time.

Affected shows include:

March 14-15: Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents Mozart + Mahler

March 20: The Maryland Theatre hosts Teens Have Talent

March 21: The Maryland Theatre hosts EagleMania-The Worlds Greatest Eagles Tribute

March 22: Friends Meeting School presents a benefit performance for Maryland Food Bank, Frozen Jr.

March 27: Maryland International Film Festival Opening Night Red Carpet Event

McConnellsburg High School

McConnellsburg High School's production of "Mary Poppins," scheduled for March 20 to 22, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Meritus Health

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