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Singer Society's Treasure Sale set for Saturday

November 06, 2003|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Judy Waters has known about the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts for a long time. It's something that has stuck in her memory.

She grew up in Roanoke, Va., and recalls passing the museum next to City Park lake on family drives to Philadelphia when she was a kid.

"I just never forgot it," she says.

As chairwoman of the Singer Society's Treasure Sale at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, she hopes to pique the interest of newcomers and those who have known about the museum as long as she has.

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The Singer Society, a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the museum, will hold the fourth annual sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8.

On Friday, Nov. 7, there will be a preview of the inventory of items that includes silver, artwork, glassware, rugs, furniture, fine china and pottery. Also available are gift certificates and gift baskets - all priced.

"Everything is for sale," says Waters.

She calls the event a "glorified yard sale."

Glorified, indeed. In its first three years, the Treasure Sale has netted more than $34,000 for the museum.

The proceeds go toward operating expenses of the museum.

In addition to fund-raising efforts, Singer Society members volunteer their time to staff the reception desk, serve as docents and tour guides, help out at museum events and run the museum shop.

Items in the Treasure Sale are priced from 50 cents to $400. They are donated by individuals in the community and by local businesses.

The event has gotten people involved with the museum, says Amy Metzger-Hunt, curator.

She says she is impressed by the items people donate.

So, apparently, are those who attend the fund-raiser. Last year, people were lined up at the museum's doors before they opened, she says.

One purpose of the sale is to get people into the museum, Waters says. Some people who've lived in Hagerstown all their lives never have entered the museum. Singer Society organizers are trying to share their appreciation of the museum.

"I love the museum," says Singer Society President Jane Keller.

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