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Right on course

October 06, 2004|by KATE COLEMAN

katec@herald-mail.com

Marcel Wenker opened Marcel's Bakery & Cafe on South Potomac Street a little more than a month ago. Just last week, the native of Switzerland was supervising the installation of his bakery oven. Breads, cookies and pastries as well as lunch and dinner are available at the 43-45 S. Potomac St. location.

On Thursday, Oct. 7, Wenker will be preparing hors d'oeuvres for Downtown Hagerstown's Progressive Dinner. His canaps will be served at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery next door.

He was invited to participate, and he said yes.

"I'm downtown now. I'm part of it," he said.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Washington County Arts Council and the Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company, the nonprofit dance troupe based at The City Ballet School in downtown Hagerstown.

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The City of Hagerstown has sponsored four previous progressive dinners to benefit different local organizations. The evenings provide funds for area nonprofit organizations while showcasing downtown Hagerstown, said Susie Salvagni, events coordinator for the City of Hagerstown.

Wenker's offerings can be tasted by all who participate in the night of fine dining and the arts. The evening begins at the gallery, and in addition to the visual art on display, guitarist Candice Mowbray will provide musical art.

Kevin Moriarty, arts council executive director, is looking forward to the event. He said he's happy for any opportunity to work with his neighbors.

Four downtown restaurants will be serving dinner:

The Gourmet Goat will offer Beef Tips & Portobella Mushrooms Over Pasta, Chicken Saltimbocca, Maryland Style Crab Cakes and Stuffed Salmon Fillet.

At The Rhubarb House, diners can choose Crab & Artichoke Lasagna, Grilled Salmon or Filet Mignon.

Roccoco will serve Three Cheese Stuffed Manicotti, Slow Roasted Pork Loin and Grilled Salmon.

Diners who select Schmankerl Stube can choose from Knusperige Schweinshaxe (pork shank), Wiener Schnitzel and a trio of sausages called Schmankerl Wurst Teller.

Everyone will head to Washington County Playhouse for dessert. Theater owner Kelly Jenkins will serve her Praline Peach Cobbler and something chocolate, and Earl Moreland and Vicki Leisher, from the cast of "Meshuggah-Nuns," will be on the dinner theater stage.

Extra sweets will be provided by the Sugarplum Fairy, and dancers from Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company who will perform highlights from "The Nutcracker."

"It's really exciting," said Lauran Clowser, artistic director of the ballet company. Selections from "Paquita," the ballet performed last spring, also will be presented.

Clowser said it is an honor to be chosen by the City of Hagerstown as a beneficiary of the event, and students can show what the money is going toward.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for our students to dance," she said.

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