Arts brief

December 22, 2005

Reduced admission at Civil War museum

FREDERICK, Md. - In honor of the five-year anniversary of its renovated museum building, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is offering reduced admission prices for all visitors through Friday, March 31, 2006.

Admission is now $5 for adults, $3 for ages 10 to 17, and free for ages 9 and younger. In addition, a family rate is offered for $15, which includes two adults with children.

The lower rates include admission to the new Christmas exhibit, on display through Friday, Jan. 6, 2006.

The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is at 48 E. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call 1-301-695-1864 or go to

Chamber sells 2005 heritage ornament

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is selling the 2005 edition of the Heritage Christmas Ornament.


This year's design, which commemorates the Chamber's 50th anniversary, features the Chamber building and its Grove Community Room.

Ornaments from the past 14 years are also available, commemorating Martin's Mill Covered Bridge, Greencastle Train Station, Town Clock, Tayamentasachta, Rescue Hose Co., Anderson Grist Mill, Five Arch Bridge, Allison's Tavern, Barkdoll Field, Old Home Week, Corporal Rihl Monument, Heritage Christmas and Brown's Mill School.

Ornaments cost $18.02, which includes tax, and can be purchased at the Chamber building, 217 E. Baltimore St., from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Contestants invited to enter pageants

The board of directors of the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation is extending an invitation to young women between the ages of 18 (by September 2006) and 24 to compete in its upcoming production and competition.

Many scholarships and gifts will be awarded. Last year more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind scholarships were awarded with every contestant receiving a scholarship.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. Two winners will represent the area in the annual Miss Maryland Scholarship competition June 28 to July 1, 2006, at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown.

To compete for the Miss Washington County title, a contestant must have been a resident of Washington County since Aug. 1, 2005. In order to compete in the Miss Western Maryland title, contestants must live, work, or attend school in Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties. The four areas of competition are interview, evening wear, physical fitness in swimsuit, and talent. There is no entrance fee.

All interested contestants will be required to attend an orientation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at Plaza Hotel in Hagerstown. Publicity photos will be taken by Dale Swope of Photography by Dale at 8:30 a.m. preceding the orientation. Parents are welcome to attend. Speaking at the orientation will be Miss Maryland 2005 Rachel Ellsworth and Miss Washington County 2005 Emily Conrad.

This competition is part of the Miss America Scholarship Program.

To participate, contact Jan Dorsey, contestant coordinator at 301-733-8278 prior to Saturday, Dec. 31.

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