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Women's Club members share recipes for fundraiser

Women's Club members share recipes for fundraiser

March 08, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The Broccoli With Orange Sauce was such a hit at the Women's Club's brunch five years ago that several men complimented it and one man asked for the recipe.

That dish is back and many more to help the Women's Club raise money for the upkeep of the club's historic South Prospect Street home, says Hazel Chilcote, who is co-chairing the event with Nancy Chase.

The brunch will be served at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 19, at the Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St. Reservations need to be made by Thursday, March 16.

About 20 club members have volunteered to cook for the brunch.

The menu includes an egg casserole containing sausage, Sour Cream Potato Casserole, Bow-Tie Pasta With Asiago Cheese and Spinach, Chicken Supreme, Glazed Ham, Spiced Apple Slices, Honey Carrots, fresh fruit and Cinnamon Rolls.

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Desserts include Peach Macaroon Cobbler, Double Fudge Cake and Pistachio Cake.

All proceeds will go toward utility and maintenance costs for the building, which was built before the Civil War.

Heating cost more than $3,700 in January alone, Chilcote says.

The major maintenance expense will be painting the building, which requires meeting historic preservation specifications, Chilcote says. The floor in the auditorium, used by the Potomac Playmakers and Junior Dance Class, also needs to be refinished.

The Federal-style building was built in 1838 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Chilcote says. During the Confederates' retreat from Gettysburg, Gen. Robert E. Lee was entertained at the house by Dr. Wroe.

The Wroe heirs sold the home to the club in 1923, two years after the club organized, Chilcote says.

The club has 18 rooms, rented at low cost to women in the community, but the rent barely covers the salaries of the manager and housekeeper, Chilcote says.

The club also aids the community through an annual benefit card party that helps a different local charity each year, Chilcote says.

Members of the club's garden club, Crossroads Garden Club, maintain the property's garden, have planted flowers at a local nursing home and have helped local nursing home residents make flower arrangements.




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WHAT: Sunday Brunch fundraiser for Women's Club to help with utilities and upkeep of the club's building.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19.

WHERE: Women's Club, 31 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown.

COST: $15, includes beverages, desserts, tax and gratuity. Reservations required with payment by Thursday, March 16. Call the office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at 301-739-0870.

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