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Around South Hagerstown

June 06, 2006|by STACI CLIPP

Hello!

Well, as most of us know, today was the last day of school for Washington County students - ye-ha! I, for one, am looking forward to summer vacation with the kids (even though the boredom will kick in soon!) Please remember to keep an extra eye out while you're driving.

Hagerstown Lions Club

June 6- Massey Roe Youth Foundation Scholarship Awards will be presented.

Happy birthday to the following Lions: June 4 - Rev. David B. Kaplan; June 5 - Rick E. Robinson; June 14 - Merle L. Saville; June 16 - Jack B. Byers; June 20 - Christopher Stockslager; June 21 - Charles G. Groh; June 24 - Frank S. Stanley; June 26 - Karl G. Licht; June 28 - David W. Huntzberry; June 29 - Harry C. Snook.

Happy anniversary to the following Lions: June 6 - Mr. and Mrs. G. Robert Lyles, 44 years; June 11 - Mr. and Mrs. Merle Saville, 40 years; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thiess, 46 years; June 15 - Mr. and Mrs. David Moats Sr., 11 years; June 16 - Mr. and Mrs. J. Franklin Shank, 59 years; June 18 - Mr. and Mrs. Jack Byers, 51 years; June 19 - Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hershey, 35 years; Mr. and Mrs. John Hose, 30 years; June 27 - Mr. and Mrs. Gerald House, 36 years. That's a total of 352 years! May you each have a wonderful anniversary!

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Renaissance festival

On Saturday, June 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Jonathan Hager House, the Highland Forde Barony presents its annual Middle Ages living history festival with mock fighting, merchants and more. Admission is free. For more information, check out www.hagerhouse.org on the Web.

Summer worship

Starting on Sunday, June 11, at 9:30 a.m., St. John's Lutheran Church will be adding a contemporary service to its Sunday worship schedule. Weather permitting, the casual service will be held in the courtyard. This new addition to the summer schedule complements the regular worship schedule, including an 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. service on Sundays and Midweek Joy, the contemporary service on Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Valley Art Association

Valley Art Association members will be featuring their Miniature Show during June at the Mansion House Gallery at City Park. Framed original art paintings, with image sizes of 4 x 6 inches and smaller will be on display and available for purchase. For information, call 301-790-3178. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Return of the artist

Artist Gretchen Wachs returns to her hometown of Hagerstown and to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, where she spent time as a child, with an exciting exhibition of paintings, prints and ceramics. The exhibition, entitled Then and Now, will be on view from June 9 through Aug. 6. The public is invited to celebrate the exhibition and meet the artist at a special opening reception on Sunday, June 11, from 2:30 to 4 p.m..

Wachs grew up in a creative family knowing she wanted to become an artist. At one time she worked as a curatorial assistant at the museum. She studied at the Maryland Institute of Art before receiving a degree in printmaking and photography from Alfred University.

Having dreamed of living in the Northwest, Wachs left Hagerstown in 1978 for Eugene, Ore. There, she found studio space in a college and spent a number of years working on her ceramics. Her first exhibition was held at a gallery in Eugene and her blossoming career began to take shape. She eventually moved to Santa Fe, N.M., where she has lived for the past 25 years.

The exhibition has been organized and co-curated by Robert Preszler of Sharpsburg, a friend of the artist and a former curator of the museum.

For more information on the museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org on the Web. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m.. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

Soccer sign-up

You have two more opportunities to register your child for the Hagerstown Area Youth Soccer League's fall season - June 8 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Haven Lutheran Church and June 17 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds.

You must bring birth certificate for all new players. The league is for boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 18. Cost is $45 per player. All players must have shin guards for all practices and games. Phone 240-52-SCORE for more information.

Mysterious goings-on at the library

The Washington County Free Library System is inviting all children ages preschool through eighth grade to "Clue Into Reading" with a mystery and detective-themed reading club this summer.

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