Around South Hagerstown

July 04, 2006|by STACI CLIPP

Happy July 4th!

Please be careful in all your celebrating. We sure have been bombarded with lots of rain these past couple of days. Let's hope it doesn't damper our holiday fun!

Family Arts Festival at museum

Sponsored in part by the Richard N. Funkhouser Foundation, the Alice Virginia and David W. Fletcher Foundation, and Mr. and Mrs. William E. Giffin, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will be holding the Riding the Rails Family Arts Festival at the museum on Saturday, July 8.

This event is free and open to the public. Please come for an exciting day with family and friends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the photography exhibition entitled "Arrested Motion: 1950s Railroad Photographs by O. Winston Link."


Washington County enjoys a rich railroading history that deserves to be commemorated. Special speakers, train videos and recordings, adult and children's art activities, food and more will be part of the celebration.

Schedule of events:

10 a.m. - Opening of festival; Video, "Trains That Passed in the Night - O. Winston Link Story."

10 a.m. - Face painting, origami (all day).

10:30 a.m. - Children's story time - train theme (1 hour).

11 a.m. - Special guest speaker, Robert Tracey Sr., co-director, Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Balloon sculptor.

Noon - Video, "Trains That Passed in the Night - O. Winston Link Story;"

Noon to 4 p.m. - Adult watercolor workshop, train theme . Offsite location: Hagerstown Railroad Museum, City Park. Instructor: Robert Wantz. Preregistration required, $10 fee.

1 p.m. - Special guest speakers, A.G. Bobby Fouche, retired Western Maryland Railway clerk; Thelma Brewer - retired Western Maryland Railway yard office clerk; John Hamburg, retired Western Maryland Railway yard foreman; Harry Hamby - Retired Western Maryland Railway engineer

1 p.m.-3 p.m. - Children's train art workshop. Instructor: Brandy Merchant-Mills. Preregistration required, $5 fee.

2 p.m. - Special guest speaker, Terry Marshall. Norfolk & Western Railroad Historical Society

3 p.m. - Video, "Trains That Passed in the Night - O. Winston Link Story."

3 p.m. - Children's train art judging.

3:30 p.m. - Children's train art workshop winner's announcement and awards presentation.

Summer Parking Lot Program

Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church, at the corner of First and Spruce streets, will be holding its annual Summer Parking Lot Program for kids from ages 4-13.

There will be lots of fun activities, games, Bible stories, snacks and new friends. There is no cost and all are welcome. It's held on the second and third Wednesdays of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a great time in the church parking lot.

Hagerstown Lions Club

July 4 - No meeting.

Eyeglass report: 100 eyeglasses, four frames, 13 cases and 144 lenses were collected. The latest delivery to Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc. from the club was 1,050 pairs of eyeglasses,167 frames, 560 cases and 6,300 lenses.

Happy birthday to: Brooks McBurney, July 6; R. Paul Hoffman, July 9; John Robery Hyssong, July 9; Paul W. Leatherman, July 14; Thomas Haver, July 17; James E. Fritsch, July 31.

Happy anniversary to: Mr. and Mrs. James Fritsch, July 12, 37 years; Mr. and Mrs. William Nairn, July 22, 35 years; Mr. and Mrs. Roland Hobbs, July 24, 41 years. That's 113 years combined - congratulations to all and may you have many more!

Author to visit library

If your summer includes a home improvement project, or if you are just planning a few small repairs around the house, you won't want to miss author and home improvement expert Allegra Bennett as she demonstrates "How to Fix a Hole in a Wall" and shares other home repair hints on Sunday, July 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac St. A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available to purchase or you may bring your own.

Allegra Bennett, publisher of Renovating Woman, is the home repair expert on "Home Made Easy," a forthcoming home care show on DIY cable network and the author of three home improvement books.

As Renovating Woman, Allegra performs a one-woman show on homeowner escapades and conducts home repair do-it-yourself workshops. She has served as the home repair advisor for A former editor of UNISON, a special section of The (Baltimore) Sun, and a regular contributing writer to Welcome Home, another Sun product, Allegra writes articles for magazines, newspapers and web sites on homeownership. In 2002 she partnered with Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program and toured cities encouraging women to become self sufficient homeowners..

Her most recent book, "When a Woman Takes an Axe to a Wall," came out in 2002 and was renovated in 2006 to include a DVD. Allegra has appeared on The Discovery Channel's home repair show, "Work in Progress" as host of "On the Level" and as a guest on "Home Matters."

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