Around South Hagerstown

July 25, 2006|by STACI CLIPP


Here we are, the last week of July - our summer sure is speeding by fast. I sure hope the dog days of summer aren't getting to you and you've been able to keep cool, as we've had some hot hot days.

Happy birthday to my sister Diane on the 25th - I'll be nice and not tell everyone your age!

Museum to be closed

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown will be closed to the public during most of August.

The galleries will be closed from Aug. 7 through Aug. 25 to make much-needed repairs and upgrades to the building. The museum offices will remain open during this time.

The carpeting in the Groh Gallery will be replaced with cork, a resilient and comfortable material and the carpeting in the Smith and Kerstein galleries will be removed to repair the wood flooring in a way that respects the original intentions of the architects, Hyde and Shepherd. The remaining floors will be refinished and polished so the museum will shine for its 75th anniversary.


Yard sale

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 1020 Maryland Ave., will be holding its ninth annual yard sale on Saturday Aug. 5, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. (no admittance until 7 a.m.). There will be something for everyone! St. Andrew's is located at

The rain date will be Aug.12. I will be sure to remind you of this again.

Blood drive

Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church will be hosting a Red Cross blood drive from on Aug. 2 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The community is invited to participate to help the Red Cross build up blood supplies over the critical summer months.

Hagerstown Lions Club

The speaker at Tuesday's meeting will be Maria Johns, director of development, Washington County Chapter American Red Cross. Her topic will be the Red Cross Heroes Campaign.

Music by the Lake

A summer concert series featuring local and regional bluegrass performers continues Saturday, July 29, at 7 p.m. at the City Park band shell. This week's performers will be Tori Anderson and Possum Holler. The concerts are co-sponsored by The Washington County Arts Council and The City of Hagerstown. For more information, call 301-791-3132.

Class of 1986

Please mark your calendars for Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. for the 20th anniversary reunion of the South Hagerstown High School Class of 1986, at the Four Points Sheraton.

The class is trying to build its database. Send your e-mail address, home address and phone number to


It's no mystery that the residents of Smithsburg have been eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Smithsburg Library being built at Veterans Park. Some of the area's best mystery writers will be on hand Tuesday, Aug 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. to help celebrate this achievement.

Please join us as "Sisters-in-Crime" authors Donna Andrews, Dana Cameron, Nora Charles, Mary Jane Deeb, Laura Durham, Mary Ellen Hughes, Valerie Malmont, Sandra Parshall and Marcia Talley help commemorate this milestone. Copies of the authors' recent works will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own copies.

Sisters-in-Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women mystery writers in 1986. Special celebrations are planned through October 2007 in celebration of the organization's 20th anniversary.

The library strives to make all programs accessible. Please inform the staff of special needs two weeks prior to the program. Call 301-824-7722 or 301-739-3250, ext. 136, for information.

Share your news

I know in the middle of summer there's not always a lot going on, but please be sure to e-mail me at or call me at 240-291-0916 with any news, information, birthdays or anything else you may have to share. Have a wonderful week!

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