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April 03, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Arts Council plans 'Evening in Hancock'

Dinner, music, great conversation! What more could you ask for?

Once again, the Hancock Arts Council is putting on an evening of entertainment at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant.

The Evening in Hancock, on Friday, April 11, with a dinner buffet starting at 6 p.m., will feature a wide variety of performances, including Hancock's singing legend Tori Anderson accompanied by Gwynne Cavey.

Arts Council chairperson Sinclair Hamilton said, "This year's fundraiser will be full of great local talent and some from a little further a field. There will be a bluegrass group from Hagerstown. From Berkeley Springs, W.Va., we will have the sweet country harmonies of Lott and Swain and a short story by John Douglas.

"From above the Mason-Dixon Line we will have poetry by Ann Knox and music from the Waltz Kings with Mike and Caroline Kligerman.


"Also performing will be Tula Ruggiero on the Celtic harp, Rob Meltz from the D.C. area on banjo and the Arts Council Band with Dan Murphy on the tuba. It should be an exciting night."

Last year, the tickets sold out in less than two weeks, and it was standing-room-only.

"I expect tickets will go pretty quickly again this year because it is a good show with a great dinner, it is for a good cause, and it's a lot of fun," Sinclair said.

A limited number of tickets at $25 each will be available in advance at the Hancock Town Hall at 126 W. High St. The Hancock Town Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and you can call them at 301-678-5622. Sinclair Hamilton can be reached at 301-678-5719.

Fort Frederick hosts Garrison Weekend

This is Garrison Weekend at nearby Fort Frederick. Members of the First Virginia will be demonstrating the life of the Continental soldiers during the Revolutionary War.

Hours are Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Re-enactors will show you their living quarters, demonstrate use of their weapons, talk about food, entertainment, medicine and customs of the time more than 200 years ago.

For more information, call the fort at 301-842-2155.

Health Olympics coming up again

The Hancock Health Olympics is on the horizon.

This year, the theme is "Losers can be big winners."

On TV, the biggest losers win cash, but in Hancock any "losers" have a chance to win wonderful prizes!

So far, the list includes six months free membership at Rankin Fitness Center, free dinner for one at Lot 12 Public House, free lunch for two at Tari's Caf, free one-hour massage at the Bath House, five free movie tickets at the Star Theater, $25 gift certificate at Tony's Butcher Block and $50 cash donated by Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home.

Co-sponsors this year are Tri-State Community Health Center and Rankin Fitness Center.

Sign-ups, weigh-ins and weigh-outs will be at both those locations, where you can receive your free T-shirt.

Opening events include a health fair at the Hancock Community Center on Friday, April 25. That will also be the date for the second annual "Walk Across Maryland," which begins at noon.

Organizer Dr. Matthew Hahn invites everyone to join him to walk across Maryland (all 1.5 miles of it here in Hancock), to draw attention to the benefits of using local trails and hiking to boost fitness.

Rotary planning benefit dinner

The Rotary Club of Hancock is busily preparing for its annual benefit dinner and auction Tuesday.

The list of items to be auctioned continues to grow and tickets are still available. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. at the Hancock American Legion on East Main Street.

Dan Fleming is once again offering a vehicle - this time a 1 1/2-ton dump truck, which you can inspect at 246 E. Main St. You can place a bid on the truck without purchasing a ticket by faxing Melinda Golden at 717-294-6525.

The funds raised from this benefit come back to Hancock in the form of grants to local organizations, scholarships and beautification projects.

Preschool enrolling students for summer

Good Shepherd Preschool is enrolling students for the summer.

Children ages 2 to 13 can join the fun - swimming, crafts, games and more - all in a safe, Christian atmosphere with plenty of adult supervision.

Space is limited, so call 301-678-5100 or visit them at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

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