Elliott stays busy planning Hagerstown events

May 02, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- Since she came on board in August, Abigail Elliott has been busy as the event and program specialist with the City of Hagerstown.

And that's the way she likes it.

"There were about 116 events in 2007 ... from grand openings to the Blues Fest," Elliott said.

Elliott, 25, said she enjoyed a recent activity that involved helping to organize and then accompanying a busload of veterans to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. - her first out-of-town event.

"It made their day," Elliott said of the 39 veterans who made the trip. "I heard some great stories."

She said those stories were moving and touching.

"It was so personal to learn about their experiences," Elliott said.

Born and raised in Hagerstown, Elliott attended Saint James School and Mercersburg Academy, and graduated from North Hagerstown High School.

She earned her degree in literature and creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.


"In this job, I get to work with people and write a lot," she said.

Honing her skills and identifying her strengths figure into her work every day.

A lot of her energy these days is going into May Mart, scheduled for May 8 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hagerstown's Public Square.

"There will be 25 or more vendors, the largest number in years," Elliott said.

In January, Elliott sent out applications to previous May Mart vendors and potential new entrepreneurs. Farmers Market vendors were notified, as were downtown businesses who are invited each year to have sidewalk sales on the same day.

In the flier sent to these businesses, Elliott urged downtown merchants to either set up in front of their stores or in Public Square free of charge.

The raindate for May Mart is May 9 during the same hours.

The event, which is filled with flowers, crafts and gifts, comes just before Mother's Day.

The work keeps her on her toes, Elliott said.

"We're busy all year. It's hard work but fun."

When she isn't on the job, Elliott reads, bakes and runs.

"I want to be outside a lot," she said.

More information on city activities can be obtained by calling 301-739-8577, ext. 183.

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