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June 12, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Arts blossom in Hancock

Art, music, drama! Hancock is sporting a new look these days with a blossoming of the arts in all forms! Who woulda thunk it? Admit it, readers from across the county ... if someone told you that in one 30-day period Hancock would host a photo gallery contest, a drama camp and some great local music in the park, would you believe it?

There is a new breeze blowing, and local artists of all ilks are getting in the act. No longer do we have to drive to the "big city" to enjoy the pleasure which the arts provide. No longer do we have to hang our heads in shame in the shadow of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The arts are alive and well -- maybe in infancy, but certainly within reach of our local citizens.

Musical events

Let's begin with music! This weekend there are two musical treats. On Saturday, you may drive up Interstate 70 to nearby Warfordsburg, Pa., just over the Mason-Dixon line to the Faith Center at Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church. The second annual Pickin' and Praisin' event will be held from 4 to 9 p.m.


The event is free and features a bake sale and cake walk, hand-dipped ice cream, great food, activities for the kids, and did I say music?

There will be gospel music by Snake Spring Valley Men's Quartet, Blessed Friends and Bill and Karen Itzel, plus other local performers.

Then, on Sunday, kick back in Hancock's beautiful Widmeyer Park at 5 p.m. with B.B. and the MoJo Hands performing Gritty Blues.

This will be the first of three summer concerts in the park sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy this free concert.

If it rains, join your fellow citizens inside the performing arts center in Hancock's Town Hall and keep on groovin'.

Other concerts planned include the Flash Backs with Retro Rock on July 20, and the famous Rohrersville Band, blowin' since 1837, on Aug. 17.

Photo contest

How about some wonderful photography?

The 2008 Annual Hancock Photo Contest has drawn to a close, and the winners will be announced on June 28 at the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park. The top 10 winning photos are being matted and framed and will not be on display until then.

Meanwhile, there is a photo display of all the remaining submissions in the window of the old "game room" on Main Street, at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue.

The sponsors for the photo contest were the Hancock Area Photo Club, Hancock Arts Council, War Memorial Library and RE/MAX Achievers. Sixty-four entries were submitted by the May 31 deadline. Judges this year are Sondra Bishop, Paul Smith, Ellisa Twigg and Sam Judge.

The prizes to be awarded are as follows:

· Grand prize (best in show) , $100

· People category, first Prize $25

· Hancock values, first prize, $25

· Places and things, first prize, $25

· Animals category, first prize, $25

On June 28, at 2 p.m., a reception will be held at War Memorial Library to announce the winners, and the five additional honorable mention photos. At that time the winning photos will be made available to the media.

Barge Bash

Moving on to sculpture and graphic arts, last Saturday's 2008 Barge Bash was an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to get creative.

On a blazing hot afternoon, an intrepid crowd "gathered at the river" by the banks of the old canal and had a great time watching the barges plow up the canal.

The Bat-Barge won the speed race, while the favorite and first patriotic barge sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition "tanked" slowly and gracefully along.

Heavenly angels -- the Kids' Choir -- from St. Thomas' Episcopal Church sang gleefully and stayed dry. Later, the C&O bicycle group towed a country couple. At the end of the day the western sky lit up with everyone's favorite sky art -- fireworks.

Golden anniversary

Many best wishes to Don and Jeanie Corbett, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. Friends came from as far away as California to the gathering at Camp Harding Park, near Pecktonville. This was a wonderful event for a very special Hancock family.

Day camp

It's not too late for middle- and high-school young people to sign up for "Adventures in Friendship" day camp, June 23-27. This is the 12th year for this annual program, co-sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, where the event is held.

"Adventures" is free and builds social and safety skills in this crucial population. Contact ISC Executive Director Debbie Cohill at 301-678-6605 for registration and parental permission forms and additional information.

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