Around South Hagerstown

December 22, 2008|By STACI CLIPP / 301-991-4103

Merry Christmas!

May you and yours have a very merry Christmas! 

Polar Bears prepare for New Year's plunge

 Members of the Williamsport Polar Bear Club and the Board of Directors and staff at the Humane Society of Washington County are inviting everyone become official Williamsport Polar Bears by taking the chilly plunge into the Potomac River on Jan. 1 at noon. The event takes place at the Williamsport boat ramp and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. 

Original WPB club member Todd Bowman is looking forward to another great gathering of the hearty Williamsport Polar Bears. 

"We're really anxious to see a big crowd out there this year," said Bowman adding, "For the past three or four years it's been real mild so we are due for a cold one. So it would separate out the men from the boys." 

Paul Miller, HSWC executive director, is also anticipating a great event.


"This is really becoming a tradition for a lot of people and we hope more will join us," he said. He added, "Each year we seem to get a larger crowd and we hope for a record number this year." 

Prizes for the two people who obtain the greatest amount of pledges are being donated by The Alpaca Shop LLC, Spirit of the Lotus Tea Company, Toppings Pizza Co., Kuddle Kennels, Simply pAwesome Dog Treats, BJ's Custom Creations, Regal Cinemas Valley Mall Stadium 16, and The Lenox Distribution Group, Inc. Fresh brewed hot coffee is being donated by Sheetz on the National Pike and Sander's Cookie Jar Bakery is donating baked goods for the event. Ellsworth Electric, BJ's Custom Creations and The Alpaca Shop LLC are event sponsors.

Hagerstown Lions Club

Dec. 23 - Carolyn Motz, Hagerstown Regional Airport update

Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon

For 76 years, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts has presented some of the region's best photography in the annual Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon. The juried photographic competition features work by amateur and professional photographers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

The jurors for this year's exhibition are Tom Beck and Robert Caputo. Beck is Chief Curator at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he works to build, maintain, and interpret the University's research collections including the more than 2 million photographs in the holdings. Beck has also curated many exhibitions and is the author of numerous publications on photography, including "Fields of Vision: Women in Photography" (with Michelle Lamunière and Cynthia Wayne). Caputo is an award-winning photographer and writer for National Geographic Magazine. Having worked with the magazine since 1980, Caputo has captured a variety of subjects in his photographs from images of wildlife and native cultures to documenting wars and famine. Caputo's photographs have been exhibited internationally in such group exhibitions as "Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic."

Entrants compete for awards in the categories of landscape/architecture, still life, portrait, figure, abstract and digital effects, and wildlife. The Washington County Arts Council will sponsor a cash award for the best photograph from a Washington County resident and the children of Reginald Holladay will sponsor a cash award for the best slide. Fuji Color Processing, Inc. will sponsor awards for best digital effects in black and white and best digital effects in color.

The museum provides cash prizes for the Best of Show and winners in each category. Each year, visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favorite photograph in the Popular Prize Award, sponsored by FirstLook Photo of Hagerstown. Photographers interested in entering this year's juried photography exhibition must submit their photographs with a completed entry form by Friday, Jan. 2. Entry forms are available at the museum or by mail by calling 301-739-5727. Rules and specifications for entering the competition are printed in the entry form. An exhibition reception, sponsored by Conservit, Inc., will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Many of the participating photographers will be available to speak with visitors.

"Threads That Bind: Unraveling the Meaning of Embroidery"

Organized by The Embroiderer's Guild of America, "Threads That Bind: Unraveling the Meaning of Embroidery," highlights the social and cultural aspects of the art of embroidery. The exhibition will run from Jan. 10 through March 1 at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Embroidery demonstrations by members of the Hagerstown Chapter Embroiderer's Guild will take place on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 12:30 p.m. followed at 1:30 p.m. by a walking tour of the exhibition with Carol Peao Dam, president of the Embroiderer's Guild of America.

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