Around South Hagerstown

December 29, 2008|By STACI CLIPP / 301-991-4103

Happy New Year

May you have a wonderful end to 2008 and an even better beginning to 2009.

Cooking demonstration

The Women's Club invites all members and the public to a cooking demonstration by Chef John Walla of Black Eyed Susan Restaurant on Thursday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the club at 31 S. Prospect St. 

Admission is $12 and payment will be accepted at the door. Reservations can be made by calling the Women's Club at 301-739-0870. Treats will be available to sample. 

The next cooking demonstration on Feb. 1 will feature Shellie Ralston of The Rhubarb House

Hagerstown Lions Club

Tuesday -- Maria Johns will talk about the recent Red Cross disaster relief.

Pageants seeking area contestants

The board of directors of the Miss Washington County/Miss Western Maryland Scholarship Foundation is extending an invitation to area young women between the ages of 13 and 24 to compete in the annual production and competition. 


The event will be Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Kepler Theater on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. 

Four winners will be selected, Miss Washington County 2009 and Miss Western Maryland 2009 and their teen counterparts, Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen 2009 and Miss Western Maryland Outstanding Teen 2009. 

The winners will represent the four-county area in the annual Miss Maryland Scholarship competition and the Miss Maryland Outstanding Teen competition at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown in June.  

To compete for the Western Maryland titles, a contestant must live, work or attend school in Garrett, Allegany, Washington or Frederick counties. 

To compete for the Washington County titles, a contestant must have been a Washington County resident for the past six months. There is no entry fee for the Miss competition and a nominal fee for teens. The Miss competition is for young women ages 17 to 24 and at least a high school senior. The  teen competition is for teens aged 13 to 17, but not a high school senior.    

Interested contestants will be required to attend an orientation on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel.  Parents are welcome to attend. Speaking at the orientation will be Maddie Bohrer, Miss Washington County Outstanding Teen 2008. Professional photos will be taken at 8:30 a.m.

Those interested in the either the Miss or Teen competitions are urged to contact Sandy Miller at 301-791-5974 or Denise Apple at 304-274-2346 for more information and to register for orientation.

Photo contest

The final day to submit entries to the 76th anuualCumberland Valley Photographic Salon is Friday at 4 p.m. 

Entry forms are available at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts or by mail by calling the museum at 301-739-5727.

The photo competition features work by amateur and professional photographers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Entrants compete for awards in the categories of landscape/architecture, still life, portrait, figure, abstract and digital effects, and wildlife.

Polar Bear 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 to become an official Williamsport Polar Bear by taking the chilly plunge into the Potomac River on Thursday at noon.  The event takes place at the Williamsport boat ramp and all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. 

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 Co., 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 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.

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Call me at 301-991-4103 with news you'd like to share or e-mail Have a wonderful week. 

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