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Singer Society celebrates volunteers

June 11, 2009|By DANIELLE CINTRON

HAGERSTOWN -- High notes of the past year were applauded Thursday during the Jell-O Jubilee, the end-of-the-year luncheon for the Singer Society, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts' volunteer organization.

The luncheon in the Bowman Gallery at the museum included a musical performance by 18 high school students, with conductor Matthew Albright, vocal director of the Advanced Music Studies, Arts and Communication Academy in Frederick, Md.

"The Singer Society asked us if we would come sing 'Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine' at their luncheon about a year ago," Albright said. "Jody Long (president of the Singer Society) actually saw the group perform and invited us to (the Jell-O Jubilee)."

Long said this was the ninth year for the jubilee luncheon.

"We always have a short meeting before the entertainment, then have lunch," Long said. "Several people made Jell-O molds just for today."

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After a brief meeting discussing end-of-the-year business, the members listened to three songs by Eric Whitacre with a grand finale of "Leonardo."

Donna Wagner, a member of the Singer Society, said she enjoyed the performances by the students.

"This last meeting really puts a bow on the year for the members," Wagner said. "Today's program was so wonderful. It's important to have a nice finale for the group."

One of the reasons the Singer Society is so successful is the volunteers, Wagner said.

"This museum is probably the most precious and cultural thing in Washington County," she said. "It's nice to work in a place that's so pretty and enlightening."

The Singer Society's next event will be in November.

"Our Treasure Sale will be on Nov. 14 in the Bowman Gallery," Wagner said. "It features items found in the members' attics and basements, but everyone can find something."

The annual Treasure Sale raises about $15,000 each year for the museum, according to information provided by Long.

The volunteers run the museum shop, serve each day as greeters and guides, and furnish all of the food and drinks for Sunday receptions.

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