This Saturday is the day for the eagerly-anticipated Hancock Community Arts Fair. Designed to showcase local talent, the fair will be open to the public, free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.
Artists and art enthusiasts from Hancock and surrounding communities may enter their work in one of four age groups: Youth (12 and under), Teen (13-18), Adult (19-59) and Senior (60+). A parent or guardian must sign for entrants who are under 18.
Each artist may enter one piece of work in each of six categories: Full Quilts; Other Needle Art (such as needlepoint, cross-stitch, etc.); Drawings and Paintings (pastels, charcoal, pencil, pen-and-ink, watercolor, acrylics, oil); Woodwork (wood burning, carving, etc.); Sculpture; Other Art (such as collage, pottery); and Photography.
To register, entrants should bring their artwork to the community center today between 3 and 8 p.m. Judging will take place tomorrow, in advance of Saturday’s public showing.
Visitors to the Arts Fair can show their support for their favorite art work by voting in the People’s Choice Award contest. That award will be presented Saturday at 4 p.m. The Arts Fair is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.
Calling for volunteers
Town officials have some “pots on the fire.” The call is out for volunteers to help staff the Hancock Visitor Center and Museum on Main Street.
The tourist season is coming and new “recruits” will be welcome. Check with the town office or stop by the museum. Training is provided to help you welcome visitors to Hancock!
A Lenten walk
Stations of the Cross is led by the Rev. John Lombardi each Friday evening in Lent at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church. Through scripture readings, prayers and hymns, this meaningful service allows participants to “walk” the Way of the Cross as if one were in Jerusalem itself.
A meatless Lenten supper is offered each week at 6 p.m. in St. Peter’s Parish Hall. The Church is at 16 E. High Street.
Lenten guest speaker
The Rev. Steven L. McCarty, who now serves St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Clear Spring, will be the next Lenten guest preacher at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Church and High Streets, on March 30.
McCarty, who is originally from St. Thomas, will preach during the 7:30 p.m. service of Evening Prayer, led by the Rev. Allan Weatherholt.
A Lenten potluck supper precedes the service at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Register for benefit walk
Next Wednesday, March 30, is the deadline to preregister for the upcoming Benefit Walk for Child Abuse Prevention.
Sponsored by the Hancock Police Department, the walk is to be held Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m. on a two-mile stretch of the Western Maryland Rail Trail at Hancock.
The registration fee is $10 per person, with all proceeds benefiting Washington County’s Safe Place Child Advocacy Center in Hagerstown. Early registrants receive a free walk T-shirt.
To sign up, contact Police Chief T. J. Buskirk at 301-331-7091 or Lorie Faith at 301-678-5977.