What July brings

July 05, 2011|Susie Hoffman | Around Funkstown

Happy belated Fourth of July. With the picnics and fireworks behind us, it's now time to look forward and see what the remainder of the month holds in store.

With everything from art shows to re-enactments and baby-sitting classes, it's sort of a hodgepodge of news. Let's get right to it.

Art show planned

Valley Art Association will hold an art show titled "Seasons: Painting after Fifty" this month at the Mansion House Art Gallery, 501 Highland Drive in Hagerstown.

The show will be on view Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

The show will be a collection of landscape and portrait, acrylic and oil paintings, painted over the last four years, begun after the artist turned 52 years old.

For more information, call Wayne M. Kell at 301-739-2062 or email

Baby-sitting class offered

The Washington County Red Cross at 1131 Conrad Court in Hagerstown will offer a baby-sitting class Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for those ages 11 to 15.

Go to to register. Space is limited. Financial assistance is available. For more information, call 301-739-0717.

Battle of Funkstown

Only two more weeks and then Funkstown comes alive with living history. The town's population almost doubles for a few days when the Yankees and Confederates invade to set up camp for the re-enactment of the Battle of Funkstown.

The battles are realistic and the camps are inviting. You can learn so much and it's all free. Make plans to set aside all day Saturday, July 17, starting with the foraging in town at 9 a.m. and continuing with the street battle and then up to the park for more battles and living history camps. The evening is nothing sort of delightful with music and aromas of campfires.

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