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Preview unveils items available at 12th annual Singer Society Treasure Sale

November 11, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com

As the North Hagerstown High School string quartet filled the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts Friday with the dulcet melodies of the Welsh lullaby, "Sou Gan," patrons mingled among numerous artful displays.

But the displays were not new exhibits.

Rather, each were detailed groupings of items that will be sold Saturday to raise money for the museum.

The Singer Society of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts welcomed people to the museum Friday to preview the items available at its 12th annual Treasure Sale.

The sale runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum.

It's not your typical yard sale, said Al Martin, chairman of the museum's membership drive this year.

Hosted indoors among the museum's works of art, the sale features many high-end, unique and valuable items — some works of art themselves — donated by members of the community to benefit the museum.

From Waterford Crystal, Royal Doulton figurines, Haviland Christmas ornaments and one-of-a-kind pieces like a letter opener handcarved out of a deer antler, to china, silver, rugs, games, antiques, furniture and more, the items draw hundreds to the sale each year, said Judy Waters and June Risser, the women responsible for staging each artful display.

Starting hours earlier, people will stand in line waiting for the sale to start, Risser said.

"Then they descend," she said.

By 10:15 a.m. Saturday the sale will look nothing like it did Friday at the preview, said Cheryl Strong, co-chairwoman of the event.

At a point during the sale — to be determined by the crowd — any remaining items will be sold at half price, Strong said.

Items that do not sell Saturday will be sold at auction, Waters said.

The annual Treasure Sale is one of the largest fundraisers the Singer Society hosts, museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane said.  

Between the preview reception, which ran $20 per ticket, and the sale, Waters said the society generally raises about $20,000 for the museum.

The preview reception also featured a silent auction, in which about 12 items, including works of art, jewelry and a piano, were sold.

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IF YOU GO:

What: Singer Society Treasure Sale

Where: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

When: Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: Benefits the museum.

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