School plans walkathon

September 17, 2012|Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown

The Paramount Elementary School PTAwill hold its 14th annual Panthers Pride Walk-A-Thon on Wednesday. 

It is the major fundraiser for the PTA, allowing it to provide activities and programs to enrich the students’ learning experience. The walkathon encourages physical fitness and builds a sense of community.

Paramount students are collecting pledges. 

For more information, contact Cari at

Curves plans open house

Curves in Hagerstown will hold an open house Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free bottles of water and light refreshments will be served. Free 30-day gift certificates will be given to those who attend. Free fitness assessments and workouts will be available to anyone interested. Free presentations on “The Secrets of Successful Goal Setting” will be presented at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Curves is at 13331 Pennsylvania Ave.

For more information, call 301-733-3777.

Spectrum to perform

Local variety band Spectrum will perform at its fall open dance Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall on Leitersburg Pike in Hagerstown.


The band will play waltzes, swing tunes and Motown and other hits. 

Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door. The public is invited. 

For more information, call Steve Hummel at 301-797-9281.

Talk on Jex exhibit

On Friday, Sept. 28, Deborah Piscitelli will present the final program of the Garnet Jex exhibit on display at the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, 14 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown.

The free event, which includes a PowerPoint presentation, begins at 5:15 p.m.

Piscitelli is the executive director of the Harpers Ferry Historical Association and a Jex scholar. Her introduction to Jex’s work begins in 1994 with the collection of oil paintings that Jex gave to the town of Harpers Ferry.

She is working on a book about Jex, who painted about 500 pictures using different media. He is most often associated with landscapes and oils.

The exhibit of 40 watercolors, “The Upper Potomac in the Civil War,” includes images of conflicts that occurred along the river and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Using the color scans of the paintings owned by the Sharspburg Historical Society, Piscitelli is republishing the 1965 booklet produced during the centennial of the Civil War. 

For information, call 301-992 9767 or 301-791-3132 to check gallery hours during the week or go to

The exhibit and program are sponsored in part by the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. Light refreshments will be served. The gallery will close at 7 p.m.

Jex was the official artist for the Washington D.C., Centennial Commission. The new publication includes  50 of the 51 paintings of the collection. One of the painting, “Panic below Ball’s Bluff” is missing.  The new book will include Jex’s narrative for each painting, his margin notes, and added information about the events portrayed. The book, prints of 10 of the paintings, and note cards will be available for sale at the gallery.

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