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Artist Spotlight: Anna (Fetter) Robison

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

Anna-fettucine-handsCulinary Arts Instructor Anna (Fetter) Robison Shows How Food Is Art, Appealing to All of our Senses

I first met Anna (Fetter) Robison when she was the head chef at Pomona’s Woodfired Bakery Café (now Fidler & Co. Custom Kitchen) in Biglerville.  From the beginning, her talents in the culinary arts were obvious: the restaurant was always filled with people and delicious smells – the aromas were just a teaser to the tastes that followed. It was also impressive to watch her craft beautiful and tasty dishes while managing a kitchen staff often made up of her siblings. The oldest of six, Anna grew up in Cashtown with a strong sense of family. Watching her run a kitchen, it was obvious she and her brothers and sisters hold each other in high regard and with mutual respect. She runs a tight ship, but acknowledges, “Yelling isn’t good for anyone. Respect is a two-way street.”

Anna left Pomona’s to focus on time with her family, and she approaches parenting in the same no-nonsense, fun-loving, mutually respectful way she runs a kitchen. Mom to a precocious and adorable five-year-old who also loves to cook, once a week Anna encourages her daughter Emily’s creative exploration by allowing “experimental soups” for dinner, which Emily makes and serves to the grown-ups. Anna respectfully tastes whatever is served. After all, if Emily is expected to eat what is in front of her, Anna feels it is important to offer the same respect. That said, Anna admitted with a smirk that when her daughter’s “soups” are too difficult to choke down, she and her husband might creatively distract Emily before cleaning their plates in the sink. Some day they will all laugh about this together.

Cooking adventures with her daughter have inspired many of the children’s classes Anna teaches for the Adams County Arts Council. Earlier this year, she offered a Mommy & Me Frozen-themed cooking class, inspired by the popular movie. This summer, she is excited to offer a Princess Cooking Camp, where students will be introduced to cuisines paired with the appropriate princesses, including dishes like New Orleans-style jambalaya, inspired by Tiana of The Princess and the Frog and a sea-foam smoothie and shell pasta salad, inspired by Ariel of The Little Mermaid.

pasta-dishIn addition to her wonderful work with kids, Anna is also a culinary artist with much to offer adults. Her specialties include fresh pasta and seafood dishes. These evening classes can be a great alternative to a typical night at a restaurant – students enjoy a social evening of learning, interaction and great food. The experience offers food that is not only delicious, it’s also beautiful. Tantalizing smells fill the classroom-kitchen. The culinary arts allow students to experience food with all five senses, making it a uniquely appealing art form.

Anna is thoroughly enjoying her teaching experiences at ACAC, and she aspires to teach full-time some day. A graduate of the Gettysburg High School Tech Prep Culinary Arts program, she had all good things to say about her experience there, and would ultimately love to return as a full-time instructor. In the meantime, you can find her working at Hickory Bridge Farm, a family-style restaurant in Ortanna, and teaching all she can at ACAC.

A Taste of Anna’s Talents

Anna-pastamachineIs this article making your mouth water? Come see Anna on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 pm, when she offers Pasta, Pasta, Pasta! Students will learn to make delicious pasta dough for ravioli and lasagna, as well as a collection of sauce recipes. Register here!

Anna has also graciously volunteered to coordinate the catering and food service for the ACAC’s upcoming event, Glitter and Glue: An Evening with Kelly Corrigan on March 20. This promises to be an exciting evening of good food, live music, and a wonderful presentation and book signing by NY Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan. The event is part of Corrigan’s “Glitter and Glue for Good,” (#ggforgood) benefitting a variety of non-profits across the United States. Register here!

3rdThursdaynoon: Elsie Singmaster Society

Posted on: December 12th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

brown-bag-lunchThe Adams County Arts Council’s Brown Bag Lunch Series, 3rdThursdaynoon, continues on Thursday, December 18 at 12 p.m. at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg with featured guests, Sue Hill and Carolyn George, members of Gettysburg’s newly formed Elsie Singmaster Society, who will present Elsie Singmaster’s Stories to Read at Christmas. There is no admission charge for this hour-long program.

A Gettysburg resident from 1901-1958, Elsie Singmaster (1879-1958) was a nationally recognized author whose fictional topics included the Pennsylvania Germans and the Battle of Gettysburg.  She was once called “Gettysburg’s First Lady” by town contemporaries because of her achievements and her leadership participation in the Gettysburg community. Happily, local residents have recently rediscovered Singmaster whose significant literary work and public legacy were nearly forgotten. Singmaster won an O. Henry Award for her Pennsylvania German short story, “The Courier of the Czar” (“Saturday Evening Post,” June 7, 1924) and a Newberry Award Honor Book recognition for her Gettysburg novel, Swords of Steel (Houghton Mifflin, 1934). Stories to Read at Christmas (Houghton Mifflin, 1940) is a collection of Singmaster Christmas stories published to read aloud during the holiday season. Susan Hill and Carolyn George will each read a story from this collection.

Susan Hill is the author of Heart Language: Elsie Singmaster and Her Pennsylvania German Writings (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2009).  Carolyn George is a long-time Adams County resident whose appreciation of her adopted home’s history is being greatly enriched by Elsie Singmaster’s writings.

The 3rdThursdaynoon series will take a winter hiatus with no programs in January or February and will resume on March 19.

For more information about Arts Council classes, programs, or membership, visit www.adamsarts.org, or call (717) 334-5006.

ANNOUNCING: “GLITTER & GLUE” IS COMING TO THE ACAC

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014 by Karen Hendricks

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Glitter and glue… sounds like the makings of a fun afterschool program resulting in sticky fingers and colorful sprinkles of glitter covering the floor.

But no! Glitter & Glue is an event designed for adults—parents and grandparents alike—and we promise there will be no sticky fingers involved.

Glitter & Glue is the title of an exciting new book released by author Kelly Corrigan. It’s receiving rave reviews, so we are thrilled and honored to snag this incredibly-talented author for an appearance during her upcoming book tour!

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Here are all the juicy details:

Enjoy an evening with New York Times best-selling author Kelly Corrigan on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm including a lively author presentation, wine and hors oeuvres, live music by local jazz group Pomona’s Trio, and much more.

Your paperback copy of Corrigan’s latest book Glitter and Glue is included in your $35 ticket. Corrigan, a Pennsylvania native, examines the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters in Glitter and Glue. “This is the ordinary brilliance of Kelly Corrigan, the irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight,” writes the San Francisco Chronicle.

Location: the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street.

A limited number of VIP registrations are available for $50 including preferred seating and placement at the head of the line to meet Corrigan and have your book personally signed.

Register: 717-334-5006 or www.adamsarts.org. Proceeds benefit the non-profit ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.

Just a little more “glitter” in the form of book reviews:

trade paperback cover“Kelly Corrigan is no stranger to mining the depths of her heart…[here] Corrigan turns the microscope on her relationship with her own mother…And through her own experience of caring for children, she begins, for the first time, to appreciate the complex woman who raised her.” —O Magazine

“Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family.”—People

“Kelly Corrigan’s heartfelt homage to motherhood is every bit as tough and funny as it is nostalgic and searching.  It’s a tale about growing up, gaining wisdom, and reconciling with Mom but it’s also an honest meditation on our deepest fears of death and abandonment.  I loved this book, I was moved by this book, and now I will share this book with my own mother— along with my renewed appreciation for certain debts of love that can never be repaid.”—Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author of The Signature of All Things

March 20 – Save the date & hope to see you there! 

For more info and background: Click here for Kelly Corrigan’s website

Third Thursday Brown Bag Lunch Series: A Warm Welcome to Judy Pohlhaus of Random House

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

blogphotoAccording to her husband, Judy Pohlhaus has the perfect job.  She gets to read new books, talk to people on the phone about them, and give presentations to groups where she shares her favorites.  Employed by Random House for 29 years, Judy started as a summer intern and never left, indicating her husband may be on to something.  She currently works as a telephone sales manager in Random House’s Westminster, Maryland location, where she manages two large accounts and four library systems, offering her the opportunity to visit a variety of locations including five Barnes and Noble stores across Maryland, day and evening book group meetings, and this month, our own Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) in Gettysburg.

Please plan to take your lunch break at the ACAC on Thursday, November 20 at noon to hear Judy speak about the newest titles from Random House. The program will last about an hour. The selection is sure to make great reads and gift ideas for the holidays.  She will bring galleys and advanced copies of several titles to be raffled off at the end of the event, including:

  • NY Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan’s newest memoir, Glitter and Glue;
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose your own Autobiography, by Tony and Emmy award-winning stage and screen performer Neil Patrick Harris;
  • Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten’s newest cookbook, Make it Ahead;
  • Station Eleven:  A Novel, by Emily St. John Mandel;
  • and others, to remain a surprise until the event.

Judy will also have signed copies of A Star for Mrs. Blake, a historical fiction novel by April Smith; her first foray into a new genre after her popular Ana Grey FBI mystery/thrillers.

It’s sure to be an afternoon of great conversation and book suggestions, and it’s FREE!

Thursday, November 20, 2014 at noon at the Adams County Arts Council Education Center

125 S. Washington Street

Gettysburg, PA 17325

For more information, please call (717) 334-5006

Share the event with friends and RSVP on Facebook here.

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