Adams County Arts Council – Supporting the arts in Adams County PA


INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY – We follow the Gettysburg Area School District schedule for delays or closings during inclement weather. When the Gettysburg schools are closed, all day and evening classes will be postponed. We will make every effort to contact students and notify them of the status of their class.  When G.A.S.D. has a 2-hour delay, we will open at 11:00 a.m.


Holiday Show & Sale – November 25th thru the New Year

Photo - Holiday Show - 2014

Ho, ho, ho! Find one-of-a-kind gifts perfect for everyone on your list.

We will be displaying the 2D and 3D artwork of 45 artists in our   Holiday Show & Sale in the Reception Hall. Soft opening begins Tuesday, November 25th with official opening during our First Friday celebration on December 5th. The sale will continue through the beginning of 2015! It’s the perfect event for you to come and enjoy local artists’ displays and shop for your holiday gifts!

Feature artists include Debbie Westmoreland, Tom Rooney, Karen Hendricks, Amy Svec Moorman, Phil McDonald, Marianne Kingston, Paul Colomb, Sally Becker, Geoff Grant, Joh Ricci, Debra Tily, Barbara Spicer, Chuck Mountain, Rose Keepers, Janet Powers, Charlotte Yealey, Peter Plant, Sue Downin, Dan Mangan, JD Luedtke, Mike Tipton, Diane Cromer, Jack Handshaw, Emily Shoey, Paula, Kravits, Arlyn Pettingell, Anne Finucane, Marti Yeager, Janet Powers, Jim McCabe, Joanne Bast, Freya Qually, Erin Brown, Dora Townsend, Glenda Shetter. 



December 16 – 18th 2015 - “The Arts are a Gift”

arts are a gift

To help support our center, co-chairs Lisa Cadigan and Karen Hendricks and Marketing and Development Committee members are planning a special 3-day social media fundraiser, “The Arts Are a Gift – Pass It On”, set for December 16-18.  The goal is to raise $7,500 in three days.  Watch for more news and please “Pass it On” to all your friends.  Donate to The Arts are a Gift







3rdthursdaynoon  Dec 18, 12:00 pm

brown bag lunch

The 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 speakers, Sue Hill and Carolyn George, members of Gettysburg’s newly formed Elsie Singmaster Society. 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.




TRIVIA at the Pike – January 9, 2015

triviaThe Pike Restaurant, 985 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, will offer a special Rockin’ Trivia Contest on Friday, January 9, from 6-8 p.m. to benefit the Arts Council.  Draft a team of up to eight players or join a team that evening, test your knowledge of music, sports, history, movies, geography, or literature.  Cost to play is a $10 donation per person to the Arts Council. Each member of the winning team receives a $20 gift card from The Pike.  For more information or to reserve a table, contact the Pike at 717 334-9227.  Rockin Trivia Flyer 2015





An Evening with NY Times Best-selling Author KELLY CORRIGAN  – Join us on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm

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Kelly Corrigan won an avid following from critics, readers, and booksellers for her finely wrought and deeply emotional memoirs about how we connect to the people in our lives. Corrigan introduced us to her father, the lively and optimistic Greenie, in The Middle Place and explored the often-turbulent air around parenthood in Lift. In her New York Times bestselling hardcover from earlier this year, she examined the bond—sometimes nourishing, sometimes exasperating, occasionally divine—between mothers and daughters in GLITTER AND GLUE.  Reading a book by Kelly Corrigan is like having a heart-to-heart with your smartest, funniest confidante.  Hearing her read from and talk about the book in person guarantees an unforgettable experience.  Join us on Friday, March 20 at 7 pm for an evening with Kelly, as she celebrates the paperback release of Glitter and Glue. Registration for this fantastic evening includes:  Wine and hors d’oeuvres, Live music presented by local jazz group, Pomona’s Trio (Lisa Cadigan, vocals; Bret Crawford, saxophone; Marc Jalbert, guitar),  a presentation by the engaging Kelly Corrigan, a paperback copy of Glitter and Glue and an opportunity to have the author sign your book.

Don’t want to wait in a long line to check in or to have your book signed? Want to enjoy preferred seating at the event?  Register as a “VIP” for just $15 more.  Your additional contribution supports the Adams County Arts Council, making it possible for us to bring you more events like this one, serving our mission to cultivate an arts-rich community.

VIP Registration $50.00 – Registration $ 35.00 – Additional donations are welcome.
Registration Options





KCBS BBQ Judging Class & Table Captain Class - March 28, 2015  – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


KCBS teams are known for cooking some of the best barbeque in the world, but it takes a dedicated team of judges to decide which is truly the best-of-the-best. Being a Certified Barbeque Judge (CBJ) means more than just getting to taste award-winning barbeque – and deciding which barbeque wins those awards. It’s about representing and spreading the message of KCBS, which is to promote America’s cuisine – barbeque.  To become a CBJ, just attend one of the hundreds of classes conducted by KCBS every year throughout the country. In a half-day’s time, you’ll learn how to grade world-class chicken, pulled pork, ribs and brisket – and taste them during the process!   By the time you’re finished, you’ll be ready to sign up for the next competition in your area!  And remember: your CBJ fee also includes one year’s membership to KCBS. It’s a win-win!

Call our office to register at 717-334-5006 or print out the form below and return it to us! 

Judge’s Class Registration 2015 Form



Juried Art Exhibition entry details coming soon!

Robin Jacobs -”FOLD”  Best of Show 2014

The entry form and information for the Arts Council’s Annual Juried Arts Exhibition in partnership with Schmucker Art Gallery and the Gettysburg Fest will be posted later this month. Artists who submitted images for consideration this year will be notified.