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Photos: A Magical Evening with Kelly Corrigan

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

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It was most likely the largest crowd ever assembled in the Adams County Arts Council–close to a sellout crowd enjoyed a fun evening full of laughter and great conversation with New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan last Friday, March 20. Many thanks to all who came!

Also a huge thank you to the following sponsors:

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ENJOY the following photos, capturing the FUN spirit of the evening, by photographer Casey Martin. (Tip: Keep an eye out for some of these photos to appear in the next issue of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine.)

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Setting the scene for a lovely evening: live jazz music by Pomona’s Trio

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Lively bidding–some of it competitive–on the evening’s silent auction items!

 

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WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital President Jane Hyde (Title Sponsor) with author Kelly Corrigan and Adams County Arts Council Executive Director Chris Glatfelter

 

 

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Event Co-Chair Lisa Cadigan welcomes the crowd

 

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The one and only Kelly Corrigan!

 

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Attendees enjoyed meeting Kelly and having their copies of Glitter and Glue signed

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There were even a few brave men in attendance!

 

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The event’s planning committee, the ACAC Marketing Committee with Kelly Corrigan

 

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What made the committee laugh? Kelly said, “Remember it’s almost ‘the best part of the day.'” (You had to be there… to get the joke.) 🙂

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The Similarities Between The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen & Glitter & Glue’s Kelly Corrigan

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks
Kelly Corrigan - "Will Travel for Charity" - coming to the ACAC this Fri, March 20!

Kelly Corrigan – “Will Travel for Charity” – coming to the ACAC this Fri, March 20!

By Elle Lamboy, ACAC Marketing Committee Member

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after you read a good book cover to cover.

A feeling that I’ve missed since my son Brooks was born and he introduced me to the wonderful world of motherhood. Suddenly, he gets any and all feelings I can handle.

Thankfully, my membership in the Adams County Arts Council re-invigorated my love of reading by introducing me to Kelly Corrigan’s new memoir, Glitter & Glue (coming to the ACAC this Friday! Click here for details!)

On a recent road trip to New Jersey, with Brooks snoozing in the back seat, I made my husband’s day by saying, “Sorry, babe, I won’t be too chatty this car ride. I’m going to read Glitter & Glue.”

As he feigned disappointment he replied, “Good for you…I haven’t seen you read a book since The Hunger Games.”

I read The Hunger Games series in 2011.

As I finished the last page of Glitter & Glue on our return trip home and closed the cover with a great sense of accomplishment I looked at my husband, with tears in my eyes, and said, “That book made me want to laugh, cry, and call my mom all at the same time.”

“Sounds quite different from The Hunger Games,” he said.

At first, I agreed with him. But, the more I thought about it; there are actually several similarities between Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist in The Hunger Games, and Kelly Corrigan of Glitter & Glue.

They Are Both Anti-Establishment

In The Hunger Games novels, Katniss bands together with fellow revolutionists to rebel against the Capitol’s corruption.

In Glitter & Glue, Kelly is fighting to get out from under her mother’s roof stating, “Things happen when you leave the house.”

While Kelly’s mother longed for her to, “…walk out the door and go to an office, like everyone else,” Kelly had other plans. She craved “life experience” and the only way for her to obtain that was to hop on a plane with her best girlfriend and head to Australia.

They Are Both Unlikely Caretakers

At the start of The Hunger Games Katniss is running around the woods with her best friend, Gale, shooting her bow and arrow and hating everything conventional. Yet, when her sister is in danger of heading to the Hunger Games, she sacrifices herself and fights in her place. She steps into the role of caretaker again with Rue and Peta.

Kelly may have gone to Australia to break free from work and obligations but she ironically ends up landing the most stressful, heavy, rewarding, and laborious job in the world—childcare. Being a nanny to young kids is challenging in a “normal” family situation. But, Kelly cares for two children who lost their mother to cancer. They not only need someone to take them to school, cook them dinner, and go to the park, but also someone to make them feel whole again. It seems like an impossible order for someone like Kelly. But she goes from considering herself a “weird new appendage hanging off the sagging mobile that is the Tanner family” to “feeling so much” for Milly and Martin Tanner.

They Are Both Survivors

Katniss is the epitome of a survivalist. She keeps her family and community afloat while living in District 12 and comes out as victor in the Hunger Games.

Kelly is a modern day survivalist. She manages to survive and thrive as nanny and surrogate mother for the Tanner family. Later in the book, she’s a successful author and mother of two. She has a loving marriage. She is a caring and present daughter. She’s a philanthropist. She’s an inspiration.

Sure, reading about Katniss fighting for her life and the lives of everyone in the other districts was exciting. But, as a new mom, there was nothing more inspirational or hopeful than the end of Kelly’s book. When she realizes that even after all her exciting trips around the world, exhilarating book tours, and a high-powered career, the greatest adventure of all is daily survival alongside her family.

They Both Gain An Appreciation For Their Mothers

Katniss starts out resenting her mother, but develops a new admiration for her when she sees her caring for other warriors and, later, for herself.

Kelly goes through a similar transformation throughout Glitter and Glue. When she first leaves for Australia she can’t wait to get away from her mother. But, as she finds herself in the “mom” role with the Tanner family, she begins to listen to her mother’s voice in her head instead of mocking it.

Before Kelly left for her trip she preached that there is no “poetry” in words of complacency like, “ground-beef special, informational interview, staff development.” Yet Kelly finds herself miles away from home, gaining her “life experience” by emulating her mother, “…stockpiling hamburger meat, sorting through hair dyes, demanding eye contact, staring down the occasional adversary.” But, she’s not resentful, or ashamed. In fact, she “ find[s] the likeness kind of exhilarating.”

Unlike Katniss’ journey, Kelly’s adventure rang very close to home for me. As a new mom, I find myself appreciating my mother, and moms everywhere, in a very different way. And while I tended to fight my mom’s voice ringing inside my head when I first moved out on my own, I find myself searching for it now and, like Kelly, smile when I do something my mom did or yell something she screamed at me over and over again.

But, I must say, some nights as I’m trying to get dinner on the table after my 9 to 5 with two hungry boys yelling my name, life is also a bit like The Hunger Games.

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!

Marcia Gregorio Leads Book Discussions Set for March 10

Posted on: February 26th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

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The article below has been corrected, to reflect a weather-related postponement. The book discussions originally set for March 5 have been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10 at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Long-time Gettysburg High School English teacher Marcia Gregorio will lead two free book discussions on Thursday March 10 at 12 noon and 7 pm at the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC), Gettysburg, focused on New York Times best-seller Glitter and Glue, leading up to an appearance by author Kelly Corrigan on her nationwide paperback release tour benefitting nonprofit organizations such as the ACAC. Corrigan’s appearance at the ACAC is set for March 20 at 6:30 pm.

“Relationships, families, generations… there are lots of layers and themes woven into the book Glitter and Glue,” explains Gregorio.

“It’s a coming-of-age story—Corrigan makes the discovery that her mother is a bigger force in her life than she realizes,” Gregorio says. “But more than that—Corrigan writes about coming full circle in her life and that’s what makes the book so interesting. I’ve never read anything exactly like it—it’s a unique book.”

The March 10 book discussions are free and open to the public; Gregorio encourages people to attend regardless of whether they have read Glitter and Glue. She believes the themes within the book will spark interesting discussions. “Enjoying literature, and helping others enjoy literature is something I find satisfying,” she says.

Gregorio, who taught high school English at Gettysburg Area High School for 21 years, is the mother of three children raised in the school district. She is now enjoying retirement including spending time with her grandchildren. Gregorio began her career by teaching French at a private high school in Haverford for seven years; she earned a master of arts degree in English literature from Shippensburg University and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College.

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Kelly Corrigan

Registration for the March 20 event “Glitter and Glue: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan” is $35 and includes:

  • a paperback copy of Glitter and Glue
  • the chance to meet and hear Corrigan speak
  • hors oeuvres and free wine
  • live music by local jazz group Pomona’s Trio
  • much more!

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 books personally signed. The event is a fundraiser for the ACAC, whose mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community. Registration is available by clicking here or by phone, 717-334-5006. The event is being held at the ACAC’s Arts Education Center, 125 South Washington Street, Gettysburg.

Glitter and Glue is a Ballantine Trade paperback, a division of Random House, published on February 17. Corrigan has now published three New York Times best-selling books, The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. Corrigan’s previous books explored her battle against breast cancer, as well as her relationship with her larger-than-life father. Click here to explore Kelly Corrigan’s website.

The March 20 event is presented by the ACAC in partnership with title sponsor WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and media partner Graphcom/Celebrate Gettysburg magazine. Additional corporate community sponsors include: Carol Cook, Certified Doula; Gettysburg Dental Associates; Re/Max of Gettysburg – Suzanne Christianson; and Thrivent Financial – Jim Dunlop.

Book reviews for Glitter and Glue include: “Corrigan remains a lively, nimble cheerleader for the joys of family,” (People) and “This is the ordinary brilliance of Kelly Corrigan, the irresistible cocktail of lyrical writing and solid, useful insight,” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Ballentine Trade’s publicity materials state, “Reading a book by Kelly Corrigan is like having a heart-to-heart with your smartest, funniest confidante, and Glitter and Glue is no exception—it brims with hilarious, honest prose that will be sure to have everyone talking.”

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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