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6th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Mart—Something for Everyone!

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

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Nothing says “holiday” like gingerbread, shopping, Santa Claus, ugly sweaters and a little friendly competition!

The Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) is excited to present the 6th Annual Gingerbread Celebration & Holiday Mart on December 4-December 5. Chris Glatfelter, ACAC Executive Director states, “We’re pleased to invite the community, free of charge, to enjoy the houses, Holiday Mart and all the other activities we’re offering. It’s a great way to welcome in the holiday season and to support arts education in the county.”

The event takes place at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, located at 731 Old Harrisburg Road, and runs Friday from Noon to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A First Friday reception will begin at 5:30 with complimentary light refreshments. An auction of some of the handmade gingerbread creations will also occur during the reception.

A silent auction, holiday mart, gingerbread voting, and food from Z&D Fries will be available. Kitchen Craft, the presenting co-sponsor, will be giving cooking demonstrations using its cookware on Friday at 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9:30 a.m.,11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. If you attend the celebration on Friday by 5:15 p.m.; be sure to wear your ugliest holiday sweater! One lucky sweater will win a $100 Gift Card from Scott and Company Fine Jewelers.

The Holiday Mart is the ideal place to pick up a unique gift for the person on your list who has everything. This will replace the traditional Holiday Mart normally held at the ACAC. Vendors include, Kids Knitz (childrens hand knitted sweaters and accessories), Wendy Heiges Jewelry, Textures by Westmoreland, Parfections Chocolates, Sanders Crafts (jewelry, bead crafts), Bobbie Becker Gallery and Foxxy Moxxy, Sandra Marshall (homemade soaps, lotions and more), Gettysburg Watercolors by Tom Rooney, Sarajevo Phoenix Fair Trade Project (handcrafted items made by Bosnian War Widows), Erin Brown (postcards, paintings and magnets, Levato Shaw (door swags, wreaths and more.)

There is also a ton of fun for the kids! The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County will present “Holiday Stories from Around the World” in the Fireplace Room from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, only. Children of all ages are invited to learn how childreIMG_4854lowresn around the world celebrate Christmas as well as other holidays throughout the year. See pictures of holiday clothing, food, and traditions practiced all over the world. Stories will be presented every 15 minutes.

“Just Kids” at Gettysburg Dental Associates is excited to once again sponsor the children’s activities at the Gingerbread Celebration. Join “Just Kids” on Friday and Saturday at their craft station and make a fun winter or Christmas themed fingerprint bookmark.

Children ages 9 and up can enjoy a special opportunity to make their own wooden pen or pencil under the direction of the Cumberland Valley Woodworkers on Friday and Saturday while supplies last. A minimum $5 donation to the ACAC is recommended.

Santa Claus will visit on Saturday only from noon until 1:30 p.m.

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Jewelry to Spark A Memorial Scholarship Fund

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Lisa Cadigan

By Caroline Johnson

Wendy Heiges Jewelry Show Fund Raiser

An Event to Benefit the New
Noreen Neitz ACAC Scholarship Fund for Young Adults

Thursday, November 19, 4:30-7:00 pm, ACAC Arts Education Center

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“Creativity is a spark… it can be intensely satisfying when the flame catches and a new idea sweeps around the world.” –Jonah Lehrer

Isn’t this true? How satisfying does it feel to receive recognition for initiating a new idea? I think that this feeling could be applicable to many triumphs in life where inspiration is a driving force. In this case, a very special someone has motivated the Adams County Arts Council to create a scholarship fund that will enable young adults to enrich their lives through arts education.

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Noreen Neitz

There is no better way to establish this opportunity than by naming the fund in honor of the ever inspiring, Noreen Neitz. Noreen passed away in 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. She lived a full, engaging, and faithful life in which she made a significant impact on those who were fortunate enough to know her. She was an advocate for the arts but most importantly, a staunch advocate for youth in the community.

I had the opportunity to speak with her dear friend Caryl Schmitz who is helping to coordinate this scholarship. Caryl spoke of Noreen’s presence of leadership in the community, her encouraging and caring nature, and her tenacity to seek out new opportunities in which to learn and gain new experiences. This last characteristic in particular provides an example of what an individual might expect to gain from an education at the Arts Council. This scholarship will be specifically geared toward young adults in the community who wish to take classes at the Arts Council but are not able to due to financial limitations.

Considering Noreen’s history of involvement with youth in the community, it is safe to assume that she would be fully supportive of this scholarship. It will provide a new and enriching educational experience for young adults in the community, a chance of which she might have taken advantage herself!

Wendy Heiges, Program Coordinator at the ACAC and freelance jewelry designer, felt supported and touched by Noreen’s vivacious and thoughtful spirit. Noreen seemingly loved Wendy’s jewelry, and could be seen more often than not sporting a pair of her hand-designed earrings! Caryl mentions that Noreen enjoyed expressing herself creatively and typically couldn’t resist indulging in pair of “fun” earrings!

For her love of creativity, education, and beautifully made jewelry, Wendy’s Jewelry Show Fundraiser is the perfect event to help raise awareness for this scholarship.

You will be sure to find something that is perfect for the special people in your life. Wendy’s hand IMG_8068designed jewelry will be on display offering an exciting variety of collections from which to choose. This display will include a limited edition pink quartz earring in honor of Noreen Neitz.

All proceeds will benefit the Noreen Neitz ACAC Scholarship Fund for Young Adults.

Stop by and shop for a great cause!

 

 

The Arts are a Gift for Future Generations

Posted on: December 17th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

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In the world of education, where test scores are often valued above participation in the arts, we are losing sight of the fact that academic success depends on creative thinking.  According to pbs.org and a report by Americans for the Arts, “young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.” A Gallup study on entrepreneurship concluded creative thinking is the crucial trait shared among successful entrepreneurs.  Also reported on pbs.org, “A study published in 2007 by Christopher Johnson, professor of music education and music therapy at the University of Kansas, revealed that students in elementary schools with superior music education programs scored around 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in math scores on standardized tests, compared to schools with low-quality music programs, regardless of socioeconomic disparities among the schools or school districts.”

If we know the arts are responsible for building future generations of creative thinkers (not to mention, happier people), shouldn’t we invest in that endeavor?

Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

Preschoolers work on their Hungry Caterpillar books

In 2014, at the Adams County Arts Council provided enriching arts experiences for:

  • 246 pre-K children, who will likely be better prepared to thrive in a school environment than peers who did not participate in such programs;
  • 299 summer campers, who developed their minds and bodies with movement classes, culinary classes, painting, textiles, clay and collage;
  • 174 high school and middle school students, who enjoyed after-school classes in the new Eat Smart – Play Hard program, which teaches the benefit of good nutrition with a creative twist;
    Adult students enjoy a Paint & Wine evening with Marie Betlyon Smith

    Adult students enjoy a Paint & Wine evening class

  • 1,558 students, who enjoyed artistic experiences with Artists-in-residence; and
  • 663 adults, who continued on a journey of lifelong learning through a variety of art classes.

Twenty-two percent of the children who took classes did so on a full scholarship, thanks to ACAC’s commitment to provide access to lower income families.

These gifts given to our community by the Adams County Arts Council are trends to build upon.  So we are asking you to please give back, and pass it on.

Give Back…And Pass it On
From December 16 – 18
, ACAC will be raising funds online to ensure the continued ability to provide our community with enriching experiences, activities and educational opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, and you can help.

  1. Give Back.
    There are plenty of reasons to say thank you, and your gift helps ensure the continued creative spirit that thrives in our community.
  2. Pass It On.
    Share this article with everyone you know!  Use social media accounts, and email your entire address book.  The more engaged our community becomes, the more the arts will thrive. And the more the arts thrive, the richer all of our lives become.
  3. Stay Tuned. Watch and share our Facebook and Twitter posts from December 16-18, as we track the progress of the campaign.  The more you help share the news, the more successful we will all be! Also, if you haven’t already, please subscribe to our email list (enter your email address in the upper right hand corner of this page).  Learn about all of the opportunities ACAC has for you throughout the year.
Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

We thank you in advance for your gift. Donors of $50 or more will receive recognition on the blog and in a special holiday email greeting following the campaign. Givers of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a free class at the ACAC this January or for a ticket to our upcoming event with NY Times Best-selling Author Kelly Corrigan in March.

Enjoy this season of giving!

 

In the Spirit of Gratitude

Posted on: December 15th, 2014 by Lisa Cadigan

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grat·i·tude (noun) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.

Holiday traditions encourage us to take pause and to appreciate the many gifts we receive throughout our lives, so often taken for granted.

As you reflect on the things for which you are thankful this year, and make your list of gifts to give, please remember the organizations in our community that add so much to our lives, like the Adams County Arts Council.

Why should I be thankful for ACAC?
In 2014, ACAC provided our community with educational opportunities like camps, classes and brown bag lunch seminars.  Artists-in-residence shared their expertise providing creative experiences for over 1,500 students. There were social opportunities like the Masquerade Ball, the summer fiesta and Tea with Mamie. There were exhibits throughout the year, both at the Center and throughout the community in places like the Farmer’s Market and Hauser’s Winery, as well as a Juried Art Exhibition at Schmucker Hall, which attracted more than 100 artists.  There were community partnerships like the AOK summer musical, Tarzan, and the evening with scholar and retired  Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank J. Williams, whose Lincoln stories were coupled with a lovely culinary experience, thanks to a partnership with Wendy Allen of Lincoln into Art.

2014 was a year of giving for the Adams County Arts Council, which is constantly evolving with new ways to cultivate an arts-rich community.

From December 16 – 18, ACAC will be raising funds online to ensure the continued ability to provide our community with enriching experiences, activities and educational opportunities.  Our goal is to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, and you can help.

Give Back…And Pass It On.
Acknowledging the treasury the arts provides to our community, can you give a gift back to the arts this time of year? It’s simple to ensure that the arts will continue to thrive in Adams County for years to come: just give back, and pass it on. Both steps are important, and we appreciate your support.

1. Give back.
Beginning tomorrow, and continuing through Thursday, ACAC is hosting a special online fundraising event. Make your gift of $50, $100, $250 or in any amount you have to give by clicking here. We are hoping to raise $7,200 in 72 hours, but we need your help!

2. Pass it on.
Share the gift of giving with your friends through your social media accounts or by email. Passing this post on to as many people as possible will build our creative community, ensuring future success.  Click the icons below and share, share, share!

3. Stay tuned. If you haven’t already subscribed, please sign up to receive emails from ACAC (Enter your email address at the top of this page, on the right.) Learn about all of the opportunities ACAC has for you throughout the year. And watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds, as we update progress of this fantastic online event!

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

Kelly Corrigan (Photo Credit: Betsy Barnes)

We thank you in advance for your gift. Donors of $50 or more will receive recognition on the blog and in a special holiday email greeting following the campaign. Givers of $250 or more will be entered into a raffle for a free class at the ACAC this January or for a ticket to our upcoming event with NY Times Best-selling Author Kelly Corrigan in March.
Enjoy this season of giving!

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.

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