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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.

Kelly Corrigan

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.”

Transforming the Patient-Family Experience through Art

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 by Karen Hendricks

Join us in saluting WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, title sponsor for the March 20 event, Glitter & Glue: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Kelly Corrigan. We are thrilled that WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital recognizes the value and correlation between the arts and well-being. Read all about their current initiatives supporting this bond:

By Will Lavery, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Public Relations & Marketing

Wellspan-WEBPutting the needs of our patients first, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation recently established a special fund to support WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s commitment to offering an exceptional patient-family experience.

The WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital Patient Experience Fund provides financial support for important projects and initiatives that directly impact the patient-family centered experience, including art and music therapy, establishment of healing environments throughout the hospital campus, and much more.

Two current initiatives supported by the Patient Experience Fund and the hospital’s continual focus on the patient-family centered experience are the Gettysburg Hospital Auxiliary Healing Garden and Healing HeARTS program.

A focal piece of the patient-family centered experience for the hospital this year will be this spring’s grand opening of a healing garden on the hospital campus. The healing garden will be a space specially designed to provide a refuge for patients, families and staff.  Our hope is that the garden will provide comfort, inspire strength, reduce stress, and promote a sense of well-being.

The new healing garden at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital will be a space where patients, visitors and employees can spend quiet, reflective time and renew their spirits as they deal with health challenges or stress.  When it is complete the healing garden will be located outside of the first floor Diagnostic Testing waiting area.  The garden will feature a new paver walkway and benches. New trees, shrubs and perennials will be planted. The space will provide a true area of reflection that is vital to a facility dedicated to healing and hope.

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Seeds of Hope floral art tiles


The development of the Healing HeARTS program at the hospital is designed to benefit those who receive care, those who provide care, and those who wish to deepen their wellness and self-healing. The project will support a transformative hospital environment to promote hope and healing through the arts, reducing stress and anxiety for patient, families and staff. Artwork displayed at various points in the hospital will be healing in nature, reflective of the Adams County community and rich history of the region, and complement the healing environment of the facility.

One Healing HeARTS effort already under way that will showcase the power of visual arts is through the vivid colors of Seeds of Hope floral tiles hand-painted by Canadian artist, Jeremy Bortz.  The art pieces are available for purchase as individual tiles or gardens that will be placed at designated locations throughout the hospital.

With these efforts WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital is just scratching the surface of tapping into the healing power of art and its relationship to the experience of our patients and family members. We believe they play an important part in our efforts to provide an exceptional care experience for every patient who enters our doors for care.

Call for Entries for Juried Art Exhibition

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Karen Hendricks
Karen Coyle of Scott & Co Fine Jewelers present the 2014 Best of Show Award to Robyn Jacobs of Littlestown.

Karen Coyle of Scott & Co Fine Jewelers presents the 2014 Best of Show Award to Robyn Jacobs of Littlestown.

Calling all artists!

The Adams County Arts Council invites submissions to its 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, May 29 – June 19, 2015 in Schmucker Art Gallery, Gettysburg College.  Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to submit work for consideration by juror Cristin Cash PhD., Associate Professor of Art and Director, Boyden Gallery, St Mary’s College of Maryland.

Awards total $2,750 with a $1,000 prize for Best of Show. There is a $30 entry fee for Adams County Arts Council members and a $45 entry fee for non-members.

Entry forms and membership information are available online (click here) or by contacting the Arts Council at or (717) 334-5006.

This event has been gaining momentum over the years, and is now one of the most reputable juried arts competitions in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is thanks in great part to the wonderful partnership we enjoy with Schmucker Art Gallery (see the gorgeous exhibition photo below from last year!) and the Gettysburg Fest, June 12- June 14.

The 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College

The 2014 Juried Art Exhibit, Schmucker Gallery at Gettysburg College

Don’t delay–the deadline for submissions is March 13. Please forward this link to all of your artist friends!