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Showcasing A World Of Quilts March 18, 2019

2019 marks the 10th year that the American Quilter's Society (AQS) has hosted a QuiltWeek Show in Lancaster. The event will be held from Wednesday, March 27, to Saturday, March 30, at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

"More than 15,000 people will meet in Lancaster, one of the oldest inland towns in the United States, to enjoy a four-day quilting and fiber arts showcase event," said AQS executive show director Bonnie Browning. "Each QuiltWeek Show is about bringing quilters together to share ideas and inspiration, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Lancaster."

AQS QuiltWeek 2019 includes six events across the country, with its second show of the year in Lancaster. Each show offers a variety of programming, including special exhibitions, workshops by renowned instructors, contests, and a merchant mall with the latest machines, fabrics, and tools for quilters of every skill level.

In addition to more than 460 quilts on display, $54,000 in prizes will be awarded during the four-day event in Lancaster. AQS-certified quilt appraisers will also be on hand to appraise new and vintage quilts for insurance documentation, sale, or donation purposes.

Evening events will include "Creativity and Quilt Play: An Evening With Victoria Findlay Wolfe," "Success With Scrap Quilts: An Evening With Deb Tucker," and the famous All-Star Review, featuring instructors sharing techniques and comaraderie.

A total of 11 exhibitions will be held over the show's four days. For the full list of exhibitions, readers may visit https://bit.ly/2HKhxeE. A sampling includes the following:

The "35 Years of AQS Anniversary Showcase" will feature 15 of the previous Best of Show winning quilts at AQS QuiltWeek Shows, which are on loan from the permanent National Quilt Museum collection. In addition, this exhibit will also include a collection of AQS show pins, a T-shirt quilt by Molinda Lauxmiller featuring shirts from previous AQS QuiltWeek shows, and other AQS memorabilia from the past 35 years.

Minnesota is the home of Cherrywood and the late musician Prince, and those have been combined in "The Prince Cherrywood Challenge," with Prince-inspired pieces created with Cherrywood hand-dyed fabric.

The "50 State Salute" exhibit will feature patriotic-themed quilts intended for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, which will distribute them to veterans and military members touched by war. The quilts are meant to inspire all levels of quiltmakers and to showcase the many possibilities for expressing gratitude to those who have served in the military through quilts.

Novel depictions of famous Lone Star quilt patterns will be showcased in "Singular Stars: Lone Star Quilts From Judy Martin." In these quilts, Martin explores strip-pieced Lone Stars, taking them in new directions with the addition of undulating curves, gradations of color, starburst elements, satellite stars, strip-pieced diamond borders, and other design elements.

Adding an international flavor to the show, the 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition will be displayed in Lancaster. Organized by Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association, the largest organization of handcraft instructors in Japan, the Quilt Nihon Exhibition is one of the most prestigious international quilt contests in that country. Of the 256 entries from 11 countries in two categories - innovative traditional quilt and contemporary quilt - 82 award-winning quilts were selected for the traveling exhibition.

There is a cost to attend the QuiltWeek Show, and purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged. To buy tickets or learn more about the event, readers may visit www.quiltweek.com.

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Art Association Sets Meeting March 14, 2019

Jane Wolf will be the presenter at the Lititz Art Association meeting on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road. She will speak about how to use inks and high-flow acrylics with a variety of mediums and textural materials. The program is free and open to the public.

Wolf has worked in various mediums both during her schooling and during her teaching years in Maryland and the School District of Lancaster, where she taught both junior high and high school. She has worked in printmaking, watercolor, stained glass, and acrylic painting. When she retired in 2012, one of her goals was to have the time to create art. She connected with Julie Youtz Rupp, a teacher at the York Art Association, who introduced her to a different way of painting with acrylics.

Wolf uses a nonpourous substrate, free-flowing paints, and lots of water, along with other textural materials, such as molding paste, tar gel, plastic wrap and wax paper. Wolf sometimes uses canvas with the fluid acrylics, as it gives a different effect.

The purpose of the Lititz Art Association is to foster fine arts and to cooperate with other associations having similar purposes. Membership is open to all interested persons 18 years of age or older. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library. More information may be found at www.LititzArtAssociation.com.

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Exhibit Features HAAA Artists March 8, 2019

The Backstage Cafe Art Gallery at the Allen Theatre, 36 E. Main St., Annville, is featuring the artwork of Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) artists W. Craig, M. Leister, and D. Pringle. The exhibit will run through Sunday, March 31. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit www.Hersheyart.org.

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School To Hold Annual Art Show March 7, 2019

On Thursday March 21, Nye Elementary School, 200 S. John St., Hummelstown, will host its annual art show as a part of Youth Art Month. The show will be held on the first floor and run from 6 to 8 p.m.

It will feature paintings, watercolor pieces, pottery and more created by students in kindergarten through grade five. Light refreshments will be available. Admission will be free and open to the public.

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Creative Arts Contest Posted March 5, 2019

The 34th annual Peace Creative Arts Contest is accepting submissions. The contest is open to all Lancaster County area middle and high school students in grades six through 12. This year's topic is "Give Peace a Chance." Two categories are available - Fine Arts and Essay/Poetry. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 3.

All entries will be on display at the Art Alley at Hamilton Park United Church of Christ, 1210 Maple Ave., Lancaster, from Monday, May 6, through Sunday, June 9. The awards presentation will take place at 2 p.m. on June 9 at the church.

Complete submission rules and age division information is available by contacting lancasterpeaceproject@gmail.com and using "Peace Creative Arts Contest" in the subject line.

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Ward Davenny Art Exhibit March 4, 2019

West Chester University's Department of Art and Design will continue the 2018-19 season with the exhibit "Ward Davenny's Selected Works 1990 - Present" in the E.O. Bull Center's Baker Gallery at 2 E. Rosedale Ave, West Chester. The works will be on display through Friday, April 5. The exhibit is free and open to the public during gallery hours on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.

Davenny's works represent the movement of light and air and how they materialize in the form of clouds, smoke or vapors to create a visual presence in the atmosphere.

Davenny received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1977 and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale in 1982. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grants in 1985 and 1993 and two Mid-Atlantic/ Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grants in 1996 and 2006.

Davenny is represented in numerous collections, including the British Museum in London; the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Mass.; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, among many others. He was represented by the Mary Ryan Gallery in New York for nearly 30 years, where he has had eight solo exhibitions. He is currently represented by Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia.

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Exhibit Features Watercolor Paintings February 28, 2019

The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community (UZRC), 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Lancaster County watercolor artist Brenda Blank as the United Zion Artist of the Month for March. The gallery will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout March.

Blank is inspired by Andrew Wyeth, who stated "I paint my life" and whom Blank admires for his ability to connect the mood and organic feel of his subject matter. Blank's art is reflective of her childhood in rural Lancaster County, where she was fascinated by aged and weathered trees and the textures of streams and gardens. In her artwork, Blank focuses on items that may be overlooked, aiming to call out their purpose and meaning in daily life. She seeks to communicate her view that life is full of visual gifts and special moments. Blank enjoys experimenting with a variety of techniques and says she relishes the challenge of finding the balance between control and allowing the picture to paint itself.

Blank received her first award, an Honorable Mention, at Lancaster Museum of Art's summer show in 2015. She has shown her work at various locations in downtown Lancaster, is a partner artist at a business in Lititz, and creates a variety of commissioned works.

For more information on the UZRC Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at awojcik@uzrc.org.

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Artwork Sought For Show February 27, 2019

Artwork in all media by artists of all ages and skill levels is being sought for Mulberry Art Studios' We Love Our Pets Art Show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Sebastian Foundation for Animal Rescue. This exhibit will be held during National Pet Month in May in memory of the studio's beagle mix mascot, Milo.

Artwork can be in any medium, but must be on the subject of pets. Artists may or may not choose to list their artwork for sale. Submissions will be accepted until Monday, April 15, unless the gallery space becomes filled before then.

Prizes will be awarded to Best in Show and People's Choice in both the adult and youth categories. Artwork must be wired and ready to hang. Youth art can be on paper, backed with construction paper. If it is on canvas, it should be strung with wire for hanging.

Readers may email Stephanie.MulberryArt@gmail.com to submit a piece for consideration or for more details on the exhibit.

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Creative York Sets Exhibits February 27, 2019

Creative York has announced that two new exhibits will continue through Saturday, April 20. In the Kerlin Gallery is "Identity," a group exhibit of artworks examining the subject of identity. In The Project Space Gallery is "The Secret Garden," an installation by New York artist Carlie Sherry.

A nonprofit organization, Creative York is dedicated to supporting the arts as a central part of the community through its outreach programs, arts education, and free art gallery exhibits. Creative York operates two galleries, offers art classes for people of all ages, and operates ceramics studios in downtown York city at 10 N. Beaver St., near Central Market. For more information, readers may call 717-848-3200 or visit www.creativeyork.org.

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Student Wins Card Design Contest February 22, 2019

Lauren Coblentz, a fourth-grade student at Salisbury Elementary, won the state card design contest. For the contest, children were asked to create a birthday card representing Pennsylvania. Lauren's design includes the Liberty Bell, the state flower, the outline of the state, and a keystone.

Rep. Bryan Cutler and Rep. David Zimmerman visited the class during a celebration of Lauren's achievement. Cutler and Zimmerman brought pizza for the students, and they also talked about their role in the state government. The presentation included a question-and-answer session.

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Library Posts Art Exhibit February 22, 2019

Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, will host an art exhibit featuring the work of Novelda (Bo) Ferguson, a lifelong resident of the Quarryville area. The exhibit will open on Saturday, March 9, when a reception for Ferguson will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The exhibit will continue until Tuesday, April 23.

The library will showcase Ferguson's linoleum block print Christmas cards, which she printed by hand for more than 40 years. More recently, she decided to reuse the same blocks and paint them in watercolors as a reserve to the print.

After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art, Ferguson returned to the local area to teach art for the Penn Manor School District for 30 years. For many years, she traveled to craft shows to exhibit her Tole works, paintings made on tin, wood, slate, and other materials. Ferguson has contributed pen-and-ink drawings to each of the Southern Lancaster County Historical Society's annual calendars since 1984. Her current interests are watercolors and ceramics. She has also worked oil pastels.

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Women's History Month Events Slated February 22, 2019

March is National Women's History Month, and YWCA Lancaster will host three events commemorating the contributions that women have made in the United States. All of these events will take place at YWCA Lancaster, 110 N. Lime Street, Lancaster, and will be free of charge and open to the public.

On Friday, March 1, a First Friday All-Women Art Exhibition will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In conjunction with Lancaster First Friday, work by several woman artists will be on exhibit. Artists will include Salina M. Almanzar, Claudia Salazar, Rosa Thomas, and Loryn Spangler-Jones. Additionally, the "Soles of Lancaster" exhibit from the 20th running of YWCA Lancaster's Race Against Racism will be on display. Two female students from Elizabethtown College, Elizabeth Baker and Emily Baker, will provide piano music for the event.

On Thursday, March 7, a First Thursday Latino and Women's Summit will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. through YWCA Lancaster in partnership with Lancaster First Thursday Latino. Everyone is welcome to the free summit and networking mixer, which is geared toward professionals, entrepreneurs, leaders, and representatives of businesses and organizations in Lancaster and the surrounding region. The Women's Summit will feature a resource fair for families and a job fair for women, both from 3 to 6 p.m.; seminars on women empowerment from 5 to 7 p.m.; speakers from 7 to 8 p.m.; and a networking hour from 8 to 9 p.m.

On Friday, March 8, an International Women's Day Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The informal and free drop-in event will celebrate women, women-owned businesses, books about women, movies about women, and more. There will be games, information, and food.

To see a listing of all the events, readers may visit www.ywcalancaster.org/womenshistory.

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Students Win Art Awards February 22, 2019

Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) High School students were recognized in this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Lancaster County Young Artists (LCYA) Awards.

In the Scholastic Art Awards, the Gold Key winners were as follows: Isabella Dicamillo, "Bungalow," "Pavilion," and "The Office"; Emma Houck, "Depression"; Ellie Knowles, "Gas-Fired Bottles"; Mackenzie Lefever, "Jellyfish Bubble Blower"; Ivy McComsey, "Wood-Fired Coil Pot"; Wren Miller, "Moon Jacket"; Elli Strauss, "Concealment"; Lindsay Szymanski, "Dragon With Egg"; and Kaitlyn Tordoff, "Box."

The following students won Silver Keys: Isabella Dicamillo, "Concrete Slaboration"; Ivy McComsey, "Amphora on Welded Mild Steel"; and Hannah Shaub, "All Consuming."

The Honorable Mention winners were Anastasia Curran, "Green Coil Pot"; Josie Lau, "Triangular Pendant/Necklace With Black Onyx"; and Hannah Shaub, "Ophelia."

The LCYA Gold Medal winners from L-S were as follows: Amaya Creekmur, "Blitz"; Josie Lau, "Homage to Crowder"; Mackenzie Lefever, "Jellyfish Bubble Blower"; Ivy McComsey, "Pit-Fired Pot"; Ezra Mellinger, "Goat Barn-Selfie Frame Kinetic"; Taya Puffenberger, "Brass Seaweed Cuff"; Donald Sweigart, "Fireman's Box"; and Ansley Yost, "Lemur."

The Silver Medal winners were Isabella Beiler, "Silver-Copper Bracelet"; Sarah Doutrich, "Coiled Vessel"; Katrina Kreider, "Two-Part Vase" and "Wood-Fired Coil Pot"; Ivy McComsey, "Greek-Inspired Calyx Krater"; and Ansley Yost, "Coil Pot" and "Tea Pot."

Lindsay Szymanski won an Honorable Mention for "Shark Necklace With Sharktooth."

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MCC To Hold Quilt Preview February 21, 2019

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) will hold a quilt preview from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, March 1, as well as from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, at MCC East Coast's Material Resources Center, 517 W. Trout Run Road, Ephrata. Admission is free. The preview will offer an opportunity to view the quilts slated for auction at the 63rd annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale. Thousands of hours have gone into creating the more than 100 quilts.

Unique to the preview this year will be quilts and wall hangings made from submissions to the Charity Block Design Challenge through The Old Country Store in Intercourse and Jaftex Corporation, a fabric manufacturer in New York City.

The Old Country Store won a Jaftex Facebook contest through the company's CEO, Scott Fortunoff, and chose MCC and the Pennsylvania Relief Sale as the charity recipient. The store decided to hold an event, with Fortunoff as the main speaker, and paired it with the Charity Block Design Challenge, where registered participants received a mystery pair of fat-quarter fabrics beforehand from one of five featured designers from the corporation: Kaffe Fassett, Kim Diehl, Tula Pink, Tim Holtz, and William Morris. The corporation donated the fabrics.

Participants were then asked to use the two fabrics they received to create a 10.5-by-10.5-inch quilt block in any pattern. At an event on Nov. 29, 2018, at Shady Maple in East Earl, attendees voted on their favorites in five categories - best use of color, best pieced, best applique, best nontraditional, and people's choice - with winners receiving prizes. Winning blocks were sewn into individual wall hangings while many of the other submissions were made into sampler quilts. More than 150 blocks were submitted for the challenge.

During the preview, quilt viewers will be invited to vote for their favorite quilt by donating money. Each cent counts as one vote and goes toward the Pennsylvania Relief Sale's My Coins Count collection. This year's collection will support MCC's peacebuilding initiatives, which aim to give people the skills they need to work for peace and understanding, to speak out against injustices, and to build resilience through trauma healing.

Preview visitors can also shop Quilter's Corner for fabric, linens, spools, and related items, as well as upcycled items crafted from repurposed materials by volunteers. Used books and other contributed items will also be available for purchase by donation.

In addition, tours of the Material Resources Center warehouse will be offered. The warehouse serves as a collection point in the U.S. for the receiving, packing, and shipping of material resources donated by people responding to aid requests from MCC partners worldwide.

The 63rd annual Pennsylvania Relief Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The event will benefit MCC's global relief, development, and peacebuilding work. Last year's sale raised $450,000 for MCC.

For more information about the quilt preview, readers may call 717-733-2847. Details about the Pennsylvania Relief Sale are available at www.PAReliefSale.org or by calling 717-208-4152.

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Art Association To Meet February 14, 2019

Jef Kaufhold will be the presenter for the Lititz Art Association meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road. Kaufhold will discuss "Using an 'Off-Color' in Painting." The program is free and open to the public.

Kaufhold has been drawing and painting since high school. While most of his professional career has been spent pursuing technical careers as a draftsman, a technician, an engineer, a teacher, a network administrator, and a manager, he found creative fulfillment in his spare time through acting, singing, dancing, set design, and building in local theater. He now paints and draws in watercolor, oil, and charcoal.

Kaufhold's formal training began with private lessons with Dorothy Hollinger, an East Petersburg artist. He ended up pursuing a minor in art at Millersville University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in physics and a Bachelor of Art in mathematics education from Millersville University. He has shown his work at local venues and outdoor art shows.

The purpose of the Lititz Art Association is to foster fine arts and to cooperate with other associations having similar purposes. Membership is open to all interested persons age 18 or older. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library. More information may be found at www.LititzArtAssociation.com.

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Susquehanna Stage To Debut At New Arts Center February 7, 2019

In a twist of irony, Susquehanna Stage's first production in its new, permanent space at the Marietta Center for the Arts, 133 W. Market St., Marietta, takes place in a rented room. "Plaza Suite," a comedy by Neil Simon, features four couples in three acts, each during their time in Suite 719 at New York City's Plaza Hotel.

"The last 10 years we had been in a rented space," said Susquehanna Stage artistic director Jim Johnson. "We wanted our own space."

The play will be performed on the Gallery Stage of the new venue, which originally served as a house of worship. Marietta Center of the Arts, the umbrella organization under which Susquehanna Stage operates, purchased the building in August 2018. Guests attending "Plaza Suite" and the other five shows planned this year may park at the rear of the building and on the streets around it. Due to the age of the building, the facility is not handicapped-accessible. Folks with special needs are invited to contact the box office at 717-426-1277 or tmoore@susquehannastageco.com, and the theater staff will make every effort to provide accommodations.

"Plaza Suite" will open on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Additional evening performances will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21; Friday, Feb. 22; and Saturdays, Feb. 16 and 23. Matinees will begin at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Feb. 17 and 24.

The theme of the production is couples and relationships, Johnson said. The three stories are connected only through the theme and the setting. There is a married couple whose anniversary celebration is interrupted by work and an attractive secretary; a Hollywood producer attempting to seduce his high school sweetheart, who makes the rendezvous while her three children are in school; and two parents reasoning with their daughter, who has locked herself in the restroom to avoid her groom and their wedding.

"Every other response is a laugh line," commented Joel Persing of Brogue, who plays the father of the bride. "It's a very funny show. I'm partial to the third act," he said with a laugh.

"There are some tragic roles. The challenge is in making it funny," noted Kyle Dunbar of Mount Joy. He is the only actor who will appear in all three scenes, with varying roles as bellhop, waiter, and groom. Dunbar is embracing that challenge, along with those associated with making a stage debut. His only previous interaction with theater was in taking a Fundamentals of Acting class as a freshman at Donegal High School. "I have learned something new every time (we rehearse)," Dunbar remarked. "I'm thankful for having an awesome director and cast."

The positive reputation of Susquehanna Stage is renowned throughout the area, attracting audiences and actors from quite a distance.

"We have hobbies that demand you go where you can get a part," added Persing, whose commute from York County is more than a half-hour.

Reading native Mikaela Krall, who plays the high school sweetheart, travels from Annville, where she is a student at Lebanon Valley College. Veteran actor Ron Nason makes the drive from Mechanicsburg to portray a workaholic husband. Like Persing and Krall, Nason is appearing with Susquehanna Stage for the first time. "I have seen productions here, and I recently retired, so I have more flexibility," Nason said. "You go where the roles are."

"The community theater circuit in central Pennsylvania is tight," said Niki Boyer Swatski of Marietta, who is the other half of the anniversary couple. "We borrow actors, as well as sets and costumes."

Other cast members who will appear in "Plaza Suite" are Chrissy Nickel, Wes Madara, and Georgie Reardon. Readers who would like to watch these folks in action may purchase tickets at http://susquehannastageco.com/index.php/box-office or at the door before each performance. Separate prices have been set for adults and students in orchestra and balcony seating.

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Artist To Hold Giveaway Drawing February 1, 2019

Local resident and artist Aaron Freas is planning to hold a giveaway drawing for a hand-painted acrylic painting to benefit the Poh Fund at the Animal Medical Center in New York City (AMCNY). Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday, Feb. 12, and may be purchased via links at www.livelikepoh.com.

Aaron is 20 years old and has been taking art classes at Lampeter-Strasburg High School for seven years. He completes his paintings and sculpture pieces with the help of his paraeducator, Mrs. Mylin. He created the painting for the giveaway drawing in Mr. Cantrell's Art Survey class. Aaron enjoys painting dogs and especially loves raising money for pet-related charities. This will be his fourth giveaway drawing for AMCNY. In total, he has raised more than $3,500 for the Poh Fund. More information about Aaron and his previous giveaway drawings can be found at the Poh Fund's website.

Several years ago, Aaron learned about the story of Poh the dog, who was taken on a bucket list trip by his owner after Poh received a terminal diagnosis of kidney failure. Poh's trip was highlighted on the national news with a focus on the issues concerning senior dog ownership. After Poh's passing, his owner set up of charitable fund to help people with the medical costs associated with keeping senior dogs healthy and in their loving homes for as long as possible. More information about Poh and his story can be found at www.livelikepoh.com/what-was-poh-the-dogs-big-adventure/.

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Celebrating "Lancaster Gospel Roots" January 24, 2019

Music groups both large and small will be showcased when the We the People First Friday series presents "Lancaster Gospel Roots" on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Scheduled performers include the Gospel Sounds of Lancaster featuring Soul House vocalist Amy Shaffer, the Anthony Pieruccini Jazz Trio, Ray's Temple Church of God in Christ Choir, Fairview Full Gospel Church, spoken word artist David Barton, and the Cielos Abierto Dance Troupe. The evening will end with the Music For Everyone Community Chorus.

The concert has its roots in a program that has historically been organized by Barton. This year, the Ware Center has taken on the role of producing the show. Barton is still involved with the planning, and many of the groups have appeared in the event previously.

"The big addition would be the Music For Everyone Community Chorus. At 60 to 70 voices strong, they will be a great addition to the lineup and a rousing way to end the evening," said Ware Center arts communication manager Amy Banks. "We really wanted to represent gospel music through different communities here in the city, and as a result, we will have a diverse mix of music, dance, and spoken word."

Banks noted that nearly all of the performers are from Lancaster, but Fairview Full Gospel Church is from York.

While gospel music is religious and spiritual in nature, Banks said that she considers the First Friday concert a secular event where attendees might have a personal experience of the Spirit through performing arts. "My hope would be that attendees will have an uplifting and joyous experience," she remarked.

Additionally, a reception for the art exhibit "Head Series" by Gerry McCritty will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on First Friday in the Ware Center's Regitz Gallery. The exhibit will run from Feb. 1 through Friday, Feb. 22.

McCritty has been painting and sculpting for more than 30 years. She described the nature of her visual artistry as earthly and rhythmic, and she aims to bring out emotions felt globally in today's world.

"I was born in Liberia, West Africa, and first came to America as an exchange student," McCritty said. "Africans celebrate the happiness and sadness of life with dance and rhythms - suffering but still smiling. My work reflects the experience of my transitions, reflecting my West African roots and the rhythm of my life in Lancaster. These two rhythms are deeply connected to me."

McCritty uses mixed media and found objects as she seeks to reveal the emotions of happiness, sadness, and discomfort, along with the notion of elegance, dignity, pride, and passion. "The materials that connect with my creations are ones like metal, wood, and cardboard that reflect everyday life. Where someone else might throw them away, I incorporate them into works of art," she commented.

The reception and the concert will be open to the public free of charge, but tickets may be reserved at www.artsmu.com, by calling 717-871-7600, or by visiting the box offices at the Ware Center on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Room 103 of the Student Memorial Center, 21 S. George St., Millersville, on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Vendors Sought For Bazaar January 24, 2019

St. Luke's United Church of Christ, 222 N. Broad St. (Route 501 North), Lititz, is seeking vendors for its annual outdoor bazaar, "The Spring Thing," which will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendor setup will take place from 6 to 7 a.m.

Organizers seek dealers of antiques, crafts, collectibles, or flea market items, as well as people with home business items or yard sale items. Food vendors will not be accepted.

Spaces are approximately 10 feet wide, with no electricity available. A cost per space has been set for reservations made by Friday, April 19. After that date, spaces will be available for a higher cost, although availability is not guaranteed. Stand holders must provide their own tables and tents.

To receive a reservation form, vendors may call the church office at 717-626-7100 or Jane Markert at 717-824-1984.

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Garden Spot Village Partners With Students January 23, 2019

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) senior illustration students joined members of the Garden Spot Village Art Guild and staff on Jan. 17 for the unveiling of the Destination Garden Spot Village spring 2019 magazine cover. PCA&D senior Annie Troller submitted the winning illustration, "Through a Child's Eyes."

The unveiling was a culmination of hours of research, planning and design. In September, Christina Hess and fellow instructor Bill Dussinger brought their senior illustration students to Garden Spot Village to experience the community and learn about the project. Scott Miller, chief marketing officer, and Brandon Adams, graphic designer, presented the vision for the spring 2019 issue as a recap of Garden Spot Village's envisioned future. They shared the five goals for the envisioned future, fielded questions and provided feedback on thumbnail concepts the students prepared for the day.

In October, 20 students submitted covers for consideration. After a careful review of the submissions, the creative team selected Troller's digital painting.

The spring/summer 2019 Destination Garden Spot Village will be released in March.

For more information about PCA&D, readers may call 717-396-1032 or 800-689-0379 or visit www.pcad.edu.

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