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Coffee & Conversation, Wednesday March 9th at 10:30
Our next C&C will be held at the home of Jack and Martha Young. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce prospective members to the many benefits of becoming a member of SAIL. We invite members to come and share their SAIL experience and if you wish, bring along a friend.
Please call the office to register 304-870-7245.
SAIL Hosts 70th Wedding Anniversary for Sherman and Elinor
At a recent Brown Bag Lunch, SAIL hosted a wonderful tribute to members Sherman and Elinor Ross as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Friday, January 22nd. A total of 31 members and 6 guests helped these long-time Shepherdstown residents reminisce about their many experiences over their years together.
These years included time in the U.S. State Department Foreign Service with postings in such diverse places as Cameroon and Russia.
The program included a karaoke sing-along of old favorites led by Ted Walton, a special written tribute read by Betty Snyder, and the presentation of some wedding day memories by Elinor. In addition there were many cards and toasts from SAIL members, a beautiful cake, and flowers.
Special thanks to all who attended and helped make this such a special celebration.
|Mindy Sizemore and Carolyn Rodis
The Engine Room Art Space is located at 36 N Potomac Street Hagerstown, MD beside the Hagerstown Visitor's Center. There is a parking lot in between the gallery and the Visitor's Center.
May Day Pot Luck
Good food! Interesting conversation! Fun activities! These are just some of the interesting things that happen at a SAIL pot luck supper. These suppers are also times to reconnect with friends you don’t see on a regular bases.
As appropriate for a potluck supper on the first day of May, SAIL members celebrated with Celtic music and a Maypole crafted by John Reed with brightly colored ribbons. The Maypole tradition was started by English Art Critic, John Ruskin in 1881. Just as in Ruskin’s time, members danced around the pole weaving the colorful ribbons around the pole. There was much laughter and many echoes of “Which way do I go now?“.
This unusual activity was followed by a challenging bout of Trivia.
Thanks to all the wonderful cooks who provided supper and the hospitality committee who provided spring flower center pieces which created the perfect ambience for a May Day celebration.
Our Shadows: an artist’s collaboration with SAIL and other community members
Written by Carolyn Rodis
Five SAIL members showcased their creative and artistic abilities in an art show displayed at Engine Art Space in Hagerstown. The show was a collaboration between SAIL and Mindy Sizemore, an art education graduate student at Shepherd University.
Mindy worked with groups of people from three different stages of life: five members of SAIL, the Girl Scouts of Martinsburg – ages 5 to 8 – and Alpha Sigma Tau, a sorority at Shepherd, in a collaborative art project of cut outs. Mindy led discussions of symbolism as a tool of representation. Each person then created black cut outs representing themselves, their families and their communities. Mindy said, “When presented together, this project suggests the importance of diversity in community by emphasizing the individuality of each member of a unified group.”
The SAILers who participated are Helen Burns, Diana Eldridge, Catherine Irwin, Jack Young and Martha Young. Catherine summed up her experience as follows: “The project was very fun for me. I did an owl, a tree, a woman's equality symbol and a fox. My grandson actually helped by sketching the owl and the fox. It was a nice time for the two of us to share in an art project. Thank you so much for putting this together. I think it was a good experience for all of us!”