Branch News

News from the Hagerstown Branch

The Hagerstown AAUW Branch is getting ready for our 2017 Book Sale.  The dates and times of our sale are:

  • Preview Day: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 5-8pm, cost $10
  • Sale, ThursdayFriday, April 27-28, 2017, from 10am-8pm
  • Bag Day, Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9am-2pm, buy a bag to fill for $5

This is a sale of used books, most priced at $1-$5.

The sale is held at the ARC of Washington County, 1000 Florida Ave, Door number 4, Hagerstown, MD.  Proceeds go to support scholarships and educational programs for the community.

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News from the Garrett County Branch

If you are visiting Garrett County this summer, you can help raise money to enable women from Appalachian Maryland to attend college.  Thy hold a major yard sale on route 219 on the first Saturday in August, and are always interested in your discards for this event. They don’t sell clothes, but can find new homes for any of your no longer needed household goods, tools, sports equipment, furniture, etc.  They can even store it for you until the sale.  Contact Marilyn Moors, or 301-746-4057.  They also participate in a used bookstore, End of the Line Books, located in the boxcar at the train station in Oakland. It is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May until October, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  AAUW women work their Fridays and Saturdays and we’ll be glad to see you.

News from Harford County– 4th Annual Food Fight

On Monday, May 6, the Harford Branch of the American Association of University Women held its 4th annual Food Fight, bringing together four chefs from around the region to compete in a cooking competition- one wherein each chef prepared, in one hours’ time, an appetizer and entrée from a basket of secret ingredients.

The event took place for the first time at Vandiver Inn in Havre de Grace, where Susan, the Inn’s chef, offered her own version of the secret ingredients for viewers to purchase and enjoy.  Competing chefs included Chef Travis Szerensits and sous chef Brian Hancocks from Manor Tavern, Chef Robert Armigeer and sous chef Rebecca Szesczyk from Mountain Branch, Chef Jason Croasdale and sous chef Cathy Simpson from Bruce Bitners, and Chef Duane Smith and sous chef Thomas Bernatavitz from Duclaw Brewery.

Thirty judges, each paying $35 for the privilege of judging, rated each course on its overall appearance, creativity and taste.  The winner for the second year in a row was Chef Travis from Manor Tavern.  Secret basket ingredients included skirt steak, donated by Woolsey Farm, bourbon (donated byBel Air Liquors), broccoli raab, plantains, butterscotch chips, and beets.  Fresh produce for the pantry was donated by Brad’s Produce and Harman’s Farm Market.  Other donations to purchase items for the pantry were gift certificates from Mars and Wegman’s.  Mars also donated a $25 gift certificate for each of the competing chefs.

Tickets to win a raffle basket of various kitchen supplies and donations from local businesses were sold before and during the event.  Contributors included McShane’s Gourmet Coffee, Food & Gifts; Rita’s Ice; Bed Bath & Beyond; Coffee Coffee; Les Petits Bisous!; Sunny Day Café; Panera; Sweet Devotion; and Giovanni’s Restaurant;

Holding the event at the Vandiver Inn provided cover (and no rain date) with a pleasant atmosphere to wine and dine while watching the chefs compete.  It was a social event and competition worth attending.  Money made form the event goes to the AAUW Education Fund.  For more information, contact the committee at