The Adams County Arts Council’s 3rdthursdaynoon series wraps up the year on Thursday, Dec. 19, at noon at the Arts Education Center, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg, with a reading by Susan Hill and Carolyn George of Gettysburg’s Elsie Singmaster Society. There is no admission charge for this hour-long program. The series will take a winter break, resuming in March with a musical program by Buzz Jones.
Hill and George will read Singmaster’s “The Ishmaelite,” a story about an African American who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg and then came back to Gettysburg for the 50th reunion in 1913. His belief that he had earned a place at the reunion was disappointed by the sad reality of his unwelcoming reception. Singmaster wonders about the “unfinished work” of the nation’s battle for equality.