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Art Raffle to Benefit “Campaign to Keep the Virginia Theater Open”

Mary Ward, who operates two Downtown North Baltimore businesses–The Kountry Cupboard and The Ice Cream Food Goodies Shoppe is  organizing a fundraiser raffle, to benefit the “Campaign to Keep the Virginia Theater Open”. “I am donating FIVE SIGNED Billy Jacobs Prints for the raffle, and all the proceeds will benefit the Theater.” She stated, “I just wanted to do something to help a fellow downtown NB business”

Jacobs, who visited town last weekend to sign art pieces at her shop,  was enthusiastic about Ward’s support of the local theater project. “I am very happy to hear she is doing this,” he said.


Jacobs is the owner of Billy Jacobs Art Gallery, which is filled with many of Billy’s paintings as well as general country gift merchandise and loads of primitive antiques.

His Art Gallery and Antique Shop is housed in the Historic Rochester House, built in the late 1830’s by John and Andrew Stahl on land given to their father for services rendered to George Washington. The famous Inn located in Navarre, Ohio near the banks of the Ohio-Erie Canal once housed many historic figures including Ulysses S. Grant and William McKinley and was part of the Underground Railroad.

The pieces being raffled will include “March Winds”, ” Just Like Mama used to Bake”, “Summer Breeze”, “Double Wedding Ring Quilt Block Barn”, and an unnamed piece featuring Beehives and Birds. They vary in size from 9 inches by 12 inches up to 24 inches by thirty-two inches.

Ward is hoping to have Doug Wickard of the Virginia Theater, or a Committee member present to help draw the winning raffle tickets on November 22. Tickets are on sale now at the Ice Cream Food Goodies Shoppe. Contact Ward at either business for more information.

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