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Free Annual Earth Day Celebration

CUTLINE: Local musicians Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin will provide entertainment during Renfrew Institute's annual Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art 2009 on Saturday April 18, 11am-4pm at Renfrew Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Annual Earth Day Celebration

Waynesboro: Live music, hands-on kid's activities, a clothesline art exhibit, and dozens of fun and informative displays will keep everyone entertained during Renfrew Institute's Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art 2009. The event is from 11am to 4pm on Saturday, April 18 at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, and is free of charge and open to the public.
Held in conjunction with the event, the fourth annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale is scheduled from 9am to 3pm in the park. A Creek Clean-Up is scheduled from 9-11am, hosted by Franklin County Conservation District. Anyone interested is encouraged to help, and should bring gloves.
The Festival of Art returns this year with more than a dozen area artists who will display, demonstrate and sell their works during the event. These include a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, basketry, garden art, pottery, wind chimes and more. Earth themes will be in the spotlight. "The goal is to offer to the public the concept that art, in its many forms, reflects our effort to celebrate the earth and its life through artistic expression," said Melodie Anderson-Smith, institute director.
The fourth annual "Renfrew Institute Environmental Artistry Award" will be presented to a local artist, in honor of outstanding lifetime achievement. Art activities for children will be offered from 12 to 3pm, supervised by Debbie Geis.
Musicians Slim Harrison and Tom Jolin join forces as the Barnstormers, with "Good Old Time American Folk Music." Kids can use Slim's handmade instruments or bring their own to play along as part of the Sunnyland Band.
A food stand will offer hot dogs, beverages, baked goods & other tasty items for sale, and attendees may picnic in the park.
At 1:30pm, the Franklin County Commissioners will present an official proclamation declaring April as Earth Awareness Month.
Local artist and musician, Patric Schlee will lead a drum circle beginning at 3pm, open to everyone. Participants may bring their own percussion instruments or use the extra percussion instruments provided. Dog owners may register their pets for Renfrew's Park Pals program, $5 per dog.
Throughout the day, free personal document shredding is available from 11am to 4pm at the Washington Township Office Parking Lot (beside the Welty Road entrance to Renfrew Park) sponsored by the Franklin Co. Commissioners & Planning Department. Shredded documents will be collected and recycled. There is a limit of 10 bags or boxes per person, and the following items cannot be processed: newspapers, 3-ring binders, carbon paper, film, metal, cardboard, trash or heavy plastics.
Exhibits will be on display by the following organizations: Annapaca Farm/The Alpaca Shop, Antietam Watershed Association, Boyer's Wood Stoves, Cumberland Valley Chapter #27 of the Society for PA Archaeology, Flower Buds, Franklin Co. Planning Dept., Franklin Co. Conservation District, Franklin Co. Master Gardener's, Hagerstown Honda, Harbaugh's HVAC/Refrigeration (geothermal), Hundredfold Farm, Long's Tree Specialist, Minerals & Fossils, Mother Earth Creations, Natural Alternatives, Population Connection, Penn State Cooperative Extension of Cumberland Co., Penn State Cooperative Extension of Franklin Co., The Record Herald, Rock & Mineral Club, Rudoft Lemperg, Vertis Bream Energy Options, Waste Management, Water Striders and Matthew Zeigler General Contractor (Solatube).
Festival of Art exhibitors include: Gary & Kath Anderson (iron forging), Sally Baker (fine art), Jacqueline Bayer, Beads & Mary & Joseph (beads & jewelry), Denny Bingaman (wildlife photography), Bridget Brown (decorative folk art), Steve Burdette (fine art), Becky Dietrich (fine art), Arthur & Sara Gernand (hypertufa planters), Penny & David Goldstein (fine art & pottery), Nathan & Caleb Jones (framed art), Elaine Longenecker (basketry), Michael McIntyre (FireRobin Farm Pottery), Kathleen Renninger (fine art), Patric Schlee (windchimes), Mary Ellen Selvaggio, and Betsy Tresselt (handmade jewelry).
The event is underwritten in part by Angela Grove Weagly in memory of Joyce Ceyler and in honor of Richard Ceyler, an anonymous donor, and by Renfrew Institute's Today's Horizon Fund contributors: PenMar Development Corp., Nora Roberts Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
Parking is available in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Waynesboro Area Middle School. For more information call the institute at 717-762-0373.

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