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Renfrew Institute Youth Festival

CUTLINE: Internationally known musician, singer and clogger, Jay Smar, brings an interactive program of music, song, dance and folklore to Renfrew Institute's Youth Festival, scheduled for Sunday, May 30, from 1 to 5:30pm at Renfrew Park.



Renfrew Institute Youth Festival

Waynesboro: "It's a Bug's World!" is the theme for Renfrew Institute's 21st annual Youth Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 30 from 1 to 5:30pm at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival features a clothesline exhibit, and a variety of fun-filled workshops and activities geared for youngsters (details below). In addition, at 4:30pm the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe will perform a special program featuring favorite Show Tunes. Since 1995, WCTT has provided children's drama experiences through such classics as The Wizard of Oz, Oliver, Cinderella, and South Pacific.
In keeping with the theme, "Bug Man" Ryan Bridge will bring his extensive collection of butterflies, insects, arachnids and hissing cockroaches to the event. This hands-on activity- yep, hands-on with live bugs!-is featured throughout the day. Bridge, an entomologist, explains the life cycle, characteristics and defenses of various insects in an entertaining and informative program. Even if you don't like bugs, you're sure to enjoy this program! (Hands-on is optional!)
At 2:15, internationally known musician, singer and clogger, Jay Smar brings his fresh air version of live fiddle music to the museum house patio stage. Equipped with two guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddle, Smar serves his audience an "acoustic buffet" of traditional American and original folk, ol' time mountain music and bluegrass tunes. Smar's stories and songs explore the impact of coal mining on the Keystone State, the world's first "gravity" railroad and folklore related to other areas.
The interactive program includes audience singing, children performing on mandolin and fiddle and instruction in flat footin'-a simple clog-dancing step.
Smar will also conduct a limited-enrollment workshop following his performance, inviting participants to pen lyrics to a familiar tune, illustrating the craft of songwriting. He artfully blends history, music and poetry in his dynamic workshops.
In the last six years, Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC documentary, "The Welsh in America" and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster.
Beginning at 1:00 and 3:30pm, these workshops provide a variety of fun activities (pre-register to ensure choice):
Tom McFarland - Buzz into creative territory under the guidance of our favorite artful thinker and tinkerer. (all ages)
Kim Sheffler - Craft a buggy wind twirler...and make a whimsical plant marker! (all ages)
Beth Angle - Make a twinkling glow bug for nighttime fun! (all ages)
Emily Ledden - Wanna be a tumble bug? Join Emily for some simple gymnastic fun and tumbles. (pre-K through grade 2)
Anita Pfeuffer - If it quacks, it's a duck!...Craft a quacking duck and make some noise! (Real ducks make excellent garden "bug control.") (all ages)
Traci Walizer- Create your own pot, then plant a marigold...This "companion plant" repels bugs in your garden! (2nd grade and older)
3:30 ONLY - Join Jay Smar in a songwriting session. Pen new lyrics to an old familiar tune. (3rd grade and older)
Additional attractions throughout the day include:
* "Bug Man" Ryan Bridge and his collection of live insects provide hands-on experience and expert knowledge about the world of bugs.
* Bigger than bugs! Meet the Frantz Family "Gentle Giants" Belgian Draft horses
* Inchworm, inchworm...Kathy Bourdeau will help you inch along our clothesline exhibit by designing and adding a wriggling segment to the collection
* Make a big splash with Mr. Mike and his kayaks! (Bring water shoes, dry clothes for later and a towel)
* Admire the antics of the Juggling Geek, also known as Trevor Madsen
* What's a Flutterby? Cookie Beck, Pat Edwards and Amber Naugle -Craft your very own watercolored butterfly.
* Facepainter Laura Koons will paint a critter on your cheek!
* Critter inspired scavenger hunt will send you peeking into some forgotten corners of the park in search of answers to these clues. First 100 children to complete the quest receive a magnifier bug box!
* Moriah and Jenny Sheffler wanna play games! Come join them for some creepy crawly fun! (all ages)
The St. Andrew Youth Group of Waynesboro will provide a food stand where lunch may be purchased. Bring-your-own picnic lunches are also welcome.
Youth Festival is underwritten in part by Susquehanna Bank, and by contributions to the Today's Horizon Fund by PenMar Development Corp., Nora Roberts Foundation and an Anonymous Donor. The event was organized by co-chairs Kim Sheffler, Kathy Bourdeau and Traci Walizer.
Parking is available in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. Limited parking is available for individuals with disabilities behind the visitors center.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Waynesboro Area Middle School. Space is limited for workshops and pre-registration is suggested. For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact the institute at 717-762-0373.

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