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Third Annual Autumn Arts Festival Slated for September 12 and 13

Third Annual Autumn Arts Festival Slated for September 12 and 13

Hagerstown, MD: The Third Annual Autumn Arts Festival in Hagerstown's beautiful City Park is slated for September 12, 2009 and September 13, 1009.
The festival will span the entire park, with exhibitions at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum, The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, The Mansion House Art Gallery and The Railroad Museum in City Park. According to John Bryan, Historic Sites Facilitator for the City of Hagerstown, "Visitors will find crafters, artists and performers demonstrating their skills, sharing their knowledge, and selling their original products and artwork at each venue throughout the Park. This festival is exciting because there is something for people of all ages."
On Saturday, September 12, 2009 at The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will offer free children's art activities including balloon sculpting and face painting. All children's activities at the Museum of Fine Arts are co-sponsored by the Museum membership and the Hagerstown-Washington County CVB. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Museum will feature artist demonstrations and a museum scavenger hunt.
Visitors can also enjoy art at the 19th century era Mansion House Art Gallery. On Saturday, painters will be painting on the porch and featured artists' work will be on display in the North Gallery. On Sunday, both children and adults can participate in painting areas and create their own masterpieces. Both days, the Mansion House will feature the local talents of young cellist, Mia Hoover from 1pm to 2pm.
The Railroad enthusiast in the family will enjoy the exhibit of Hagerstown's Western Maryland Railroad memorabilia at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum in City Park. Visitors can tour the newly painted 1912 Steam Locomotive 202 and learn about the cabooses on site while viewing the outdoor G-Scale model railroad and other special railroading exhibits and displays. From 1pm to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday, barrel cart train rides will be offered free of charge.
Aside from the traditional crafts, visitors to the Autumn Arts Festival will also have the opportunity to tour and learn about the 270-year-old Jonathan Hager House, home of the Founder of Hagerstown. The Hager House contains Maryland's best collection of 18th century furnishings and accurately reflects the lifestyle of a wealthy colonial German family. There will be a nominal $2.00 admission fee for the guided tours, which are given by guides in period dress.
While at the Jonathan Hager House, watch The Friends of Fort Frederick and other French and Indian War living history groups present an interpretive encampment on the grounds, portraying what life was like in the 18th century for both the civilian and the soldier. On Saturday, a local group known as the Potamac Dancers will perform Native American dances at noon and 2pm. On Sunday afternoon there will be a special presentation on Native American lifestyle.
On the greens between the Hager House grounds and the Museum of Fine Arts there will be a free petting zoo and pony rides on both Saturday and Sunday. The ponies will be giving rides from 10am to 2pm each day while the petting zoo will be on hand from 1pm to 5pm both days.
Hagerstown's rich tradition of showcasing exciting music and entertainment continues with performances at the Bandshell in the City Park. On Saturday, "Ken Kolodner & Jim Eagan" perform their twists on Appalachian and Celtic music at 12 and 2pm, and "Costa, Dailey & O'Flaherty" will combine Celtic, bluegrass and Appalachian sounds at 1pm and 3pm. On Sunday, the Autumn Arts Festival also is proud to highlight a vast array of local talent by welcoming groups from around the Tri-State region. At noon the Bandshell will feature Emmy nominated, Ray Owens and his "Hat's Off to America" show - a unique tribute to our nation. "Dancin' Time Rhythm Airs" will take the stage at 1pm and followed by local dance troupe "Ballet & All that Jazz" at 2pm. Finishing out the festival, Hagerstown's own Municipal Band will perform at 3pm.
For the convenience of visitors, a free Hay Wagon Shuttle will travel between each venue. Visitors can enter the stamp card drawing for a chance to win a fantastic prize basket featuring free art classes, admissions to City of Hagerstown Recreation Facilities, memorabilia and fantastic merchandise.
The Autumn Arts Festival is free both Saturday, September 12, 2009 and Sunday, September 13, 2009, so bring the whole family and come experience wonderful crafts, fantastic artists, award-wining live entertainment and delicious food at the Third Annual Autumn Arts Festival in Hagerstown's beautiful City Park from 10am to 5pm and create a new end-of-summer tradition for your family. For more information, call 301-739-8393 or e-mail:

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