Annual Renfrew Youth Festival on Tap
CUTLINE: Kids designed and created their own t-shirt artworks during a workshop at a previous Youth Festival. The workshop is offered again this year during Renfrew Institute's 20th anniversary Youth Festival, scheduled for Sunday, May 24, from 1 to 5pm at Renfrew Park.
Annual Renfrew Youth Festival on Tap
Waynesboro: "Ramblin' Through the Years" is the theme for Renfrew Institute's 20th anniversary Youth Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 24 from 1 to 5pm 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 2pm 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, national recording artist and songwriter, Ray Owen of Gettysburg, will present "American Odyssey"-an excursion into humor, history and heritage-with opportunities for kids to join in songs and stories, and to play traditional and not-so-traditional rhythm instruments.
The public is invited to travel along on this award-winning show for kids of all ages that travels through history on a tuneful adventure with a crew of colorful characters that step right out of history and onto the stage, pulling you into a world of fun. Perhaps there will even be a chance to join in the zany Chicken Karaoke contest for kids!
A nationally known recording artist, Owen's latest album was a candidate for a GRAMMY nomination. He has performed with such legendary entertainers as Garth Brooks, Arlo Guthrie and Bill Monroe, and toured with Willie Nelson and America. Owen's performance was described by one critic as "hotter than hot...the wunderkind one man show of shows," and another declared Owen "One of America's premiere outdoor fair and festival performers."
Beginning at 1 and 3pm, these workshops, open to all ages, provide a variety of fun activities (pre-register to ensure choice):
* Tom McFarland: Wander into creative territory under the guidance of a favorite local artful thinker and tinker
* Kim and Jenny Sheffler: Whatever floats your boat...and other things that float
* Beth Angle: Wear your own artwork all summer long! Design and paint your own t-shirt. Personally yours...to a tee! (please bring a 100% cotton t-shirt with you)
* Golds Gym: Fit n' fun with Amber Ryckis
* Anita Pfeuffer: Hanging by a string...craft a gossamer gowned marionette & help her dance
* Karen Manderson: Songs, poems and shadow play...lots of fun from "yesterday"
* Moriah Sheffler: Let's have a ball! Games abound in the round!
* Ray Owen: (1:00 only) Join this masterful song man in tunes, stories and an invitation to play traditional and not-so-traditional rhythm instruments
Additional attractions throughout the day include:
* Noses soft as velvet...meet the Frantz Family "Gentle Giants" Belgian Draft horses
* All aboard...Chug along our clothesline exhibit, design and add a train car to add to the train. Flock to the barnyard to meet the Walizer Family Barnyard Buddies, then make a "critter craft" to take home
* Make a big splash with Mr. Mike and his kayaks! (Bring water shoes, dry clothes for later and a towel. Minimum weight for required life jacket: 50 pounds and up)
* Admire the antics of the Juggling Geek, also known as Trevor Madsen
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.