Autumn Arts Festival in the City Park

Autumn Arts Festival in the City Park

Hagerstown, MD (August 29, 2008)- The City of Hagerstown invites you to take part in the second annual Autumn Arts Festival in City Park on Saturday, September 13, 2008 and Sunday, September 14, 2008 from 10am to 5pm both days. This festival features traditional crafts, local artists, art demonstrations and exhibits, living history encampments, railroad displays, children's activities, live music, delicious food and much more, encompassing the entire City Park with exhibitions at the Jonathan Hager House, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, the Mansion House Art Gallery and the Railroad Museum.
According to John Bryan, Historic Sites Facilitator, "This show will not only highlight centuries-old crafts and traditions during Jonathan Hager's time, but will also be a showcase for modern artistic styles as well. Visitors will find crafters, artists and performers throughout the park. There will be something for everyone!"
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will feature many free children's art activities, balloon sculpting and face painting on Saturday, September 13. The festivities continue on Sunday, September 14 at the Museum of Fine Arts with storytelling by Ann Griffith at 2pm and again at 3pm. All children's activities at the Museum of Fine Arts are sponsored by Museum memberships, Hagerstown Trust and Susquehanna Bank.
The fun continues throughout the park at the Mansion House Art Gallery, which will feature painters on the porch and an exhibit in the North Gallery on Saturday, September 13. Then on Sunday, September 14 kids can create a masterpiece that will be hung in the Mansion House Art Gallery!
The Railroad Museum will have an incredible display of railroad memorabilia throughout the weekend. Tours are available of the recently painted 1912 Locomotive 202. Come learn about the other cabooses on site and get a chance to see special exhibits. On both Saturday and Sunday, barrel cart rides will be available for children from 1pm to 5pm and Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to give information on train safety.
The Autumn Arts Festival continues at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum in City Park. For a nominal fee, visitors can tour the 269 year-old home of Jonathan Hager who founded Hagerstown and built his stone house as a fort to protect his family against Indian attacks. The Hager House contains Maryland's best collection of 18th century furnishings and accurately reflects the lifestyle of a wealthy Colonial German family. Tour guides in period dress will lead this fascinating journey through one of the most well preserved historic houses in America. The grounds of the Hager House will be lively with a petting zoo and pony rides for kids! Watch the Friends of Fort Frederick and other French and Indian War living history groups present an interpretive encampment portraying the lives of soldiers and civilians in the 18th century.
The Hager House grounds will also be the location of exciting live music during the festival. Flat Foot Holler, known for their traditional Appalachian style, will perform on Saturday, September 13 at 12pm and 2pm. At 1pm and 3pm on Saturday the award-winning group Voxology will present a unique mix of contemporary folk, bluegrass, and country music. Voxology performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics and opened for Grammy award winner the Allison Brown Quartet and renowned fold artist Tom Paxton. Performances by the Hagerstown Children's Theater and the Rhythm Airs group from Dancin' Time Studios will also take place on Saturday, September 13 from 1pm to 4pm at the City Park Bandshell. On Sunday, September 14 a dulcimer duet known as Whippoorwill will perform at 12pm and the Appalachian folk music of Mary Dailey will be at 2pm, in between David LaFleur's excellent acoustics at 1pm and 3pm
A hay wagon will shuttle visitors from each venue in the City Park throughout the Festival and visitors can enter the stamp card drawing for a chance to win a fantastic prize basket with free art classes, admission to Hagerstown's recreation facilities, memorabilia and much more! This is a free event so bring the entire family for a weekend of fun! For more information individuals may call 301-73-.8393 or email hagerhouse@hagerstownmd.org.