Earth Day may have been last week, but the celebration is all month long during the month of April. So, the celebration continues up to the very last day in April with Renfrew Institute’s Annual Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art. A family-friendly fun and informative event, free for all to attend, the day’s festivities will take place on Saturday, April 30, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro.
This popular community favorite springtime event has been creating a delightful daytime outing and appreciation of art and nature for what will be the 26th year in a row. For the last 11 years the event has been held annually in conjunction with the annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale, which will also take place in the park (near the picnic areas) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The celebration will include dozens of exhibitors and participating vendors setting up shop around the park with a whole host of eco-friendly wares and products. Participants for the 2016 installment include: Alliance Chiropractic, Catseye Studio/West Virginia Master Composters, Antrim Way Honda, Antietam Watershed Association, Antietam Humane Society, Judy Bricker (Flowerbuds), Mike Cermak (Tesla Electric Vehicles), Energy Options (Vertis Bream), Franklin County Beekeepers, Destination ARTS!, Franklin County Master Gardeners, Friends of Mont Alto State Park, Greater Waynesboro PA Area , Mother Earth Creations, Franklin County Tourism Bureau, Appalachian Trail Community, Hundredfold Farm, Minerals & Fossils (Tom Smith), A Lily Pad Floral Affairs, Ten Thousand Villages, Tri-State Astronomers, WaterStriders, Long’s Tree Specialist, Norwex, Penn State Cooperative Extension of Franklin Co., Rotz Compost Facility, Society For PA Archeology, Cumberland Valley Chapter 27, Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission (tree planting), and Wildtree. Area artists will be displaying, demonstrating and selling their works, including a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, basketry, garden art, pottery and more. Nature and Earth themes will be in the spotlight, and artists to participate at this year’s event include: Denny Bingaman (wildlife photography), Eliane Ambrose (painter), Eve Adkins (Garden Path Pottery), Carol Fogelsonger (nature-themed paintings), Danielle Fogelsanger (hand-crafted hairstylings), Jacqueline Bayer (seashell jewelry), Carrie Dietrich (pen and ink artist), Valerie Bowers (jewelry), Josh Buback (E 3 Tye Dye), Matt Eldon (Gypsy Designs), Arthur and Sara Gernand (hypertufa planters), and William Hammann.
Food vendors will also be present, keeping everyone replenished throughout the daylong event. In addition to a vast array of participating vendors, there will be plenty of activities and events to keep everyone’s interest. Come see various environmental exhibits and activities, and even take part in a volunteer event to help remove invasive plants and plant native species with biologist Dr. Doris Goldman, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Volunteers should meet on the Edmajoda Trail at sign post #2. The Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission will again repeat last year’s tree planting with an opportunity to participate and a ceremonial watering of the new tree as well.
In addition to the activities you know and love, this year will see the premier of several new activities as well. Such activities include story time with Larry Hayes and Fanny Crawford and creating artworks in clay with Nicodemus Center for Ceramics. This year the Antietam Watershed Association (AWA) will also hold a special Duck Derby fundraiser at 2:30 p.m. To read more about this event, call AWA at 717-762-9417 or click here.
Activities are entertainments in their own rights, but this festival will also present a host of entertainment in the way of music too. Making his way back to this year’s event, much to the delight of children of all ages will be Slim Harrison of the Sunnyland Band with his handmade instruments. There will also be an open-participation drum circle with Patric Schlee of EarthSong Studio.
You won’t want to miss this celebration of nature and art. Renfrew Park is located at 1010 East Main Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268. For more information on the park and museum, click here.You can also view a detailed listing of this celebration event here.