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Coming up NXT: Celebrating the Earth, chocolate and the fairest

Coming up NXT: Celebrating the Earth, chocolate and the fairest

Annual Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art at Renfrew

Renfrew Institute’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art is a full day of discovery, education, music and art. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, Pa. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Held in conjunction with the event, the 14th annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the picnic area of the park.

Now in its 29th year, the celebration includes dozens of exhibitor displays featuring everything from gardening to fossils to eco-friendly products and services. Student art is featured on the clothesline exhibit.

“We are delighted to have many new exhibitors and artists this year, along with popular returnees. A wide variety of specialties and interests are represented,” said Jane Glenn, coordinator of exhibitors and artists.

Renfrew Institute’s Environmental Artistry Award will be presented, followed by an Earth Celebration Day proclamation from the Franklin County Commissioners at 1 p.m.

Storyteller Larry Hayes will spin Earth Day stories for kids in the summer kitchen from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

In addition to environmental exhibits and activities, area artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works during the Festival of Art. These include a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, garden art, pottery and more. Earth themes will be in the spotlight.

“Art, in its many forms, reflects our need to celebrate the earth and its life through artistic expression,” said Melodie Anderson-Smith, institute director of environmental studies.

Children of all ages will enjoy Slim Harrison, who returns this year with his “Good Time Mountain Music.” Kids can use Slim’s handmade instruments or bring their own to play along as part of the Sunnyland Band.

More music making is on hand when artist and musician, Patric Schlee of EarthSong Studio leads a drum circle from 3 to 4 p.m.

There will be food for sale and attendees may picnic in the park. Proceeds benefit the institute.

Earth Day exhibitors include the following organizations and businesses: Alliance Chiropractic, The Antietam Humane Society, Antietam Watershed Association, The Arc of Franklin and Fulton Counties, Bartlett Tree Experts, Booksavers of Maryland (non-profit used book store), Conococheague Audubon, DCNR Bureau of Forestry, Deerbusters Deer Fence, Energy Options, Falling Spring Trout Unlimited Chapter 234, Franklin County Beekeepers, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Friends of Mont Alto State Park, Girl Scout Daisy & Brownie Troops 81010, The Gleaning Project, Greater Waynesboro PA Area Appalachian Trail Community, Habitat ReStore, Herbs–Megan Warner, Hundred Fold Farm, Minerals, Rocks and Fossils, Courtney Patterson–Monarch Butterfly Information & Display, Mother Earth Creations, Native Niche (native trees, plants, shrubs), Norwex, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Rotz Compost & Turf Renovation, Shade Tree Commission, Specialty Granules, Inc., Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, Ten Thousands Villages, Tri-State Astronomers, Waterstriders, Mark & Deana Weaver (fossils & kids activity), Wildtree and Zigbone Farm Retreat.

Festival of Art exhibitors include: 42 West Arts Co-op, Denny Bingaman (wildlife photography), Ed Beard (Shaker boxes, wood creations), Pat Beard Hand Wovens, Karri Benedict (Willow Creek Pottery), Jennifer Caldwell Jewelry, Carrie Dietrich (Carrie’s Creations), Tracey Hearron (The Cosmic Rhythm/jewelry, stones), Megan Knarr (Violet Starshine Art), Nicodemus Ceramics Center–Mary Mahr, Jan Patterson (woodburning creations), Renee’s Originals (wind chimes), Steve Semiatin (glass painting), Beth Skroban–Four Sons Farm (fiber arts), Jackie Tosten (Recycled Creations), and Woodlands, Wildflowers & Water, LLC (handcrafted bluebird boxes).

Parking is available next to the visitors center and in the lower lot off Welty Road. Event will take place outdoors in Renfrew Park. Rain location: Waynesboro Area Middle School. For more information call the institute at 717-762-0373 or visit

Snow White begins Saturday, April 27

Snow White will play April 27 through May 25, on Saturday mornings at 11:30 a.m., at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children’s Theater.

Written by Marjorie Sokoloff and directed by Jeremy Trammelle, Snow White is a tale where the Witch was the fairest one of all first, and she will not be silenced any longer. The updated version of the classic story unveils the villain’s perspective, from her tragic childhood to her quest for revenge.

Tickets cost $19.50 per person and a kid-friendly lunch is served prior to the performance.

For tickets or more information, visit or call 301-739-7469 during box office hours.

Chocolate Fest and Book Faire returns

Downtown Martinsburg, W.Va., will be a sweet place to be Saturday, April 27, as events are planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Chocolate Fest and Book Faire.

A Truffle Shuffle 5K and Kid’s Fun Run will take place in the morning, followed by a cupcake contest, chocolate tours, a chocolate walk and kid’s events. The Book Faire will feature many authors who will set up their books in local downtown Martinsburg businesses for the festivities.

For more information, visit

Top photo: Pam and Bruce Rowland of Fairfield, Pa. offered handcrafted bluebird boxes at last year’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art. This year, Renfrew Institute’s annual event is on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renfrew Park. (Submitted photo)

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