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Kids jam, too, at Blues Fest

June 02, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

The music that gave the Western Maryland Blues Fest its name was "OK," but the snakes that slithered in the Kids Jam, Too! section of the event were "really cool," 8-year-old Toby Summerland said.

He and many other children enjoyed the state Department of Natural Resources' wildlife exhibit and other activities behind the food area at Blues Fest on Saturday.

Emma Moss, 5, of Hagerstown, created a floral necklace with beads. Alex Schroer, 11, of Hagerstown, used markers to craft a design on a plastic visor. Eria Goodweaver, 5, of Baltimore, sported a big red heart on her cheek after visiting the face-painting station.

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Kids Jam, Too! featured a musical storyteller, magician and harmonica workshop. Kids had the opportunity to vote for their favorite instruments at the Kids Voting booth, learn more about nutrition at a Washington County Health Department display and earn balloons by shooting goals at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex booth.

First-time hockey player Macey Moore, 10, of Hagertown, made three goals to earn a big blue balloon.

"It's just great for kids and parents," said Cindy Jamison of Hagerstown. "It gives the little ones something fun to do and takes the pressure of entertaining them off us parents for a little while."

Brenda Bush, aka "The Bush Woman," entertained dozens of youngsters Saturday with stories that included musical input from young audience members.

"When you hear the bees and the birds in the trees, they will be singing the blues," Bush said.

To help illustrate her point, she invited kids to buzz like bees and whistle like birds.

Emerson Younger, 3, had the buzz down pat, but struggled a bit with the whistle.

Friends C.J. Sahaydak, 12, Delonte Ellison, 11, Ronnie Jackson, 12, and David Valentine, 14, stayed cool at Kids Jam, Too! by making frequent trips to a misting tent.

The boys hung out under the fine sprays of water in the tent between trips to the food area and children's activities, they said.

"It's hot out and it feels good in here," Ronnie said.

Nearby, Celebration Church of Hagerstown operated a tent with changing tables, a nursing station and playpen.

"We decided to do this as a ministry for people," Pastor Brian Smith said. "Our praise team has kind of a blues-type sound so we fit right in with the festival."

Kids Jam, Too! continues today at 12:15 p.m. under the north pavilion at Hagerstown's City Park.

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