Maze, arts featured at Renfrew

September 09, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Monster Corn Maze at Renfrew Museum and Park is still confusing those courageous enough to find their way through it.

The maze, sponsored by the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies, covers nearly 4 acres. Its paths run for more than a mile-and-a-half and take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour and 20 minutes to work through, depending on one's sense of direction.

Ellen Willis, her daughter, Megan Willis, 15, and her two friends, Allison Daywalt and Lee Ann Janes, both 15, came out of the maze with looks of relief.


"I didn't think it would take that long to get through it," Megan Willis said. "We were in there for an hour and 20 minutes. I thought we'd be out in a half-hour at most."

"I didn't think we'd ever get out," Daywalt said. "After an hour I was saying, OK, this is really getting tiring."

Asked how many dead ends they came to, Janes said, "More than we could count."

Judging from the way they were giggling, the girls didn't seem much worse for the experience.

A new feature this year is a night maze. Patrons are advised to bring flashlights.

By early afternoon Saturday, about 65 people had entered the maze, said Renfrew volunteer Mike Medevich.

"Some kids make it through in 20 minutes; most take an hour," Medevich said.

Patrons who didn't want to try the maze still had a chance to enjoy the day Saturday with an arts and crafts festival and a festival of the arts.

All three events were combined for the first time this year, said museum curator Jeff Bliemeister.

For more than two decades the Annual Arts and Crafts Market was held on Labor Day weekend at Renfrew, Bliemeister said. The show is sponsored by the Cumberland Valley Guild of Craftsmen.

Richard Adkins, a Waynesboro potter and show manager, said 30 craftspersons and artists set up booths and tents along the pathway leading to the bridge over the East Branch of the Antietam Creek. All had to pass strict jurying standards, he said.

Bliemeister said the festival of the arts was set up to give local people a chance to show their creativity.

"Anyone with talent is welcome," he said.

He said he invited every museum in Franklin County to set up an exhibit, but only the Allison/Antrim Museum in Greencastle showed up. The Greencastle museum was showing its exhibit on Sept. 11.

The festival of the arts and the arts and crafts festival ended Saturday.

The maze stays open Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 14, weather permitting. Admission to the maze is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Renfrew Museum and Park is at 1010 E. Main St., Waynesboro.

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