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HCC event doles out family delight

August 13, 2006|by MARIE GILBERT

HAGERSTOWN - There was no mosh pit or body surfing, but the fun, pulse-pumping entertainment had the audience rocking.

And it was all parent approved.

It was Lollipopalooza, a family-oriented event held Saturday at the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater.

Sponsored by the college's Student Government Association, a variety of activities kept children of all ages moving - from a giant inflatable slide to the Nicolo Whimsey Show, which featured music, juggling, storytelling and audience participation.

"We wanted children to be able to interact with everything we offered," said Ashley Staubs, president of the Student Government Association. "It's a fun day. It's entertaining, but also educational."

According to Renee Earley, coordinator of student activities and Student Government adviser, Lollipopalooza has become an annual event at the college.

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"We're now in our sixth year, and it continues to grow," Earley said. "This year, we moved the event from Sunday to Saturday, hoping to attract a bigger crowd. Looking around, I think it worked."

While admission was free, Earley said donations of school supplies were being accepted for Children In Need Inc.

"Many parents in Washington County don't have the money to purchase back-to-school items for their children," Earley said. "We asked people attending to donate notebooks, pencils, paper, erasers - anything that will help youngsters on that first day of school."

Monetary donations also were accepted, she said.

Lena Schindle of Hagerstown was among those attending Lollipopalooza who made a cash donation for Children In Need.

"I think it's a great idea," Schindle said. "This event is all about children. Sometimes, we need to be reminded that there are kids out there who are less fortunate and need a helping hand."

Sandra Householder brought her two grandchildren, Chloe, 6, and Jeremy, 4, to Lollipopalooza, and admitted she was having as much fun as the youngsters.

"It's such a beautiful day, I wanted to do something outdoors," Householder said. "When I heard about this event, I thought this would be a perfect way we could all spend time together."

Also making an appearance at Lollipopalooza was the Hagerstown Suns' mascot, who joked with the children, posed for pictures and even took a turn going down the giant slide.

Donna Rudy, dean of student affairs at the college, was pleased with the turnout, crediting the beautiful weather and event organizers for the successful day.

"I've been noticing long lines in front of many activities and that's nice to see," Rudy said. "A lot of credit has to go to Renee Earley and all those people who worked on this event. They did a terrific job."

Members of the Student Government Association, as well as HCC alumni, served as volunteers throughout the event.

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