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Festival launches museum's yearlong 75th anniversary celebration

Festival launches museum's yearlong 75th anniversary celebration

September 14, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will kick off its 75th anniversary celebration with a Festival for the Arts on Saturday.

This festival will be much bigger than the annual family arts festival the museum holds in the early summer for children, says Amy Blank-Rowland, museum educator. This festival is for all ages.

The festival includes performance art, a variety of artistic activities for children and about 10 fine art vendors.

The Hager House, in the north end of the park, and the Mansion House Art Gallery, south of the museum, also are joining in on the party.

The Mansion House and the museum will host artist demonstrations, and the Hager House will host a petting zoo and pony rides on its grounds.


With the museum's parking lot closed to accommodate the event, free trolley rides will be provided from parking lots around City Park to the festival.

Some activities will be held in the museum's inner courtyard and some outside on the museum grounds.

Artist Allison Weaver and North Hagerstown High student Abby Urner will help children create self-portraits with different media such as chalk and watercolor.

Other activities include face painting, a jewelry making center, a kids' printmaking center and a "My Name" Art Center, where kids can use removable tape and watercolor or calligraphy to create artwork with their name.

Kent Roberts, in the inner courtyard, will draw caricatures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $5 per face.

Artists Robert Wantz, Mike Gouker and Christine Tischer will give demonstrations at the museum.

Food will be available for purchase.


Performance schedule for the stage in the Howard and Anne Kaylor Garden of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is:

10:30 a.m. - "Alexandra, Keeper of Dreams" by Potomac Classical Youth Ballet & City Ballet School. The ballet is based on the book by Waynesboro, Pa., author Mary Alice Baumgardner, who will autograph copies of the book.

11:30 a.m. - The Tonehounds playing blues and classic rock

12:45 p.m. - Ballet and All That Jazz

1:30 p.m. - Highlights from "Alice in Wonderland" by the Authentic Community Theatre

2:15 p.m. - Howard Burns Trio performs jazz favorites

If you go ...

WHAT: Festival for the Arts

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16

WHERE: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hager House and Mansion House Art Gallery, all in City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, call 301-739-5727 or go to

The museum's parking lot will be closed to parking, so in addition to the park's other parking lots, people can park at The Learning Center, formerly Surrey Child Care Center, on Virginia Avenue. A trolley will pick up people from the parking lots to bring them to the festival.

Information booths will be at the museum, at the entrance to the museum's driveway and in The Learning Center parking lot.

The performances will move inside if it rains.

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