Christian arts festival returns

More music and children's activities

More music and children's activities

October 19, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

Zion United Church of Christ will again interpret Christianity through the arts with its second annual Christian Arts Festival this Saturday at the church.

Festival Co-chairwoman Jeanne Stoner expects attendance from last year's festival, about 150 people, to double this year because the festival has been combined with the church's fall pancake breakfast.

Also, there are more musical acts, including a barbershop quartet and organ recital, and more children's activities, organizers say.

This year's festival theme is "a spiritual quest through the arts," and the festival will again feature an arts contest. The deadline for entries to be dropped off at the Mansion House Art Gallery in City Park for judging is noon Friday.

Categories for this year's contest are Christian interpretation and landscapes.

George Smith won a prize for creativity at last year's arts contest. His winning watercolor showed Christ's hand nailed to the cross with people flocking to the scene.


This year, Smith plans to submit an acrylic landscape of a hunting camp in Potter County, Pa., where he has hunted deer and turkey.

Smith enjoys painting landscapes and animals. The retired engineer worked for JLG Industries, Grove Manufacturing and owned GSI. A painter since childhood, Smith has time now to paint every day in a bedroom that he converted into a studio in his home north of Hagerstown.

"(Painting is) very relaxing, takes my mind off everything," he says.

In addition to a variety of live music, there will be tours of the church's stained glass windows - some nearly 200 years old - and of its graveyard, where Hagerstown founder Jonathan Hager is buried, said Frederica Erath, festival co-chairwoman.

Children's activities, from 9 a.m. to noon, include making a "stained glass window" using wax paper and crayons, face and body painting, painting a mural, creating a "take-home" flower bouquet, and helping to stuff Jonah's whale.

Entertainment schedule

8 a.m. - Roving musicians

8:30 a.m. - Praise Band

10 a.m. - The Hallelujah Handbells from Otterbein United Methodist Church

10:30 a.m. - Barbershop quartet Just for Fun (members of the Mason-Dixon Barbershop Chorus)

11:15 a.m. - Prospective Freedom Valley Chorus

Noon - Zion Puppeteers present "Jonah & the Whale!"

12:30 p.m. - Antietam Chamber Ensemble, a professional string ensemble

1:30 p.m. - Historical Mller organ recital with trumpet, featuring Claire Marie Moblard on organ

2 p.m. - Choral groups featuring members of Hagerstown Choral Arts Society

2:30 p.m. - Hymn sing

If you go...

WHAT: Christian Arts Festival

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Zion United Church of Christ, 201 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: Admission to festival is free. Pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. costs $5, adults; $2.50, children.

MORE: For more information, call the church at 301-739-7244 or go to

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