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Church's Mayfest has Hively abuzz

May 11, 2007|by MARLO BARNHART

Dot Hively said she's thrilled that there are approximately 50 entries in the upcoming children's art show for this year's Mayfest at St. John's Episcopal Church May 18-20.

"The idea for the art show was the brainstorm of a member of the church, Will Godwin," Hively said, happy to jump in and get involved in this premiere effort.

Ironically Hively has been a member of the Washington County community and the church at 101 S. Prospect St. for nearly three years - the same age as Mayfest.

The first year, Mayfest raised $12,500 for St. John's Shelter, according to the Rev. Scott Bellows. Last year, REACH was the beneficiary of Mayfest, which raised $21,000.

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This year's Mayfest benefits CASA Inc., Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, and the historic preservation of the church.

There are some new offerings - like the art show - as well as familiar favorites as the three-day event gets under way next weekend.

The popular wine tasting on May 18 will feature wines from Italy, France, Spain, Argentina and Africa as well as California. Tickets are still available at $20 a person.

In addition to wine, there will be hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. It precedes the gourmet dinner that already is sold out, Bellows said.

Content to lend her energy to the children's art show, Hively is an assistant professor in the education department at nearby Shepherd University.

She and her partner, Allison Edwards, came to Washington County in 2004 from New York. It seemed the logical move since they spent a lot of time visiting friends who live in Keedysville and had grown to love the area.

"The Shepherd job was a perfect match for me," Hively said, who said the drive from her rural home to the campus is easy.

Both Hively and Edwards were Episcopalians in New York and felt very welcomed at St. John's. "We're happy and content here," Hively said.

The opportunity to get involved in Mayfest this year was too good to resist.

If the food, wine, auction and art show aren't enough, a Redskins raffle drawing, which raised $5,400 last year, costs $10 per ticket this year, according to Joy Rath.

On Saturday, May 19, there will be free tours of the church led by docents, and self-guided tours of local gardens for $10 a person. Garden tour tickets are available at the church with tour hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children's activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday including the children's art show.

Students in grades 3 through 8 participated in this new event by contributing two-dimensional art work for display in Trimble Hall.

"We invited students from Bester, Salem Avenue, Emma K. Doub, Eastern, Winter Street, Northern Middle, Western Heights and E. Russell Hicks to participate," Hively said.

"It's an avenue for these children to show off their talents," Hively said.

The judges will be Vivian Ogle, Jody Patterson and Amy Blank-Rowland.

The church youth group will be preparing and selling boxed lunches on Saturday, May 19.

Garden tour

One of the highlights of Saturday's activities is the tour of eight local gardens including the residences of Deanna and Bill Soulis, The Terrace and West Irvin Avenue; Anne and Howard Kaylor, 209 W. Irvin Ave.; Sara Ann and Will Godwin, 215 E. Irvin Ave.; Bruce Massey and Gary Lambert, 46 E. Irvin Ave.; Ann Holtzman, 1076 Lindsay Lane; Mimi and Mark Dickinson, 12907 Fountainhead Road; Phyllis and Charles Groh, 13112 Fountainhead Road; and Tim Valerio and Doug Hutzell, 21207 Twin Springs Drive, Chewsville.

Mayfest wraps up Sunday with church services, including communion, at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The children's art will also still be on display, Hively said.

Parking is behind the church, off West Antietam and South Walnut streets.

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