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Art in the Park becomes fundraiser

June 14, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

Live music, watercolor and pottery demonstrations, balloon sculpting, story telling and magic are some of the arts that will be on display at this weekend's fourth annual Art in the Park at Hagerstown's City Park.

The event, on Saturday and Sunday is a fundraiser for Contemporary School of the Arts and Gallery Inc. in downtown Hagerstown, said Ron Lytle, who founded the school and the event.

Past Art in the Parks were more about raising art awareness, but Lytle is hoping this year's event also will raise money to help pay for CSAG's after-school program that served about 200 children this past school year. The program is held at the school and four community centers in Hagerstown.

In addition to raising money through donations and by renting space for vendors and artists, Lytle encourages event visitors to donate art supplies for the after-school program.


Children need something to do and it helps them with their ability to learn, Lytle said.

Other event happenings include boxing and karate demonstrations, a watercolor workshop and about a dozen artists exhibiting their works.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, this year's Art in the Park will feature a one-woman play by Debbie Beckward, who lives in Gaithersburg, Md., and Oakland, Calif. When performing, Beckward uses an African name, Tamu, which is Swahili for sweet-natured.

Beckward will perform "3 Queens Love (The True Dream Girls)," a mixture of poetry, dance and other arts in tribute to Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, and American neurosurgeon Ben Carson's mother. Beckward has met all three women.

"It has to do with empowering, not just the black culture," Beckward said. The women she pays tribute to would empower anyone, regardless of race, age or religion.

If you go ...

WHAT: 4th annual Art in the Park

WHEN: Noon to dusk, Saturday, June 16, and Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17

WHERE: Hagerstown City Park, near the band shell

COST: Free; donations accepted

MORE: For more information, call 301-791-6191 or go to


Saturday, June 16

· Noon to 2 p.m. The Honey Mustard Memory Lapse

· 2 to 3 p.m. Natalia

· 3 to 4 p.m. The Rolling Coyotes

· 4 to 5 p.m. Free Wheelin'

· 5 p.m. Tamu

Sunday, June 17

· 1 to 2 p.m. Singin' The Bones

· 2 to 3 p.m. Arnold Smith

· 3 to 4 p.m. Todd Coyle

· 4 to 5 p.m. Alleghany Uprising

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