HAGERSTOWN -- Hagerstown Community College had a number of performers lined up to share environmental songs and poetry Wednesday at its Earth Day celebration, but organizers hadn't anticipated that nature itself would end up stealing the show.
The event was just getting started on the patio outside the college's Career Programs Building when rain drove the proceedings inside. Then, when the rain had stopped and the group had gone back out to witness a new fountain being turned on, a strong gust of wind blew the fountain's spray into the crowd, sending a group of assembled preschoolers running for cover.
College officials took the weather's surprises in stride, in keeping with the event's spirit of appreciation for nature.
The fountain, installed during the recent renovation of the Career Programs Building, is meant to be a symbol of the college's commitment to the beauty and health of the campus environment, HCC President Guy Altieri said.