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City Park hosting Autumn Arts Festival

September 11, 2009|By NATALIE BRANDON / Special to The Herald-Mail

HAGERSTOWN - The third annual Autumn Arts Festival will take place this weekend offers plenty of activities for children and their parents.

Events will take place at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum, Hagerstown Railroad Museum, the Mansion House Art Center and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13, at City Park in Hagerstown.

John Bryan, historic sites facilitator for the City of Hagerstown, said activities include art activities, live music, living history displays and artists and crafters.

Visitors can enjoy art at the 19th-century Mansion House Art Gallery; the exhibit of Hagerstown's Western Maryland Railroad memorabilia at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum in City Park, tour the newly painted 1912 Steam Locomotive 202, see the cabooses on site and see the outdoor G-scale model railroad and other historic railroading exhibits and displays.

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Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to tour the 270-year-old Jonathan Hager House and see an interpretive encampment portraying civilian and military life during the French and Indian War, American Indian dance performances. There will also be a petting zoo and live music.

The Autumn Arts Festival is free both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 301-739-8393 or e-mail hagerhouse@hagerstownmd.org.

Saturday's events:

o Free children's art activities, including balloon sculpting and face painting

o Free art activities for children at the art museum, including leaf printing, make-your-own greeting cards, name-decorating, two kinds of watercolor painting and scratch art.

o Featured artists' work will be on display in the garden.

o Potomac Dancers perform American Indian dances at the Hager House from noon to 2 p.m.

o Celtic, bluegrass and Appalachian music will be performed at the Peter Buys Bandshell in City Park. Ken Kolodner and Jim Eagan will play at noon and 2 p.m.; and Costa, Dailey and O'Flaherty will play at 1 and 3 p.m.

Sunday's events:

o Adults and children are invited to create their own art work at the Mansion House

o Special presentation on American Indian culture at the Hager House

o Performances at the Peter Buys Band Shell in City Park include an array of performers. Ray Owens tells stories and sings songs about America at noon; Dancin' Time Rhythm Airs will take the stage at 1 p.m.; Ballet & All that Jazz will perform at 2 p.m.; the Hagerstown Municipal Band will perform at 3 p.m.

Both Saturday and Sunday events:

o Cellist Mia Hoover will perform from 1 to 2 p.m. at Mansion House

o Barrel cart train rides are offered at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum in City Park from 1 to 4 p.m.

o Guided tours are available at the 1739 Hager House, featuring furnishings of a wealthy colonial German family --

tours are $2 per person.

o Petting zoo and pony rides between the Hager House grounds and the Museum of Fine Arts.




If you go...



WHAT: Third annual Autumn Arts Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, and Sunday, Sept. 13

WHERE: Jonathan Hager House and Museum, Hagerstown Railroad Museum, the Mansion House Art Center and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, all in City Park in Hagerstown

COST: Most activities are free.

CONTACT: For more information, call 301-739-8393 or e-mail hagerhouse@hagerstownmd.org.

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