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Autumn Arts Festival a treat for all ages

September 12, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

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What: Autumn Arts Festival

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: City Park, Hagerstown. Activities are being held at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Mansion House Art Gallery and the Hagerstown Railroad Museum




HAGERSTOWN -- Willa Kay Bowers couldn't resist. She had to have a ladybug painted on her cheek, too.

Perched on a green leaf of the purple flower already there, the orange-and-black critter was added by a face painter Saturday at the Autumn Arts Festival at City Park.

"We've had a wonderful time," Bowers said of activities that she and her husband, Steven, took their 8-year-old granddaughter, McKenna, to enjoy. "I couldn't pass it up, either."

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The festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with art activities, live music, living history displays, a petting zoo and pony rides. Events are being held at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum, Hagerstown Railroad Museum, Mansion House Art Gallery and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

Lynn Milek of Hagerstown was pleased with the arrangement of activity areas for her children, Jacob, 4, and Jenna, 5.

"This is a much nicer setup," Milek said as her children painted their names in stencil letters at one of several art centers set up beneath a large tent.

Earlier, Jacob painted a white coffee filter to create wings for a bat at the watercolor butterflies art center with the help of Melissa Gibson, an instructor at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

"He's all boy," Lynn Milek said. "He loves to cut and color anything ... and not necessarily on paper."

Amy Hunt, education director at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, said the festival had the support of about 40 volunteers.

"We really rely very heavily on the volunteers," Hunt said. "The full staff of the museum is only about 12 people."

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