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'Bug's World' is the theme at Renfrew

May 20, 2010

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- "It's a Bug's World!" is the theme for Renfrew Institute's 21st annual Youth Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 30, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival features a clothesline exhibit, and a variety of fun-filled workshops and activities geared for youngsters (details below). In addition, at 4:30 p.m. the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe will perform a special program featuring favorite Show Tunes. Since 1995, WCTT has provided children's drama experiences through such classics as "The Wizard of Oz," "Oliver," "Cinderella" and "South Pacific."

In keeping with the theme, "Bug Man" Ryan Bridge will bring his extensive collection of butterflies, insects, arachnids and hissing cockroaches to the event. This hands-on activity-- yep, hands-on with live bugs! -- is featured throughout the day. Bridge, an entomologist, explains the life cycle, characteristics and defenses of various insects in an entertaining and informative program.

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At 2:15, musician, singer and clogger Jay Smar brings his fresh air version of live fiddle music to the museum house patio stage. Equipped with two guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddle, Smar serves his audience an "acoustic buffet" of traditional American and original folk, ol' time mountain music and bluegrass tunes.

The interactive program includes audience singing, children performing on mandolin and fiddle and instruction in flat footin' -- a simple clog-dancing step.

Beginning at 1 and 3:30 p.m., these workshops provide a variety of fun activities (pre-register to ensure choice):

o Tom McFarland: Buzz into creative territory under the guidance of our favorite artful thinker and tinkerer. (all ages)

o Kim Sheffler: Craft a buggy wind twirler...and make a whimsical plant marker! (all ages)

o Beth Angle: Make a twinkling glow bug for nighttime fun! (all ages)

o Emily Ledden: Wanna be a tumble bug? Join Emily for some simple gymnastic fun and tumbles. (pre-K through grade 2)

o Anita Pfeuffer: If it quacks, it's a duck!...Craft a quacking duck and make some noise! (Real ducks make excellent garden "bug control.") (all ages)

o Traci Walizer: Create your own pot, then plant a marigold...This "companion plant" repels bugs in your garden! (second grade and older)

o 3:30 ONLY - Join Jay Smar in a songwriting session. Pen new lyrics to an old familiar tune. (3rd grade and older)

Additional attractions throughout the day include:

o "Bug Man" Ryan Bridge and his collection of live insects provide hands-on experience and expert knowledge about the world of bugs.

o Bigger than bugs! meet the Frantz Family "Gentle Giants" Belgian Draft horses

o Inchworm, inchworm: Kathy Bourdeau will help you inch along our clothesline exhibit by designing and adding a wriggling segment to the collection

o Make a big splash with Mr. Mike and his kayaks! (Bring water shoes, dry clothes for later and a towel)

o Admire the antics of the Juggling Geek, also known as Trevor Madsen

o What's a Flutterby? Cookie Beck, Pat Edwards and Amber Naugle: Craft your very own watercolored butterfly.

o Facepainter Laura Koons will paint a critter on your cheek!

o Critter-inspired scavenger hunt will send you peeking into some forgotten corners of the park in search of answers to these clues.

First 100 children to complete the quest receive a magnifier bug box!

-- Moriah and Jenny Sheffler wanna play games! Come join them for some creepy crawly fun!(all ages)

The St. Andrew Youth Group of Waynesboro will provide a food stand where lunch may be purchased. Bring-your-own picnic lunches are also welcome.

Youth Festival is underwritten in part by Susquehanna Bank, and by contributions to the Today's Horizon Fund by PenMar Development Corp., Nora Roberts Foundation and an Anonymous Donor. The event was organized by co-chairs Kim Sheffler, Kathy Bourdeau and Traci Walizer.

Parking is available in Renfrew's lower lot off Welty Road. Limited parking is available for individuals with disabilities behind the visitors center.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Waynesboro Area Middle School. Space is limited for workshops and pre-registration is suggested. For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact the institute at 717-762-0373.

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