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Musical instruments, baskets, plants and more point to an environmental message at Renfrew Park

April 28, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Jacob Robinson, 8, and Izayis Baumgardner, 3, play a tune with Slim Harrison of Slim Harrison's Sunnyland Band on Saturday at Renfrew Institute's Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art in Waynesboro, Pa.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Attach an old washboard to a broomstick handle, add a few bottle caps and some pickle jar lids for good measure, and you have a musical instrument called a stump fiddle.

Not only did Slim Harrison of Slim Harrison’s Sunnyland Band play some toe-tapping folk music with his refurbished odds and ends, but organizers of Saturday’s Renfrew Institute Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art would like others to take a cue from him.

By taking some items that most people would toss in the trash, Harrison said he has found a way to entertain crowds and convey an environmental message.

“It’s fun,” Harrison said. “And it’s good for the Earth and our limited resources.”

About 50 exhibitors set up on the lawn at Renfrew Park for the day’s festivities, said Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director of the Renfrew Institute.

“Renfrew Park is the most beautiful park in Waynesboro, and it’s the perfect place to bring people outdoors to celebrate the Earth and to also get a taste of their history at the same time,” Anderson-Smith said. “This is all about learning more about the environment through environmental products, environmental services and just helping people be more aware of what’s in their surroundings.”

Judy Bumbaugh of Waynesboro and her granddaughter, Autumn Walck, 11, picked up a few items at the yard sale.

Reusing something is their way of helping the environment.

“It’s recycling and it’s economical,” Bumbaugh said. “If we can still get some use out of it, I figure it’s one less thing that is going in the landfill.”

Earth Celebration Day was a family affair for Cheryl Smith of Waynesboro.

She brought her 3-year-old grandson, Izayis Baumgardner, her mother, Hazel Stauffer, and her aunt, Beverly Hess, to the festivities.

Despite all of the strides that have been made, Smith thinks much more needs to be done to help the planet.

“We’re doing poorly. Look at the nuclear power plants and the emissions from the vehicles,” Smith said. “This is where we live. We should take care of it.”

Elaine Longenecker of Chambersburg, Pa., used natural materials to weave hand-made baskets on Saturday.

“They’re not plastic. You can use them over and over,” she said. “If we don’t take care of the Earth, our futures are dim.”

Brittney Mazie, 12, of Chambersburg, Pa., set up a display at the event about water quality. She is a member of Renfrew Institute’s Water Striders Club.

The seventh-grader is passionate about teaching others ways to help save the planet.

“I want to be a teacher (when I grow up),” Brittney said. “I’m from this generation, so it is me later on (who) will be affected if the older generation doesn’t take care of it.”

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