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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2011
Families snacked, swam, made crafts, heard stories and listened to music at the 22nd annual Youth Festival held under sunny skies at Renfrew Park. Three-hundred to 400 people were expected for the event presented by Renfrew Institute. Tracy Holliday said she volunteered with Youth Festival two decades ago before becoming a staff member with Renfrew Institute. “This is a hugely volunteer-intensive event,” she said. Thirty people helped run Youth Festival, including its workshop sessions.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2013
The activities at Renfrew Institute's 24th annual Youth Festival might have been designed for children, but they seemed to put smiles on many adults' faces. “It's just a great day to be with nature, do activities and be outside,” said Olivia Hammond, of Waynesboro. She brought her children, Preston, 7, and Savannah, 4, to Youth Fest for their third time. They sat on Renfrew Park's lawn for a “community circus” featuring children who participated in a master class with Ben Sota of Pittsburgh's Zany Umbrella Circus.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2012
Kids might have ruled the roost at Renfrew Institute's 23rd annual Youth Festival on Sunday, but their parents had just as much fun being kids again. More than a dozen activities were centered around the whimsical theme, “Happily Ever After ... The Magic & Merriment of Fairy Tales.” The free event, underwritten by a grant from Susquehanna Bank, had something for everyone. For those who dreamed of holding an itsy-bitsy spider, “Bug Man” Ryan Bridge was happy to oblige.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | May 27, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Local youths may compete in sack races, learn to weave and make their own board games Sunday at Renfrew Park. The 16th annual Youth Festival at Waynesboro's Renfrew Park will take place Sunday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Free hands-on activities for all ages abound, said Nora Slick, an instructor at Renfrew. In the "Plant a Garden in a Cup" workshop, children will learn about native plant species. They may play old-fashioned games in another workshop, and learn to make board games, with all materials provided.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 27, 2007
WAYNESBORO, PA. Hearing that a one-man circus act was coming to Renfrew Park, a 12-year-old boy packed up his unicycle and registered for a preperformance workshop hosted by Ben Sota. The child had been practicing the unicycle for a year and failed to master certain tricks despite his best efforts. Sota, who studied at the San Francisco Circus Center and the Trapeze Arts School, led the class, then took the boy aside for a private session. Later, Sota performed for dozens of families at Renfrew Institute's 18th annual Youth Festival, a day of learning and fun at Renfrew Park.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 30, 2010
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Things got a little buggy Sunday at Renfrew Park. Critters such as moths, tarantulas and ladybugs were studied and painted at Renfrew Institute's 21st Youth Festival. Organizers chose "It's a Bug's World!" as the 2010 theme. Institute staff member Tracy Holliday said bugs seemed to be an appropriate learning concept because they're plentiful and all around us. "We looked at all sorts of bugs, and we could touch them," said Jonas DeHaven, 11. Jonas and his 9-year-old brother, Eddie, enjoyed the scorpions provided by "Bug Man" Ryan Bridge.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | May 28, 2007
WAYNESBORO, PA. - Hearing that a one-man circus act was coming to Renfrew Park, a 12-year-old boy packed up his unicycle and registered for a preperformance workshop hosted by Ben Sota. The child had been practicing the unicycle for a year and failed to master certain tricks despite his best efforts. Sota, who studied at the San Francisco Circus Center and the Trapeze Arts School, led the class, then took the boy aside for a private session. Later, Sota performed for dozens of families at Renfrew Institute's 18th annual Youth Festival, a day of learning and fun at Renfrew Park.
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by TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 24, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - You'll find no sequins at Benjamin Sota's circus. Nor will there be any death-defying stunts or crazy contortions, said Sota, a Pittsburgh-based circus performer who is the main act for the Renfrew Institute's 18th annual Youth Festival on Sunday, May 27, at the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies. "I like to call what I do 'fantastical realism,'" Sota said. "It's not Barnum and Bailey. It's not sequins. It's realistic. It's not a daredevil circus.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 26, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. - Alex Jackson, 11, has concluded that "bananas rock," a decision that has nothing to do with their taste or nutritional value. Instead, the assessment came after watching the fruits peak to 100 volts in a test at the 19th annual Youth Festival at Renfrew Park. "We're connecting wires to fruits and vegetables and things, then connecting them to a voltmeter," said Alex, of Greencastle, Pa. Alex and his new friends participated in "Sputterin' Sparks!" on Sunday to explore electricity in a tribute to Benjamin Franklin.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | May 29, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Children with colorful designs painted on their faces Sunday moved between various workshops, presentations and craft tables nestled in the trees of Renfrew Park during Renfrew Institute's 17th annual Youth Festival. "We see everybody here, from babies to grandparents, having a blast. The families of the region all just love this event. It's one of the only free family events," Event Coordinator Tracy Holliday said. The day, underwritten by Susquehanna Bank, featured a performance by the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe, visits from Belgian horses, a scavenger hunt, a discovery presentation of reptiles and kayaking opportunities in the stream.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 26, 2013
The activities at Renfrew Institute's 24th annual Youth Festival might have been designed for children, but they seemed to put smiles on many adults' faces. “It's just a great day to be with nature, do activities and be outside,” said Olivia Hammond, of Waynesboro. She brought her children, Preston, 7, and Savannah, 4, to Youth Fest for their third time. They sat on Renfrew Park's lawn for a “community circus” featuring children who participated in a master class with Ben Sota of Pittsburgh's Zany Umbrella Circus.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | May 27, 2012
Kids might have ruled the roost at Renfrew Institute's 23rd annual Youth Festival on Sunday, but their parents had just as much fun being kids again. More than a dozen activities were centered around the whimsical theme, “Happily Ever After ... The Magic & Merriment of Fairy Tales.” The free event, underwritten by a grant from Susquehanna Bank, had something for everyone. For those who dreamed of holding an itsy-bitsy spider, “Bug Man” Ryan Bridge was happy to oblige.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 29, 2011
Families snacked, swam, made crafts, heard stories and listened to music at the 22nd annual Youth Festival held under sunny skies at Renfrew Park. Three-hundred to 400 people were expected for the event presented by Renfrew Institute. Tracy Holliday said she volunteered with Youth Festival two decades ago before becoming a staff member with Renfrew Institute. “This is a hugely volunteer-intensive event,” she said. Thirty people helped run Youth Festival, including its workshop sessions.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 30, 2010
WAYNESBORO, PA. -- Things got a little buggy Sunday at Renfrew Park. Critters such as moths, tarantulas and ladybugs were studied and painted at Renfrew Institute's 21st Youth Festival. Organizers chose "It's a Bug's World!" as the 2010 theme. Institute staff member Tracy Holliday said bugs seemed to be an appropriate learning concept because they're plentiful and all around us. "We looked at all sorts of bugs, and we could touch them," said Jonas DeHaven, 11. Jonas and his 9-year-old brother, Eddie, enjoyed the scorpions provided by "Bug Man" Ryan Bridge.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 24, 2009
WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of Renfrew Institute's Youth Festival, which featured the music, crafts and activities that have become perennial favorites for children. "It's very exciting, and it just gives you a lot of fun and time to make new friends," said Taylor Davis of Waynesboro. Taylor, 12, sang with the Waynesboro Children's Theatre Troupe in the afternoon. An audience gathered on the upper lawn, not far from the petting zoo, face painting, kayaking and juggling.
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May 22, 2009
Local artists Meet Clyde Roberts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; and Sue Parker from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Mansion House, 501 Highland Way, City Park, Hagerstown. Free. Call 301-797-6813. Magic Jerry Mullenix, "Sirwoosh" presents magic. Today, 2 p.m. Discovery Station, 101 W. Washington St., Hagerstown. Free with paid museum admission. Call 301-790-0076 or go to www.discoverystation.org. Halfway Park Days HALFWAY -- Free entertainment, children's activities, food, arts and crafts.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 26, 2008
WAYNESBORO, PA. - Alex Jackson, 11, has concluded that "bananas rock," a decision that has nothing to do with their taste or nutritional value. Instead, the assessment came after watching the fruits peak to 100 volts in a test at the 19th annual Youth Festival at Renfrew Park. "We're connecting wires to fruits and vegetables and things, then connecting them to a voltmeter," said Alex, of Greencastle, Pa. Alex and his new friends participated in "Sputterin' Sparks!" on Sunday to explore electricity in a tribute to Benjamin Franklin.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | May 28, 2007
WAYNESBORO, PA. - Hearing that a one-man circus act was coming to Renfrew Park, a 12-year-old boy packed up his unicycle and registered for a preperformance workshop hosted by Ben Sota. The child had been practicing the unicycle for a year and failed to master certain tricks despite his best efforts. Sota, who studied at the San Francisco Circus Center and the Trapeze Arts School, led the class, then took the boy aside for a private session. Later, Sota performed for dozens of families at Renfrew Institute's 18th annual Youth Festival, a day of learning and fun at Renfrew Park.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | May 27, 2007
WAYNESBORO, PA. Hearing that a one-man circus act was coming to Renfrew Park, a 12-year-old boy packed up his unicycle and registered for a preperformance workshop hosted by Ben Sota. The child had been practicing the unicycle for a year and failed to master certain tricks despite his best efforts. Sota, who studied at the San Francisco Circus Center and the Trapeze Arts School, led the class, then took the boy aside for a private session. Later, Sota performed for dozens of families at Renfrew Institute's 18th annual Youth Festival, a day of learning and fun at Renfrew Park.
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