Earth Day, Arbor Day event April 25 in Renfrew Park
WAYNESBORO >> April 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Renfrew Park's annual Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art — a fun, entertaining and informative event that combines the arts and earth-conscious activity in an educational romp from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the park lawn at 1010 E. Main St.
Admission is free.
Held in conjunction with the event is the 10th annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the picnic area of the park.
New this year are a variety of hands-on activities for children and adults, including removal of invasive plant species near the smokehouse (9 to 11 a.m.) and planting of shrubs along the sewer line in the woods (1-3 p.m., meet at the footbridge). Shovels and tools are provided.
In honor of the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA — Arbor Day is April 24 this year — a sugar maple tree will also be planted at 1:30 p.m. on the east end of the Renfrew Museum house by the Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission.
In addition to environmental exhibits and activities, area artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works. These include a variety of fine art, jewelry, photography, basketry, garden art, pottery and more. Earth themes will be in the spotlight.
"The goal is to promote the concept that art, in its many forms, reflects our need to celebrate the earth and its life through artistic expression," said Melodie Anderson-Smith, Renfrew Institute executive director.
Children may enjoy making music in the Sunnyland Band along with Slim Harrison, who returns with his "Good Time Mountain Music." More music making is on hand when artist and musician Patric Schlee of EarthSong Studio leads a drum circle from 3 to 4 p.m. All instruments are welcome.
A food stand will offer hot dogs, beverages, baked goods & other tasty items for sale, and attendees may picnic in the park. Proceeds benefit the Institute.
The Franklin Co. Commissioners and Washington Township Supervisors will have free personal document shredding from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Washington Township Office Parking Lot (adjacent to the Welty Road entrance to Renfrew Park). Each person is limited to 10 bags or boxes. Not accepted will be newspapers, three-ring binders, carbon paper, film, metal, cardboard, trash or heavy plastic.
The Lions Club will collect used eyeglasses, the Lioness Club will collect cell phones and Summitview Elementary School will collect used printer cartridges (no copy toner cartridges, please).
Again this year, CFAR/Waynesboro Running organizers are collecting "gently used running shoes" to support the Waynesboro Area Middle School running team. Even worn-out athletic shoes are of value, as Barbara Layman and Steve Smith will collect them for recycling by Nike.
Rain site is Waynesboro Area Middle School, 702 E. Second St.
For more information call the institute at 762-0373 or visit www.renfrewinstitue.org.