Earth Day-backyardFun, entertaining and informative—Renfrew Institute’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art is a full day of discovery, education, music, and art. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Held in conjunction with the event, the eleventh annual Recycle/Reuse Yard Sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the picnic area of the park.

Now in its 26th year, the celebration includes dozens of exhibitor displays featuring everything from gardening and geology to eco-friendly products and services.

At 1 p.m., Renfrew Institute’s Environmental Artistry Award will be presented, followed by an Earth Day proclamation from Franklin County Commissioners.

Several new activities are on tap for this year’s event. Storytellers Larry Hayes and Fanny Crawford will entertain children and adults at 12:30 p.m. Hayes, a retired environmental educator, works with children’s summer camps and residential environmental programs in Vermont.

Crawford, originally from Philadelphia and now of Hagerstown, travels the Mid-Atlantic region telling historical narratives, folk tales, tall tales and original stories.

Also new this year, kids can create artworks in clay when the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Arts launches its week-long pottery festival with children’s clay activities, a special display, and pottery sales.

And for the first time, the Antietam Watershed Association (AWA) will hold its annual Duck Derby fundraiser during the Earth Day event. Ducks will swim at 2:30 p.m. from the footbridge. Contact AWA at 717-762-9417 for information about sponsoring a duck in the race.

For those willing to dig in the dirt, volunteers are welcome to help remove invasive plants and to plant native species with biologist Dr. Doris Goldman from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Volunteers should meet on the Edmajoda Trail at sign post #2.

The Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission will repeat last year’s tree planting with an opportunity to participate in the ceremonial watering of the new tree.

In addition to environmental exhibits and activities, area artists will display, demonstrate and sell their works during the Festival of Art. 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, institute executive director.

Children of all ages will enjoy Slim Harrison, who returns this year with his “Good Time Mountain Music.” Kids can use Slim’s handmade instruments or bring their own to play along as part of the Sunnyland Band.

More music making is on hand when artist and musician, Patric Schlee of EarthSong Studio leads a drum circle from 3–4 p.m. “Bring your drums, flutes, guitars, or a didgeridoo—any instrument—or use those provided,” Anderson-Smith said.

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 are sponsoring free personal document shredding from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Washington Township Office Parking Lot (beside the Welty Road entrance to Renfrew Park). There is a limit of 10 bags or boxes per person, and the following items cannot be processed: newspapers, 3-ring binders, carbon paper, film, metal, cardboard, trash or heavy plastics.

In the spirit of recycling, several area groups are collecting items for re-use or proper disposal. 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.


Earth Day exhibitors include the following organizations and businesses: Destination ARTS!, Alliance Chiropractic, Antrim Way Honda, Antietam Watershed Association, Antietam Humane Society, Judy Bricker (Flowerbuds), Catseye Studio/West Virginia Master Composters, Mike Cermak (Tesla Electric Vehicles), Energy Options (Vertis Bream), Franklin County Beekeepers, Franklin County Master Gardeners, Franklin County Tourism Bureau, Friends of Mont Alto State Park, Greater Waynesboro PA Area , Appalachian Trail Community, Hundredfold Farm, A Lily Pad Floral Affairs, Long’s Tree Specialist, Minerals & Fossils (Tom Smith), Mother Earth Creations, Norwex, Penn State Cooperative Extension of Franklin Co., Rotz Compost Facility, Society For PA Archeology, Cumberland Valley Chapter 27, Ten Thousand Villages, Tri-State Astronomers, WaterStriders, Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission (tree planting), and Wildtree.

Festival of Art exhibitors include: Eve Adkins (Garden Path Pottery), Eliane Ambrose (painter), Jacqueline Bayer (seashell jewelry), Danielle Fogelsanger (hand-crafted hairstylings), Denny Bingaman (wildlife photography), Valerie Bowers (jewelry), Josh Buback (E 3 Tye Dye), Carrie Dietrich (pen and ink artist), Matt Eldon (Gypsy Designs), Carol Fogelsonger (nature-themed paintings), Arthur & Sara Gernand (hypertufa planters), William Hammann

(Scherenschnitte–German Paper Cutting), Sue James (children’s books author–My Bumblebee and Me), Rebecca Koons (Breaking The Mold Jewelry), Elaine Longenecker (basketry), Mark C. Thomas (Craft Daddy Designs), Michael McIntyre (FireRobin Farm Pottery), Nicodemus Center For Ceramic Studies (Mary Mahr), and Nicole Troup (hand-crafted paintings).

Earth Day is supported in part by: Angela Grove-Weagly in memory of Joyce L. Ceyler & in Honor of Richard D. Ceyler, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, Millennium 3 Energy, and by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation, APX Enclosures, Inc., and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

Parking is available next to the visitors center and in the lower lot off Welty Road. Rain site: Waynesboro Area Middle School. For more information call the institute at 717-762-0373 or visit