Bringing the community together

Renfrew Institute provides free family-friendly community events throughout the spring, summer and fall. From the Annual Kite Fun Fly and Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art in April, Youth Festival in May, sizzling Jazz Fest in August to Halloween Storytelling in October, there are exciting family activities happening month to month. Most take place outdoors in the beautiful Renfrew setting.

Check out these family-friendly, fun events!

Annual Fun Fly 2017

Saturday, April 15 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Underwriting support provided by Buchanan Auto Park

Free kite flying (all ages) with expert flying help from our Kite Masters—brothers Sam and George Adams—in the meadow behind the museum house at Renfrew Park. Bring your own kite. Build a Kite workshop is scheduled earlier this year, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., all welcome; $1 materials donation. Check out the flyer here: KiteFly-2017. Watch this amazing video by local photographer, videographer, and video editor, Andrew Gehman, created during the 2013 Fun Fly. Watch the video here.

Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art 2017

Saturday, April 29 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Underwriting support provided last year by Angela Grove-Weagly in memory of Joyce L. Ceyler & in Honor of Richard D. Ceyler, and by Lucinda D. Potter, CPA and Millennium 3 Energy

Renfrew Institute celebrates spring with environmental exhibits, music, student clothesline display, food stand, and drum circle. At the Festival of Art area artists will display, demonstrate, and sell their works as part of Earth Celebration Day. Free admission. Check back in March 2017 for event flyer, exhibitors list and more information. Event will take place outdoors in Renfrew Park. Please come prepared for an outdoor day, (light) rain or shine. Subject to cancellation in the event of heavy rain. See the list of exhibitors and artists here: Earth Day Exhibitors 2017, and the flyer Earth Day with all the details.
Watch a video of the 2013 event, created by Andrew Gehman.

Youth Festival: Passport to Fun! Celebrate Diversity – Embrace Unity

Sunday, May 28, 2017 • 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Underwriting support provided by BB&T

This fun event features a variety of workshops, demonstrations, activities, exhibits, and entertainment throughout the day, including a performance by the Waynesboro Children’s Theatre Troupe. Specialty playshops tie in the theme with all sorts of fun activities. Professional guest performers are always exciting, entertaining and fun! Pre-register for fun playshops. Youth Fest is the best-kept FUN SECRET in Waynesboro! Free admission. [Rain site TBD] Check out this cool video from 2013, created for the institute by Andrew Gehman. Plus, visit our Flickr page to see great photos from 2015!

Guitarist Paul Bollenback, Ed Howard on bass, drummer Jerome Jennings and Eric Alexander on tenor sax play during Jazz Fest 2016.

26th Annual Jazz Festival 2017

Sunday, August 27 • 2 to 4 p.m.

Underwriting support provided last year by lead sponsor, FirstEnergy Foundation on behalf of West Penn Power, plus a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support provided by Franklin County Visitors BureauHamilton Nissan, and Hamilton Hyundai. Additional sponsors welcome!

Renfrew Institute’s annual jazz festival spotlights top professional artists each year with stellar performing artists that light up the outdoor stage with hot summer jazz.

For our 26th event, we have assembled an all-stars group featuring Conrad Herwig on trombone, Vincent Herring on alto sax, Mike LeDonne playing a Hammond B3 organ, guitarist Paul Bollenback, and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums. 

The concert is followed by an informal question and answer period. Free and open to the public. On the lawn behind the Renfrew Museum house. Flier with all details coming soon. [Rain site: Waynesboro Area High School auditorium]. Enjoy a taste of the Jazz Fest with this video!

Halloween Storytelling 2017

Wednesday, October 25 • 6:30 to 8 p.m. (date to be confirmed)

Underwriting support provided in part by Patriot Federal Credit Union

Annual evening of spooky tales featuring a local storyteller. Held in the Wagon Room, inside the Visitor Center at Renfrew Park. The program is free of charge and open to the public. Storytelling will be divided into two sessions. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the first half hour of stories will be suitable for children of all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult. At 7 p.m., families with younger children may leave if they wish.

Jennifer Vanderau in Halloween storytelling garb.