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Earth Celebration Day & Festival of Art 2018

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free Admission

Renfrew Institute’s Earth Celebration Day and Festival of Art is a full day of discovery, education, music, and art. 

Our Earth Day flier has all the details, and see a list of exhibitors and artists here

Held in conjunction with the event, the 13th 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 28th year, Earth Celebration Day includes dozens of exhibitor displays featuring everything from gardening and beekeeping to eco-friendly products and services. Student art is featured on the clothesline exhibit.

“We are delighted to have many new exhibitors and artists this year, along with the popular returnees. A wide variety of specialties and interests are represented,” said Kathy Helfrick, coordinator of exhibitors and artists.

At 12:30 p.m., a tree planting ceremony will celebrate Waynesboro’s 200th birthday, sponsored by the Waynesboro Shade Tree Commission and WaynesboroFest.

Following the tree planting, Renfrew Institute’s Environmental Artistry Award will be presented, followed by an Earth Celebration Day proclamation from the Franklin County Commissioners  at 1 p.m.

The Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Arts will host a children’s table, where kids can make clay balls and roll them in flower seeds. These may be planted in the ground.

Another attraction for kids features Earth Day stories in the summer kitchen from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., by storyteller Larry Hayes.

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 director of environmental studies.

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 1 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 Barbara Layman and Steve Smith will collect worn-out athletic shoes for recycling by Nike.

Parking is available next to the visitors center and in the lower lot off Welty Road. Event will take place outdoors in Renfrew Park. Rain location: Waynesboro Area Middle School.

Event will take place outdoors in Renfrew Park. Please come prepared for an outdoor day. Rain location: Waynesboro Area Middle School.


Take a look at our RI Calendar of Events to discover other opportunities to learn and have fun this year!

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

Watch the video of the 2013 Earth Day event, created by Andrew Gehman.


April 28
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free Admission
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Renfrew Institute
(717) 762-0373


Renfrew Park
1010 E Main St
Waynesboro, PA 17268 United States
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