Kids' Camps Cure Summertime Blues
For two young Clayton, N.C., residents, their multiple week stay in Fulton County this summer will not only be filled with cherished visits with family members residing in the Mc- Connellsburg area but also several educational and hands-on outings.
Participating in the opening day of the Fulton County Parks and Recreation Commission's Around The World 3-D Art Camp Monday, 8-year-old twins Genevieve and Nathaniel Brindle were two of 16 campers to enjoy six hours of hands-on instruction in clay sculpture and basket weaving.
According to Genevieve, who proudly boasted of her Chinese animal pinch pot emblazoned with a tiger or cat-like figure, the camp, along with attending Bible school, will be her favorite memories of her 2009 summer trip to Fulton County. Meanwhile, at a nearby table, brother Nathaniel worked diligently on an Americana style place mat woven from red, white and blue reeds. Enrolled in the third grade, the twins are the children of Troy and Gloria Brindle.
Mara Brumbaugh, 9-year-old daughter of Fort Littleton residents Darrick and Stephanie Brumbaugh, looked back at her place mat with a sigh of relief. Tucking ends to complete the edges of the intricate place mat, the fourth-grader at Forbes Road Elementary learned, takes both skill and steady fingers.
Mara said creating an African clay mask and a Chinese monkey pinch pot were her favorite parts of the camp even though making a monkey figurine with clay was a little tough.
Monday's event was open to children enrolled in grades three through five, while the following four days will include instruction for at least an additional 18 students enrolled in sixth through 12th grades. The participating students hail from a variety of schools, including the host school district Forbes Road as well as Southern Fulton, Central Fulton, Southern Huntingdon and Everett. Instructors include director Lisa Black, basket weaver Judy Appleby, sculpture artist and 2009 Forbes Road graduate Kayla Bennett and weaving volunteers Linda Smith and Debbie Oliver.
The camp was funded in part by a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) grant. PPA program is an initiative between local arts organizations and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding for the arts comes through an annual appropriation by Pennsylvania's General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Council for the Arts in Chambersburg.
To cap off the students and instructors' efforts, the Parks and Recreation Commission will be hosting an art exhibit open to the general public at the Forbes Road High School cafeteria on Thursday, July 2, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. In addition to displaying the students' works, which include Americana styles and a variety of cultures from around the world, the event will include a guest appearance and keynote speech by Loretta Radeschi at 6:30 p.m.
Radeschi of Bedford has penned nearly 1,000 articles on fine crafts as well as their makers and is also the designer and creator of one-of-a-kind needle-felted ornaments, soft sculptures and pictures. She also has a background in weaving that often reflects her love of the outdoors and the Native American culture
Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to attend.
As a follow-up to the five-day art camp, applications are still being accepted by the Parks and Recreation Commission for a Lil' Hands Art Intro Camp. The camp headed by Needmorebased artist Nancy Hogan touches upon a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal and pastels.
Up to 10 children between the ages of 5 and 7 will be able to participate in the camp held at Hogan's 6146 Great Cove Road studio. The six-week, once weekly camp will be conducted from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 13, 20, 27 and September 3 and 10.
Hogan has accrued more than 30 years of teaching experience in the art world, spreading her knowledge to both children and adults. She also has design and teaching experience in furniture, intarsia, clay, dolls and clothing.
Two adventure-style camps are again being hosted this year by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Up to 50 children falling between grades four and eight are eligible to participate in the Ready, Aim, Fire and Wind and Waters Adventure camps. The first of the duo of outdoor one-day camps at the Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club will kick off on Thursday, July 30, and the Wind and Waters Adventure camp is scheduled to get under way Thursday, August 6, at Cowans Gap State Park.
Transportation will be provided from the Central Fulton School District parking lot to both camps that explore a range of outdoor activities such as fishing, fly fishing, .22 target shooting, trapping, outdoor first aid, paddle boats, archery and various wildlife stations.
Anyone requiring more information regarding the Parks and Recreation Commission's remaining summer camps and activities should contact program director Chanin Mountz at 717- 552-0071 or via e-mail at chaninr@ comcast.net. All applications and registration fees must be received by Monday, July 20.