Col­lege hopes to raise pub­lic foot­print with an­nual fes­ti­val

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— Sev­eral Ce­cil Col­lege pro­grams will link up Satur­day to host a mu­sic and arts fes­ti­val at Elk­ton Sta­tion.

This marks the se­cond an­nual “Fall­ing Leaves Mu­sic, Arts and Well­ness Fes­ti­val,” which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as a sort of open house for the col­lege. It’s or­ga­nized by the Life­long Learn­ing De­part­ment, the pro­gram for mu­sic and per­form­ing arts and the pro­gram for fine arts.

“We have a lot of artis­tic value … in the town of Elk­ton,” said Shawn Markey, di­rec­tor of the

ELK­TON

Life­long Learn­ing De­part­ment. “This is a great way to show­case it, to be­gin the year. Just to show ev­ery­body what we have avail­able and to let them see for them­selves what a nice build­ing this is.”

For the price of ad­mis­sion — $5 for those 11 and older — vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to browse work from a slew of lo­cal artists and ar­ti­sans, peruse the goods of more than 30 vendors and en­joy live mu­sic through­out the day. They’ll also have the chance to take part in a num­ber of work­shops, each cost­ing $10 and rang­ing from top­ics like wax sculpt­ing to tips on in­creas­ing one’s psy­chic abil­ity. Food, beer, wine and soft drinks will be avail­able.

The fes­ti­val is de­signed as a fam­ily event, with sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren, in­clud­ing an in­flat­able slide, pump­kin paint­ing and youth-fo­cused work­shops. Ac­cord­ing the Markey, the col­lege wants to fur­ther pro­mote a mes­sage of com­mu­nity worth by way of this fes­ti­val.

Through­out the year, the lo­ca­tion runs sum­mer camps, a youth theater pro­gram and classes for just about any in­stru­ment you can imag­ine, and or­ga­niz­ers there want county res­i­dents to know they can take ad­van­tage of these op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Satur­day’s af­fairs will take place both in­side and out­side the build­ing, but Markey said the weather wouldn’t be an is­sue. Fore­casts pre­dict a sunny Satur­day with highs in the midto high-60s.

“We’re just look­ing to have a great day,” Markey said. “Even if it’s a lit­tle chilly out­side, we have a great at­mos­phere in­side.”

The se­cond an­nual “Fall­ing Leaves Mu­sic, Arts and Well­ness Fes­ti­val” will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Satur­day at Ce­cil Col­lege Elk­ton Sta­tion. Ad­mis­sion costs $5 per per­son 11 and older. For more in­for­ma­tion email learn­ing4life@ce­cil.edu, call 443-907-1378 or visit bit.ly/ FallingLeavesFes­ti­val16.

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