20th ANNUAL NED SMITH CENTER NATURE AND ARTS FESTIVAL

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art will host its 20th annual Nature and Arts Festival along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River at MYO Park in Millersburg, PA.  The festival will take place on Saturday, July 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Admission to activities at MYO Park is FREE, with the exception of “The Butterfly House,” for which there is a $2 admission.  Admission to the Ned Smith Center is also free on the day of the festival.

At this year’s festival, we will feature 70-plus programs on owls, native plants, honeybees and butterflies, as well as many more nature and environmental topics.  There are many activities and programs aimed especially for children, making the festival a great outing for the whole family.

The main stage will feature performances by the highly decorated Ohio-based bluegrass band Lonesome Meadow; Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Twin Valley Players, and as well as a family-friendly live animal presentation by ZooAmerica.

Throughout Saturday’s festivities, shuttle vans will run between MYO Park and the Ned Smith Center.  The Center will be open until 6 p.m., and will feature “Bob Hines: National Wildlife Artist” in the Olewine Gallery and “Ned Smith: Nature through a Master’s Hand” in the Ned Smith Gallery.  Admission to the Center’s galleries is free on festival day.

The Center will also feature the winning entries of our 2013 Youth Art Contest, as well as other educational exhibits.

The wide variety of programming and the unique blend of nature and the arts exemplifies the Center’s mission and the vision of its namesake, nationally recognized wildlife artist and naturalist, Ned Smith.

“This festival epitomizes the Ned Smith Center’s continuing goal to honor the life work of Ned Smith and his wonderful, supportive wife, Marie,” says John D. Laskowski, Festival Planning Committee Program Chair.  “Ned deftly fused nature and art in his cherished gifts on canvas and we are honored to continue his legacy.”

In keeping with the Center’s education mission, the Youth Pavilion will be in full swing – children can make a fish print t-shirt, get their faces painted, create recycled butterflies and meet Smokey Bear.

The famous Millersburg Ferry will host four programs: “Birds of the Susquehanna” with Scott Weidensaul, and “Waterfowl of the Susquehanna” with Terry Neumyer, as well as live musical performances by The Rough Edges String Band and Sweet Life Music.

“I’ve attended the Ned Smith [Center] Festival for the past thirteen years, and enjoy the family-oriented nature of the event,” says Festival Planning Committee Chair Don Helin.  “It’s great to watch how much fun the kids have at the Youth Activities Pavilion.  For several years, I have brought my grandchildren, who have had a ball.”

In addition to the exciting programs at the Festival, a wide range of vendors and exhibitors will be in attendance, as well as several fabulous food vendors.

“I can hardly wait to have another milkshake!” says Helin.

Laskowski hopes that Festival-goers will leave MYO Park on July 27 “with a better understanding and appreciation of the effect that Ned Smith has had on so many of our presenters, volunteers and supporters.  If so, our event will be a success.”

For a complete listing of Festival programming, as well as directions to MYO Park and the Ned Smith Center, visit www.nedsmithcenter.org.

WHAT: Nature and Arts Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

WHERE: MYO Park, Millersburg and the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art (176 Water Company Road, Millersburg)

COST: FREE ADMISSION!

MORE INFO: 717-692-3699, www.nedsmithcenter.org, info@nedsmithcenter.org