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Art, music combined: registration opens for camp

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Carroll County Arts (CCA) and Carroll County Park District are teaming up to sponsor Folk Arts and Music Camps in June at Bluebird Farm Park.

This year not only will these two camps be offered, there will also be a new combined Arts and Music Camp for younger students. With many schools in the area making difficult decisions about what elective programs are to be offered, CCA feels strongly that an early appreciation of the arts and a bit of knowledge about their Appalachian roots will perhaps provide the start of a lifelong interest and awareness.

Folk Arts Camp will be held June 10-14 and is open to students entering 5th through 8th grades. Cheri Bell will teach drawing from nature with basic drawing skills with students learning shadowing, perspective and basic texturing techniques. Laura Donnelly will teach students to make rainsticks, an ancient almost musical instrument, believed to bring about rain. Jen Collins will instruct the art of weaving.  Enrollment is limited to 30 campers.

Music Camp will be held June 17-21 and is open to students entering the 5th through 8th grades.  Marty Jones and Phyllis Newell will provide an introduction to the dulcimer for new campers and harmonica with more advanced classes to returning campers.  Campers will be introduced to clogging, a favorite activity from last year, and the art of story-telling. Enrollment is limited to 24.

The combined Arts and Music Camp will be held from June 24-28 and is open to students entering 2nd through 4th grades.  Taught by a combination of  art and music teachers, campers will learn some music basics including rhythm with drums, a basic introduction to the dulcimer and harmonica, square dancing and story-telling all with arts and crafts complementing these activities.  Enrollment is limited to 24.

All camps are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each camp ends with a performance and reception on Friday, which is open to everyone. Chad Steele, Bluebird Park manager, takes campers on a nature walk and many other lunch time activities are planned.

The fee remains $50 per camper per session. There are a number of scholarships available for each session for campers who show an interest and financial need.

Registration forms, as well as medical emergency forms, are available online at www. carrollcountyarts.org or at the Carroll County Arts Center, 204 W. Main St., Carrollton. The deadline for registrations is May 31. Registration is limited so first come, first served. 

For more information, call 330-627-3739.

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