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 Kite-filled Sky to Open SRU 'Kaliedoscope' Arts Festival 



April 2, 2003

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854;  e-mail:

EDITOR’S NOTE: Visit for a complete schedule of events


           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – “Kaleidoscope,” Slippery Rock University’s annual celebration of outstanding arts, along with fabulous entertainment, children’s activities, organic food and fun for the entire family, will be held April 22 to May 3.

           A mass ascension of kites will fill the sky 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26 – the biggest day for family entertainment. But kites aren’t the only sights to see. An “Earth and Art Fest Children’s Fair,”  balloon sculptures, tree crafting workshop and live music are some of the youth-friendly attractions scheduled for that Saturday. 

More about the arts festival

 Now in its second year, university officials want Kaleidoscope to become synonymous with spring in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Throughout its 12-day run, Kaleidoscope visitors will hear speakers, take in a flute or wind ensemble concert, comedy acts, Civil War re-enactments, a quilt showcase, plays and more. Several headliners are nationally known, including Sherman Alexie, a Native-American writer, dramatist and poet; Kevin Burke, an Irish-fiddler; and Elizabeth Hodes, a New York actress/singer/dancer.

 All this, combined with the festive atmosphere of an outdoor sculpture exhibition and children’s activities, make Kaleidoscope rewarding and fun-filled for all involved, as well as a major attraction for residents and tourists.

Environmentally conscious

In keeping with Slippery Rock’s reputation for environmental stewardship, many events have a greening emphasis. The College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts and the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research co-sponsor the Earth and Art Fest Children’s Fair, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

 Children can participate in some of the work SRU environmental studies students do on the 80-acre grounds housing SRU’s Master of Sustainable Systems Program and enjoy print-and-mask making, balloon sculptures, a tree grafting workshop and live music. The array of events and exhibitions will occur on fields abutting SRU’s Macoskey Center on Harmony Road. 

That same day, more than 40 quilts sewn by area residents will be on display at the Slippery Rock Township Building, intersection of Branchton and Harmony roads.  One quilt, made of antique feed sacks, will be raffled at the end of the day.

The Macoskey Center will also sponsor an organic food luncheon, most of it vegetarian, from   11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 24 at the University Union. The public is invited.

For more information about Kaleidoscope, call the College of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at 724-738-4863, or visit:

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