Art in the Park Night 2013
The Frederick Arts Council (FAC) sponsored the 7th annual Art in the Park night at Harry Grove Stadium. On Friday, August 23, 2013, the Frederick Arts Council helped the Frederick Keys celebrate 25 years in Frederick as they took on the Wilmington Blue Rocks at 7:00 p.m. at the “Tim Kurkjian Bobblehead Night” home game with fireworks. Tim Kurkjian is a Major League Baseball analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and SportsCenter.
The Frederick Keys wore a jersey designed by local artist Rebecca Cool that was auctioned off with proceeds benefiting the Frederick Arts Council as it furthers its mission. During the game fans bid on their favorite player’s jersey and after purchasing went down to the field to take possession and got a picture of the jersey and player. The jerseys were created through a Call for Artists project in which art is taken to the field.
Fans didn’t need to look just to the field to understand all that Frederick has to offer that is arts related. Harry Grove Stadium was filled with Plein Air Artists, Stitchers, and various marketing booths including Frederick County’s local arts organizations. Once again, the Frederick Keys joined in to increase cultural awareness by painting baseballs that were auctioned off via a silent auction during the game.
In addition to the visual arts on hand for Art in the Park Night, fans got a feel for the performing arts as they walked up to the front gates. Music was provided pre-game by the Walkersville High School Band. The national anthem was sung by Laura Whittenberger, a ESL Graduate Assistant at the Peabody Conservatory and an active singer of opera, operetta, musical, and concert performances in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. areas. Representing the Frederick Arts Council in the first pitch ceremony was jersey design winner Rebecca Cool and 12-year-old Chad Moreland of the Frederick Vipers.
A special thanks to the Frederick Keys, Anthony Owens Remodeling and Repair and all of the volunteers that helped to make this event happen!