On June 28th, 2015 Annmarie Sculpture Garden celebrated International Mud Day! Kids of all ages came to enjoy a day of shameless fun playing in the mud—the dirtier you were, the better! From toddlers to adults, everyone jumped in the giant mud pit to stomp and splash around. People also enjoyed a variety of artsy “mud-themed” activities: making mud pies at the Mud Café, DIY terrariums, magic mud painting, and mushy mud pools!
James and Ava Piatt had a blast getting covered head-to-toe in mud! They smile happily for the camera while standing next to a sign proclaiming “The most memorable days end with the dirtiest clothes”—a quote accurately describing a day full of fun! Their mother, Laurel Piatt, said she found out about Mud Day from the flyers sent home from school, and since their family is a big advocate of anything local, she thought it would be a great idea to bring the kids. Laurel also told the Calvert Beacon “After how many days of rain has it been? This is gorgeous! This is exactly what I like to see of Calvert County.”
Ellen Bierlin, volunteer and member of Annmarie Gardens, enjoyed helping kids at the do-it-yourself terrarium station. There she helped children grab everything needed to make their very own personalized terrarium. “First you add your charcoal, then your rocks, now you’ve gotta put your moss and plants in, then add your critter!”
Something all the parents seemed to be pleased about was how involved the staff and volunteers at Annmarie Gardens were with the children. Mr. & Mrs. Ballinger told the Calvert Beacon “There is plenty to do, there are so many activities and the staff running the event is very helpful and engaged with the kids.” Jackie Price, another member of Annmarie Gardens said “The idea of Mud Day for the kids was great. All around fun for people in the community!”
International Mud Day is truly a fantastic event for anyone who wants to have a little fun in the mud. Annmarie Gardens did a great job hosting such a messy event!
Chanel M Underwood / Calvert Beacon Intern