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Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players to headline Messiah College's annual Hopefest

GRANTHAM, Pa. (April 14, 2005) — For the eighth year, Messiah College will host its annual Hopefest – an outdoor fair with music and activities – on April 23 to raise awareness and money for New Hope Ministries. Admission is free and open to the public. Food and monetary donations will be accepted for New Hope Ministries, which serves Cumberland and York counties by assisting people in need to pay for basic needs, such as food, shelter or utility bills. For more information, contact Jeff Rioux at (717) 766-2511, extension 7234.

Co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board, the college radio station WVMM 90.7 and the Agapé Center for Service and Learning, this year’s Hopefest will include music, recreation and arts events, including chalk murals, tie-dying, painting clay pots, a climbing wall, an ultimate Frisbee tournament, and music from Messiah College bands along with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players.

After making an impression during the 2003 South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players completed an 18-month tour across the United States and will perform a free concert on April 23 at 8 p.m. in the Larsen Student Union on the Messiah College campus. Comprised of singer-songwriter-keyboardist Jason Trachtenburg, his slide-projecting and fashion-designing wife Tina Piña Trachtenburg and their 9-year-old daughter Rachel Piña Trachtenburg, who plays drums and sings, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players performs music to vintage slide shows.

Complete list of events

  • Car Wash, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., circle at the Messiah College entrance
  • Chalk Murals, Painting Clay Pots, Tie-Dye Anything and Climbing Wall, 1 to 5 p.m., Larsen Student Union
  • Human Sphere Races and Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, 1 to 5 p.m., in front of Bittner Residence Hall
  • Music: Messiah College Jazz Combo, The Method and Brandon Kisner, 2 to 5 p.m., Larsen Student Union
  • Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, 8 p.m., Larsen Student Union

About Messiah College

Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.

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