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By Haley Disterhoft
As a part of the week-long celebration for the opening of the new City Centre, JCHS students and other members of the community will be holding an Arts and Culture Faire on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The faire will showcase various craft demonstrations, classes and students groups. Erica Heitzig, JCHS design teacher, is heading the event and has pulled together various members of the community to celebrate and appreciate the artistic skills Jersey residents have to offer.
Some of the craft demonstrations include basket weaving, rug weaving, ceramics, photography and quilting.
“I have someone doing food carvin. It’s Mike Williamson, who won the Grand Champion ribbon at the [Jersey County] fair and his watermelon carving was awesome,” said Heitzig.
There will also be on site classes that will be offered which require reservations in advance.
“Shawnna Crawford, from Sweet Pea’s, is going to be teaching a floral design class,” Heitzig said. “You’ll go into her shop and pay 20 dollars and sign up and she’ll be doing two different sections of the same class on site that night.”
Heitzig is thrilled for any opportunity to bring students together with other members of the community. She strongly believes it’s important for Jersey County residents to see talent and drive the students possess, as well as give students the opportunity to learn from and develop relationships with other creatives and professionals in the community.
Not only will arts and crafts be represented at the faire, Heitzig has asked other JCHS clubs, specialty classes and athletes to participate as well. Kids and families will have the opportunity to take pictures with the panther mascot and meet and greet with the JCHS cheerleaders.
“The FFA is going to be grilling, so there is going to be pork chops, burgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks. Also, Chloe Beemer, she annually holds a bake sale and gives the proceeds to the Panther Athletic Club, so she is going to be having her bake sale on site,” Heitzig said.
Heitzig is also setting up a spot where students can sign up to be a Panther Athletic Club member.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the JCHS Jazz ensemble and JCMS student Makenna Brungaugh, who will be singing and playing guitar.
For any other community members who want to be involved in the craft faire, Heitzig is giving anyone the option to contribute to an ongoing project she’s been conducting with her design classes, a bottle cap mural. A completed mural has been installed by Deer Lane Boutique and she looks to create more for the town. The next mural has been partially crowdfunded by members of the community.
“The bottle cap murals that have been so popular, we’re kicking off the year doing that,” Heitzig said. “We’re going to have the plywood, painted by my students, on site. We’re going to have the bottle caps, we’re gonna have the screw guns. So anyone in the community who would like to be a part of that, they can screw a few caps in. It will be put in over at West Elementary.”