Feeling blue lately with all this rain? I know my umbrella sure has gotten a work out lately! Let's look past the raindrops to a fun event coming up in the community. Do you want to support the arts in our community? Well, have I got a fun way that you, your company or your organization can accomplish that. Make that three ways!
Attend Kick Up Your Heels IX at the Walk In Art Center on Saturday, September 15 from 7 pm to 10 pm. This year's theme is Hope & Glory: Swinging Art of the 1940s. In keeping with the year's patriotic theme the music will be provided by Tim Hill and the After Hours Big Band. Music won't be the only entertainment -- the members of Schuylkill Free Shakespeare will be trading in their swords and gowns for uniforms and Rosie the Riveter overalls as they liven up the party as the Greatest Generation come alive. There'll also be hors d'ouevres, dinner, dessert, drinks, silent auctions and art sales. Tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. Or for the VIP price of $100 you will experience all that as well as an extra hour (6 pm to 7 pm) of special fun. Active military and veterans receive 20% discount.
Sponsor a Star. Naturally, given this year's theme one of the big decorations of the evening will be stars. One of those stars can commemorate your favorite veteran for just $10. Stars will be displayed until December 2018 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a Schuylkill County Veterans Organization.
Sponsor a Table. Those attending Kick Up Your Heels IX can learn more about your organization through the marketing materials you use to decorate a table at the event. Sponsors will also receive publicity through social media, website, radio, press releases and more. You can also receive gift certificates for Walk In Art Center classes and admission to Kick Up Your Heels IX. Learn more about being an event sponsor.
In our family we always love a good baked good but the truth is, in the summer we're often either too hot or too busy to do any baking. Need some sweets? Check your local library! Many of our local libraries are hosting a Deppen Pie Sale this August as a fundraiser for their library. Pies are $12.00 and the fruit ones are great for freezing if you want to save them for a Labor Day picnic. Order and money are due by August 16 with pick ups at your library on August 29. You can choose from:
No arguments about the tickets to this week's show being too expensive -- the performance is FREE! Of course Schuylkill Free Shakespeare will accept any donations so it would be great if everyone gave what they could afford. The great part of this system is that everyone who wants to see the performance can! From everyone out there who may not have that much extra cash for things like entertainment I'd like to send a big THANK YOU to Schuylkill Free Shakespeare.
So what's on the bill this time? As You Like It and King Lear. If you need a Shakespeare brush up, As You Like It is a comedy that tell a story of romance, mistaken identity, injustice, disguises and all sorts of fun. King Lear is a tragedy about the King's descent into madness and the effect it has on him, his family and his kingdom. I vote for the silliness of As You Like It but many people love King Lear too.
All the performances are at the Yuengling Mansion. In the mood for As You Like It? The 7 pm evening shows are on August 7, 9, 11 and a 2 pm matinee on August 12. King Lear will be at 7 pm on August 8, 10, 12 and a 2 pm matinee on August 11.
Want to help support Schuylkill Free Shakespeare? Make a donation on their web page. You can check out their fun Schuylkill Free Shakespeare t-shirts here. There will be some available to purchase at the shows.
Our local animal shelters are a wily bunch! One was at a company open house at the business where my husband works -- since it was the middle of the day it was mostly employees and their kids who are on summer break from school. Well, my husband and son almost came home with a furry friend. How could they resist? Animals have been a part of our family's home for the last two decades so it feels strange for all of us to be animal-less. If, like us, animals are usually a part of your family I have two fun events for you this Saturday, August 4.
First up is an encore production on Pawcasso at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven from 10 am to noon. Bring your leashed dog and for $5 they can "create a masterpiece" by dipping their paws in paint (safe for animals) and creating an 8" x 10" painting. This is great fun for everyone, the process makes a great video for Facebook and add a simple frame and the canvas makes a super present from your furry friend for their favorite human. They're also accepting dog food donations for the local SPCA.
If you want a wide variety of events stop by the Hegins Pet Festival from 10 am to 5 pm at Hegins Park. Donations for local animal shelters will be accepted: food, blankets, paper products, cleaning supplies, cash, etc. There will be events for animals and humans. Your canine buddy can get his "portrait" sketched along with a few other crazy things. There will be plenty of vendors -- many animal related. For humans there will be BBQ & chili tastings, face painting, a horse shoe tournament, music and more.
Don't forget that there are still four days left of the Schuylkill County Fair. I guarantee there will be plenty of animals to see! Along with the animals there will be music, crafts, food, contests, rides and more. All for just $5! It's the perfect place to take the whole family and budget friendly! You can get more details here.