Artsfest puts creativity on display


rt will be on full display Saturday in Brownstown and Ewing.

Artsfest, presented by Brownstown/Ewing Main Street, will feature activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in both Jackson County communities.

Becky Hackman, who is in charge of vendors for the event, said art, crafts, food, baked goods, a quilt show and music are among the features.

“The people that are coming and displaying their work, we invited them to come, and we don’t charge them. We’re not getting any money from it,” she said. “It’s something we’re offering to the public, and we want people here. We want people to come to Brownstown to see what we’ve got to offer.”

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The first Artsfest was conducted in 2013, and the second one was the next year, but last year’s event was rained out.

“We’re hoping for sun and maybe 80 degrees. That would be great,” Hackman said.

On the Jackson County Courthouse lawn in Brownstown, quilters will have their work on display, and a woman will be doing hair wraps.

Also, the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church youth group will man an art booth for children, where they will pay $1 to paint.

“It’s geared for little kids to go in and do their art, and I think they’ll try to even display the art throughout the day,” Hackman said.

On the courthouse steps, a flower-arranging demonstration is planned. And inside the courthouse, the Jackson County Recycling District will have a display.

Along Main Street, a variety of craft vendors will have booths.

The Jackson County History Center at Walnut and Sugar streets will be open for tours, and Brownstown Central High School’s FFA will sell pork burgers there.

A free shuttle service will be offered to take people from Brownstown to Ewing.

Artists will have their work on display and local musicians will play throughout the day inside W.R. Ewing, and the restored Ewing Depot will be open for tours. Also in Ewing, Blake’s Place will sell barbecue and conduct a beanbag toss tournament.

“We do have a lot of talented people all throughout Jackson County, but this isn’t just going to be Brownstown. They are coming from all over,” Hackman said.

“Quilting is an art. The handmade crafts are an art. Even musicians, they are artists,” she said. “It’s just a big variety and something going on for everyone. It’s just a fun thing that the whole family can get involved in and enjoy.”

Also that day in Brownstown, the Brownstown Lions Club will have a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. at Michie’s Diner, and Jackson County Community Theatre’s production of “Driving Miss Daisy” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Royal-Off-the-Square Theatre at 121 W. Walnut St.

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What: Brownstown/Ewing Main Street Artsfest

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brownstown and Ewing

Features: Art, crafts, food, baked goods, a quilt show and music


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