Orwigsburg’s Heritage Day celebration continues to grow
Making Peter Orwig proud, a Schuylkill County community will be hosting a communitywide event this weekend touting the town’s heritage with more amusements than ever before.
With almost two dozen new vendors, the 27th annual Orwigsburg Heritage Day celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the borough’s Town Square. The event will be held rain or shine, said Liz Tuturice, a director and events chairwoman at the Orwigsburg Business & Professional Association, which coordinates the event.
“It’s a daylong event with three live bands of different varieties. We have over 70 vendors come out. We have lots of war re-enactors, circus performers. We have tons of food from food trucks and local restaurants. It’s just an event full of different things for the family,” Tuturice said.
According to Tuturice, there will be a bounce house for the kids, as well as face painting, horse-drawn carriage rides and a new attraction this year, a petting zoo. Additionally, first responders “will have different sorts of apparatus on display for kids to check out,” she said.
Musical acts performing through the day include Jay Smar, whom one could characterize as Coal Region folk; Fallen Pride, a classic rock
band and Dave Evans, a selfproclaimed “acoustic guitar player and some other stuff, too.”
Meanwhile, Tuturice said, Madeleine Belle will be performing an entirely different form of entertainment: circus acts, such as walking on stilts, doing hula hoop tricks and, with a few deep breaths and a few seemingly erratic hand motions, whipping up balloon animals, to name a few.
Other street performers will include a few war reenactors, who will take a step back a few hundred years and be in character all day, Tuturice said.
“They walk around throughout the day and interact with all the people. They’re kind of just roaming as if they’re in their time,” Tuturice said, adding that attendees shouldn’t be nonplussed if they ask: “What’s in your hand?”
“They’re very good about staying in character. I asked one of them for a pen or a pencil,” Tuturice said. The response she got was: “What’s that?”
More vendors are attending than ever before, Tuturice said, with many newcomers from outside the borough. There will be a handful of food trucks as well as plenty of stands with many options to nosh. Most of the restaurateurs around Town Square will be open or have a stand just outside their establishment.
The OBPA focuses on encouraging networking between all of the businesses in the borough and beyond, driving commerce and enhancing business-buyer interaction, all for the common goal of brightening the community.
“We hold monthly meetings the first Thursday of every month at different local businesses — we rotate where we meet. This year, a few things we’ve done, we’ve replaced the (M&T Bank) lot sign,” Tuturice said. “We’ve replaced two garbage cans in the square; we’re really trying to make the community look better. We’ve helped with different organizations in town, like the library, the fire department, the high school. … We really do a little bit of everything” but especially organize events, Tuturice said.
The next of those events will be Small Business Saturday which follows Black Friday. Soon after, OBPA will be organizing the town’s Festival of Lights for the Christmas season to be held Dec. 1. For more information about the Orwigsburg Heritage Day celebration, visit www.orwigsburgbusiness.org or find “Orwigsburg Heritage Day Celebration 2018” on Facebook.
Austin Marrongelle, Orwigsburg, tries his hand at POUND Fitness with instructors Rosanne Zelusky, foreground, and Julia Drey, from Schuylkill Racquet and Fitness Club, Orwigsburg, during last year’s Heritage Day in Orwigsburg. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Town Square.