Cel­e­brat­ing her­itage

Or­wigs­burg’s Her­itage Day cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ues to grow

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­lican­herald.com; 570-6286002

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.

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

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.

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