Ex­eter hos­pice fes­ti­val on hori­zon

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - SCOTT NIXON POST­MEDIA NEWS NEWS

EX­ETER – A three-day fes­ti­val is com­ing to the area, and it will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy some great mu­sic, have some fun fam­ily time, and sup­port an im­por­tant com­mu­nity project.

The Jes­sica’s House Mu­sic Week­end hits the stage June 22 to June 24 at the Ex­eter rodeo grounds be­hind the South Huron Recre­ational Cen­tre. Event spokesper­son Deb Ho­muth said they hope the fes­ti­val will be­come an an­nual event, with the aim of rais­ing 35 to 45 per cent of the yearly op­er­at­ing costs for Jes­sica’s House, a three­bed res­i­den­tial hos­pice cel­e­brat­ing its grand open­ing this week.

De­nied pro­vin­cial fund­ing last year – hos­pice fa­cil­i­ties in Strat­ford and Clin­ton re­ceived fund­ing – Jes­sica’s House went ahead with com­mu­nity fundrais­ing. More than $3.2 mil­lion has been raised, as well as $500,000 through in-kind dona­tions.

But Jes­sica’s House Mu­sic Week­end will serve as the fa­cil­ity’s ma­jor an­nual fundraiser.

Ho­muth said a com­mu­nity com­mit­tee of nearly 20 peo­ple has been work­ing on the event for more than one year and sev­eral lo­cal ser­vice clubs, in ad­di­tion to the South Huron Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Ex­eter BIA, are in­volved.

“Every­body has a role,” she said, adding the ser­vice clubs are tak­ing on var­i­ous re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for the event.

The lineup fea­tures a va­ri­ety of bands for all ages. Fri­day – June 22 – be­gins with a 19-plus coun­try mu­sic con­cert called Boots ’n’ Beer, with four acts: the Scotty James Band, Ex­eter na­tive Zach Neil, High­way 21, and head­liner Cold Creek County.

Satur­day is a fam­ily fun day from noon to 5 p.m. with chil­dren’s mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ers Splash ’N’ Boots per­form­ing at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Mean­while, the South Huron Com­mu­nity The­atre will spon­sor Rise 2 Fame, a tal­ent show for the Western Fair. The fi­nal day, dubbed Gospel Sun­day, will fea­ture a Rock of Ages trib­ute from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with artists such as Elvis Pres­ley, Dolly Par­ton and Patsy Cline.

In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as a fundraiser for Jes­sica’s House, Ho­muth said the week­end is “all about hav­ing a good time.” She said it’s im­por­tant to imbed a hos­pice into the cul­ture of a com­mu­nity, and those be­hind Jes­sica’s House felt this would be a great new event for the com­mu­nity.

Tick­ets are $40 each for Fri­day, $20 for Satur­day – fam­ily pack­ages are avail­able for $60 – and $25 for Sun­day. They’re avail­able at jes­si­cas­house­mu­sicweek­end.ca and some busi­nesses in Ex­eter.

WIL­LIAM PROULX/POST­MEDIA

A mu­sic fes­ti­val will be held in Ex­eter June 22 to 24 to serve as a fundraiser for a three-bed­room res­i­den­tial hos­pice called Jes­sica's House. The Ex­eter fa­cil­ity is cel­e­brat­ing its grand open­ing this week.

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