Exeter hospice festival on horizon
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.
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.