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University of Saint Francis’ Jesters invite you ‘HOME’ to annual performance


Michele DeVinney

Whatzup Features Writer

Published February 20, 2020

The Jesters, a performance troupe of community members with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities ranging in age from six to seniors, host an annual performance which has grown in visibility and attendance over the years. 

This year’s performance will take place 6 p.m. Saturday, March 7, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8. Titled “H(OM)E,” the show will feature “cultural icons searching for home,” according to a press release. “These participant-selected references will include Annie, Wizard of Oz, and Finding Nemo. The show also references the book The Missing Piece, by Shel Silverstein.” 

The performances will feature all of the arts which have come to define the university: music, dance, theater, improvisation, visual art, storytelling, and animation. 

The Jesters began as a University of Saint Francis outreach program in 1978.

Tickets are $10 and available via phone at (260) 399-8064, at the door before the show, or Saturdays leading up to the performance at the University of Saint Francis’ North Campus Auditorium from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

Growing fun at the art farm

For those who may have visited the Art Farm in Spencerville over the holiday season, the fun of that studio is not limited to shopping for Christmas. 

In fact, the Art Farm frequently hosts art workshops for those who would like to try their hand at making their own unique pieces, particularly jewelry which happens to be one specialties of Lisa Vetter, who with her husband Paul Siefert, owns the Art Farm.

The cold weeks of winter are a particularly good time to indulge in a workshop and develop some new talents. The Art Farm has several coming up in the next few weeks starting with Vetter’s own Basic Wire Working Jewelry Workshop. 

Vetter’s necklaces and earrings make use of wire and repurposed materials to create incredibly unique pieces, and this workshop will allow her to share her techniques in a fun atmosphere. 

There are two times from which to choose:  10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, or 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29. The cost is $75 which includes the materials required to create a handmade link necklace or bracelet.

The following weekend Vetter hosts two Talisman Jewelry Workshops and invites those who wish to attend to “start gathering all your old charms, single earrings, heirloom jewels, trinkets, special beads, ‘found’ objects i.e. coins from travel, buttons, keys, game pieces” which will be used to create a talisman. 

The cost is $85 and includes materials. Workshops are limited to 10 per session which take place on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, both at 10 a.m.

On March 27 and 28 at 10 a.m., the Art Farm will host workshops featuring Hannah Burnworth for “a day of paper printing, snipping, and stitching” at the Mixed Media Birds & Butterflies workshop. The workshop fee in $85 and includes materials needed to create and frame your pieces.

For more details, visit the Art Farm’s Facebook page or look for registration on eventbrite.com.

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