Rendezvous on Church Street


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Scranton has its First Friday, where pedestrians and window shoppers in the downtown area are encouraged, once a month, to visit various venues in the area to experience local art and music and connect with their neighbors.

Clarks Summit has had several similar monthly events. Now it’s Jessup’s turn.

Jessup business owners have come together to form the new Jessup Art Loop. Featured businesses will be hosting various local artists on the second Saturday of each month, beginning this Saturday, July 13. The event will run from 3 to 8 p.m.

Church Street will be the anchor of the event, which will include live music, photography, wine tasting, crafting, community organizations, animal exhibits and prizes and giveaways

“The idea has been in the minds of Gregg [Betti] from Capra Collina and Jill [Donnelly] of Hopscotch Children’s Boutique,” explained organizer Sheila McDonough. “Jill asked me for my help and she also approached Gregg.

“The idea behind the Jessup Art Loop is to bring unity to the community and more of a sense of neighborhood. With families’ busy lives, the Jessup business men and woman would like to offer them a nice afternoon in their own town, to relax and see what the locals have to offer. It is a great way to buy local and enjoy Church Street.”

The latest venue/artist listing for this Saturday’s event is:

• The Caverna, 602 Church St.: Bill Frye, 3-5 p.m.; Jonathan Sembrat, 5-8 p.m.; the Molly Pitcher Trio 8 p.m. and Russell Lucas, photography.

• St. George’s Restaurant, 304 Church St.: Constance Denchy, artist.

• All That Boutique and True Hair Salon, 100 Church St.: musician Allen Van Wert and Tim Calachino, artist.

• Hopscotch Children’s Boutique, 201 Church St.: Timmy Walsh, Camera For A Cure photography; Sarah Wisnewski, jewelry, and Steve Lewis, photography.

• Ginger’s Pies, 309 Church St.: Janina Peters.

• Petrini’s Pasta, 400 Church St.: Linda Annelli, photography.

• Capra Collina Winery, 132 Constitution Ave.: Kyle Rebar, digital imaging.

• Augelli Printing, 319 Church St.: Judith Youshock, artist.

• Station Park: the Black Horse Farm petting zoo and pony rides.

• First Liberty Bank, 210 Church St.: Jessup Hose Co. No. 2 will have a fire truck on display.

• Collura Chiropractic, 210 Church St., Dolce Momenti Photography.

“Having an art walk keeps with the integrity and dignity that built Jessup,” McDonough said. “Jessup was not only a coal mining town, but it was a town made up of those who did for themselves and helped their neighbors. We would like to resume that sense of family within our community. We would like the valley to enjoy themselves and see all that Jessup has to offer.”

She also notes that Church Street is on the COLTS bus route.

Local artists are encouraged to submit a sample of their work to be considered for next month’s art loop.

Emails can be sent to info@jessupartloop.info. More information can be found at jessupartloop.info or on Facebook at JessupArtLoop. You can also call 382-3989 or 489-0489 for more information.

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