Living Museum will bring vendors to town
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
Everything from getting splashed with beautiful colors, being able to purchase from a wide selection of books and videos at the city library and the opportunity to buy unique arts and crafts will be available from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the square Saturday when the Jacksonville Arts Council presents the annual Living Museum (Fair on the Square).

There will be at least 30 vendors on hand, perhaps more, according to arts council vice president Emily Lipscomb.

Hand made jewelry, chests made of wood, and hand made articles such as purses made by Ugandan natives will for sale.

“We’ve been doing this as a service to the citizens of Jacksonville and surrounding areas for many years,” said Lipscomb. “We want to give them the opportunity to purchase quality merchandise and unique items from the vendors. So we’re helping the consumers as well as the vendors.”

Lipscomb said that the event was originally a living museum.

“We were trying to keep in mind that there is a lot of lost art like spinning, blacksmithing, soap making, quilting, stitchery, woodworking and basket weaving,” she said. “It got harder and harder to find those people so we incorporated the handmade crafts, but they have to be only hand made things. We don’t accept any kind of commercial items for sale from any of the vendors. This year we already have about 30 vendors lined up, and we might even get some more this week, so that tells you it’s a real successful project for us.”

The Senior Citizen Center and Retired Senior Volunteer Program will sell lemonade and bottled water from their booth. From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 3 at the soccer pavilion behind the community center, they will have their own fundraiser, “Kick Off to Summer Fun,” featuring the Caribbean Chrome Steel Drum Band whose members are retired Jacksonville State University professors.

Everyone is encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire and bring their own lawn chairs. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. The price includes admission, a hamburger, chips and a drink.

Book sale at library

Jacksonville Public Library will have its spring book sale in the annex from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The library will be closed so employees can work at the sale. Visitors are asked to use the side door that faces Regions Bank.

Most hard covers are $1, most paperbacks are $50 cents, and movies are $1. Large print books will be available as well as books for children and adults and audio books.

The public is asked to bring bags or boxes in which to carry the items they purchase. Call the library at 435-6332 for more information.

Whirlwind of Color 5K

Today is the last day to register for the Whirlwind of Color 5K. The 3.1 mile race for all age groups will begin at the community center and end at the soccer fields. It begins at 8 a.m. The race is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds will go to United Way of Calhoun County to help those affected by the tornadoes two years ago with their recovery efforts. As of Friday, over 350 had registered.

“It’s a unique race,” said parks and recreation supervisor Janis Burns, “in that every half mile a different color of paint will be thrown on the participant. Everyone will wear white so that the paint, which is powder paint, will be colorful on their clothing.” Corn starch will wash the powder out of the clothing, and vinegar can be used to set in the colors.

It’s not a timed event, so those participating can walk, stroll, jog or run. Registration is $25 and can be done at For more information, contact Emily Duncan at or call 237-3536.

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