Ephrata’s Jigger Day is June 12

By on June 1, 2016
Everyone seems to be ready for ice cream at Eicher on June 12. (Left to right) Kay Hoefner, Eicher board member; Erin Covey; Eicher volunteer Andrea Covey; Meghan Covey; Keelyn Covey; and Eicher board member Liz Tronsor. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Everyone seems to be ready for ice cream at Eicher on June 12. (Left to right) Kay Hoefner, Eicher board member; Erin Covey; Eicher volunteer Andrea Covey; Meghan Covey; Keelyn Covey; and Eicher board member Liz Tronsor. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

 

The Eicher Arts Center’s annual Jigger Day festival of music, fun and jigger-style ice cream sundaes has been a big Ephrata community event for decades. But this June 12, Jigger Day will be bigger than ever.

The non-profit Arts Center in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park will mark Ephrata’s 125 years as a borough with a greatly expanded roster of Jigger Day entertainment and special features.

Capping the day will be The Nomads, a popular South Central Pennsylvania band that will be playing rock music oldies on the Grater Park band shell from 6 to 8 p.m.

From 3 p.m. to nearly 6 p.m., the focus of the festival will be the Eicher House, 409 Cocalico St., near Cocalico Creek. Jigger-style sundaes with burnt peanuts, cherries and cherry syrup will be available there, along with fruit cups, hot dogs and other refreshments.

From 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m., the DKers will be performing a juggling act. Darren Horst and Kevin McCulley give their first initials to the act’s name; the Lancaster County duo began juggling together as seventh graders in 1999.

 

Jack Hubley will join the fun at Ephrata’s Jigger Day festival.

Jack Hubley will join the fun at Ephrata’s Jigger Day festival.

 

From 4 to 5 p.m., Jack Hubley will be using live animals as part of a Wild Neighbors program, where he combines humor and a love for the natural world to help people of all ages learn more about what he calls the “fascinating and secret lives” of native North American wildlife.

Nick DiSanto, one-man band, will be playing a variety of folk, blues and old country songs from about 5 to 6 p.m. He plays a guitar and also the DiSantomophone. He designed and carries on his back the DiSantomophone, which combines bass drum, snare drum and multiple cymbals and bells.

On the grounds outside the Eicher House, strolling banjo player Conlen Kerschner will be entertaining the crowd from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Representing the Ephrata community group Art of Recycle, Chelas will be painting the faces of interested youngsters at Jigger Day and Mr. Nobody will be creating and giving away balloon art.

The public is encouraged to bring folding chairs to the Jigger Day event.

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