Big Weekend. In Store and On Tap.

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As usual, it’s another big weekend here in St. Maries. And – also as usual – this weekend’s events offers a variety of options for people looking for something to do.

The grand opening for The Gallery on Main is Friday, Aug. 8.

The St. Maries Council for the Arts will host an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. at the local art gallery located within The Paperhouse at 822 Main Avenue.

Art Council President Cathy Britschgi and Alex Barta (co-owner of The Paperhouse) display local artwork at the new Gallery on Main in St. Maries. The gallery's grand opening is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Art Council President Cathy Britschgi and Alex Barta (co-owner of The Paperhouse) display local artwork at the new Gallery on Main in St. Maries. The gallery’s grand opening is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Artists will be available to speak with the public about their work. Some will provide demonstrations and creative activities for children will also be available. Refreshments will be provided.

“The council hopes that the return of a gallery will add to the St. Maries downtown a destination for locals and visitors,” President Cathy Britschgi said. “It is a showcase of the areas talented residents.”

Those who attend may also participate in a fifty-fifty raffle. The winner will be drawn at the close of the evening and, contestants do not need to be present to win.

The co-op style gallery features the work of more than 15 different local artists including woodwork, metalwork, photography, paintings, handmade cards, jewelry and other interesting items.

“Besides offering a chance to purchase a product produced here it gives residents and tourists a chance to experience a connection to the St. Joe region via a photograph or painting,” Ms. Britschgi said. “There is something for everyone as well as room for others to display their artistic talent. Creativity is best shared.”

The gallery has reopened after being closed for a year due to lack of participation and support. Space is available for additional artists to display/sell their work. The art council hopes to rebuild interest in the gallery and support for the arts in the local community.

At this time the council has about 40 members and about 10 board members. This year’s officers include Ms. Britschgi, president, Ann Reed, vice-president, Nancy Heim, treasurer, and Jeanne Johnson, secretary.

The council meets at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Four Season’s Realty office on 7th Street in St. Maries.

Call The Paperhouse at (208) 245-2064 for additional information.

The Rhythm & Brews at the Bend festival returns to St. Maries this weekend.

This will be the second year that Laci St. John, along with her husband Brian, have worked to organize the festival, which features live music, brews and wine.

Mrs. St. John said she and her husband enjoyed other festivals in the area when they started considering the idea of hosting one in St. Maries.

 St. Maries Gazette Record Posted by Devon Barta Liked · Yesterday · Edited   Laci St. John displays the poster for the second Rhythm & Brews at the Bend festival, which will feature live music, brews and wine. She has organized the festival as an extension of her business and hopes it will become a much-anticipated event every year.

Laci St. John displays the poster for the second Rhythm & Brews at the Bend festival, which will feature live music, brews and wine. She has organized the festival as an extension of her business and hopes it will become a much-anticipated event every year.

“Microbrews are part of our business here and so it was a way that we could grow our business in that area,” she said.

The owners of Benewah Beverage and the BrickWAL.L. sponsored the first Rhythm & Brews festival in 2012.

“Our goal was just to get it going and get it established in the community,” Mrs. St. John said. “We ended up having around 200 people come through.”

Though they were unable to organize the festival last year, plans are complete for this year’s event, which is from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Cherry Bend Boat Park. Three hundred tickets will be sold for the event.

“We’ve already passed the halfway mark,” Mrs. St. John said.

Tickets cost $25 for a single pass (mug and three drink tickets) or $45 for a couple (two mugs and six drink tickets. The Fat Tones will perform from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and then Bill Bozly will take the stage from 6 to 8 p.m.

Gourmet sandwiches will be available from Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese of Coeur d’Alene. Seasonal wines and brews will also be available.

“Some of our top seasonal flavors include huckleberry, grape fruit and blood orange. We will have dark beers as well and a wine table,” Mrs. St. John said.

Mrs. St. John encouraged those who attend to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

“I just want people to come and enjoy themselves,” she said. “When we held it two years ago, it was a very relaxed atmosphere and people were dancing and just enjoying themselves.”

She added she believes the event is a good way to showcase the area and the St. Joe River, which is one of the area’s greatest assets.

“We really want to grow it to the point where it becomes another community event,” Mrs. St. John said, “that will showcase our area. I just want to invite people to come our and what it is.”

Tickets are available for purchase at the BrickWAL.L. during regular business hours, which are Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 245-3560.

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