District 49 jump-ropers added to bill as OCCHS leaps into 5th year for Arts & Crafts event in Bancroft Park

       The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) will present its annual Art & Crafts in Bancroft Park Saturday, June 20.
       More than 30 craft booths will be offering wares from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the OCCHS will be selling perennial plants and cookbooks, according to event organizer Jo Cervone. The fair is a fundraiser for the all-volunteer society.
       The day will also include free, live entertainment, including two bands and a demonstration by Falcon School District 49's jump-roping team.
       The bands are scheduled at 11 a.m. (Jessum Buds, a bluegrass group) and at 1:30 p.m. (Bill Emery with the New Century Big Band and soloist Deborah LaPorta).
       The jump-roping will be at 12:15 p.m. According to the District 49 website, the team has 50 members, practices four hours a week and has competed successfully in the Junior Olympics. Cervone said she's been told the group will execute “singles and pairs and double clutch to music.” They'll perform either in the bandshell or in front of it.
       Other activities will include a children's craft table, run by Westside potter Karen Sucharski; a display by the Colorado Springs Quilt Guild; and displays in the Garvin Cabin. The OCCHS will sell baked goods at its History Center across the street at 1 S. 24th St.
       Also, for most of the same time as the fair (about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.), on closed-off 24th Street next to the park, the weekly Farmers' Market will be open.

Westside Pioneer/press release