By Steven Hoffman
With the Oxford Arts Alliance Gallery debuting its annual student art show and sale, the First Friday event in Oxford on June 7 is focusing on young local artists in a variety of ways.
“I’m really excited about our line up for June and expect it to be one of our best yet,” said Melissa Pacella, the office manager for Oxford Mainstreet, Inc., which organizes the First Friday events.
Local art teachers will have an exhibit of work by students set up in the Oxford Hall at the corner of Third and Market streets. A performance by the Xtreme Tumble and Cheer team, including the Recreational tumbling and all-star cheer squad will take place at 6:30 p.m.
Artwork by students at Bright Beginnings will be on display at J & K Slightly Touched Antiques and Furniture. Unique jewelry from Lisa Froude, equine and Amish art by Reenie Chase, Seimei healing and angel readings with Julie Tereszcuk, Native American medicinal art by Faye Dollar, Painted Creations with Kathy Garving and Gracie Gutzler, and Primitive Peddler items are also being showcased in the store.
Bright Beginnings is partnering with R N J Plaques & Engraving so that children can personally craft door hangers with the child's name engraved on it.
The Outback Company Store will feature the artwork of student Raychel Thress, as well as live music. There will also be a “pick your discount” sale honoring the Belmont Stakes.
Nature Jams, an interactive children’s musical group, will be performing to encourage everyone to make healthy eating choices.
Ediene's Fine Jewelry & Gifts is offering a free ring-cleaning and prong check. Oxford Shipping Post & Trade has a 20 percent off sale on Yankee Candles. Stillwater Fibers is featuring a “walk in and weave” event where a table loom will be set up for visitors to try weaving. The Golden Light Wellness Center is showcasing a fan and veil dance performance with a short lesson following it. Paparazzi Accessories will be offering fun, affordable accessories for woman and girls, including headbands, hair ties and jewelry. Everything is $5.50 or less. And Faux Gourmet is serving up a decadent cupcake selection, including an opportunity for children to decorate their own cupcakes. Oxford Mainstreet is hosting a coloring contest as well.
The grand opening of Nationwide Insurance's new office in town is being celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., with representatives from Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. (OMI), the Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce, and the Farm Bureau taking part in the celebration. There will be a wine-tasting with Borderland Vineyard in the Nationwide Insurance office. Pam Hesler's photography will be on display, including photos from Borderland Vineyards and farm, which is insured by Nationwide. The guest musician is Tom McClure.
The Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased by 5 p.m. The winner doesn't need to be present to win.
For more information about this event, visit downtownoxfordpa.org.