26th annual Artessy festival set for Friday, Saturday at Chariho will showcase art, science, technology

26th annual Artessy festival set for Friday, Saturday at Chariho will showcase art, science, technology

The Westerly Sun
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WOOD RIVER JCT. — Now in its 26th year, the Chariho Artessy festival will take place Friday and Saturday at the high school.

Students from the district’s four elementary schools, the middle school and the high school will be showing off their accomplishments in visual arts, music, science, technology, and even food.

“Artessy is one of my favorite events,” Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said. “The event not only serves as a vehicle by which the arts are showcased, it also brings the community together for an interactive and enjoyable day. On Friday night, the community is invited to the Louisville Buffet at Chariho Tech. Followed by performances by the high school chorus and band, the buffet is a fundraiser that allows SkillsUSA state winners to participate in the national competitions in Louisville. During Artessy, parents may also register our future students for kindergarten. We have a gift for each member of the class of 2031.”

Chariho Tech hospitality and event planning student Jenifer Gardner is helping to plan the Artessy events.

“That Friday, we have the Skills USA dinner and the high school band and chorus are performing,” she said. “In the gym, they have displays from students from elementary school all the way to high school — really good projects that they’ve done.”

Chariho Tech programs will also be promoted at the event.

“I believe the  Chariho Tech displays will take up two hallways,” Gardner said. “Every CTC [career and technical center] course has a table where they talk about their programs and get other students interested.” 

Chariho Tech Director Gerald Auth, who came to the district last October, said he was looking forward to experiencing Artessy for the first time as as a district administrator.

“Artessy gives our students and CTC program leaders the opportunity to showcase our talents to the community,” he said. “Chariho families always come out to support our students and programs. This is a feel-good event that has something for everyone.  My family and I have been coming for years, [and] it will be fun to experience the planning and preparation that goes into the event.”

Gardner noted that there would be a diverse range of work on display.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on — the arts projects and the displays that can get students interested in CTC, in STEM, in art classes, and there’s also the preschool display,” she said.

The Louisville Buffet will take place on Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, events will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.




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