WOOD RIVER JCT. — The 27th annual Artessy festival will take place March 30 at the Chariho Middle School.
Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci said Artessy, which celebrates science and technology as well as the arts and humanities, will involve students of all ages from throughout the district.
“Artessy is a special part of Chariho, where our students have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills,” he said. “With our recent emphasis on the integration of the humanities, Artessy attendees will see the humanities everywhere, even in career and technical programs.”
Chariho's human resources administrator Kristen Merritt is organizing the event for the second year and began planning it back in the fall.
“There’s the arts exhibits that involve students from elementary right through high school, and then there are several rooms of STEM activities that are for all ages - hands on STEM activities,” she said.
There will be music throughout the day, with performances from the elementary and middle school choruses and a middle school band concert in the afternoon.
Chariho Tech will present displays from nine of its programs, and Director Gerald Auth said students were looking forward to sharing their projects with the public.
“This weekend is all about the students,” he said. “Community members love this event because it’s the one day where we open up our doors and showcase student accomplishments. We will have a variety of career and technical programs providing interactive activities for our guests to give them a little insight into the great things happening at Chariho Tech.”
Students from several Chariho Tech programs will also be joining forces to prepare and serve the annual Louisville Buffet on Mar. 29. Open to the public, the buffet raises money for students to travel to the Skills USA national career and technical competition in Louisville, K.Y.
“This is one of the best events we run as a school community each year,” Auth said of the buffet. “Each program is represented in some aspect of the dinner. We have students cooking, serving and busing, and teachers behind the scenes preparing dishes, cleaning the kitchen and doing dishes to support our students. It's a great atmosphere, and a great team - building experience for everyone involved. All of the proceeds go to the students to help fund their trip to the national Skills USA competition in June.”
Culinary instructor Chef Sara Reilly promised the buffet would have something for everyone.
"We are going to put together a memorable buffet dinner, from carving stations to a raw bar and all of the fixings in between,” she said.
Artessy, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The buffet on Mar. 29 is from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Chariho Tech culinary arts dining room. Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children.
The buffet will be followed at 7 p.m. by a concert by the high school chorus and band.
“They’ve been practicing like crazy for this event,” Merritt said. “This is one of their big events of the year."