CCAC thankful for all who make LH JAMS possible

PHOTO PROVIDED The Clinton County Community Foundation has contributed to the LH JAMS Festival. Pictured during a check presentation are, from left, CCCF Board Members Allen Lugg, Jr. and Don Grant; CCAC Board Members Steve Getz, Mary Coploff; CCAC Board President Carol Ann Cillo; CCCF Board Member Darlene Weaver; and CCAC Board Member Jennifer Dietloff.

LOCK HAVEN — It takes a village to create something memorable and award winning.

This fact isn’t lost on the Clinton County Arts Council and its members, volunteers and sponsors that helped create a memorable event in the LH Jams Music and Art Festival.

The event was recently named Event of the Year in the 2021 Champions of the PA Wilds.

“Sometimes a simple suggestion sparks an idea that evolves into something bigger than ever could be imagined,” a release from CCAC said.

The idea for a music festival was born in 2015 during the Annual PA Wilds awards dinner between three members of the CCAC board. The members discussed how they could blend performing arts with the visual arts.

PHOTO PROVIDED A large crowd gathers in front of the Elks stage during the 2021 LH Jams festival.

“From that conversation, ideas were presented to the entire CCAC board and the concept of holding an outdoor music and art festival became their focus,” the release said. “at the time, it seemed like more of a dream than reality, blending music and art in the urban setting on Main Street in Lock Haven.”

Six years later, that dream has blossomed into a staple of downtown Lock Haven. According to the CCAC, this is thanks to a unique model that blended the arts with a successful business model.

“Art enrichment was always a priority but the blending of art with a successful business model was the challenge to promote LH JAMS as a “destination” rather than just a single event,” the release said.

The goal overall was to become a regional attraction that encourages visitors to spend the entire day, evening or weekend in the area to create a positive economic and social impact on the Lock Haven area.

The end result is festival based off partnerships within the community, all with the end goal of creating a memorable event centered around the performing and visual arts.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Billy Price Band performs at the intersection of Main and Grove streets during the 2021 LH JAMS Festival.

“I am so blessed to have such amazing friends who volunteer each year, along with the numerous community partners helping to sponsor and promote this festival,” Steve Getz, LH JAMS director and CCAC board member said. “It takes all of these many pieces to make it all work, like individuals, businesses and organizations that share our vision and understand the importance of diversity.”

“They appreciate seeking new experiences not only for entertainment but as a way to expand our appreciation of various forms of art and to even embrace other cultures,” Getz concluded.

Getz and other members of the CCAC board of directors thank all the volunteers, sponsors and partnerships which earned the festival its award from the PA Wilds.

“The CCAC Board of Directors cannot be any more elated with this recognition that covers the 13 county area of the PA Wilds,” a release said. “We extend our sincere thanks to all those who not only made it possible, but to make LH JAMS prosper and develop into the highly anticipated annual event it is today.”

Rich Wykoff poses with a caricature created in his image at the 2021 LH JAMS Festival.

PHOTO PROVIDED Artists Deb and Dave Stabley display some of their art pieces for sale at the 2021 LH JAMS Festival.

PHOTO PROVIDED Promotion and advertising of the LH JAMS Festival has been supported by the Clinton County Tourism/Recreation Grant. Pictured, from left, are grant representatives Jeff Snyder and Matt Croak; CCAC Board Members Machell Bressler, Steve Getz and Carol Ann Cillo; and grant program representatives Katie de Silva and Julie Brennan.

PHOTO PROVIDED Artist Xiaohua Zhou stands with some of her art pieces that were available for purchase at the 2021 LH JAMS Festival.

PHOTO PROVIDED York Street Hustle performs at the 2021 LH JAMS Festival.


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