The annual summer reading program kicked off last week at the James Memorial Public Library, with fun events such as a shaved ice party to begin this year’s activities. This year’s program is called Tails and Tales and will feature a variety of guest speakers during its shortened four weeks. There is still time for those wanting to participate this year free of charge.
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The GFF Committee is looking for candidates for the 2021 St. James Grape & Fall Festival Pageant. If you are a St. James 2021 junior, senior, or 2020 graduating senior, you are eligible to participate.
Lift station #2 in St. James is set to receive a temporary pump installed after a pump broke earlier this year. The city has had to pump waste from the site and dump it further down the wastewater system for treatment.
The St. James Senior is enjoying a revitalization. The pandemic impeded activities and services offered. With restrictions adjusted, the monthly Birthday Luncheon served over 100 in May. What a lovely phenomenon to again be able to socialize and delight in visiting with friends.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce is now selling tickets to this year’s Grape and Fall Festival concert, set for Thursday, September 9. This year’s featured artist is Maddie and Tae.
Tickets are for the Thursday night concert only and include the Maddie and Tae concert as well as entry into the park and carnival rides. General admission tickets for the evening are $25 each. The Chamber is also offering VIP seating, which is in a marked off area directly in front of the stage, which can be purchased for an additional $50.
Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.itickets.com/events/454011.html?fbclid=IwAR08zI0daMM_LP4CTnXYDKgx6Fd5uqhJWsXbiD7Av9IXgLXlfh0v0nW6SVk. The event will be held in Nelson Hart Park beginning at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Orders can also be made by calling 1-800-965-9324.
The Chamber will also soon be selling season passes, although a date for those sales beginning has not been officially announced. Season passes will cost $35 for adults 16 to 64 and $30 for children five to 15 years old and seniors 65 and older.
Season passes will allow access through the gate all nights of the festival as well as carnival rides at no additional cost. Games and food will not be included in the season pass. The season pass will include this year’s Miss St. James Queen pageant, and both concerts on Thursday and Friday night.
This year’s Grape and Fall Festival will be held from September 8 through September 11. For more information, contact the Chamber at 573-265-6649 to learn more.