Jigger Day is June 25

By on June 14, 2017

The Celtic Martins will cap the Eicher Arts Center’s Jigger Day festivities June 25 with a musical and dance performance starting at 5 p.m.

The jigger-style ice cream sundaes that give the annual event at Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park its name will be offered from 3 p.m. to about 5 p.m..

Jigger sundaes, using nuts, chocolate syrup and cherry syrup, were popular at a pharmacy soda fountain on Main Street in Ephrata in the mid-20th century, and have been offered for years at the annual Eicher festival in the park.

Also served will be hot dogs, drinks and fruit cups. There will be no charge for the refreshments, but donations to the Eicher Arts Center will be accepted.

The Celtic Martins will provide entertainment during Jigger Day festivities on June 25

The Celtic Martins — six Martin siblings, their parents, and brother-in-law — perform original tunes and traditional Celtic music with new high-energy arrangements. The music is based on Irish, Scottish, Canadian and Americana tunes. Three Martin sisters will entertain audiences with their Irish step-dancing.

Jigger Day has become a major annual event of the Eicher Arts Center Inc., a non-profit formed more than three decades ago to help renovate, preserve and find new uses for the historic Eicher House, now rented for private events and used for free public cultural and entertainment events; and adjacent Eicher Sisters House, now home to a collection of historic and educational material relating to Woodland Native Americans. The Eicher family had built the buildings in what is now Grater Park more than 260 years ago.

On Jigger Day, the Sisters House will also feature a special display of photographs by Richard Lawrence and Ken Konlande. The photos will include photos of family of owls that have made their home in trees across Cocalico Creek from the Eicher Center in the past few years.

The public is urged to bring folding chairs to the event.

(Left to right) Michelle Huber, Jigger Day volunteer; her daughter, Emma Huber; Scooter; and Joan DiFilipis, Jigger Day volunteer, are giving the products a test run prior to serving them to the public on Jigger Day, June 25.

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