Thereâ€™s little doubt that the Jewish Community Center is a place thatâ€™s been at the heart of the Louisville community for decades. Swimming, acting, socializing, kickball, seeing Broadway-level performances; the list seems endless when it comes to enumerating things that can be done at the JCC.
Well this year, the JCC is celebrating its 125-year anniversary with a day filled with countless activities that show off just how much there is to do there and why itâ€™s such a gem on the cityâ€™s social landscape. Thatâ€™s why on August 23, the Jewish Community Center will offer 125 fun things to do for the whole family â€“ an activity for each year the center has been open.
The JCCâ€™s 125 Festival will be a free, family-friendly affair, filled with countless activities for all ages and will be take place from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will include (but is not limited to) crafts, pool games, sports, health and wellness demonstrations, food trucks, adult beverages, face painting, snow cones, a beanbag toss, live entertainment, karaoke and so much more. There will be multiple events going on at the same time, so thereâ€™s never a chance to be bored.
â€œI think this will be a great chance to get people with kids and without kids to come and enjoy a day at the JCC and remember why they love the JCC,â€ explains this yearâ€™s co-chair Michelle Tasman. â€œItâ€™s also a chance for people who donâ€™t know about the JCC to come see all the different things they can do here on a daily basis.â€ The festival is open to everyone, not just members.
Aside from the fact that the JCC is hosting something fun for all, as always there is a charitable message to spread. In the tradition of the JCCâ€™s 125 years of service, the JCC has teamed up with Yum! Brands Foundation to feed the cityâ€™s people in need with a â€œFood, Glorious Foodâ€ drive, named for CenterStage at the JCCâ€™s next musical: â€œOliver!â€ Visitors to the festival are invited to bring nonperishable food items to donate to local food pantries.
â€œWe encourage everyone to bring their canned food items to this free event and join us in having a day filled with fun and continue to help feed the needy in our community, â€ Tasman presents.
â€œMy vision is to use the whole outside of the JCC,â€ adds Abby Tasman, fellow co-chair of the event. â€œWeâ€™re going to have something fun for all age groups. There will be something for every member and people who donâ€™t know much about the JCC can come and find something to do.â€
She adds: â€œThe JCC has been serving the community for 125 years, and this is our way of saying â€˜thank you.â€™ Wear your bathing suit and tennis shoes because youâ€™ll get a chance to use both!â€
In many ways, this event is for anybody who has driven past the JCC and wondered whatâ€™s inside. On August 23, Louisvillians will see that there are at least 125 fun-packed things to do that day. VT