For one day only The Vintage Theatre Company and the Progressive Women’s Association are turning Clarksburg into your destination for art, food, and entertainment.

Jason A. Young, Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer & Artistic Director, cordially invites audiences to ARTI-GRAS on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Uptown Event Center in downtown Clarksburg.

“We are utilizing both floors of the event center for Arti-Gras,” said Young. “Downstairs is going to be full of artisans and vendors, and the upstairs has an afternoon and evening of entertainment lined up.”

Individuals looking for locally crafted items as well as unique Valentine’s Day gifts will be able to choose from brands like Scentsy, Tupperware, and Mary Kay. Local artisans will have primitives; jewelry; sweets; handmade items like lotions, bath bombs, soaps, and tarts on-hand for sale; as well as hair accessories, vintage clothing, painted pots, wreaths, and table runners. There will also be free screenings available at a chiropractic care and wellness booth.

“I do think it is a perfect opportunity to do some Valentine’s Day shopping,” said Young. “Speaking from a husband’s perspective, it can be so hard to think of that perfect and unique gift. Arti-Gras is giving you an entire room full of them to choose from.”

Entertainment will begin in the VTC Cabaret upstairs at 1:30 p.m. with a performance from the In-Step School of Dance. The afternoon will also feature performances from the API Dance Companies and Notre Dame High School’s show choir and thespian troupe.

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Vintage Theatre Company is also providing originally produced entertainment offerings. At 6:00 p.m. the company’s vocal ensemble will present “Love Songs…by Request”, a Branson style entertainment featuring Gigi Collett and Christian Cox crooning love songs, telling jokes, and interacting with the audience.

The headline event for Arti-Gras is a joint production between Montani Cantanti, VTC’s opera troupe, and The Rustic Mechanicals, VTC’s Shakespeare troupe. They have come together to present “Timeless Romance: Shakespeare’s Love Songs, Scenes, and Sonnets.”

“Timeless Romance” combines the talented vocalists of Montani Cantanti, Joshua Stubbs and Sarah Nale, performing opera works inspired by the words of William Shakespeare with a selection of scenes and sonnets performed by The Rustic Mechanicals’ troupe of actors under the direction of Celi Oliveto.

The evening will conclude with a 9:00 p.m. comedy show from West Virginia’s premier comedy team, The Fearless Fools.


“The entertainment is a great mixture of the student and professional artists that are in Clarksburg,” said Young. “We think we have built a pretty great event, and perhaps the best part is the ticket price.”

Tickets for Arti-Gras are only $5, and that amount gives individuals admission to the entire day of events on both floors of the Uptown Event Center.

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