RIO GRANDE — The University of Rio Grande is bringing back its holiday storefront to downtown Gallipolis.
The storefront is located across from Santa’s workshop in Gallipolis City Park at 358 Second Ave. This marks the second year for Rio’s holiday storefront, which includes memorabilia from the campus bookstore, jewelry, goat-milk soaps, homemade pottery, and a variety handcrafted wooden pieces.
Jeanne Jindra, director of the Madog Center for Welsh Studies and storefront volunteer, said she enjoys the chance to interact with the community and introduce them to opportunities Rio Grande gives its students.
“It provides an off-campus opportunity for the students, faculty, staff and alumni to showcase their hand-made items and a chance for us to interact with the community in a downtown location,” Jindra said. “This represents who we are. Being able to bring these handcrafted items to the heart of the community lets people see how successful our students are at Rio. It opens the door for people to see the many opportunities on we have on campus.”
In addition to the storefront, Rio will participate in the Gallipolis Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday with a concert performance by members of the University of Rio Grande Rock Ensemble at the Holiday Storefront. The special acoustic performance will consist of an interpretation of Janis Joplin’s classic songs including Ball & Chain, Me & Bobby McGee, Little Girl Blue, and Piece of My Heart.
The storefront will be open noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays until Dec. 19.
Jessica Patterson is a communications specialist for the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College.