Rain Barrel Calendar

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By Rachel Wesner

By Rachel Wesner

Kutztown Thriving Rain Barrel Art Auction

COMING SOON: ART FOR YOUR YARD! Rain barrels hand-painted by local artists will be up for auction during the month of July, with final bidding at the Kutztown Kruizz on July 29.

Kutztown Thriving launched a new initiative this year: A Hand-Painted Rain Barrel Art Contest and Auction! We are inviting artists to paint rain barrels to be auctioned off this July, in order to help promote both the arts and environmental awareness in our community. This years participating artists include Alyssa Damiani of Reviving Design, Kourtney Hampton of Kutztown Area High School, Joanne Lapic of Paisley & Company, Kathleen Suchecki Walck of Walnut and Laurel Handmade, and Nathan Hurst, an illustrator and KU Alum. 

The barrels will be on view during the auction period at the local businesses listed below:
(Note: Some businesses will be providing discounts on goods and services to all barrel bidders!)

Firefly Books
Tommy Boy's Pizza
Blair Vineyards
C.J Hummel's
Meadow View Farm
Wanamaker's General Store
Main Street Inn
Young Ones
Saucony Creek
Kospia Farms
Second Nature Health Food
Rodale Institute Garden Store

Auction proceeds go to benefit future Kutztown Thriving projects.

Some labor and supplies for this event donated by Interstate Collision and Coca-Cola



Wednesday, May 17  Due date of completed applications

Monday, May 22       Kutztown Thriving notifies selected artists

Wednesday, May 24  Barrel Pick-up Day at the KU Campus Store, 8am-4pm.

Wednesday, June 21   Suggested Completion of Painting Date
(48 hrs ahead of Drop-Off Day in order to allow sufficient drying time.)

Friday, June 23   Barrel Drop-Off Day

Late June - Late July Barrels are promoted and displayed throughout town, online and

in newspapers, silent auction in effect

Saturday, July 29 Final bids taken for all barrels at Kutztown Kruizz, Winning bids and buyers announced.

For more information, contact: kutztownthriving@gmail.com

First Community Endeavor of Kutztown Thriving

Kutztown Thriving's first community endeavor was to start gardens that add local native plants to bring pollinators to the area.




"If you want to attract pollinators to your garden, one of the most important things to provide is water. However, if the water is too deep, insects such as bees and butterflies can drown. These Puddles are made especially for these insect pollinators.

To use your Puddle, take about 1/3 of the soil and sand mixture provided and mix it with water in a separate container until it is soupy. Pour this into your Puddle so that the raised areas are above water. Add a little bit more water to the dish. The compost and sand mixture give the pollinators minerals and nutrients when they drink the water. 

You can put your Puddle in a sunny area of your garden that is near flowering plants. The water dries out quickly, so you will need to replace it ofter (every 1-2 days)."

*Check out KCP's facebook page for photographs of the handmade pollinators*