With the solar eclipse just days away, St. Clair residents and visitors can still purchase glasses and souvenirs.
Eclipse glasses, T-shirts and other souvenir items can be purchased at The Get Together this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday 8 a.m. to noon. The facility is located at 75 N. Main St. in St. Clair.
There will be an inaugural Bluegrass Festival this Saturday at Orchard Park starting at 9:30 a.m.
The festival is sponsored by Jump Start and proceeds will go toward the opening of a new community center, according to Paula Dace, treasurer for Jump Start.
The festival will open with the presentation of colors at 9:30 a.m. followed by music from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Performers include The Clay Hess Band, The Baker Family, The Sterlings, Spike and Janis Huff, Kelsey Brook and Highway 32.
Tickets are $25 for one and $50 for a family pass.
In addition to food vendors and music, there will be two raffle drawings. One will be for Cardinal baseball box seats with valet parking. Raffle tickets will be $5 for six, $10 for 13 or $20 for 30 tickets.
The other auction item is a Fender guitar donated by River City Music. Raffle tickets will be $10 apiece.
Jump Start is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit jumpstartstclair.com.
A “Cruisin’ the Eclipse on Route 66” car show will take place this Sunday on Main Street. Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m.
The entry fee is $20 and display fee is $10. There will be live music and food vendors starting at noon. For more information, visit stclaireclipse.com.
During the car show, the St. Clair Historical Museum will have a special exhibit featuring two speakers who will talk about science, history and folklore of eclipses.
The exhibit also will take place Monday, Aug. 21, in downtown.
St. Clair R-XIII and Lonedell R-XIV School districts will be closed the day of the solar eclipse Aug. 21.
St. Clair Superintendent Kyle Kruse said areas on school campuses including the football, softball and baseball fields will be blocked off to the public, but parking lots will remain open.
The solar eclipse will begin Monday, Aug. 21, at 11:48 a.m. and the sun is expected to enter totality by 1:15:42 p.m. until 1:18:24 p.m. with the sun emerging from partial eclipse at 2:43:28 p.m., according to stclaireclipse.com.
The eclipse will pass immediately over the city limits of St. Clair, on the southern end, near St. Clair High School.
Viewing sites for the eclipse include Orchard Park, the Plaza Loop, The VFW, the American Legion, downtown St. Clair, St. John United Church of Christ and Evergreen Park.