Herd on the Street – Issue 07

by Jan Wiezorek

Leap of Faith

Former Buchanan Mayor and Korean War Veteran Doyle Vergon took his second tandem parachute jump last month, this time in Dallas. He also will be included in a documentary film that features veterans. 

Doyle Vergon lands with a big smile. Photograph courtesy of Doyle Vergon.

“It’s a real honor to be asked,” Vergon says. As he jumped from the plane, a separate film crew jumped as well to capture Vergon’s thrilling, freefall trip, parachute opening and successful landing. 

Doyle Vergon parachutes and lands with a big smile. Photograph courtesy of Doyle Vergon.

Recently, Vergon has been donating his time repairing and painting curbs at American Legion Ralph Rumbaugh Post 51 on Front Street.

Three Galleries Full

For the first time since the pandemic began, the Buchanan Art Center is filled with art in its three galleries, says BAC Executive Director Danielle Wilborn. A June 6 reception featured “Celebrating the St. Joe,” with paintings that focus on the St. Joseph River. 

Pottery from the Darlene Clevenger Collection. Photograph by Jan Wiezorek.

Another BAC highlight—“Art for Art: Paying It Forward”—is a display of paintings and pottery from the collection of Darlene Clevenger. Proceeds from the sale of work in Clevenger’s collection will help to support art programs for children through BAC and Redbud Area Ministries. 

South Bend on the St. Joe, by Linda Fritschner. Photograph by Jan Wiezorek.

Also, BHS graduate and emerging artist Jordan Bauer is showcasing her whimsical works at BAC. She will soon attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. 

Gallery-goers at the Buchanan Art Center. Photograph by Jan Wiezorek.

BAC’s summer concert series begins June 27 with a program by local young musicians. An All Members’ Show of art is set for July and August. Call 269-697-4005 for details.            

Crafts from Cousins

Look for crafts and fabric work from cousins Barbara Ferris and Jan Ferris. They display their oven mitts, soup cozies, banners, felt pillows, gnomes, aprons and more on most Saturday mornings at the Buchanan Farmers’ Market. 

Jan Ferris displays her work. Photograph by Jan Wiezorek.

“I bring a few things and sit with my cousin,” says Buchanan resident Jan Ferris. “It gives me an outlet to sell some of the items I make and to visit with people at the market.” 

Barbara Ferris at the Buchanan Farmers’ Market. Photograph by Jan Wiezorek

Jan Ferris enjoys creating “gathering aprons” from vintage tablecloths. The aprons contain pouches that are handy for gathering fruit and vegetables in the garden.

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