Trash to Treasures is an appropriate name for the rummage sale the Antioch Rivertown Jamboree committee is hosting this month, as it has also been the goal of the committee to shine a light on the true treasure that the river town is while resurrecting its jamboree.
ARJ President Betty Smith said she remembers a time when she could turn the TV on and would get excited just to hear the weatherman call out Antioch on the news. But these days, she said, "There is so much happening in Antioch, so much negative stuff."
Smith added, "For us (ARJ), there are so many good moments in Antioch -- there are so many good things that are happening in Antioch -- we want to turn the light bulb on to that."
During a recent council meeting, Antioch Mayor Wade Harper was able to weigh in on the ARJ's announcement that it's currently in the planning stages for a revival in 2015.
He told those in attendance, "We are always proud to have events that show our community pride and bring our community together."
Smith said the Rivertown Jamboree made its debut in Antioch 28 years ago, and while the two-day festival has not taken place in a few years due to the economy, ARJ has been far from sitting on the sidelines.
"We've been slowly building ourselves up financially so that we can do this," Smith explained, then laughed a bit. "It's like that little train, it might take us a little while, but we can do this."
The train she is talking about are all the events that have served as the fuel over the past few years to keep ARJ chugging along. Fundraising events that encourage family and friends to go out for a "fun" time, like bringing the high-flying comedic acts of the Harlem Ambassadors to town, playing Bingo in the Park or partaking in the annual ARJ crab feed.
Despite their efforts over the past few years, Smith said they will probably have to scale down the event to a single day rather than two, but even at that, ARJ is still looking at a price tag of $50,000 to put on the event.
"We still need the support sponsorship; we still need the community to rally around this event," Smith said. "We still need those kinds of things, but our energy never stopped working toward having the event."
As far as how much they've raised, Smith would only say, "Right now we see the light of day -- we are going full-steam ahead with this.
"Our committee loves Antioch -- we want to promote it," Smith said. "It's a great, great town to live in."
The next fundraising stop for ARJ is the Trash for Treasures rummage sale on Nov. 9. The event will take place in the ARJ parking lot at 301 W. 10th St. in Antioch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Booth spaces (two parking stalls each) are available for rent at $25 per space. To reserve your rummage vendor space, call 925-757-0972 or visit www.rivertownjamboree.com.
What: Trash to Treasures rummage sale
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9
Where: 301 W. 10th St., Antioch