Saturday morning's Farmers Market shoppers and vendors harvested some locally sourced entertainment, thanks in part to the 2018 Astra Arts Festival. In a weekend that has already included several events related to theater, music, literary and visual arts, Saturday's festivities began with the weekly Farmers Market at 7:30 a.m. 

Responding to the scene at 9 a.m., the Independence Fire and EMS Department were joined by Chase of the world famous Paw Patrol for Hero's Story Time for the kids in attendance.

The next crop of Independence High School Theater stars drew the attention of the gathered crowd at 9:30 a.m., offering a selection of songs from productions such as Grease and Wicked! The group also offered a Zombie Makeup Clinic following their performance.

A bountiful selection of southeast Kansas-grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods and crafts were available. Independence Middle School student Mae Tuschman was offering a variety of homemade jams, jellies and marmalades from her grandmother, Etta Shanks, in order to raise money for her school trip to Washington D.C. next summer. 

That seems poignant, as the Astra Fest attempts to bring a little more culture to the area, while at least one youngster is using the event to help her explore the culture of our nation. 

Some highlights from Friday's activities included a "Let's Put on a Play" improv and stage presence workshop for youth at The Hub Church and special Music in the Storefronts performances along Penn Ave. from vocalist Terri Barbera, harpist Rachel Unruh, as well as vocals and piano from Meg and Tim. 

The Independence Public Library held a "Podcasting" for writers workshop, while Ane Mae's played host to Indy native Daniel Shepard for a lighthearted film and cartooning discussion entitled, "How to make a cartoon fart." Pianist Barron Ryan punctuated the evening with a concert at the First Presbyterian Church.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the 2018 Astra Arts Festival.