Everyone has a story to tell. That is the premise behind the creation of The She Said Project, a force of women who got together to share stories. Going into its 3rd year, That’s What She Said is a collection of stories told by local women, to engage, empower and inspire each other. This year, the show is being held for the first time at The Virginia Theater downtown and is now surrounded by a weekend full of fun events called Ladyfest.
Ladyfest weekend is the culmination of the efforts of The She Said Project to promote women, women’s causes, businesses and organization. And this year, Junior League of Champaign-Urbana gets to “take the stage” so to speak. Our organization is kicking off Ladyfest Weekend with a Ladies Night Out Party on Thursday, October 15, 7-10 pm at Big Grove Tavern in downtown Champaign.
“When we learned about the creation of Ladyfest, it was immediately clear that Junior League should be involved,” says Heather Vazquez, this year’s JLCU President. “Our organization boasts countless members who could tell so many moving stories; stories about the lives that have been affected by the projects that JLCU has launched over the years; stories about how the organization has made a difference in their lives. Working with That’s What She Said to launch the weekend of events is the perfect partnership.”
The Main Event, the That’s What She Said show, will be performed at The Virginia Theater on Saturday, October 17th at 7 pm. JLCU will be well represented on the stage that night, as well. One of the featured speakers is Becca Guyette, a sustaining member, and she will be delighting the audience with a personal story. The show is being co-directed this year by Jenette Jurczyk, VP of Membership, who is excited to be “dusting off her theater degree” and getting down and dirty with the production.
Ladyfest weekend will also be featuring other amazing events, such as a Speakeasy, a Painting Exhibit and Party by Lola’s Brush, Movie Screenings by Mowgli Studios, The Purpose Project, an interactive session, a Roller Derby, and a Makerbot workshop. You can learn about all the events on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/413267312188293/
A year and a half ago, Soul Journey was born out of The She Said Project. These organized mission trips to Haiti take volunteers to help out at God Littlest Angels orphanage, which was founded by a couple from Monticello. Now these women have some stories to tell – about the lives of the children and the women who work there that they interacted with. JLCU’s very own Jen Schmidt just returned from the most recent mission. Crystal Odoms and former president Lori Larson have also participated on this unique and powerful journey.
We cannot wait to see what other great accomplishments will come out of these two fantastic organizations!