The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 19, 2013

There's a lot of holiday happenings this weekend, including a 'Homecoming'


Christmas concert

“Holiday Homecoming,” a concert by Johnstown natives John Bagnato and Tim Wetmiller, will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Bagnato, a guitarist from Pittsburgh, and Wetmiller, a violinist from Seattle, will perform jazz and the music of Mexico, Brazil, Cuba and Argentina.

Tickets are $12 at the door.

Information: 536-5399.

Welcome, Christmas

A drive-through live Nativity will be presented from 6 to 8 tonight at Westmont United Methodist Church, 1428 Menoher Blvd.

The event was postponed last week because of inclement weather.

Visitors should enter from Menoher Boulevard.

They also can enjoy seasonal music sung by a choir and holiday cookies baked by church members.

Admission is free.

Handel’s “Messiah” will be performed at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday at Oakland United Methodist Church, 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown.

The chancel choir will sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s oratorio, along with four guest soloists.

A live orchestra will accompany the performances.

The 3 p.m. performance is open to the public.

Information: 269-3678.

A free concert of Christmas music will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday at Westmont Presbyterian Church, 601 Luzerne St., Westmont.

“What Sweeter Music,” a cantata in eight parts by Mark Hayes, which depicts the Nativity of Christ, will be performed by the chancel choir and children’s choir, accompanied by a 23-piece orchestra and directed by James Hutchinson, minister of music.  

Westmont Bell Choir also will perform, under the direction of Helen Krichbaum.

There will be a freewill offering to benefit Westmont Family Counseling Ministries.

“An Evening with Johnstown’s Finest,” a Christmas concert sponsored by Greater Johnstown School District and its alumni association, will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday at Cochran Auditorium, 222 Central Ave., Johnstown.

Featured performers are Whiskey River Panhandlers, Walt and Jackie, Henry Davis and Rachel, Bo and Friends.

Tickets ares $5 at the door and $4 in advance.

Information: 533-5601 or

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