The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

September 20, 2013

Glorious music this weekend


— World-class benefit

“Great Opera for a Great City,” the 21st annual opera festival, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Pitt-Johnstown campus, Richland Township.

The opera festival is a major fundraiser for the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.

A dinner reception will follow at Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

Tickets are $60 for the concert only and $150 for the concert and post-concert reception.

Information: 535-6738.

Crafty festival

The 29th annual New Germany Arts and Crafts Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at New Germany Grove, 1635 New Germany Road, Summerhill, off New Germany exit of Route 219 North.

Admission is free. Parking is $2.


Fall fun

The annual harvest festival will be held through October at Faranda’s Farm, 1171 Penn Ave., Hollsopple.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 28, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 29 and 4 p.m. to dusk Fridays, 11 a.m. to dusk Saturdays and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays in October.

Fun Farm admission is $11 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.

Barnyard admission is $7 for adults and youngsters and free for children younger than 2.

Information: 479-7109 or

Highland fling

The 55th annual Ligonier Highland Games will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Idlewild Park, Ligonier.

Gates will open at 8 a.m. for a look into the sports, music, dance, food and traditions of ancient Scotland.

There will be a Gaelic Mod featuring songs, poetry and         storytelling in Gaelic; heavy athletics; dance competitions; piping and drumming; Scottish harping; children’s games; musical performers; Scottish breed  dog exhibit; sheep herding demonstration; clan tents; storytelling; Highland cows and Shetland ponies; Scottish and Celtic delicacies; a historical military encampment; and vendors.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children ages 9-15.

Admission for children younger than age 9 is free as well as parking at Idlewild Park.  

A portion of the ticket proceeds goes to support the scholarship funds of the Clan Donald Educational and Charitable Trust.

No rides or attractions will be open at the park during the games.

Information: 931-4714, or email

Spirited tours

Cambria County Historical Society’s Spirit Night will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight and Saturday throughout Ebensburg.

Ten-block walking tours of historical Ebensburg sites will begin at the Cambria County Courthouse.

This year’s theme is “The Nifty Fifties.”

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger.

Information: 472-6674.

Walk for food

The 15th annual Windber Area CROP Walk will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rummel Church of the Brethren, 3432 Graham Ave., Windber.

Registration will begin at 1:30.

Funds raised will be used for food and clean water internationally and also will be donated to Windber Area Food Pantry.

Information: 467-5851.

Dance benefit

An oldies dance to benefit Windber Area Museum will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at the ballroom at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160.

A cruise-in will be held at 4, and food and beverages will be available.

Music will be provided by DJ Lee Mack.

Admission is $5.

Murder mystery

The farce “Let’s Murder Marsha” will be presented through Sept. 29 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $22 to $34 for evening performances and $17 to $30 for matinees. All tickets include $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

First cruise

The first Camp Cadet of Somerset County Cruiser Ride-In will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Stoystown Auto Sales, formerly Watkins Chevrolet, routes 219 and 30.

Hot rods, street rods, muscle cars, classics, trucks, motorcycles, antiques, race cars and tuners are welcome.

There will be free Camp Cadet dash plaques to the first 200 entries, plus prizes, event T-shirts and Camp Cadet apparel for sale and police, fire and National Guard equipment on display.

Food will be available from the Chuck Wagon Restaurant. Music will be provided by Live Wire.

A blood drive in memory of Sgt. Rudy Flaim of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Courtney Rummell will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine.


Educational benefit

Corks & Kegs, which will benefit Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the college, 101 Community College Way, Richland Township.

There will be wine tastings by B&L Wine Cellars, beer tastings by Tulune’s Southside Saloon and live music by Jazz in Your Face.

Hors d’oeuves will be provided.

Admission is $30 per person.


Adult workshops

“Beautiful Mess to Strong Composition,” an adult painting workshop presented by Julie Bernstein Engelmann, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The cost is $72.

Other adult workshops are “Colored Pencil Portraits” Sept. 28; “Watercolor with Bill” Oct. 5-6; and “Encaustics” Oct. 12.

Information: 255-6515.

Good causes

A Fall Fest Craft and Vendor Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Sportsmen’s Club.

A basket party will be held at 2 p.m.

The show is sponsored by Greater Johnstown Area Vo-Tech Alumni.

A Trike-A-Thon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Conemaugh Valley Elementary School, 1451 Frankstown Road, Johnstown.

The Trike-A-Thon will be held to promote bike safety, and prizes, activities, food and music will be available.

Information: 410-6195.

A Cruise-in for Cooler Air will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Arbutus Park Retirement Community, 207 Ottawa St., Richland Township.

Johnstown Street Survivors will show cars, and food will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will benefit the Arbutus Team Spirit Project, whose current project is to purchase an air conditioner for the sunporch.  

Information: 266-8621.

A dog show benefiting the Ethel Fund Inc., a Somerset-based nonprofit organization that helps animals with catastrophic needs, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Somerset County Fairgrounds in Meyersdale.

Registration, which costs $8 for each dog, will start at 9:30.

Admission is $1 per person.

Master classes

Classes for those interested in becoming a Penn State Master Gardener will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays  through Oct. 30 at St. Bernardine Monastery, Hollidaysburg.

The registration fee is $175.

Information: 472-7986.

Seasonal site

Hoover’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze will be open from 10 a.m. to dusk daily through Nov. 2 at 772 Carroll Road, Patton.

Flashlight tours through the corn maze will be offered Friday and Saturday evenings, with the last admission at 8 p.m.

Admission is $5 to the corn maze, and prices vary for pumpkins.

A portion of the funds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger.

Information: 674-5962.

Close harmony

“Forever Plaid” will be presented by Keystone Repertory Theatre at IUP and the Artists Connection of the Alleghenies at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. David’s Lutheran Church, 401 N. Main St., Davidsville.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 724-388-2273 or email

 Keeping fit

Yoga and belly dancing classes are starting up this week at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

 A yoga class taught by Judy Hunter will be held at 5:45 p.m. Mondays through Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Two yoga classes taught by Adriann White will be held at 5:45 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Yoga classes are $56 for the eight-week session or $10 per class.

A belly dancing class taught by White will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25.

Classes are $25 for four weeks.

No children’s yoga class for ages 3-8 will be held at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave., at the same time an adult class is held at 5:45 at Bottle Works.

The cost is $5 per class.

Information: 536-5399 or for children’s yoga.

Book bargains

Religious books will be featured for the month of September at Inclined to Read Bookstore at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The store always has a great selection of fiction and nonfiction, including art, business, children’s, classics, cooking, gardening, health and well-being, history, and sports.

There also is a murder/mystery/suspense room.

Hardback books are $1, paperbacks are 25 cents and children’s books are 50 cents.

Information: 536-5131.

Stitch in time

Sit and Stitch, a laid-back time of quilting, knitting and cross- stitching will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Nov. 15 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The creative and relaxing times of working on independent projects for the holidays will be facilitated by Beth Elston.

Admission is free.

Information: 536-5399.

Extended van tours

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tours have been extended through Sept. 29 at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

Tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. daily, beginning at the visitor center.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.

This tour will not be offered Sept. 28, when the “Path of the Flood” van tour will be offered.

Tour is included with park admission.

Information: 495-4643.

Benefit concert

The San Tones Orchestra will perform for a dance concert to benefit Cresson Area Senior Center from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Admiral Peary Ballroom, Cresson American Legion, 222 Ashcroft Ave., Cresson.

The orchestra plays the big band sounds of of Glenn Miller, Harry James and Benny Goodman.

Cresson American Legion will host the event with a full bar and food menu.

Those who attend must be age 21 or older.

Advance tickets are available for $5 at the Cresson Senior Center or the Cresson American Legion.

Information: 886-4147 and 886-7421.

Artist tour

The auxiliary of Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley will sponsor an Artists in Action Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at various artists’ studios.

Guests will stop by the museum at One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier to pick up tickets and maps to the studios.

The tour will include six separate artist studios, where they can watch artists creating their work.

Those who participate will see painting, woodworking, photography/digital art, graphic illustration, paper cutting and fiber arts.         

Guests also will have an opportunity to purchase artwork by the participating artists at their studios.

Tickets are $20 per person.

Information: 724-238-6015 or

Mother earth

The fourth annual Mother Earth News Fair will be held today through Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort, near Champion.

Hours are noon to 7 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can attend more than 200 hands-on workshops covering organic gardening, cooking and food preservation, renewable energy, homesteading, small-scale livestock, green building and remodeling, natural health and green transportation.

The fair also will host an heirloom seed display, children’s activities, vendor and livestock demonstrations, a green shopping pavilion and local and organic food options.

Adult tickets are $35 for the weekend or $25 for a one-day pass. There is no admission fee for children age 17 and younger.

Information: 800-234-3368 or

Hobo life

“Knights of the Road,” a program of songs and stories of the American hobo, will be presented by Matthew Dodd at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Folk Meeting House, 1711 Springs Road in Springs.

Dressed in period clothing, Dodd will sing and play guitar, harmonica, banjo and mandolin to recreate the hobo philosophy.             

The program is sponsored by the Springs Historical Society, and admission is free.  

Information: 442-4594, 662-4366 or

Piping band

The Seton Hill University Pipe Band will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

The band also will play at 10:45 a.m. Sunday after a Scottish worship service at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Market St., Ligonier.  Both concerts are free.  

In case of inclement weather, the outdoor concert will be held inside the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200 or  

Vintage film

The 1949 film “The Stratton Story” starring Jimmy Stewart will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the third floor of the Jimmy Stewart Museum, 835 Philadelphia St., Indiana.

Admission is free for museum members, $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, military and students and $5 for children younger than age 7. Children younger than 7 will be admitted free.

Information: 724-349-6112.

Musical circus

Cirque Musica will be presented at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The show is a new concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the grace and athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the world’s greatest music.  

Tickets are $69.50, $44.50, $34.50 and $24.50

Information: 800-298-4200 or

Senior art

“The Golden Age of Art,” a senior art exhibit to showcase the artwork of talented seniors in our area, will be on display through Wednesday at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is Barbara Yetsko of Portage for her oil painting “Home.”

Other artists are Paula Bell and Consuelo Mitchell, Ligonier; Betty George, Joe Morris, Lois Cressman, Helen Pedaline, Illa Jane Rehn and Dorothy Sheridan, all of Johnstown; Emma Lou Rauch, Eugene Scarpino, Barbara Shaffer, Elroy Simmons, Pauline Stumpo and Donna Witt Keafer, all of Davidsville; and Frank Serbian and Naomi Stager, both of Portage.

Information: 535-2020.

Allied art

The 81st annual Allied Artists of Johnstown Juried Exhibition will be on display through Dec. 13 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Richland Township.

Viewing hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Information: 421-1523 or

Memorial art

Paul G. Whinnie Memorial Gallery Art Show will be on display through Sept. 28 at Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit will feature Whinnie’s work, along with work by his former students and memorabilia.

Whinnie was a commercial art teacher at Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center who died in July 2012.

Mythic art

“Saints, Angels, Omens and Masked Men,” an exhibition of paintings by Mars native Zach Brown will be on display through Oct. 6 at the gallery on the third floor of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the campus of St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Brown’s works reference ancient mythology and religious imagery and are characterized by their use of gold, silver and copper leaf.

A centerpiece of the show will be his Archangel Michael, a triptych measuring 18 feet wide.

Regular gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2197 or

Environmental art

“Layers: Places in Peril” will be on display through Nov. 9  at the University Museum on the first floor of John Sutton Hall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Artist Judith Waller and earth scientist James Brey have collaborated on several projects to explain and illustrate the environmental threats confronting many of the world’s natural landscapes and vital cities.

 The exhibition explains how the fragile environment in which we live can be dramatically impacted by the global climate and human interaction.

 Museum hours are 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 724-357-2397.

 Award-winning art

An exhibition of works by Jude Harzer and Margi Weir will be on display through Oct. 13 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts, Penn State Altoona.

The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and before and during all performances.

Harzer has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in New York City and New Jersey. Her paintings belong to both national and international private collections.

Weir’s awards include first prize in the juried exhibition at the Las Vegas Center for Contemporary Art in 2012, the prize for Best Work on Paper in the first Southwest Biennial at the Albuquerque Museum in 2006 and Best of Show in New Directions in Fiber at CORE New Art Space, Denver, Colo., in 2004.

Information: 949-5452 or

Twice the art

Two exhibition are on display at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., Altoona.

“Rogues, and Colleagues: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which will be on display through Jan. 4, features more than 35 paintings and photographs by dozens of local and regional artists.

“Artists in Our Midst: Art in Common Annual Juried Exhibition and Friends,” which will be on display through Jan. 11, features almost 80 works in a wide variety of media by members of Art in Common, an arts organization based in Central Pennsylvania.

Information: 946-4464 or