The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 28, 2012

Events | Happy new year


JOHNSTOWN — Ring in the new year with Celebration Johnstown beginning at 6 p.m. Monday at various venues in downtown Johnstown.

The no-cost, family-friendly, alcohol-free event features musical entertainment and children’s activities.

Venues are:

-- First Presbyterian Church, 309 Lincoln St.: Jazz in your Face 6 to 8 p.m.

-- Cambria County Library, 248 Main St.: Max Volk, 6 to 7, and Rosie & the Jammers, 7:30 to 9:45, main room; Classic Clowns, 6 to 8, lobby; and crafts and storytelling, 6 to 9, community room.

-- St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 335 Locust St., Hard Rok, Coco & Joe, 6 to 8, and Bo Moore, 8:30 to 9:45, sanctuary; Jennifer Drummey, 6 to 7:30, and Jerry Intihar, 8 to 9:45, church hall.

-- Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Franklin and Locust streets: Magician Bob Beatty, 6 to 7, and Cash Review, 7:30 to 9:45, church hall; and Whiskey River Panhandlers, 6:30 to 8:30, sanctuary.

-- First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine St.: Vivace Strings, 6 to 7 p.m., Bishop McCort Brass Choir, 7 to 8, and Southside Strays, 8 to 9:30, all in the sanctuary; Paul Stephenson, 7 to 9, and the Face Painting Factory, 7 to 9, church hall.                    

Misty Haven Carriage Rides of Davidsville will provide rides throughout the downtown beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $5 a person.

The celebration will end with fireworks at 9:45.

Hockey action

Traditional New Year’s Eve hockey will feature the Johnstown Tomahawks hosting the Kalamazoo Jr. K-Wings at 6 p.m. Monday at Cambria County War Memorial, 326 Napoleon St., downtown Johnstown.

To celebrate New Year’s Eve, the first 1,500 fans will receive a Tomahawks cowbell.

Tickets are $8, $10 and $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger.

Information: 536-5156 or

Worthy cause

“Steeples People Holiday Gathering,” a fundraising concert for The Steeples Project, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Halle of Broad Street, formerly Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church,

306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Doors will open at 6:30, and seating is limited.

The concert will feature finger-style guitarist George Byich and singer-songwriter Tim Dabbs, who will perform a seasonal program separately and together.

Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be provided by the Phoenix Tavern.

Admission is $15.

Smooth grooves

Smooth Sound will provide musical entertainment during a fundraiser for Flood City Youth Fitness Academy from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Masonic Temple, 130 Valley Pike, Johnstown.

The event is a tribute to the Motown Sound, and the Hat Ladies will attend.

There will be music, food and a bar.  

Tickets are $20.

Information: 539-0164 or 322-7709.

All aboard

The Christmastown Railroad will be on display through Tuesday in the community room of Arbutus Park Manor, 207 Ot-tawa Street in Richland Township.

The model train exhibit was assembled by enthusiasts Ron Reinbold and Win Garland.

The railroad can be viewed from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Information: 262-2156.

Book bargains

Friends of the Cambria County Library’s Inclined To Read Bookstore will highlight a large selection of hardback fiction for January at the library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Hardback fiction books are $1 each or 6 for $5, and paperbacks are 25 cents each or 5 for $1.  

The store always has a selection of nonfiction, including biographies, history and war, cookbooks, gardening, health and well-being, and religion.

There also are audio books, CDs, DVDs and children’s books.

 Beginning with the new year, bookstore hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.  

Information: 536-5131.

Musical night

John Bagnato and Tim Wetmiller will perform in concert at 7 tonight at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Bagnato is working on his doctorate at Pitt, where he teaches jazz studies.

He has become immersed in the music and language of Brazil and submitted the winning entry to USA Today for the song that personified the Spirit of the People after Hurricane Katrina.  

Wetmiller moved from Johns-town to Seattle and currently is a star on the Seattle music scene.  

He plays the fiddle, and his Hot Club Sandwich group rocks the charts with its gypsy jazz renditions.  

Admission is $10.

Information: 536-5399.

Coffeehouse concert

Bossler and Naill will perform a holiday concert showcasing classic and contemporary Christmas favorites from 6 to 8 tonight at Hebrew’s Coffee Co., 103 S. Richard St., Bedford.

The duo has performed together during their college years at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson. This is the first time they will present a concert of their own.

Bossler and Naill met in 2006 at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association district choir festival.

All proceeds will be donated to the Bedford County Relay for Life Cancer Research Foundation.

Information: 623-8600.

Rewriting the rules

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their “You Write the Rules” World Tour to the region at 7 tonight at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

For the game, fans will decide the rules.

Fans can go online to to vote for which ground-breaking rule, such as playing with two basketballs at once or getting double the points for each basket, they want to see implemented in the game.

Tickets are $20, $25, $30 and $55.

Information: (800) 298-4200 or

Bright lights

Holiday Lights on the Lake will be open through Jan. 6 at Lakemont Park, 700 Park Ave., Altoona.

Hours are 6 to 10 nightly.

The cost is $10 for standard passenger vehicle; $20 for commercial van; $25 for school bus; $75 for motorcoach; and $34.95 for an unlimited-visits pass for standard vehicles.

Information: (800) 434-8006 or

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Overly’s Country Christmas will be open through Tuesday at Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg.

Hours are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The cost is $10 per vehicle Mondays through Thursdays and $12 per vehicle Fridays through Sundays; $15 per limousine, extended passenger van or minibus.

Information: (724) 423-1400 or

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An outdoor Winter Light Garden exhibit will be on display from 5 to 10 nightly through Jan. 6 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh.

Entry to the light garden is included in the price of conservatory admission, which is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students and $9 for children ages 2-18.

Conservatory members and children younger than 2 will be admitted free.   

Upcoming festivities at Phipps include Candlelight Evenings, through Jan. 6; Brunch in Bloom, Sunday and Jan. 6; Family Fun Days, through Sunday; and New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Monday.


Historic exhibit

“125 Year of Organized Jewish Life: 1888 to 2013,” the Johnstown Jewish Community Heritage Project, will be on display through September at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 Sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition illuminates the history, traditions and achievements of Johnstown’s Jewish community.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Information: 539-1889.

Multimedia exhibit

The creations of Penelope Wilson, an artist and art educator from Hollidaysburg, will be on display at Mount Aloysius College’s Wolf-Kuhn Gallery, Cresson, until Feb. 1.

Her works reflect her family’s lifelong credo that if a person was good, they were good regardless of their skin color.

Wilson attended Mount Aloysius, where she took enrichment courses and studied art history.

Her multimedia show includes an eclectic mix of 22 pieces featuring watercolors, pen and ink, graphites, wire and cut paper.  

She is a master of collage and acrylic artwork.

Her experience in the South gave her an understanding of “quilt codes,” used as communications tools by slaves prior to emancipation.

Quilt codes serve as a meaningful foil to several of her exhibited selections.

Several of the 22 pieces are for sale.

Information: 886-4131.

American art

“Red, White, and Blue in Black and White: The American Scene in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs” will be on display through May 4 in the Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of Saint Francis University.

The exhibition includes approximately 35 works from the museum’s permanent collection.

Works range in date from 1890-1991, with the majority being American Scene subjects produced during the heyday of Regionalist art in the 1920s and 1930s.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

Show and sale

The Bedford County Arts Council will host a show and sale by Kevin Kutz through Sunday at Bedford County Center for the Arts at the Anderson House, 137 E. Pitt St., Bedford.

The exhibit includes landscapes and portraits.

Admission is free.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays,

11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Information: 623-1538 or email

Watercolors display

“Faces and Places” by Butler County artist William Perry will be on display through Monday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The Johnstown native’s watercolors show the diversity and emotion of faces as well as scenes painted in Italy.

Information: 536-5399.

Regional exhibition

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ 17th annual regional juried exhibition will be on display through Feb. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South in Ligonier.

The exhibition will include 73 works from 73 individual artists from the 19 southwestern counties of Pennsylvania, featuring oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, wood, clay and photographs.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Information: (724) 238-6015 or

Juried display

The 80th annual Allied Artists Juried Exhibition will be on display through Jan. 5 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland‚ÄąTownship.

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

Information: 269-7234 or

State of the art

“Biennial 2012” will be on display through Jan. 26 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of Saint Francis University.

The exhibition will feature 131 works from nearly 100 Pennsylvania artists.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 472-3920 or

Varied works

The annual juried exhibition “Artists in Our Midst” will be on display through Jan. 19 in the Shirley and Fred A. Pechter Gallery at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., Altoona.

The exhibition will have 77 works created by 27 local and regional artists who are members of Art in Common.

The variety of media will include photography, watercolor, wood, acrylic, oil, clay, fiber arts and mixed media.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 946-4464 or

Drawings on show

“Colleen Browning: Drawings” will be on display through Jan. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave.


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