The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


July 12, 2013

Events | Comic bard

“Twelfth Night,” the 23rd annual production of Band of Brothers Shakespeare Company, will be presented today and Saturday and Wednesday through July 20 at the main pavilion of Stackhouse Park, Westmont.

The psychedelic ’60s will be the venue for Shakespeare’s story of twins, disguises and mistaken identities.

General admission is $10, and tickets are $7 for students, seniors and military.

Information: www.BandofBrothersShake-

Bandshell blast

AmeriServ Free Summer Concerts at Roxbury Bandshell will continue Sunday at the bandshell at Roxbury Park, Franklin Street, Johnstown.

Felix and the Hurricanes will play the blues at 5, and The Desperadoes will be all about rock and roll at 6.

Suite stories

Neil Simon’s “Comic Suites” will be presented through July 21 at Mountain Playhouse, 7690 Somerset Pike, Jenners-town.

Playhouse producer Teresa Stoughton Marafino has selected funny scenes from Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” “California Suite” and “London Suite” for the production.

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 evenings and $17 to $30 for matinees and includes a $2 service charge.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Dinner music

The series of Songworks Acoustic Dinners will continue from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Halle (former Immaculate Conception), 306 Broad St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An ethnic dinner will be served at 6:30, and an open mic hosted by Songworks member Tim Dabbs will begin at 7:30.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $10.

Information: 536-7986 or email

Country concert

Hillbilly Way, a Pittsburgh-based country band, will give a preview of Somerfest at 7:30 p.m. Saturday under the Somerfest tent at Laurel Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

The opening act will feature the Justin Fabus Band, and gates open 6:30.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Information: 443-2433.

Healing art

“The Art of Healing Exhibition: Reflections 2013” will be on display through Aug. 23 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 tonight.

This exhibition will showcase the works created by patients from Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center’s Arts for Healing program.

The program provides patients with an opportunity to work side-by-side with professional artists in residencies designed to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic conditions and pain.

Information: 269-7234.

Life relay

The 12th annual Windber Relay For Life will be held from 10 a.m. today through 10 a.m. Saturday at Windber Recreation Park, Route 160.

Opening ceremonies will begin at 4 p.m., with a survivor and caregiver’s lap at 6.

There will be a magic show featuring John Robertson of Richland Township, a cake auction at 7:30, carnival games and baskets and prizes.

The concession stand in the ballroom will be open from noon to 6 p.m., serving homemade baked goods, sandwiches and other side dishes.

A luminaria service will begin at 8:30.

Admission is free.

Information: and search for Windber.

Wearable art

“Art to Wear ... One of a Kind Jewelry for Men and Women” will be on display Sunday through Aug. 17 at Arts Works in Johnstown! 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

An opening reception will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The five exhibiting regional artists are Lisa McChesney, Lisa Mull, Lisa Pierce Rutledge, Bob Shamey and Heather Thompson.

All of them work in a variety of materials and produce one-of-a-kind jewelry, bolo ties and belt buckles that appeal to men and women.

Information: 535-2020.

Firemen’s celebration

An opening ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Monday for the 83rd annual Ferndale Firemen’s Jubilee on the jubilee grounds along Ferndale Avenue. The jubilee continues at 6:30 nightly through July 20.

The kitchen will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight Sunday and each day of the festival.

A parade will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

One-price ride bracelets will be available each evening for $10.

Children’s matinees will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and July 20. Bracelets will be $6 during the matinee.

The third annual 5K run-walk will be held July 20. The race begins at 8 a.m. with check in at 7. Preregistration applications can be downloaded at

Reading right

The annual summer reading program, “Dig Into Reading,” will be held through July 27 at Windber Public Library, 1909 Graham Ave., Windber.

The program is open to children from preschool to grade 6 as of May, and the goal is to read as many books as possible during the free four-week program.

Children will need cards from the library and must read books from the library’s collection.

Only those books returned in person will be counted toward the goal.

Special programs will be held at 10:30 a.m. the first three Fridays of “Dig Into Reading.”

There will be stories, educational talks and crafts along with prize drawings for those in attendance who earn tokens for each book they read during the summer reading program.

Programs will feature dinosaurs today and coal on July 19.

Registration is required, and forms may be picked up at the library.

Information: 467-4950.

Gala time

Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s 35th annual gala will be held July 20 on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

Reservations are due by Tuesday.

The cost is $175 per person.

Information: 472-3920 or

Nature days

Junior Ranger Nature Discovery Days will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and July 20 and 27 at the picnic area at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The free event is designed for children ages 7-10.

Participants will learn about the natural surroundings enjoyed by members of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club more than 100 years ago.

Reservations are required, and a parent or guardian must accompany each child.

There will be a limit of 12 children per Saturday, and lunch will not be provided.

Reservations: 495-4643.

Park programs

“Path of the Flood” van tour will be held beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday at the visitors center at Johnstown Flood National Memorial, South Fork.

This three-hour tour will trace the path of the 1889 Johnstown Flood from the site of the South Fork Dam and the remaining structures of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club to South Fork, Mineral Point, East Conemaugh and Franklin, Woodvale and Johnstown, concluding with a stop at Grandview Cemetery.

Space is limited to 12 people, and reservations are required.

The tour is included with park admission, which is $4 per person. Those ages 15 and younger will be admitted free.

Information: 495-4643.

A van tour of the historic Portage Railroad will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at the visitors center at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, off the Gallitzin exit of U.S. Route 22.

This three-hour tour follows the entire route of the Portage Railroad from the canal basin in Hollidaysburg to the canal basin in Johnstown.

In many places the route will follow the exact path of the old Portage Railroad and will go to the Staple Bend Tunnel.

The tour will take passengers past the Skew Arch Bridge, the reconstruction of Engine House 6, the historic Lemon House, and several historic culverts.

Space is limited to 12 people, and reservations are required.

The tour is free.

A Heritage Hike of Historic 6 to 10 Trail will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the visitors center.

This nine-mile hike over moderately difficult terrain will take visitors through the most scenic area of the park.

The five-hour hike will be led by a ranger rain or shine.

The hike is free, but reservations are required.

Hikers should bring water and a snack, wear good walking or hiking shoes and prepare for weather.

Information: 886-6150 or

Picture stories

A weekly Caldecott Family Storytime will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through July 22 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

The program is open to children of all ages and will feature books by honorees of the Caldecott Medal, an annual award that recognizes distinguished American picture-book artwork.

The program is free, and no registration is required.


Performance venue

Music is on the menu at the Venue of Merging Arts, 305 Chestnut St. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

Acoustic Open Mic with Adam and Micah from Striped Maple Hollow will be held at 7:30 to-night.

Admission is $3 or $2 for VIP.

Don Aliquo Quartet will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m.  Saturday.

Admission is $12 or $10 VIP.

A teen open mic night will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 Tuesday.

The first half will be an open mic for anyone, and the second half will feature a local teen band performing.

Concessions will be available.

Information: 410-2245.

Dog-gone reads

“Tales with Tails,” a special literacy initiative that encourages children of all ages and abilities to read stories to AKC Canine Good Citizen dogs, will be held Monday and July 22 and 29 in the children’s department at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

There will be 15-minute time slots to read to a dog between 4 and 5 p.m.

The objective of the program is to provide a friendly and nonthreatening atmosphere in which children may practice oral reading skills and ultimately become more confident to read and learn in other settings.

Registration is required and may be done in person or by phone.

Information: 536-5131.

Water savers

A Rain Barrel Workshop will be offered by Penn State Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Cambria County from 9 to 11 a.m. July 20 in the meeting room at 499 Manor Drive, Ebensburg.

Reservations are due by Monday.     

In this workshop, participants will make a rain barrel, with all supplies furnished.

Participants are limited to the first 20 applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cost of the workshop is $25.

 Information: 472-7986.

Outdoor music

The 35th free summer Concerts on the Green will feature the Civic Concert Band from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday on the grounds of the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

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