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.

Summer Music on the Square concert series will feature Somerset County Community Band at 2 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in downtown Bedford.

The 17-member Glass City Swing Band will perform big band music at a free band concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

Guests should bring their own seating.

In case of rain, the performance will be held inside the town hall auditorium.

Information: 724-238-4200 or

Book bargains

Inclined to Read Bookstore will have its third anniversary sale from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Cambria County Library, 248 Main St. in downtown Johnstown.

Coffee table books will be $3, fiction and nonfiction hardbacks will be $1 and paperbacks will be 25 cents.  

Baked items made by Carrie Curry from the Batter Bake Shop will be available for purchase.  

Information: 536-5131.

Parade prep

 Somerfest Prep, a two-day dance camp with a country western twist, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Wednesday at Laurel Arts Dance Center, 601 Georgian Place, Somerset.

Campers will make crafts and help decorate Laurel Arts’ Somerfest parade float.

They also will learn country western line dances to perform in the parade and at the children’s area at Somerfest.

The class fee is $32 for members, and $40 for nonmembers.

For those that qualify, scholarship money is available.

Registration: 443-2433.

Feel the beat

“The Night of 1000 Drums,” a family-friendly concert, will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

Johnstown native Becky Bickford and drum facilitator Mike Deaton will lead a 70-person West African style drum and dance ensemble to kick off the show.

 “The Dreamtime Project,” featuring Jim Gagnon and Mike Deaton from Charlottesville, Va., will open the show.

The group will provide a fusion of Australian didgeridoo, Native American flutes, Tuvan throat singing vocals and African drumming.

The Americana dance band “The Sun King Warriors,” featuring Jim Donovan, founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root and St. Francis faculty member, will headline the concert.

The band features Kent Tonkin on bass, Dan Murphy on guitar, Brandon King on keyboard and vocals and Bryan Fazio and Harry Pepper on percussion.

 Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door to benefit the Rockhouse Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding music lessons for at-risk youth.


Farm fresh

The fourth annual Farmers Market will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through mid-October at Strongstown Homecoming & Historical Society, 14895 Route 422 Highway East, Strongstown.

There will be locally grown and produced bedding plants, perennials, annuals, herbs, fresh produce, sauces, seasonings, baked goods, fresh breads and pies and crafts.

Information: 243-0289.

Van tour

“Journey Around Lake Conemaugh” van tour will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. through Aug. 24 beginning at Johnstown Flood National Memorial Visitor Center.

Visitors will board the van at the visitor center and travel to the north and south abutments of the South Fork Dam, as well as the clubhouse building.

They will learn the history of the dam, interesting facts about the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club and its members and the events of May 31, 1889.

Tours will not be offered July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25.

The tour is included with park admission, and reservations are encouraged, but not required.

Information: 495-4643.

Barking benefit

The 13th annual Bikers for Barkers Bike Run and Car Show to benefit the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society will be held Sunday.

Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., with motorcycle riders reporting to Splinter’s Championship Lanes, 1879 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, and cars reporting to the humane society, 1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona.

Motorcycles will begin the ride at 11:30 a.m., with cars departing at noon.

Expected arrival at Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club is between 3 and 3:30 p.m.

Cost for registration is $20 per rider, which includes a limited edition T-shirt and dinner with entertainment afterwards at Brush Mountain Sportsmen’s Club.

Information: 942-2477 or

Quilt art

“The Quilts of Theresa Kristof Prah” will be on display through Nov. 1 in the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery on the first floor of the Fred M. Rogers Center at St. Vincent College, Latrobe.

Many of Prah’s quilts closely resemble original works of art, and she is known for her fine hand quilting, willingness to disregard a pattern when inspiration strikes and fantastic use of color.

Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: 724-805-2569 or

Berlin celebration

St. Vincent Summer Theater will present “I Love a Piano,” a celebration of the music of Irving Berlin, through July 27 at the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Performances are set for 8:10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Tuesdays through Thursdays and July 19-20 and 23-27.

Two matinees are scheduled at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday and July 21.

Tickets are $19 for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $22 for Friday and Saturday evenings and $16 for matinees. Senior citizens are eligible for a $2 discount, and student tickets are $10.

Free van shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking areas.

Reservations: 724-537-8900 or

Pencil art

“From There to Here” by still life artist Kathleen Kase Burk will be on display through Aug. 10 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibit, which will have as many as 24 pencil and colored-pencil drawings, will show her progression from realistic to abstract drawing.

Burk will share some of her technique during a workshop, “Structure and Surface,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.

Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 536-5399.

Somerset art

The 26th annual juried show of Somerset County Artists’ Association will be on display through July 21 at Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Information: 443-2433.

Portrait art

A portraiture exhibit by local artist Diana Williams will be on display through July 31 at Cambria County Library, 248 Main St., downtown Johnstown.

Williams grew up in New Florence and began working as an artist after raising five children.

Her exhibit will be on display from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Information: 536-5131.

Historical mail

“Letters to Sala: A Young Woman’s Life in Nazi Labor Camps” will be on display through Aug. 31 at Heritage Discovery Center, 201 sixth Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The traveling art exhibit, which features postcards, letters, photographs, documents and other artifacts, is on loan from the Sala Garncarz Collection of the New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division.

Center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for students. JAHA members are admitted free.

Information: 539-1889.

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.

Symbolic banners

“Stories Joyfully Embroidered: Shaanxi Folk Textiles from Northern China” will be on display through Oct. 12 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto, on the campus of St. Francis University.

The exhibition features contemporary fabric banners that were originally shown at Beijing’s National Museum of China in the mid-1990s.

Information: 472-3920 or

Mystical art

“Seeing the Invisible: Paintings by Barbara Wachter” will be on display through Dec. 7 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto on the campus of St. Francis University, Loretto.

The exhibit includes 35 oil paintings of contemporary impressionism, featuring landscapes and figure studies.

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

Information: 472-3920 or

Art retrospective

A retrospective of the art of the late Sister Maria Josephine D’Angelo, RSM, will be on display through Sept. 20 in the Wolf-Kuhn Gallery at Mount Aloysius College, Cresson.

The exhibit will feature more than 20 pieces, ranging from watercolors and oils to wood engravings, woodcut prints, cardboard collage and mixed media.

D’Angelo taught art at Mount Aloysius, serving as chairperson of the art department.

She founded the Mount Aloysius Art Alliance and started multi-cultural summer art camps for children.

D’Angelo obtained her bachelor’s degree from Moore Institute of Art in Philadelphia, and then earned a master’s in fine art from Notre Dame.

She was a member of Allied Artists of Johnstown and received numerous awards for her work.

D’Angelo designed a number of logos and insignias for organizations and communities, including a distinctive cross still used by the Sisters of Mercy internationally for identification of their community.

The Wolf-Kuhn Gallery is open to the public.

Information: 886-4131.

Donated art

“Highlights from the Permanent Collection: Celebration of the Wolf Family Donations” will be on display through Aug. 4 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Ligonier Valley, One Boucher Lane and Route 711 South, Ligonier.

The exhibition includes more than 60 works encompassing paintings, prints, drawings and photographs.

Featured artists include Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Rockwell Kent, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Moran, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Grant Wood.

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

Registered artists

“Rostered Artists Revealed” will be on display through Aug. 10 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., Altoona.

With nearly 40 works in a variety of media, the exhibition highlights works created by artists rostered with SAMA and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Featured in the exhibition are Michael Allison, Deb Bunnell, Peter Frantz, Rita Haldeman, Adrienne Heinrich, Terry Johnson, Jan Kinney, Evgeny Krayushkin, Lynne Magee, Tom McCarty, Martha Murphy, Susan Novak, Sue Pollins, Kathy Trexel Reed, Harriet Rosenberg and Ann Van Kuren.

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

Information: 946-4464 or

Photo shoot

“Journey of a Lifetime: The Photography of Christian James” will be on display through Sept. 7 at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Altoona, 1210 11th Ave., Altoona.

A Bedford County native now living in Altoona, James has captured the most picturesque locations throughout the United States and Canada.

He is a self-taught photographer, receiving the award of Master Photographer from the Professional Photographers of North America.

His photographs are in the collections of several presidents, celebrities and billionaires.

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

Information: 946-4464 or

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