The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 21, 2013

Events | Bike bonanza


— Richland Bike Bash 2013 will be held today and Saturday at Richland Township fire hall, Scalp Avenue.

Tree will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. today and North of the Mason Dixon from 9 to midnight.

Shades of June will perform from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Giants of Science from 9 to 12:30 p.m.

Pool party

Nanty Glo Pool ’n’ Pork, sponsored by Nanty Glo Fire Department and Recreation Commission, will be held today and Saturday at the Nanty Glo Park and Pool.

The firefighters’ tavern and vendors will open at 5 p.m. today, and the pool will open from 6 to 9.

The Miss Hawg Wild Bikini Contest will be held at 7, with live music by Fuse from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Vendors open at noon Saturday, with the tavern opening at 2.

A Corn Hole Tournament will begin at 1, with Kids’ Pig Tail Pull and women’s and men’s greased pig contests beginning at 5.

The pool opens again from 6 to 9, with the first Mr. Boss Hawg Best Body Contest at 7 and live music by Totem from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Heritage heydays

The third annual South Fork Area Heritage Days will be held today through Monday at various sites in South Fork Borough.

A wine tasting will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 tonight at Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church hall, 550 Main St. The cost is $10.

An outdoor movie, “Madagascar 3,” will be presented at 9 tonight at Library Park, 320 Main St.

A car cruise will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, and a fireworks display will be launched at 9:45.

A variety of live music, including polka, classic rock, Celtic folk and rock, will be presented throughout the celebration at stages set up at the fire hall and the park gazebo.

Historic exhibits will be on display in the community room adjacent to the South Fork Public Library, 320 Main St.

The children’s area will be located in the VFW parking lot.

Food vendors will be located in the Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot, 511 Church St., and craft vendors will be on the 300 block of Main Street.     

Admission and parking are free.

Spell check

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will be presented at 8 tonight and Saturday and June 28-30 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

 The musical is being performed by Triple Threat Theatrics, a new local theater company.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Information: 536-5399.

Country musical

“Pump Boys and Dinettes” will be presented through June 30 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.

The country musical will feature singer Carrie Tillis, who has appeared in other shows at the playhouse.

Tickets are $14 to $39, depending on day, time, seat location and discounts.

Information: 629-9201, option 1, or

Learn to paddle

Paddle the Que educational event will be held at 5:30, 6:15 and 7 p.m. Thursday at Quemahoning Reservoir family recreation area.

The 45-minute sessions are for anyone interested in learning how to paddle a canoe, kayak or tandem kayak and will be conducted by Stonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Projet and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

The cost is $5 for those 16 and older and $2 for those younger than 16.

Information: 445-4652, ext. 136, or

Family musical

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented through July 6 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.

Curtain times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

The family musical features four sets of parents and their children.

Tickets are $17 for adults and $10 for students younger than age 18.

Information: 472-4333 or

Bandshell blast

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

 John Bagnato and Dave Distefano will perform at 5 p.m., and Tim Dabbs will bring modern folk with the New Folk Railroad at 6.    

Noon series

Sam Coco will perform on guitar at noon Tuesday for the recital series at First Lutheran Church, 415 Vine Street, downtown Johnstown.

Coco was the drummer for the band Satrycon for many years and is now conductor of Johns-town Symphony Chorus.

Guests may meet the artist at a light lunch after the recital.

Information: 536-7521 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 a live performance featuring Songworks members Denise Baldwin and Roy Milstead will begin at 7:30.

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

Information: 536-7986 or email

Book bargains

A book and bake sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Carrolltown Public Library, 140 E. Carroll St.

Information: 344-6300.

Performance venue

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

The Blues Gathering led by Scott Jeffreys will be presented from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with music at 8.

Admission is $7 at the door.

 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.

Concessions will be available.

Information: 410-2245.

Picture stories

A weekly Caldecott Family Storytime will be held from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through July 22, starting this week 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.


Park programs

Michael Barton will speak on “Wind Energy A to Z” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Summit Level visitors center theater at Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 10 miles west of Altoona off the Gallitzin exit of Route 22.

Barton, a wind energy outreach educator with ERITEC, will discuss the basics of wind energy and the development and operations of wind mills.

 Admission is free.

Information: 886-6150 or

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.

Outside music

“Cloud of Grace” will present a free concert on the lawn with praise and worship music from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Conemaugh Township Area Historical Society, 106 S. Main St., Davidsville.

Those who attend should bring a lawn chair, and refreshments will be available.

Nature days

Junior Ranger Nature Discovery Days will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and July 6, 13, 20 and 27 at the picnic area at Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

The event is free and 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.

Gospel concert

“An Old Time Gospel Hour” with Carrie Tillis and Larry Tobias will be presented by the Artists Connection of the Alleghenies at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. David’s Lutheran Church, 401 Main St., Davidsville.

 Tillis is appearing in “Pump Boys and Dinettes” at Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown, which Tobias is directing.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be available at the door.

Reserved tickets will be available the evening of the concert.

Information: 724-388-2273 or email

Polka concert

The Mario Crocetti Trio will perform at a benefit concert from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Cresson American Legion, 222 Ashcroft Ave., Cresson.

Proceeds will be used to create a World War I granite plaque to be placed on the Veterans Memorial Wall at the legion.  

Admission is $3, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Information:  886-7421.

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 Sunday and 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.

Dance camps

A summer dance camp offering line dancing, hip hop and jazz will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Thursday at Laurel Arts Dance Center, 601 Georgian Place, Somerset.

This camp is open to all ages, and the dances will be performed July 20 during Somerfest.

The fee is $32 for Laurel Arts members and $40 for nonmembers.

A theater cabaret camp for all ages featuring theater improvisation and small scene work will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and July 1 and 8 at the dance center.

 The fee is $57.60 for members and $72 for nonmembers.

For those who qualify, scholarship money is available.

Information: 443-2433 or email

Historic battle

The 250th Commemoration of Pontiac’s War will be celebrated with the Siege of Fort Ligonier at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fort Ligonier, 200 S. Market St., Ligonier.

There will be an encampment, battle recreation and tactical demonstrations.

The fort will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission fees are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students ages 17-21 and $6 for youth ages 6-16. Children age 5 and younger will be admitted free.

Information: 724-238-9701.

Young actors

The Indiana Players will hold auditions for the children’s show “Pocahontas” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St., downtown Indiana.

Children ages 6 to 18 who audition for this musical are asked to practice one song of their choice to sing at the audition.

They also will be asked to read a short part from the script.

Information: or

Funny farce

The Indiana Players will present the comedic farce “Love on the Cusp” today through Sunday and  June 28-30 at the Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St.,  downtown Indiana.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and  2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Reservations: 724-464-0725 or

Classic musical

Bedford County Players will be performing Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” today through Sunday and June 28-30 at Gardner Memorial Theater, Old Bedford Village.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p,m. Sundays.

Tickets are $15.

Reservations: 623-7555.

Band music

The Wally Gingers Orchestra will perform a free band concert at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Diamond in Ligonier.

This 10-piece big band plays the sounds of Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, the Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie and Benny Goodman.

The concerts are sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce, and 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

Canadian farce

St. Vincent Summer Theater will present the Canadian farce “Too Many Cooks” at 8:10 p.m. tonight, Saturday, Tuesday through June 29 and July 2-3 and 5-6 and 2:10 p.m. Wednesday and June 30  at the performing arts center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the college’s Latrobe campus.

Tickets are $22.

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

Book signing

Johnstown author Joe Moore, author of “Maxwell, the Raindrop Who Wouldn’t Fall,”  will have a book signing and reading from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 175 Falon Lane, Altoona.

The picture book is available for $10 locally and on Barnes &, and

Information: 941-2135.

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.

An open house will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

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.

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.

 Summer art

The summer exhibit of Allied Artists of Johnstown will be on display through July 6 at Art Works in Johnstown, 413 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

There are 77 pieces from Allied Artists members and five pieces from local students who are scholarship-award recipients.

Information: 535-2020 or

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.

Folk art

“Crafts of Regional Artists” will be on display through Thursday at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, 411 Third Ave. in the Cambria City section of Johnstown.

The exhibition will feature selections from Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art’s permanent collection as well as crafts from more than a dozen regional artists.

Information: 536-5399.

Colorful art

“Colored Pencil and Beyond” by Donna Whitford Housel of Bedford will be on display through June 29 at Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

Housel’s subject matter will feature portraits, animals, landscapes and still life and mediums will include colored pencil, pastels and encaustic, which features pigments mixed with hot wax.

All the pieces will be for sale.

Information: 255-6515.

Industrial images

“An Industrial Revolution: The Photography of Amelia Patsy” will be on display through July 6 at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Johnstown, located at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the campus of Pitt-Johnstown, Richland Township.

The exhibit features 55 gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes chronicling much of western Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage and includes several Johnstown landmarks.

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

Information: 269-7234.

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

 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. daily.

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.

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.

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.

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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